4 Ways Trio puts an international spin on ICSE curriculum

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Looking for an ICSE school that takes on the best qualities of an international school? Here’s how Trio brings out the best in an Indian curriculum.

The school puts an international spin on ICSE  curriculum by creating fascinating learning experiences within its structure.

When you enter Trio World School, you immediately feel at ease and relaxed, and when you look around, you notice that the kids do too. The school’s ICSE wing, also known as Trio World School, is different from the IB building, is expansive and full of skylight, filled with children who are playing or walking to their destinations with purpose and a sense of freedom. The classes spill into the playground and every floor has a lot of space and is geared towards eliciting maximum movement in children.

During my tour of the school, I notice that the ICSE building looked a lot like the Trio World Academy, which is the IB wing. This is because the school has purposely brought in an international perspective to a very Indian and structured syllabus. Here are 4 ways they used to achieve this dynamic.

1. Its classrooms are modelled after IB learning spaces

Classroom Session at Trio World School

One of my many laments as a parent is that preschool classrooms in mainstream schools are exceptionally creative, vibrant spaces but everything becomes structured and one-note once the child enters first grade. Trio, on the other hand, follows the multiple intelligence approach even in the higher grades.

Much like the IB school, Trio ICSE classrooms across all classes have three things in common – a facility for audio-visual presentations, a small class size of around 25 children, and a small library. These three approaches form an integral part of the IB experience and Trio has them in its ICSE school.

I am even more surprised to see great works of art displayed everywhere, right from Van Gogh and Monet to Picasso and Jamini Roy. They line the corridors, the stairways, installed at interesting angles, where the light meets the wall. This, I am informed, changes periodically, with the school displaying different works of art every month. Ever heard that beautiful poem by WH Davies, “what is this life full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” Well, now children have a reason to do just that!

2. It uses an interdisciplinary approach to great effect

Role Play and Learning at Trio World School

To head their ICSE stream, the school hired a teacher with an international school background. Padma Sekar, who used to teach at Mallya Aditi School, tries to bring something extra into the implementation of the ICSE syllabus and follows an approach that is a lot like IB. It follows the multiple intelligences approach in a big way and brings in a lot of audio visual content and multimedia, apart from having the multidisciplinary approach in every aspect.

Like any ICSE schools, Trio has to grapple with a syllabus and a time frame for completing it but it still weaves in an interdisciplinary approach. Children are encouraged to cross-reference and work on projects. Lesson plans are prepared and most importantly, teachers are trained to adopt this different approach.

3. It encourages independent study and research

Cello Player at Trio World School

Audun Sandvik, a solo cellist from the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber orchestra, and also a cello teacher at the Norwegian Academy of Music, visits Trio World School.

IB’s inquiry-based learning is famous, and Trio brings it to its ICSE syllabus. Children are encouraged to make journals and to also pursue independent research during the higher grades. Despite following the syllabus as prescribed by the board, students in the higher grades can actually collaborate with teachers on systematic lesson plans. The tools to achieve this include end-of-chapter and overall revision assignments.

4. It has a high-level language program

Students and Technology at Trio World School

One of the highlights of an international curriculum is its focus on establishing a solid foundation in language and creativity.  When I discovered the international curriculums, I fell in love with how creative and layered they were, and the high standards they set in self-expression and academics. Trio integrates tons of activities with reading and tries many ways to get children to interpret literature and to use language to play to their individual strengths. There are exclusive reading blocks and comprehensive reading, writing and spelling programs.

At the same time, the school ensures that children embrace their culture. The school curriculum does include Indian culture in an important way. Trio has partnered with the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), through which children learn Carnatic music through an innovative, performance-oriented and engaging curriculum. Founded by famous violinist Dr. L Subramaniam and famous playback singer Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, SaPa teaches both Indian and global music to students, although Carnatic music is their main focus. The program does many things — expose children to Indian music, help them discover the art and even train potential Indian classical musicians.

Trio brings in an array of activities and approaches within the framework of an Indian syllabus, and could be a possible blueprint for other schools to offer unique takes on a standardized syllabus.


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