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Montessori Department

Bal Bharati is one of the prime institutions of our country which implements the Montessori system of education at the pre primary stage. Montessori Method is an effective way of 'learning by doing'. In BBPS, through Montessori Method, a sensible, scientific, structured, and child centered environment is provided which allows the child to develop at his/ her own pace. The children have the freedom to choose their own activities which are available in class. By doing this the children become enthusiastic learners. Learning becomes an enjoyable process. Activities are given on individual basis, in small groups or collectively. This helps the child to adjust to the new environment. The teacher is also able to learn more about the child and his individual needs.

                      The Montessori apparatus comprises of Preliminary Activities, Exercises of Practical Life, Sensorial Activities and Arithmetic Activities. Activity sheets are prepared to reinforce the concepts given by the apparatus. Art & Craft is an integral part of the learning process. A number of outdoor activities like swimming, aerobics, cycling and swings are also available for the children. Inter and intra class competitions are held throughout the year which helps children to recognize their inherent talents and also helps them to develop a competitive spirit.

    Class I - X

The curriculum for classes I-VIII is designed  keeping in view the  system of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation(CCE) introduced by CBSE. For classes IX and X, the curriculum prescribed  by CBSE is strictly adhered to. CCE is an evaluation technique to provide holistic profile of the learner through the regular assessments of scholastic and co-scholastic domains of the learner. This scheme aims at making evaluation  an integral part of the teaching learning process. It  helps to identify  the learning gaps and makes it possible to take remedial and enrichment measures specific to each learner.

    Classes XI - XII

For classes XI and XII, the curriculum prescribed by CBSE is followed. The students are offered three streams-Humanities, Science and Commerce.

Evaluation Criteria

   Montessori Department

Evaluation and assessment is a continuous process in the Montessori department. There are three terms in which the children are assessed through day to day activities. No formal exam or test is conducted. The progress report is prepared in each term which provides a comprehensive record of each child's growth and development. Grades are given from A+ to D and the child is assessed accordingly. No child is detained in the Montessori department. Children with outstanding performance in academics and co-curricular activities are awarded certificates.

   Classes I-V

The academic session is divided into three terms.
I Term- April to May
II Term- July to September
III Term- October to December
IV Term- January to March

Scholastic Areas
                         The students are evaluated on various parameters through oral and written Class tests, Cycle tests, Activity tests and daily class performances throughout the term for all the subjects. Special emphasis is laid to enhance reading, writing and conversation skills in both English and Hindi.
                       Various competitions such as Hindi and English Calligraphy, Recitations, Creative Writings and Spell Bee Competitions, Maths, Science and General Knowledge Quiz are organized to make the evaluation system more activity oriented.
Co-scholastic Areas
                                In line with CCE system, General Knowledge, Physical Education, skills in Art, Music and Dance, Computers and Reading skills are assessed regularly. In addition, Art and Craft competitions, Music and Dance Competitions, Sports activities are also used as an evaluation tool.
Life Skills
                    The Life skills depicting the personal traits of a student are judged in accordance with CCE system. These consist of qualities such as confidence, obedience, regularity and punctuality, discipline, respect towards others and school property, neatness etc.
The term wise weightage for scholastic areas in an academic session is as follows:

I Term
(April  to May)

    II Term
( July to September)

       III  Term
( October to December)
       III  Term
( January to March)
  I to V            10%                   30%                  30%                  30%

Grading:  >90%  A+,  >75% <90%  A,  >60% <75%  B,  >40% <60%  C,  <40%  D   

   Classes VI - X

The academic session is divided into two terms:
I Term: April to September
II Term: October to March
           Each child is assessed in both scholastic and co-scholastic areas. For the assessment of the scholastic areas, each term will have two formative assessment(FA) and one summative assessment(SA). The weightage  of each assessment in a term for an academic session is as follows:

Period of assessment April-July July-September September October-December December-March March
 Type of assessment  FA  1  FA  2  SA 1  FA  3 FA  4 SA  2
 VI -X  10%  10%   30%  10% 10% 30%

Assessment of Co- scholastic areas is reported once in class IX and class X each. The students are assessed on various parameters for life skills , work education, visual and performing arts, and attitudes and values towards teachers, schoolmates, school programmes and environment.
                 The students are also assessed for literary and creative skills, scientific skills, information and communication technology and organizational and leadership skills. In addition, the students also participate in various health and physical activities and are assessed by the teachers accordingly.

   Class XI

The academic session is divided into two terms:>
I Term: April to September
II Term: October to March
                            In each term the students of class XI are assessed on the basis of Cycle Test for each subject followed by Terminal Examinations. The evaluation criteria is as follows:

  I Cycle Test
  Half yearly Examination
  II Cycle test
  Comprehensive(Final) Examination
   Class XII

Students of class XII appear for Board Examinations conducted by CBSE in the month of March. However, they also appear for a round of Cycle Tests and Terminal Examination in addition to the Pre Board Examination conducted by the school during the academic session.