English Relay Programme (ERP), Science Kits and Math Master (MM) use the kit-based approach (constructivist approach) for building foundation skills in curricular subjects, through games & activities, where learning happens through experimentation, trial and error and joyful experiences. These are also known as interactive kits
1.English Relay Programme: The English communication programme aims to teach children functional English by developing their listening, speaking and writing skills, based on curriculum-based learning outcomes. The objective of the programme is to promote basic literacy among the learners, and build on it by equipping them to use English ably for academic purposes. The language skills of the participants are developed through exercises, games and role plays and the use of interactive learning material
2.Math Master: Maths is usually taught in most schools by rote, with minimal student exploration and without using teaching aids. Students are made to learn formulae and theorems by repetition and memorisation, thus learning the subject without understanding it or its relevance, and quite often developing an aversion to it. The Math Master programme is in line with the initiatives taken by NCERT to allow for the learning of Math to move from the concrete to the abstract, with emphasis on activity rather than ‘learning by heart’. It teaches Math in a way that helps students see the link between the subject and its use in real life. It helps students discover mathematical concepts through observation, experimentation and manipulation, thus making the learning interactive and enjoyable. The programme methodology incorporates a highly interactive and practical format that includes group activities, puzzle solving, model building, simulated exercises, role-plays, games and more.
3.Science Plus: The Science Plus programme has been prepared with an objective of making the learning of Science an opportunity to question, debate, explore and discover in order to acquire a deeper understanding of the world. The purpose of this kit-based programme is to enable students to ascertain scientific principles through observation, experimentation and manipulation. It helps students articulate their own ideas and guides them to observe, compare, predict or analyse certain phenomena or processes. The pedagogy used is one that is hands-on and inquiry-based, progressing from the specific to the general.
Activity-based learning is an important teaching-learning method in the present education set-up. “The use of various methods like model-building, puzzle-solving, group activities, et cetera have added a whole new dimension,” feels Usha Proja, a class VIII student from Doomur Dollong