Pre School

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. As the two year olds begin to exert their independence, our preschool program opens their eyes to a world of learning, sharing and exploring. We offer a balanced program which addresses the child as a whole, supporting his/her social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual growth by encouraging him/her to socialize, share, make friends, interact cooperatively, gain independence and self-control and reach her/his full potential. The program is designed to give children the opportunity to explore a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities (language, movement, science, music, etc).
Our curriculum intends to make the child learn the following skills:-

  • Encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment.
  • to develop eye-hand coordination, small motor skills and problem skills through play dough, block building, hook-together toys and classifying objects.
  • Developing awareness of other children and people in their environment.
  • Expressing creativity through art and music.
  • Learning new vocabulary and repeating words and short sentences.
  • Recognizing numbers and counting
  • Introduction of word problem solving.
  • Concept of time and calendar.
  • Exploration of nature concepts.
  • Expansion of the emotional side of the child by making him able to take comfort in familiar objects and expanding the mind by trying new things and gaining confidence from success.
  • Understanding a sequence of events, and grasping spatial relationships and the concept of time.
  • Increasing their confidence to make personal choices and share their ideas, thoughts and feelings with the group.

 

Preparatory

The Preparatory program of Alma Mater has been on the educational scenario since 1980. Thousands of students have been successful in the Entrance – Tests during this long period. This is due to the carefully designed curriculum meeting the high standards of the Entrance–Tests’ preparation and the vast experience of its devoted teachers that Alma Mater  has emerged as a true institution of learning dedicated to lay a strong academic foundation of the children.
Alma Mater offers rigorous preparatory programmes from K.G to Grade 1, K-I to K-3, K-2 to K-3 and K-3 to K-4. These programmes have been carefully designed according to the requirements of the Entrance–Tests of Aitchison College and Convent of Jesus and Mary.
The Preparatory Program complements or activity based pre-school program and takes its full swing from Grade 1. It strives to make children confident and creative builders of their future. The focus is on the whole child. We work toward an integrated curriculum that reaches across disciplines and age levels. The students are encouraged to meet academic challenges with openness, enthusiasm and willingness to solve problems.

Some of the salient features of the preparatory groups are:
i).       Focused coverage of syllabus.
ii).      Emphasis on important aspects of the syllabus.
iii).    Development of Math Reasoning with the help of IXL Math software.
iv).     Stress on English Reasoning with the help of computer activities.
v).     Repeated revision of topics in smaller groups.
vi).     Extensive rehearsals of Interview.
vii).   Regular practice of all topics through carefully designed worksheets.
Thus, the, Preparatory Program is designed to prepare children for a successful entry into the reputed schools of Lahore especially Aitchison College and Convent.
Our philosophy is that Alma Mater should provide a foundation for later success and help to promote a positive attitude toward lifelong learning.

Junior

This is the first building block of our junior school. This is also the most important preparatory class of Entrance – Test to various schools, including Aitchison College. It is a continuation and extension of Preschool teaching especially of kindergarten. Although it is more rigorous than kindergarten, it is speckled with activities in the learning centers in order to ease the academic burden. Thus, learning becomes fun for the children. K-I has a comprehensive curriculum supported by an array of extracurricular activities woven into its colourful fabric. The children absorb all the knowledge through the carefully designed activities in the learning centers. Developing critical thinking skills is the main focus of the teachers. For this, the students polish their reasoning skills on the IXL programme. This computer based exercise not only opens the door to the latest technology but also increases the mathematical and logical skills of the children. Language Arts (English), Math, Science, S. Studies, Computer, Urdu, Islamiat and Art are the main subjects. Giving presentations in the main subjects is mandatory for all students. Thus, they enhance their public speaking skills from the very first grade of the junior school. Creativity is the essence of teaching and every child is encouraged to fan his expression be it Art, English, Urdu or any other area. This embeds in the students unshakable self confidence which eventually is the key to the child’s success in later life.
senior
Grade 2 -5

 Grade 2 and onwards children embark upon a learning journey in which there is no looking back. The chain of concepts taught in the different subjects in the previous classes arouses in the students a curiosity which increases with the passage of time. The dedicated team of teachers scaffold the development and learning of every child physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Every aspect of a child’s development is recognized and developed holistically. This results in the majority of students becoming all rounders. Alma Mater is proud of the versatility of its students and celebrates diversity with fondness.
The students are taught keeping in mind their individuality and each child is dealt as a different case. The classes are integrated with the latest technology to inculcate an innovation and creativity in our pedagogy. The students are provided an environment which aims to build the complete personality of the child through their involvement in extracurricular and academic activities. A special focus is given on academics and on improving each child individually. Remedial classes are conducted for the weaker cases.

Students learn through practical activities and experiments. Activity based teaching is at the core of our academic values. Children learn FRENCH as a foreign language, since we believe that in this day and age, an exposure to international languages is a must for their overall development.

 

Senior

Our classes of the senior school follow the Cambridge curriculum which leads to the O Levels programme. The books, teaching methodology and the grading is done as per the Cambridge guidelines.
The students are made independent and curious learners, the curriculum is embellished with practical experiments and activities to make the students well prepared for the academic challenges ahead.

Our English and mathematics software particularly help in increasing the reasoning ability of the children. The tablet classes enable them to use different apps to learn in a fun, practical and interactive way. Whether it’s building a game on Scratch or building a website using Weebly, the aim is to instill in them a love for learning and to make education fun and interactive for them and to motivate them into becoming lifelong learners as per our school philosophy.

Students are given the chance to excel in dramatics, debates and sports by being a part of the school societies. The weekend clubs give them the opportunity to participate in their favourite activities.