Classroom spaces at Little Flower School, Jhunjhunu are specifically designed for different kinds of use, at different grade levels. For the pre-primary and primary classes, the classrooms are more centrally aligned, which makes it easier for the teacher to interact actively (and therefore, more reassuringly) with the children. For higher classes, a more directional structure has been used since at this level there is more interaction with the class as a group.
The materials used in construction are also carefully chosen, to make the classroom environment comfortable and engaging. Classrooms and the main study areas are built using two-way meshed walls, with recommended waterproofing. This facilitates good ventilation and allows easy air passage even through walls, and provides a comfortable learning environment.
Little Flower School emphasizes learning by experience, and our labs are therefore an important part of what makes the school unique. We take great care that science, maths, and other subjects are learned through observations of the physical and natural world, and not merely from textbooks. Worksheets for active lab work are prepared before the lab sessions, and children are encouraged to carry out learning experiments independently. They are also encouraged to draw their own inferences and perfect them through iterative learning.
Little Flower School also houses a state-of-the-art networked computer lab, providing each student with an independent workstation. Students can use the Internet as a tool for learning, as well as for research activities for their lessons and projects. Online learning tools for various subjects are also subscribed to, based on quality and relevance to various subjects, based on recommendations by the teachers and the management.
We believe that libraries must foster learning, and encourage children to actively seek new knowledge in various forms. The large library includes material that is sourced widely, and – more importantly – we will encourage children to scour through every inch of it! The students can use the library for academic work, as well as for leisure and fun. Our goal is to ensure that students see the library as an integral part of a life of learning, providing both scholarship and enjoyment.
The library includes material in different formats – not merely the usual books and journals, but audio and video material, as well as subscription services to online media that facilitates a broad canvas for learning. We will also regularly schedule ‘Learning in the library’ sessions, during which digital media is used as a form of instruction so that students naturally think of the library as an extension of their classroom lives.
We have also built our classrooms in a way that brings some aspects of the library into them. Reference material and other inputs pertinent to specific classes and topics are handily available in classrooms.
Schools are more than the places our children go to for learning – they are also the physical environments in which they spend much of their growing lives, and it is important, therefore, that their physical strength and stamina should also be nurtured during school time. Little Flower School has developed a sports curriculum that is alert to this need, and also uses a robust system of measurement for sporting skill, interest and achievement. We encourage children to feel comfortable with their experience of sport, and we promote team events as well as individual sports. We also encourage children who are eager to take up sports competitively, but we do not pressure other children to meet those same competitive standards.
The current Kancheepuram district basketball girls under 13 team is made up almost entirely by Little Flower School girls. We support and encourage playing basketball above all other sports. Besides developing two basketball courts, we have a soccer pitch, home of Magogany Football team. Apart from these, a number of indoor sports – chess, carom, pandi, kabadi, etc. – will also be taught and encouraged.