Units of inquiry in social studies and science are integrated and guided by overarching ideas or essential questions. All three classes in one grade level will be looking at the same main idea, but each class may be examining different areas of interest within that idea.
The skills of effective communication are necessary to all learning endeavours, so students engage in authentic writing through the Writing Process and 6 + 1 Traits of Writing. Classrooms are filled with discussion and debate, providing practice for speaking and listening skills. Sophisticated and complex mathematical thinking is encouraged through searching for understanding of number use and patterns in math and collaborative problem-solving. The regular use of higher order thinking and reasoning skills are far more emphasised than the simplistic skills of methods and memorisation.
Specialist subjects are not seen as extras but are essential to every child’s experience at B.D. Somani, helping students to find strengths and passions in many areas. The Arts (Visual Art, Music, Theatre) and IT instruction, guided by specialists, are integrated into classroom units of study. Physical Education focuses on the skills necessary for many sports as well as for cooperative games, fitness and fun. Unique to B.D. Somani, all students have weekly Capoeira classes – a Brazilian martial arts program that involves fitness, flexibility, and creativity.