A month-long holiday season for Classes I to IX began on Saturday. Though schools are not holding any summer camps due to ongoing board exams for Classes X to XII, teachers are preparing modules to ease their transition to higher classes when schools reopen in June. Some encourage students to write articles on their own and read stories aloud.
GRT Mahalakshmi Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Ashok Nagar plans a voluntary online program for science experiments for students in Classes III to VIII. “We want to keep them engaged rather than allowing them to spend their holidays with the gadgets,” said principal Agnes Rita.
The overall performance in exams had gone down due to online classes, she said. “We still have the WhatsApp groups created for online classes active. Teachers will use these groups. Students will understand the concepts better by doing the experiments.”
Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Tambaram is preparing a course to help students brush up on concepts from the previous classes. “Based on the syllabus, we are preparing a course that will include topics from the previous class and next class. It will help ease their transition to higher classes,” said Anita Shalini, a teacher.
Students also will be encouraged to solve puzzles and quizzes.
SBOA School and Junior College in Anna Nagar is sending worksheets to improve reading skills. “About 15% of students at primary level are lacking desirable reading and writing skills. We are involving previous and current year’s class teachers to fill these gaps with assignments. So, when students return to school in June, they will have the same skill levels,” said principal K Manoharan.
Teachers suggest story books and give a task of reading one or two stories a day aloud. To improve writing skills, parents have been asked to see that children write at least one paragraph a day.
Some schools finished bridge courses in April and gave a complete holiday in May. “Generally, we do a lot of activities and organize summer camps. This year we thought children need family time and holidays as they did not go anywhere in the past two years,” said C Bharathi Lakshmi, principal of Hindustan International School.