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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the timings of the school?

The timings are as follows:

Nursery and KG: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Grade 1 to Grade 5: 8:00 a.m. to 03:10 p.m.

2. Where is The Maalinyai School located?

The School is located at Bhagwat Nagar, Naya Tola Kumhrar, Patna, Bihar - 800026.

3. What are the objectives of the School?

We nurture every child and help them explore their potential as ethical and well-grounded human beings. We set high standards for academic learning, while ensuring the all-round development of each one of our students. We prepare our students in facing an ever-changing future, while learning to value and respect their own culture.

The Maalinyai School believes in a ‘positive disposition for learning’ among children, which combines the ability to learn with the self-motivation to learn. Our students learn how to learn through self-understanding that allows them to take control of their own learning. One of the fundamental beliefs of our school is to nurture every child as a leader, and to enable students to develop competences that prepare them for a continuously evolving world. These include compassionate living, making quality choices, collaboration, critical thinking, mindfulness, rigour, global awareness, etc.

4. What does the Academic Cycle of the School look like?

The School’s academic session commences from the first week of April and concludes in March. Our first academic year cycle is from April, 2017 to March, 2018.

5. Which Board is the school affiliated to?

The school will be affiliated to CBSE.

6. Which curriculum is followed at The Maalinyai School?

At The Maalinyai School, all-round development of students is one of the prime objectives of schooling. It implies development in all areas, i.e., cerebral, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. Thus, our curriculum adopts a whole-child approach to learning; and enriches the CBSE curriculum by introducing an integrated, experiential, and inquiry-based approach to learning.

7. What is the procedure for admission? What is the age criterion for admission?

We observe a rolling admission procedure. It means if seats are available, a child can join the school at any time of the year.

For Nursery, the child must be at least 3 years old as on March 31 of the year in which the admission is sought in.

Grade Age
1 5+ as of 31st March 2017
2 6+ as of 31st March 2017
3 7+ as of 31st March 2017
4 8+ as of 31st March 2017
5 9+ as of 31st March 2017

For more information on the admission process, please visit the relevant section of the website.

8. What is the number of students per class?

There will be not more than 30 students per class.

9. What is the teaching methodology at your school?

At The Maalinyai School, the world is the learning space. So, our curriculum encourages blossoming of a child’s inner capacities to help them explore and appreciate the social and natural world they inhabit. It ensures continuity between children’s prior experiences in their family and community setting, and their learning at the School. The progression of learning builds on what children already know and can do—moving from the known to the unknown, from near to far, and from concrete to abstract.

10. Why do you have teaching-aids in your classroom?

Young children perceive and learn about the world primarily through the senses. They learn by interacting with concrete objects. While playing, they see, move, feel, smell, touch, and taste. Teaching-aids help educators in providing a clear understanding of concepts and help in better engagement for students.

11. What is the role of ICT; and why do you have it at the School?

At The Maalinyai School, technology is a tool of learning. Thus, it takes up many forms — from teacher led (effective use of technology tools to engage students in learning concepts) to student led (collaborative learning, simulated experiments, or designing new prototypes). We have it in School as we are nurturing students to be ready for the changing needs of the world.

12. What are the co-curricular activities in schools?

Nothing is extracurricular at The Maalinyai School, as all activities are integrated to give the child a well-rounded experience. Adopting this approach also helps overcome limitations posed by textbooks; and the mechanical regurgitation and retrieval of facts. Instead, we highlight the importance of creative, aesthetic, and novel ways of imagining, exploring, and knowing.

Performing and Visual Arts, Physical Education, House Activities, and various other activities are integral part of the teaching-learning process at Maalinyai.

13. What support does the school provide to children with special needs?

We believe in an inclusive learning environment; and in incorporating the necessary steps that support and address the individual needs of every child, so that every student gets the opportunity to flourish. Open and honest discussions about differences, respect for people of all backgrounds and abilities are part of The Maalinyai School culture; and benefit everyone by fostering an environment where students and their families are valued for who they are.

As no two learners are alike, we create opportunities for students to learn and be assessed in a variety of ways. Our teachers implement a wide range of learning modalities (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, etc.) in designing instruction to provide support and accommodate all students.

14. Till what class is the school?

Presently, the School will be operational from Nursery to Grade 5; and with each year, the next class will be added.

15. How is the school connected to the India Today Group?

The Maalinyai School is being empowered by Universal Learn Today, the learning division of the India Today Group. India Today group owns and manages Vasant Valley School, New Delhi.

16. What is the qualification of your educators?

Our teachers meet the qualification criteria set by CBSE, and possess a sound knowledge of the developmental stages of children; as well as an in-depth understanding of the socio-cultural values, strengths, and challenges of their students.

In choosing the kind of knowledge and skills that are relevant and age appropriate, they keep switching roles—from guide and mentor, to facilitator and co-learner.

A specially designed teacher development programme by Universal Learn Today ensures our teachers are always in touch with the most-recent pedagogical practices, as well as being aware of innovative teaching-learning ideas that are implementable in their classrooms.

17. What subjects are taught at The Maalinyai School?

Our curriculum is aligned with the CBSE curriculum. An integrated approach to the learning of Languages, Math, and Understanding our World, along with co-curricular areas like Visual and Performing Arts and Physical Education enrich our curriculum.

We believe that knowledge is not to be fragmented into disciplines and subjects. Accordingly, our teaching-learning approach takes into account that any concept can be best understood by appreciating how it is linked with others. For instance, the concept ‘The food we eat’ cannot be taught separately in Science as a nutritional analysis and in Social Science as the types of food eaten by various communities. Our teachers guide students in this journey of integrated knowledge.

Dance, Music, Drama, Sports are all part of our curriculum; and we do not have anything extra-curricular.

18. How do you assess children at school?

The Maalinyai School believes in a continuous assessment and feedback system; and conducts both formal and informal assessments.

19. What do you mean by extended day school for children?

The School focusses on not just scholastic domains like reading and Math, but our students also explore Music and the Arts, a variety of enrichment activities, as well as a range of activities for social and emotional learning.

All these activities contribute towards helping children receive a well-rounded education.

But children need enough time to learn — to build the skills and knowledge required to work and thrive; and therefore, at The Maalinyai School we have an extended day plan for our students.

20. Do you have transport facility at school?

Yes, the school provides transport for its students.

21. Can we have a tour of the School during school hours?

A tour of the School can be arranged during school hours. However, stepping inside the classroom while a lesson is going on will not be possible.

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