Experiential Learning

education through experience

As an experiential learning school, Nisarga offers a stimulating environment where children are taught through real life experiences. Each individual looks upon the world as their classroom and values self-motivated learning as a way of life. The school engages learners in real world experiences and encourages them towards critical thinking, self-discovery and creativity. The school motivates individuals to realize themselves with respect for self, others and the environment.

Experiential learning prioritises individual experiences- so students have more ownership over the learning process, one they find more flexible and fulfilling. This immediately transforms the perception of learning from one where we receive pre-ordained information to a process of making self-discoveries. It fosters curiosity and creativity, and enables individuals to cultivate the learner in themselves.

crafting first-hand experiences

As an experiential learning school, the entire method of teaching-learning at Nisarga is geared towards providing students with the ideal circumstances where they can experience first-hand what they are meant to learn.

Much of the learning in junior grades is theme-based rather than subject-based, while as students go to the higher grades, their learning is based on larger, complex, and more challenging projects and expeditions.

Students are encouraged to be aware of the crises faced by the individual, community, city, nation and the earth, and incorporate them into their learning as well.

engaging in real-world problem solving

As experiential learners, students will also regularly engage in real-world problem solving, helping them feel better integrated in the world, and earning them a sense of accomplishment. We emphasize on learning that is beyond the textbook and outside the classroom, and actively use natural and urban surroundings. In the process of experiential learning students are involved in the following:

Concrete experience, delving into new experience or situation, or work towards reinterpretation of existing experience.

Reflective observation of the new experience of particular importance, to understand and look for any inconsistencies between experience and understanding.

Abstract conceptualization and reflection of the experiences to give rise to a new idea, or a modification of an existing (an indication of the students learning from their experience).

Active experimentation, where the students apply their idea(s) to the world around them to see what happens.

Outbound Expeditions

Outbound expeditions and field trips are an integral part of Nisarga Batika School’s curriculum.

These expeditions and trips are meant not only for acquiring subject related experiences but also for developing life skills that will be beneficial for them as adults. The school requires students of Grades 4 and up, to go for overnight field trips and expeditions, while lower grades go for day-long expeditions as preparation for the later years.

During the course of the school year, day trips and overnight trips are organised across different parts of the country, as well to the neighbouring countries, in coordination with the theme and areas of interest being studied in class. Students engage in experiential learning through travel, project-based learning and hands-on activities in offerings.

The only difference on these experiential learning opportunities between the different academic programs in the school is that our senior elementary and the high school students are offered the opportunity to travel far and wide, while our preschoolers and the junior elementary students remain around the school and city area.