Green Architecture and Learning Landscapes

Green Architecture and Learning Landscapes

The Ardee campus embodies the spirit of innovation and aspiration to define new standards in design of urban campuses in a city like New Delhi. We have excellent school facilities on a picturesque school campus in Delhi. The new campus at NFC is poised to be one of the “Greenest school” in Delhi and is blessed with lush green open space where pupil enjoy the ambience and beauty of a city school.

 

Some of other highlights of the campus include:

 

Our campus is easy to reach and offers a calm and nurturing place to learn. The campus lends itself to learning through exploration, learning through inquiry, learning through experience, learning about sustainable and community living. The campus promotes diversity of experience, dynamic flexible spaces that allow for collaborative learning providing stimulus to young minds. The school is designed to help families encourage children to aspire to become leaders of tomorrow to be children who insist upon excellence.

 

The main school building boasts spacious classrooms for all, arranged around the Discovery Court. The rooms are particularly bright and sunny, each having a dedicated and secure ‘outdoor classroom’ area for maximum outdoor play.

 

Besides the basic facilities for sports and extra-curricular activities like outdoor and indoor sports, performing and fine arts the campus includes some exciting and innovative designs for expandable spaces that can serve multiple use scenarios.

 

The campus is designed to provide rich experience for children as they grow over the years and will be universally accessible.

Atrium

Discovery Court

The central theme is sustainability and the belief that building is not just as a space for education rather as a learning tool for all its inhabitants.

 

The central Courtyard enables students to explore learning centres in the campus hence naming the space “ Discovery Court “ ,the design of which complements an environment suited for learning through discovery and exploration .The unique element here is the green plant vertical wall- the “lungs” of the building . The sky glass viewing galleries on different floors provide an aerial view of the events in the Discovery court. The court has 230 digital moving retractable seats facing a raised stage for performances and A/V projections with accessible digital Podiums.

 

The Discovery Court is where students discover opportunities to ideate, create and innovate.


The retractable seating creates a platform for theatre performances, debates and is a melting pot of diverse ideas, activities and spontaneous camaraderie.

Green Architecture and Learning Landscapes

Art Studios

The Art studio which leads to the Observatory terrace offers students to explore art and design with connection to their curricular areas including social studies, language arts, science and math. The spacious Art Room allows pupils to use a variety of media whilst Design Technology allows them to explore different materials and make 3-D items themselves.

 

The senior students who have taken art as a subject are guided through the theory The Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design syllabus aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability. Learners gain confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills in two and three dimensional form and composition, and are able to identify and solve problems in visual and tactile forms. They also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions. An ideal foundation for further study, Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design also develops a greater awareness of the role played by the visual arts in society and in history, broadening cultural horizons and individual experience.

Learning Resource Center and Library

Music Studios

Music and the performing arts are a vital component of everyday learning that leads to overall development of child. The children enjoy specialist music lessons with dedicated teachers with a passion and flair for the subject. Housed on the fourth floor the double walled sound proof studio offers musical appreciation and training in the elements of music. Vocal and instrument playing training the studio is a recording studio encouraging students to explore creativity in all styles of music.

 

The music scope and sequence framework identifies the major expectations considered essential in the curriculum. These expectations are arranged into four strands: performing, creating and composing, notation and listening and appreciation. The performing strand is organized into sub-strands of singing and playing instruments.

 

When studying the Cambridge IGCSE Music syllabus, learners listen to, perform and compose music, encouraging aesthetic and emotional development, self-discipline and, importantly, creativity. As a result, learners enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of music, an achievement that forms an ideal foundation for future study and enhances life-long musical enjoyment.

 

Learners study music of all styles; each style is placed in its historical and cultural context, and they are encouraged to be perceptive, sensitive and critical when listening. Although the majority of the syllabus examines Western European music, the music of other cultures is always represented.

Classrooms

Classrooms

Classroom environment is one of the most important factors affecting student learning. A positive environment is one in which students feel a sense of belonging, trust others, and feel encouraged to tackle challenges, take risks, and ask questions.

 

The layout, design and decor of the classroom have a significant effect upon the quality of the educational experience. Attention has been given to the acoustics and colour scheme to reduce distractions and aid concentration. The sound system has been treated well to reduce echo and cause less strain on the teacher’s voice. The lighting and furniture likewise has been designed to influence factors such as student attention span. The lights are energy efficient LED’s. A glass wall at the entrance of the classroom reduces students feeling of being confined as they are able to be part of the world outside.

 

Energy efficient air conditioners have been strategically placed maintaining a 26 degrees’ temperature. With the additional use of fan students will be able to move in and out without falling prey to extreme contrast in temperature. Plants will be added to improve oxygen content and improve air quality.

 

In the Ardee classroom, light laminate desks have been arranged in groups. The furniture is light and mobile to enable different layout for seating corresponding to the lesson. Swivel, adjustable chairs on wheels for grade 6 upwards students will enable kinaesthetic activities which are conducive to learning. With this style of seating the Ardee Room is user friendly for the presenter and supports new learning-centred paradigm for students.


The classroom is AV/TV equipped and all components like acoustics, lighting, seating have been coordinated with the special requirements of technology and each component has been researched and integrated into the design.

Use of technology includes visuals using multimedia aids and a prominent aid is the state of art Promethean smart Board. The USP of the promethean board is that it takes teaching to the next level with focus on interactive visual experience rather than only textual learning. Each class room is equipped with a CCTV and a public address system.

Infirmary

Infirmary

The School has a well equipped infirmary that provides first aid to the student in need, under the supervision of full time nurse.

 

A qualified and experienced nurse is available on campus to manage and assess any health issues that may arise during school hours. In the event of an emergency requiring medical attention, the student will be shifted to the nearest hospital and parents will be informed of the same. A comprehensive medical record of each student is maintained by the school nurse. Basic first-aid kits have been made available in high risk areas such as the laboratories as well as on the school buses. The school nurse also educates the school community about health through school projects and the school newsletter.


Makers Lab

Makers Lab

This Lab is a truly unique space in the school where different elements and expressions of creativity, arts, science, technology and design converge. The Centre is set-up in association with teams, professionals and companies which are working on the leading edge of their domains. The ‘Fab Lab’, as students have named it, houses the following:


Multi-media lab with advances machines.


-3D printers and laser scanners for prototyping and modelling.
-Eye gaze tracking device.
-Online collaboration platform for learning beyond physical space of the school
-Virtual reality labs to project complex environments
-Basic machines and tools for DIY (Do it yourself)
-Brainstorming and Think Spaces
-Based on STEAM


Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math come alive in a manner that every student gets inspired to enquire, ideate and create something that is the outcome of his personal quest Imagination and creativity go hand in hand in this work space.

Learning resource centres

Learning Resource Centres

The school’s aim is developing enquiring minds which are equipped to engage in the advances of this modern technological world, without losing key skills. The School has a modern automated library which is linked with the curriculum and the interest and needs of the reader. The Ardee digital library offers a collection of documents in organized electronic form. Students are able to access magazine articles, books, papers, images, sound files, and videos.


The learning resource centre has handpicked books periodicals, database of all genres suiting appropriate reading levels. Resource books, manuals are stored for research at senior grades.


A special IT skill programme is designed to teach students how to access, use and communicate information and is introduced at the preliminary stage to ensure the student becomes an independent learner.

Music and Maestros

Biology Labs and Experiments

The Biology Life Science department offers biology labs and engaging biology experiment . The lab is spacious placed on the third floor and equipped with. We have DNA experiments, cell biology labs, enzyme experiments, microscope labs, scientific method experiments, high school science experiments, genetics experiments, molecular biology labs, plant science experiments, animal science labs and more.


Biology activities include Life Science has photosynthesis activities, cell respiration activities, double helix activities, enzyme activities, immune system activities, protein synthesis activities, evolution activities, ecology activities, and many other high school life science activities.

Infirmary

Physics Lab

In physics class, lab is central and integral. The School lab is spread over a large area and fitted with state of art science material including, FORTIN’S BAROMETER, A.C/D.C DYNAMO MODEL, SONOMETER: POTENTIOMETER: DIGITAL AMMETER /VOLTMETER: CALORIMETER.


The promethean board and white boards add to making it a lab with a purpose. The physics laboratory is the place where physics students study physics. It is in the laboratory that physics students learn to practice the activities of scientists - asking questions, performing procedures, collecting data, analyzing data, answering questions, and thinking of new questions to explore.

Art and Art appreciation

Chemistry Lab

The school lab is equiped with Modular lab furniture in powder-coated GI sheets. It is in tune with the latest international trends in laboratories world-wide. It is designed and built within the school and general safety guidelines. It consists of BUNSEN BURNER:CENTRIFUGATOR: FUME HOOD:EYE WASHER/ EYE WASH FOUNTAIN:ELECTRONIC PAN BALANCE: EMERGENCY SHOWER.

ICT Lab

ICT Lab

Realizing that technology is a key aspect of learning in the schools, The Ardee school, has two labs with a total of 29 computers, accessible to students at all times. These computers are connected with two dedicated internal servers to save data remotely and easy accessibility. The lab computers are equipped with the latest operating system and other software to allow children to develop dynamic skills through interactive screen time. The school is also equipped with a dedicated broadband Internet connection for enterprising students to get a chance to be familiar with the Internet, and engage in continuous research activities.

Basketball Court

Basketball Court

The school’s outdoor basketball court is of an international standard size. It is made of synthetic rubber (9 layers of synthetic used) with fibre glass back board, Length: 28 m, Width: 15 m, Rim height: 3.05 cm (10') Safety aspect have been detailed with poles covered with thick pads. The court is also used for Tennis and badminton practice discipline.