Getting Ahead in Social Studies 2 #NEP #NCF
Sushmita Malik, Abha Sahgal
216 x 280 mm
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Getting Ahead in Social Studies 1-5 and GettingAhead in Social Science 6 to 8 is a series of eight books meant for the primary and middle classes. Known for its focus on building concepts and providing accurate, empathetic and inclusive content, GettingAhead in Social Studies/Science is one of the most respected and popular series of social studies and social science textbooks in the country.
This revised edition of the series carries on this proud legacy of over 15 years,
and raises the bar still higher with content that is guided by the NEP and the NCF in their vision for education in India.

The series comes as a package that includes for classes 1 to 8:

  • Students’ Textbooks  
  • Students’ Smart App
  • Teachers’ Resource Manuals
  • Orient BlackSwan Teachers’ Portal with Smart Books

The series also includes nine split-edition versions of the books for classes 6-8. Each of the split editions covers one of the subjects—History, Geography, and Social and Political Life.


  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and thinking
  • Learning Outcomes to fulfil all curricular goals
  • Establishing local and regional aspects of the topics under study, as per the requirements of the NCF
  • Holistic and Experiential Learning
  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) and Values
  • Pride and rootedness in India and India Knowledge Systems
  • Assessments For, As and Of Learning to encourage critical thinking and Higher Order Capacities
  • Digital literacy, with the help of a wealth of rich digital resources


  • Learning outcomes: Goals clearly matched to curriculum and Bloom’s taxonomy
  • Lead-in, Do and Learn and Enrichment activities: Integrated activities for experiential learning and real-world application of knowledge
  • I now know: A useful tool for self-assessment and revision
  • Exercises, Case-based, Picture-based and Map-based questions: Sections that enable Competency-based Assessment to strengthen 21st century skills
  • Values and Life skills: Contexts and questions to develop social and emotional learning (SEL) and to instil ethical and moral, democratic and epistemic values
  • Know your Bharat: Facts that inspire rootedness and pride in India’s rich past and culture
  • Sample test papers: Test papers that enable quick assessment of core competencies based on the CBSE exam pattern
  • Project-based learning activities: Projects that encourage learning through real-world, curriculum-related questions or challenges

Teachers’ Resource Manual

  • Lesson plans
  • Question bank with answers
  • Worksheets with answer key
  • Sample question papers with answer key
  • Answer key for textbook exercises

       Digital resources:

  • Students’ Smart App
      • AR assets
      • Audio support
      • QR linked resources
      • Animations
      • Presentations
      • Picture galleries
      • Interactive tasks
  • The Orient BlackSwan Teachers’ Portal with Smart Book
      • Animations        
      • Presentations     
      • Interactive tasks    
      •  Audio Support
      • Picture galleries
      • Lesson modules
      • Worksheets with answer key
      • Sample question papers with answer key
      • Question-paper generator
  • Sushmita Malik is a well-known educationalist. She is an educational consultant with the NCERT and the School Education Board of Punjab, and been involved in the District Primary Programme, Haryana. Sushmita Malik has several years of teaching experience, both in India and abroad. She has taught at the Army Public School (New Delhi), Loreto Day School (Kolkata), and Borough of Brent (London). She is also the author of several of our other successfully selling series of schoolbooks, like New Green Tree 1–5, Nature Quest 1–5.
  • Abha Sahgal was the principal of Sanskriti School (New Delhi) for several years. Before that she was the Founder Principal of Delhi Public School, Sharjah. She had more than 30 years of teaching experience, having started her career in DPS RK Puram, and then moving as headmistress to DPS Vasant Vihar, in New Delhi. Abha Sahgal also authored and co-authored several books.
  • Vijaya Sridharan was the principal of Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya, Gwalior. She was also the director of the Pravara group of schools, Maharashtra. She taught at several schools in Delhi and Chennai. She has over 20 years of experience teaching social science to middle and senior school students. She also authored a series of middle school history books.
  • Hemalatha Seshadri was formerly the head of the department of social science, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School (PSBB), Nungambakkam, Chennai. Having completed her MA in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, she taught for over 25 years now.  She retired as the principal of PSBB International School at Coimbatore.
  • Mahalakshmi Ramjee taught geography to senior classes in Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School, Nungambakkam, Chennai. With an MA in English, an MA in Economics, an MSc in Geography and an M.Ed, she has over 25 years of teaching experience. She retired as the headmistress of the PSBB Millennium School, Cuddalore.
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