As well as academic rigour, the curriculum is underpinned by the Personal Goals; these are individual qualities and dispositions, which are essential for children to develop in the 21st century. There are 8 IPC Personal Goals - Enquiry, Resilience, Morality, Communication, Thoughtfulness, Cooperation, Respect and Adaptability. Opportunities to experience and practise these qualities are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work and celebrated on a weekly basis.
Importantly, the IPC also helps engage parents in their children’s learning, and highlights the relevance of learning in the classroom and at home. At LCIS, parents are invited to ‘Exit Point’ sessions which are towards the end of a unit’s learning process and provide an opportunity for parents to engage in and celebrate the learning that the students have achieved.
Mark O’Brien, Assistant Head of Primary, says, “At LCIS, we integrate the IPC curriculum through a variety of subjects. One of our goals, with Early Years and Primary students, is to develop an appreciation for the French language and an understanding of the Swiss francophone culture. From Year 3 and up, students at our school have a choice of following the IPC in either English or French – allowing them the option of having up to 40% of their curriculum taught in French.”