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  • Our Lincoln Park Campus

    Our state-of-art facilities will inspire your children to be ambitious.

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  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire each and every student

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  • Highest Quality Learning

    Our approach to learning gives each individual student the skills to thrive

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  • Love to Learn

    Our students love to learn, and our curriculum encourages inquiring minds and to always aim high

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  • Join Our Family

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one, you and your child will feel at home with us

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  • Stay Connected

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you

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  • Keeping Track of Busy Lives

    Find out about the latest activities and developments in our school, including our new campus developments

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  • Lifelong Values through Skills Development

    The benefits of physical activity extend beyond the gym and work towards children’s inspiration and growth.

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Understanding the Curriculum

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an ambitious, thematic approach to learning. It supports rigorous learning while making all learning exciting, active, and meaningful for children. 

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What the IPC Means for Your Child

Learning with the IPC takes a global approach. It helps children connect their learning to where they are living now and look at learning from the perspective of people around the world. Each half-term, students study a particular topic. The key knowledge, skills, and understanding involved in each topic are covered in specific "Topic" lessons as well as throughout other lessons, such as English, Math, Science, and Art. To provide students with a meaningful learning experience, activities are often project-based and related to relevant and current contexts, such as the presidential elections, climate change, or the Olympic Games. A range of field trips over the course of the year add to the students’ experience and provide a fun way of learning in a variety of settings.

Students’ knowledge, skills, and understanding are steadily built upon over the course of each key stage, allowing students to consolidate their prior learning while simultaneously developing new learning. A range of informal assessment strategies are used. Students become increasingly able to discuss their achievements and set their own targets for improvement.

An IPC Leader

As a leader in providing the IPC, we have the pleasure of inspiring and encouraging teachers and students in their Topic learning. It is our responsibility to ensure that we maintain a broad, internationally-minded curriculum that works across all the subjects we teach. A significant part of our role includes keeping up-to-date with recent developments across all subject areas and acting as a resource for other teachers.

Our IPC goals this year are to ensure:

  • BISC-LP maintains high levels of creativity and challenge in the IPC
  • Learning connects students with real-world contexts and situations
  • Students can successfully discuss their achievements and next steps for improved learning