The Primary School starts from Grade 1 to Grade 5, for children between the age of 6 and 10 years old.
Excelsior International School follows an inquiry-based approach to learning. Our curriculum is based around the highly successful and child-centred International Primary Curriculum (IPC). It is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness. We further strengthen the curriculum through the use of the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum framework for Literacy and Numeracy.
The learning goals of the primary curriculum are split into three age bands – Milepost 1 for Kindergarten to Grade 1; Milepost 2 for Grade 2 to Grade 3; and Milepost 3 for Grade 4 to Grade 5. Within each age band, there are three strands of Learning Goals: Subject Goals, Personal Goals and International Goals. Subjects include History, Geography, Science, Art, Design, Information Technology (IT), Physical Education (PE), Music and Society. Through the units of work, links are made to the host and home countries.
The child's teacher will inform the parents about which units of work the class will study during the year through an informative, regular curriculum letter. It will be clearly indicated in the letter, to which Learning Goals are being addressed in that unit of study. Parents will have many opportunities to be involved with their children in the IPC work. For more information, please visit the website at www.greatlearning.com/ipc/
THE IPC LEARNING GOALS
The IPC Learning Goals are the foundation of the IPC. The IPC Learning Goals define what children are expected to know, what they should be able to do, and the understandings they will develop in their academic, personal and international learning. The IPC Learning Goals are defined in each age phase: Milepost 1 (ages 5-7 years), Milepost 2 (ages 7-9 years) and Milepost 3 (ages 9-12 years). These learning goals guide learning and teaching and help to focus assessment. We believe that the IPC Learning Goals are equal to or exceed those of an curriculum in the world.
We have three types of Learning Goals: