A) International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
ZISPP uses the UK-standards based IPC (International Primary Curriculum) with a values-based approach to academic, physical, emotional, and social development for its.
The IPC uses an inquiry based approach to learning which provides “real-life” as well as role playing situations for students to gain practical and experiential knowledge intertwined with research and skills development. We see each student as a unique individual with specific needs, goals, and dreams for the future. Students and teachers work in partnership to explore learning through a theme based approach. The IPC focuses on Knowledge (what we already know), Skills (concerned with abilities [I am able to]) and Understandings which are developed as we acquire new knowledge and skills. students.
There is a focus on Appropriate Learning, whereby new concepts are linked to prior learning and a need to be age and experience appropriate [It needs to make sense].
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is used more than 1,800 schools in more than 90 countries around the world and it has been developed to focus on four major goals. They are:
- To help children learn the subject knowledge, skills and understanding they need to become aware of the world around them (adaptability, thoughtfulness)
- To help children develop the personal skills they need to take an active part in the world throughout their lives (resilient, self-motivated learners)
- To help children develop an international mindset alongside their awareness of their own nationality (global, moral, ethical, citizens)
- To do each of these in ways which take into account up-to-date research on how children learn as well as how to encourage them to become life-long learners.( enquiry, respect)
The IPC structure is simple, yet very comprehensive. Incorporated into each learning unit are:
- Learning goals
- The Learning Goals define what children might be expected to know, what they might be able to do and the understanding they might develop as they move through school.
- Learning targets / Subject goals
- The subject goals cover the knowledge, the skills and the understandings.
- Personal goals
- These refer to those individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. They help to develop those qualities that will enable children to be at ease with the continually changing context of their lives.
- International goals
- The International Primary Curriculum is unique in defining learning goals that help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national and international perspective.
The beauty of this particular curriculum is that it is experiential learning which focuses on the process of learning.
- Entry Point: The entry point is an activity for children that begins each unit of work and provides an introduction to the work that is to follow.
- Knowledge Harvest: The knowledge harvest takes place in the early stages of each unit and provides an opportunity for children to reveal what they already know about the themes they are studying.
- Explain The Theme: This activity involves the teacher helping the children to see how the theme will apply across all subject areas.
- Big Picture: The big picture provides teachers and students with specific points of research they need to develop knowledge, skills and understandings in.
- Research Activity:
During research activities, children use a variety of methods and work in different group sizes to find out a range of information.
- Recording Activity:
Here, children interpret the learning they have researched and have the opportunity to demonstrate, share and explain their learning a variety of ways.
This is where students demonstrate their progress in knowledge, skills and understandings
B) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
ZISPP emphasizes the preparation of students for excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (STEM). We use up-to-date technology to maximize the student's opportunity for individual growth, creativity, and learning. Technology skills are becoming increasingly important both in Cambodia and in the world. ZISPP prepares its students with the technological skills they need right from the start of their educational experience and throughout their journey of learning and individual growth.
We believe that children learn best by doing; therefore our hands-on curriculum focuses more on collaboration with other peers positioning the teacher as a facilitator - guiding and helping students explore their learning journey.