The Primary curriculum is directed by the Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science only. The curriculum is adapted to suit the needs of the school’s international community. The Curriculum Framework provides a solid foundation in English, Mathematics and Science that is relevant and useful to students and teachers across the world. The assessment criteria has been developed to ensure progression, breadth and balance in the curriculum and to evaluate individual children’s progress. The Social Studies curriculum is delivered with the host country and the theme of internationalism in mind. This mirrors our Mission statement. It looks at the history and geography of Zambia and other places around the world. LICS delivers the following subjects via specialist teachers: Art, ICT, French, Physical Education (PE) and Music. LICS emphasizes an integrated approach to the delivery of the different curriculum areas, when and where appropriate. The Primary School endeavours to involve students in Community Service, linking this to an integrated approach to the curriculum. Learning Support is provided for those students with specific needs.
The curriculum is detailed and the school aims to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that is geared to the abilities of the children in the different year groups. The curriculum also caters for the individual needs of the child in the way it is delivered through differentiated planning and the teaching and learning styles of the individual.
There are two types of assessment – Formative and Summative. LICS uses both, depending on the rationale for collecting data. The main aim of assessment is to inform the teachers and parents of the strengths and weaknesses of each student and this in turn informs the teacher of the next stage of the planning process, whereby targets will be set to enable the student to move on to the next stage of his/her learning.
In Literacy, Numeracy and Science we administer regular ongoing assessments which enable teachers to monitor individual students and define whether they are meeting expectations within individual subjects.
In Literacy the children experience spelling, reading and writing assessments throughout the year. This helps the teachers to gauge how much progress has been made, or indeed to enable the teachers to devise strategies to further improve the students’ performance, or to ascertain if there is evidence of value added performance, if the student is not attaining his/her levels according to age.
In Science the school administers end of unit assessments based on the Cambridge curriculum. This is carried out approximately every 6 weeks.
Years 3-5 students sit Cambridge Progression Tests in English, Maths and Science, which prepare them for the Checkpoint tests in Year 6. The progression Tests are summative assessments equivalent to an end of year assessment, to give a general idea of where the students are in comparison to their peers.
The school uses the Accelerated Reading Programme (ARP) which assesses children’s reading levels on a continuous basis. The programme aims to improve children’s comprehension skills by setting regular quizzes on line. The children can access the quizzes anywhere they have access to the internet. It also enables parents to follow their children’s progress. The aim of the programme is to extend children’s reading to a level which challenges them, rather than a level they are comfortable with. The children are set individual targets which they aim to meet with great enthusiasm.
Physical Education in Primary School
Students in the Primary School at LICS receive two sessions a week with a specialist PE teacher. Students are graded on swimming ability with Flying Fish and Diving Ducks alternating between swimming and games or other activities. The primary PE curriculum is based upon the British National Curriculum using the Val Sabin Schemes of Work for games, athletics, dance and gymnastics and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) for swimming assessments and badges. We also use many other resources focusing on the British curriculum like TOPS Sports, Young Leaders Awards and QCA recommendations. PE develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. Our high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity.
Curricular sports include: Swimming, Mini Volleyball, Netball, Leadership, Ball Skills, Multi Skills, Dance, Gymnastics, Athletics, Invasion Games, Net Wall Games, and Striking & Fielding Games.
Activities offered to primary students every afternoon include Mini Volleyball, swimming team, Netball, Chess, Dance, ZumbaTM Fitness, Tennis, Karate, Rugby, beginners’ Swimming, intermediate Swimming, Ballet and MonkeyNastixTM. Some of these are delivered by LICS staff, PE staff or outside coaches with particular expertise. All students are audited on the activities they like doing and some sessions are delivered more than once a week.
All students in the primary school participate in inter-house events throughout the year for the four Houses: MOPANE, EBONY, TAMARIND & ACACIA. Events include swimming galas, mini Volleyball, Football, Netball and Hockey tournaments; Cross Country, Athletics, the LICS Olympics, and Sports Days.
Inter House results go towards the overall house winners at the end of the year.
ISAZ AND OTHER COMPETITIONS
Independent Schools Association of Zambia is the organisation to which we are affiliated for many different programmes including the sports competition programme. LICS is a member with ISAZ and competes with other schools in Lusaka and Zambia. An annual timetable of events is set up for all age groups from U9’s to U19’s in a variety of sports.
- TERM 1: Swimming, Mini Volleyball, Volleyball and Basketball.
- TERM 2: Cross country, Netball and Football.
- TERM 3: Athletics and Hockey.