Primary school is an important milestone. So many things happen here: teeth fall out, children go from letter recognition to reading weighty tomes, and mere obedience (“because I said so”) is enhanced by wisdom and making good choices. We are privileged to usher children down this path. Above all, we want to build curious people who have a positive association with learning, while continually applying it to real-life service for others.
Within our primary curriculum, we place emphasis on literacy (reading, writing and communicating well in English and French, as well as being a good listener) and maths, with a host of other subjects covered in an integrated way.
Lighthouse Primary School is a member school of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is an innovative international approach to primary education originally developed for schools set up by Royal Dutch Shell Corporation, and it is now used by schools in more than 90 countries worldwide. Some of the hallmarks of the IPC are:
Subjects are taught in an integrated manner through thematic units which tie them together and make the learning process stimulating and thorough. This means students may study a topic, such as ancient governments or plant-based nutrition, for four to six weeks at a time, in all of the disciplines.
Internationalism (a sense of one’s own culture and the development of an understanding of others) and personal development are embedded within each theme.
Teaching methods are varied and flexible, take different learning approaches into account, and aim to be “high challenge – low stress.”
Assessment measures not only knowledge but also skills and understanding, particular to each learner’s capacity.
For more information on the IPC, please click here.
Within this framework, Lighthouse’s leadership team selects the specific learning resources which are in line with the school’s objectives, philosophy and context of Mauritius. Generally speaking, a typical day would include languages and maths taught in the morning, while geography, history, sciences, the arts, physical education, and civics (including community awareness and service) can be taught in an integrated and experiential way.
Another important part of our primary programme is in-curricular clubs and sports. We believe it is healthy to expose children to varied and changing learning opportunities. Each term, students may select from a number of different clubs and sports to attend twice a week. The offerings change, but clubs have included Forest School, Drama, Creative Writing, Woodworking, Glass Painting, Gardening and Cooking, among other subjects. Sport exposure has included swimming, athletics, netball, football, cricket and volleyball.
Our entire primary programme features certain things that make Lighthouse special, which continue into our secondary school. To get a glimpse of these distinctives of “the Lighthouse way,” please check out our Philosophy of Education.