The LIS mission is to provide an environment in which all Lancerians will become lifelong learners, who are responsible, disciplined, and ethical citizens of the world. Lancerians are understanding and respectful towards people of all races and cultures

Lancers International School strives to develop global citizens who make a difference to the world. LIS is authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate (IB). Teaching and learning at Lancers International School utilizes the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme that incorporates national and international curriculum standards.

International-mindedness is central to Lancers International School’s mission. Lancerian students who complete the PYP establish a personal set of values, inherit the completeness of nature, and lay the foundation upon which international-mindedness develop and flourish. 

The attributes of such a learner are listed in the learner profile. The attributes of the learner profile are appropriate to, and achievable by, all primary year students.

Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learningThey actively enjoy learning and this love                         of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range   of disciplines.


Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.


Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in   collaboration with others.


Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequesces that accompany them.            


Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of views, and are willing to grow from experience.  


Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.                 


Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.                 


Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. 


Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to my own learning and analyse my personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner. 

They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

In the PYP, a balance is sought between the development of conceptual understanding, acquisition of essential knowledge and approaches to learning, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking of responsible action.

In terms of achieving this balance, the five essential elements of the curriculum are emphasised.

These are the significant, relevant and engaging subject matter we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding.


Transdisciplinary Themes

In the PYP, there are six transdisciplinary themes in the context of programme of international education. These themes have global significance for all students in all cultures. These themes offer students the opportunity to explore the commonalities of human experience, contribute to a transdisciplinary model of teaching and learning and to the common ground that unifies the curriculum in all PYP schools.  

Lancerian students inquire into and learn about globally significant issues in the context of units of inquiry. Students in the Foundation, Nursery and Kindergarten study four units of inquiry while Grades 1 – 5 classes complete six units of inquiry each year. Each unit addresses a central idea relevant to a particular transdisciplinary theme. Lines of inquiry are identified to define the scope of the central idea for each unit.

The grade level units of inquiry collectively constitute the LIS programme of inquiry. Our transdisciplinary programme of inquiry is a result of collaborative work and it aims to provide students with experiences that are coherent and connected throughout their time in the school.


The six themes are as follows:


Who We Are     

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.


Where We Are in Place and Time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.


How the World Works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.



How we Organise Ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.


How We Express Ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.



Sharing the Planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Concepts:  What do we understand?

Concepts are powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in-depth understanding.

                                    FORM                                                      FUNCTION

                                    CAUSATION                                            CHANGE

                                    CONNECTION                                         PERSPECTIVE

                                    REFLECTION                                           RESPONSIBILITY



Skills:  What can we do?

Skills are capabilities that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world.  


Thinking Skills

Acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, dialectical thought and metacognition   

Social Skills

Accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group decision-making and adopting to a variety of roles

Communication Skills

Listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting, non-verbal communication

Self-management Skills

Gross motor skills, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, healthy lifestyle, codes of behavior and informed choices

Research Skills

Formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording data, organizing data, interpreting data and presenting research findings


Attitudes are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment, and people. 


In PYP schools, students should demonstrate:


AppreciationAppreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.


CommitmentBeing committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self discipline and responsibility.


ConfidenceFeeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and    choices.


CooperationCooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.


CreativityBeing creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.


CuriosityBeing curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.


EmpathyImagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about  the perspectives of others.


EnthusiasmEnjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the process.


IndependenceThinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.


IntegrityBeing honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.


RespectRespecting themselves, others and the world around them.


ToleranceBeing sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.


These are demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behavior through positive action and service: a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements.






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Lancers International School strives to develop global citizens who make a difference to the world. LIS is authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate (IB).


The curriculum is modeled with the student at the centre of the approach, guided by the learner profile and the Approaches to Teaching & Learning. The diploma programme has six subject areas which the students study during the two years along with the three core components.


Lancers International School is authorised to offer the Middle Years Programme. We are now an IB continuum school, with the authorisation for the PYP, MYP, DP.

LIS strives to develop global citizens who make a difference to the world. LIS is authorized to offer the PYP of the IB, the leading curriculum framework for primary students today.
PYP students inquire into and learn about globally significant issues in the context of units of inquiry. Children construct important personal connections through these units of inquiry.
PYP students take responsible action as a result of learning. Students at LIS are provided opportunities to build a better and more peaceful world through various opportunities for taking action.
We recognize that students of the 21st century learn best through direct encounters rather than through abstract and formal academic procedures. Technology is used as a tool to connect, inquire, collaborate on and explores units of inquiry.
Extension activities in the PYP aim to enthuse experiential learning. Experiential learning is vital in the holistic development of children and assists in their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Learning engagements are differentiated to support individual needs.