« Learning for life, not for school »

Updated: Oct 24, 2021



1. The motto « Learning for life, not for school » in our curriculum framework


We believe that in this ever-changing globalised world, academic skills alone are not enough and that our students need to be equipped with competences to apply knowledge they learn at school in their everyday life.

We also think that there is too much competition, testing, rankings going on in our country and we want to offer an alternative primary school system based on less tests/exams for our children to evolve in a stress free environment, more FUN, CREATIVITY & PLAY, EXPLORATION but STILL NOT COMPROMIZING ON ACADEMIC LEARNING.

Therefore, our curriculum is based on 10 principles:

  1. provide our pupils with a bilingual education (French-English) through storytelling, role play, interactions, book club and creative writing

  2. promote arts and drama as key features to develop communication skills, creativity and body mouvement

  3. cultivate cross-cutting skills

  4. teach within multi-age groups and organize Personalized Workshops (according to the Montessori method)

  5. adhere to the Ministry of Education’s programme in History and geography and offer a World Discovery module

  6. encourage general knowledge and critical thinking (through our module CAS)

  7. Give tools to our pupils so they can explore and question the world around them

  8. Integrate creativity and play in all subjects

  9. Promote collaboration (quiz, group work, projects, research, role play...) and autonomy (individual tasks)

  10. use an integrated approach so that teaching and learning transcend subjects allowing students to view this interconnected world through a wider lens.

2. The motto « Learning for life, not for school » in our daily practices


To implement these principles and the motto « Learning for life, not for school » in our daily practices, we enjoy the theme-based approach which is an integrated approach that transcends subjects, allowing students to view this interconnected world through a wider lens.


Here is a concrete example of a theme-based-learning at The Fenix School:



3. Our pupils « learning for life, not for school »



More to come next week - our third and last week working on this outstanding project.


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