The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international-mindedness and for personal learning. The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach: helping children to connect their learning to where they now live as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 90 countries around the world.
Children learn best when they want to learn. That’s why the IPC has over 80 different thematic units of learning; all child-friendly, modern-day topics appealing to all ages of primary children. Children are exposed to a holistic learning process where Teachers use the theme as the hook, the learning platform, in order to excite and engage children.
The theme enables young children to remain motivated through the learning of science, geography, history and other subjects. Within each theme, the IPC suggests many ideas for collaborative learning, for project-based activities, for learning outside the classroom, for role play, and for peer based learning.
The IPC’s engaging approach also encourages parental involvement as children, inspired by their learning, talk freely to parents and family members about what they’ve done at school and often choose to continue their learning at home. Parental involvement is also promoted through learning-focused letters, extended learning ideas, and end of unit ‘Exit Point’ events.
The Learning Journey
A unit of learning is completed in six stages. Firstly, an Entry Point is an activity that introduces students to a specific unit of work. Next, teachers grasp how much a student already knows by conducting a Knowledge Harvest. Then teachers will give an overview of the theme in The Big Picture. Students begin to study a particular unit of learning and carry out Subject Research and Recording Activities. A unit of learning ends with an Exit Point where students present their recording activities to teachers and parents.
Students in the IPC are given subject goals, personal learning goals and international learning goals according to which phase they are in. The IPC is divided into Milepost 1 (Ages 5 – 7), Milepost 2 (Ages 7 – 9) and Milepost 3 (Ages 9 – 11). Subject goals are achieved when students grasp the knowledge, skills and understanding related to a unit of learning. Personal goals aim to shape students into curious, resilient and thoughtful individuals. International learning goals help to develop students who are internationally minded.
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