"holistic development of learners through enjoyable academic, personal and international learning that prepares them for opportunities and challenges now and in the future"
The IPC is a cross-curricular, thematic curriculum that incorporates much of the new research into learning styles. It nicely compliments the English National Curriculum, being used by over 250 schools in the UK.
Learning is given a global approach with the IPC. This helps children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries.
At the very heart of the IPC is a clarity about what children should learn. There are specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning.
Subject learning goals are written in one of three different ways:
- ‘Knowledge’ refers to factual information. (The capital of Qatar is Doha.) Knowledge is relatively straightforward to teach, even if it is not always easy to recall.
- ‘Skills’ refers to things children are able to do. (I can carry out an investigation in science, read a map or research a book.) Skills have to be learned practically. The IPC is an active, practical curriculum for much of the time.
- ‘Understanding’ refers to the consideration of big ideas. Understanding is always developing. None of us ever ‘gets there’. (Try saying ‘I understand the idea of beauty’.) Understanding cannot be taught. Instead we provide a whole range of different experiences through which children’s understandings can deepen.
These learning goals are carefully aligned with the outcomes of the National Curriculum of England and ensure our students have a broad, but balanced learning programme that prepares them for their move to secondary education.
‘International mindedness’ asks children to look beyond their host country and home country borders to see how different countries are interconnected, and attempts to engage students in dialogue and understanding about living in different countries.
‘Personal learning goals’ ensure children are taught in such a way that they become adaptable, ethical, resilient, empathetic, respectful, thinkers, communicators and collaborators.
Units of Work
At the heart of the IPC is a bank of over 130 exciting, engaging and globally relevant thematic units of work. Each unit is themed, combining a progression of activities spanning each of the main subject areas and tightly coupled with resources, learning goals and assessment.
These units have been written and titled to appeal to children. We won’t just do ‘history’ in the IPC. We may look at some historical aspects related to ‘People of the Past’ or ‘Scavengers and Settlers’ or ‘Time Travellers’. Children are naturally excited by a theme that they recognise, or can easily link to their world. Within each unit, children will explore a number of subjects such as art, geography, history, ICT, music, PE, science etc.
You can find out more about The International Primary Curriculum here.