Our Curriculum

  • Join our community

IPC Program

Date: March 17, 2020 Author: The Intercultural School Categories: Our Curriculum

The International Primary Curriculum is a curriculum that is being used in over 1800 schools in over 90 countries around the world. It was launched in 2000 having been created by a team of leading experts in children’s learning from around the world.

PHOTO-2019-12-19-09-32-24Year 6 pupil: ‘The IPC is an exciting curriculum where we learn new things making us very knowledgeable for now and the future’.


Things parents should know about the IPC

The goal of the IPC is for children to focus upon a combination of academic, personal and international learning and through the IPC develop all the skills children will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

Children learn through a series of IPC units of work. Each unit of work has a theme that today’s children find interesting and relevant. Children learn many of their subjects through this one common theme so that their learning has meaning to them.

Linking subjects means that children can make lots  of  connections  with  their  learning.  The more connections the brain can make, the better a child can learn.

The IPC is not just ‘topic’ learning. Although the learning is based around a theme, the learning that the children do within that theme has very distinct outcomes to ensure that children are learning exactly what they need to.

No-body can predict the nature of work and life opportunities that will be available for our children in the future. Many of the jobs don’t yet exist! The IPC focuses on a skills based approach to prepare our children for the fast changing world they will be living in.

So that you know what your child will be learning in the IPC and how you can continue learning at home, you will receive a letter at the start of each unit.

Within the IPC, Learning Goals are the foundation  on  which  the  IPC  is  built.  They define what children might be expected to know, what they might be able to do and the understandings they might develop in their learning. At ISB, we use the terms: knowledge, skill and understanding when referring to the different ways of learning. This is explained further on the next page.

Types of Learning in the IPC

1. Children will be learning…

Facts that we think we need to know. This is information that we know is true and the way we answer a knowledge  question will be either right or wrong. For example: Paris is the capital of France. That’s knowledge.

2. Children will be learning skills…

Finding out how to do things. Skills are practical and can be described as ‘being able’ to do something. For  example:  being able to tie shoe laces, being able to  read  a  map.  There  are  skills within every subject that children study at school. Skills take time to develop and  as  we  learn,  we learn   skills   in  small   progressive steps.

3. Children will be learning understanding…

Developing a sense of the meaning  behind  why  we  know and do things. Understanding involves a combination of accumulated knowledge, practised skills and reflection over time. The ‘lightbulb’ moment that.

Assessment and the IPC

Within the IPC, children are assessed during each unit of work.  Key skills taken from the Learning Goals are assessed within a range of subjects. Children are measured against the key skills (known as rubrics) as being: beginning,  developing  or  mastering.  As with all learning, opportunities to improve are given following any assessment.