International Primary Curriculum
Welcome to the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), a truly learning focused, practical and creative curriculum. It is here that children are taught to be independent learners, developing the personal dispositions that make them global citizens in our ever changing world. We have 3 learning goals:
PERSONAL GOALS which demonstrate, ENQUIRY, COMMUNICATION, CO OPERATION, MORALITY, RESILIENCE, RESPECT, ADAPTABILITY, THOUGHTFULNESS AND RESILIENCE. These link well with our school vision of living by the Fruit of the Spirit: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, GENTLENESS, FAITHFULNESS AND SELF CONTROL.
INTERNATIONAL GOALS which help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international, global and intercultural perspective and develop a sense of 'international mindedness'. Each IPC unit has embedded within it, across the different subjects, learning-focused activities that help children start developing a global awareness and gain an increasing sense of themselves, their community and the world around them, as well as inspiring positive action and engagement with global issues.
SUBJECT GOALS: These are the independent subjects that will be taught within the theme or unit. Each teacher follows the same pattern (see diagram) The learner is always at the heart of our learning process and the children are encouraged to research, record and reflect regularly to make assessments on their own progress.
The IPC Learning Process
Entry Point: The entry point is task designed to introduce the new theme, providing an exciting WOW factor to hook the children into their new learning.
Knowledge Harvest: This comes next and provides an opportunity for children to reveal what they already know about the themes they are studying. This bank of knowledge can then be added to, developed and even challenged by the teacher, throughout the children’s learning.
Big Picture: This involves the teacher explaining the 'big idea' of the unit of learning before research and recording new learning with regular opportunities for reflecting.
Research/Recording/Reflecting: Each IPC unit has a research activity and a recording activity. Research activities always precede the recording activities. During research activities, children use a variety of methods and work in different group sizes to find out a range of information. During the recording activities, children interpret the learning they have researched and have the opportunity to demonstrate, share and explain their learning in different ways. There are regular opportunities for the children to reflect on what they have learnt and make judgements on how much they now understand.
The exit point has two main purposes. First, to help children evaluate their learning from the unit and also, to celebrate the learning that has taken place. The children
are encouraged to answer these questions, “What new things do I now know?” (KNOWLEDGE) “What can I now do? (SKILLS) and “What do I understand as a result of my studies? (UNDERSTANDING) “What do I still need to find out?” “How does this help me understand more about the world and what can I do to make a difference?” “What personal goals have I demonstrated and what could I do to improve?
Please click below to download the curriculum outline for each year group.
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