International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning. It is flexible and can be adapted to children's interests and level of understanding. The IPC has nearly 130 different thematic units of learning, designed to appeal to children’s interests and help them to learn more about the world around them.
The children learn and develop knowledge, skills and understanding through engaging and purposeful activities in Science, Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Language Arts, Music, Art and Society. There are opportunities for the children to apply their English and Maths skills in each unit.
Through its ‘personal learning goals’, the IPC provides opportunities for children to develop, experience and practise the qualities and attitudes they will find essential in the 21st century. There are eight IPC ‘personal learning goals’ - enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability.
‘International learning goals’ are unique to the IPC and help the children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international and intercultural perspective. Each thematic IPC unit includes an international aspect, to help develop a sense of ‘international mindedness’.
There are typically 6-8 thematic units each year, lasting between 3 and 6 weeks. Each unit follows the same process (see diagram) and ends with an ‘Exit Point’. This is an opportunity for the children to show and talk about their work in a variety of ways – to both peers and to their parents.
Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE) and some aspects of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) sit outside the IPC and will continue to be taught as now, using existing schemes.
The curriculum is divided into 3 Milestones - Year 1 and 2 (Milestone 1), Year 2 and 4 (Milestone 2) and Year 5 and 6 (Milestone 3).
Please watch the following videos (from our 'home learning' during lockdown) to get a flavour of what an IPC topic covers:
Further information about the IPC can be found here:
- Helping your child with their learning Knowledge Skills Understanding
- Helping your child with their learning The ten things you can say to your child
- International Primary Curriculum IPC Curriculum Guide
- IPC Helping your child understand their place in the world
- IPC Parent Presentation
Documents showing curriculum coverage over each Milestone and for 2019-20 can be found here: