The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an innovative approach to primary and kindergarten years education. It is based on a set of well-defined goals for every subject, for personal development and, uniquely, for the development of ‘international mindedness’.
By following the IPC, we can:
- Focus on active participation at all times.
- Teach within an international context.
- Engage a child’s mind from the first word.
- Make learning exciting and meaningful.
The IPC programme helps children develop their personal strengths and potential, attaining the skills they need for a lifetime of learning. Play is also respected as an essential part of a child’s learning and social development.
Learning goals are linked to the development of knowledge, skills and understanding. The IPC provides for the different ways children learn, are taught and assessed.
The IPC for grades 1 to 5
The IPC focuses entirely on learning and creating a suitable teaching environment, with clearly defined outcomes. Standards are described in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding. The IPC seeks to build self awareness, acknowledging the difficulties facing the international child.
At the heart of the IPC is a central bank of work units — each appropriate for one of three different age groups: 5-7 years, 7-9 years and 9-12 years. The learning goals are interdisciplinary and themed so as to be of interest to children, respecting their own knowledge, understanding and inquisitiveness.
Examples of themes includes Treasure, Rainforest, Mission to Mars and Beyond and Fit for Life. Each unit lasts between four and eight weeks, and children learn many of their subjects through these common themes so that their learning is more meaningful.
Each unit fosters different learning styles. For example, research activities allow children to develop both independent and group skills with access to audio-visual material.
Assessment is ongoing and continuous. It focuses on learning targets that have been set and differentiated by outcome and by goal.
The IPC for Early Years (3-5 year-olds)
The IPC Early Years programme helps children develop the skills and attitudes they will need throughout a lifetime of learning. It provides a complete educational experience where play is an essential part of a child’s learning and social development.
The IPC Early Years has learning goals that encompass the academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions.
Children’s learning must match their personal needs. Classroom learning must be relevant, active and meaningful, and children must be engaged in their own learning process.
Children learn with fun and make their own choices and judgements, developing to their full potential. The IPC is designed to promote a sincere love of learning.
Teachers assess the quality of learning through a range of evaluation opportunities. We examine knowledge, skills and understanding in three areas: Subjects, Personal Development and International Understanding.
Children learn to get along, to question in a way that is helpful, to be proud of their own heritage and respectful of those of others. They appreciate that independence and interdependence are key social and learning tools.
The International Primary Curriculum is being used in more than 1,000 schools in 65 countries around the world.