What the IPC Means for Your Child
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an ambitious, thematic approach to learning. It supports rigorous learning while making all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping 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. Each half-term, students study a particular topic. The key knowledge, skills and understanding involved in each topic are covered not only in specific ‘Topic’ lessons but can also be explored in lessons such as English, Math, Science and Art for example. In order to provide students with as meaningful an experience as possible, activities are often project-based and related to relevant and current contexts, such as the presidential elections, climate change or the Olympic Games. A range of field trips over the course of the year add to the students’ experience and provide a fun way of learning in a variety of settings.
Students’ key knowledge, skills and understanding are steadily built upon over the course of each key stage, allowing students to consolidate their prior learning while simultaneously developing new learning. A range of informal assessment strategies are used and students become increasingly able to discuss their achievements and set their own targets for improvement.
As leaders of the International Primary Curriculum, we have the pleasure of inspiring and encouraging both the teachers and the students in their Topic learning. Although it could be easy to think of the IPC as focusing on history and geography, it is our responsibility to ensure that as a school, we maintain a broad, internationally-minded curriculum that works across all the subjects we teach. A significant part of our role includes keeping up-to-date with recent developments in the subject area and acting as a resource for other teachers. Our goals this year are: to ensure that BISC-LP maintains high levels of creativity and challenge in the IPC; to ensure that the learning connects students with ‘real’ world contexts and situations; and to ensure that students can successfully discuss their achievements and next steps for improved learning. We have an exciting and busy year ahead of us.