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.
What the IPC Means for Your Child
Learning with the IPC takes a global approach. It helps children connect their learning to where they are living now and look at learning from the perspective of people around the world. Each half-term, students study a particular topic. The key knowledge, skills, and understanding involved in each topic are covered in specific "Topic" lessons as well as throughout other lessons, such as English, Math, Science, and Art. To provide students with a meaningful learning experience, 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’ 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. Students become increasingly able to discuss their achievements and set their own targets for improvement.
An IPC Leader
As a leader in providing the IPC, we have the pleasure of inspiring and encouraging teachers and students in their Topic learning. It is our responsibility to ensure that 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 across all subject areas and acting as a resource for other teachers.
Our IPC goals this year are to ensure:
- BISC-LP maintains high levels of creativity and challenge in the IPC
- Learning connects students with real-world contexts and situations
- Students can successfully discuss their achievements and next steps for improved learning