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Madinat Khalifa Primary Headlines | Monday, 27 May 2019

Dear Parents,

As you may be aware, we are an International Primary Curriculum (IPC) school.

After the Eid break, we have an accreditation visit which we fully expect to pass with flying colours. We will then join a select group of only 18 schools that have achieved the full IPC Accreditation.

We will be looking for a group of MK Primary parents to meet with the Accreditation Team, if you are interested in being part of this group please contact Miss Bastone (Lorraine.bastone@nais.qa)

But what is the IPC?

The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 5 to 11 year olds. The curriculum design focuses on improving learning and is guided by three key questions:

  1. What kind of world will our children live and work in?
  2. What kinds of personal qualities and dispositions will help our children to succeed in the world?
  3. What kinds of learning experiences will our children need to prepare them for the future? 

The A to Z of IPC

Assessment

The IPC is assessed by teachers on a daily basis. Children’s knowledge, skills and understanding are evaluated in their tasks. Assessment is tracked over a two-year cycle within mileposts.

Big Picture

This highlights the learning that will be happening in each unit. This is shared with the children at the start of the unit and forms the unit letter which is sent to parents. It mentions which subjects will be covered within the unit offers a brief summary of the tasks.

Brainwave

This unit is taught at the start of the academic year and focuses upon the brain. By learning about how we learn (metacognition), our children have a deeper understanding of the learning process.

DIRT

Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time.

This is time set aside within lessons which gives children, and teachers, the opportunity to think about how well they are learning. Within this time, the children contemplate how much progress they have made and what their next steps are. This helps to form assessments and future planning.

Entry Point

The start of any IPC unit is the Entry Point. This creative and fun lesson provides the WOW factor to hook the children’s learning. This is often referred back to during the unit.

An Entry Point takes on many different forms and can include an educational visit, an outside speaker, themed days, scavenger hunts, to name but a few.

Exit Point

At the end of a unit, the Exit Point acts as a celebration of all of the learning that has taken place. This may take many forms but usually involves the children sharing their learning in an interesting and innovative manner. Parents and peers are usually invited to a class’ Exit Point event.

Explaining the Theme

Like the Big Picture, the Explaining the Theme summarises the learning which will happen during the unit. This is referred to during the unit to highlight which subjects are being taught.

International Mindedness

Our school definition:

Knowing who I am and where I fit into this world, whilst respecting the similarities and differences between nationalities, cultures and traditions.

We bring this into each lesson, as appropriate, and treat this as our ninth Personal Goal. Teachers plan activities which look at home and host countries, e.g. Spain (home) and Qatar (host).

Knowledge

Simply, what we know.

Our Milepost 3 definition:

Gathering information and investigation facts about the word around us. It is recognising what is true and what is false.

Knowledge Harvest

A lesson in which the children have the chance to show what they already know about the IPC unit which will be taught. The information provided by a knowledge harvest allows the teacher to plan relevant lessons which provide new learning. This is referred back to throughout the unit so that children can add what they have learnt.

Learning Journey

The rigorous process through which we teach and learn in the IPC. This incorporates The Entry Point, Knowledge Harvest, The Big Picture – Explaining the Theme, Research and Recording Activities concluding with the Exit Point.

Mileposts

The IPC is taught in a two-year cycle. Milepost 1 is Year 1 and 2; Milepost 2 is Year 3 and 4 and Milepost 3 is Year 5 and 6.

Music

Music at Compass International School Doha is linked to both the IPC and the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme. Many units have musical elements within them.

Personal Goals

Our eight Personal Goals are:

  • Adaptability – Being ready to change.
  • Communication - Giving and receiving information.
  • Cooperation - Learning as a team.
  • Enquiry - Finding out more.
  • Morality – Making responsible choices.
  • Resilience - Keep trying without giving up.
  • Respect - Thinking about others.
  • Thoughtfulness - Trying new ideas.

These are constantly reinforced across the school and help our students to develop the qualities needed to be successful in the future.

Physical Education

We teach P.E. through the IPC as well as the English National Curriculum and the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme (for dance). Many units have physical education elements within them.

Research Activities

The other type of task within a unit. Through research, the children deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. There are many ways for our students to research; talking, reading, using the internet, videos, observations etc.

Recording Activities

One of the two types of task within a unit. This is where the children show off their new knowledge, skills and understanding. There are countless ways in which our students record learning; writing, drama, song, art, videos etc.

Rigour

An environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, is supported so he or she can learn at high levels, and each student demonstrates learning at high levels.

Skills

Simply, what we can do.

Our Milepost 3 definition:

Actions that we are able to take to enhance our learning and improve our performance.

Subjects

The subjects taught within the IPC are independent yet interdependent.

The subjects included within the IPC are Geography, Science, Design Technology, History, ICT, Art and Society, International, Music and Physical Education. Meaningful cross-curricular links are made with English and Mathematics.

Understanding

Using our knowledge and skills in different contexts to develop deeper connections in our learning and the wider world.

Unit

A collection of lessons of different subjects which are joined by a common theme. Examples include, Fairgrounds in Year 6, Active Planet in Year 4 and The Magic Toymaker in Year 2.

Have a great week.

Jimmy Frawley
Head of Primary, Madinat Khalifa Campus