The International Primary Curriculum is a creative and engaging curriculum that focuses on the process of learning and is accompanied by the learning goals: communication, cooperation, morality, thoughtfulness, respect, resilience, enquiry and adaptability. As a school we continue to acknowledge the different learning goals throughout the children’s daily activities.
The IPC curriculum fosters our mission and vision statement. It allows children to be curious, creative, and globally aware. It is designed to make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning through the IPC takes a global approach. It helps children connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other countries. The children continue to be internationally minded by celebrating other cultures, religions, learning about the history of the world and keeping up with current events.
At Ambrosoli children from Year 1-6 follow the IPC curriculum. The units cover a range of themes which are relevant and appropriate for different age groups. For example the younger children’s learning is based on topics such as ‘The circus’ or ‘Toys’ which enable children to draw on their own experiences. The older children study more in-depth topics about the planet or the human body. There are units for 3 different mileposts. Milepost 1 is for years 1 and 2, milepost 2 is for years 3 and 4 and milepost 3 is for years 5 and 6. For the last few years we have incorporated a whole-school unit where all the children are learning about the same topic at the same time. This allows the opportunity for an entire school entry or exit point and for all our children to cooperate and communicate as a whole.
The IPC units support the development of knowledge, skills, and understanding in the following subjects: history, geography, science, technology, international and social. It is also incorporated into ICT, PE, music, and many English and maths topics. Knowledge refers to the factual information that children are able to recall, the skills are things that the children are able to do. Skills can be practiced and are more transferable then knowledge. Our current assessment tool; Classroom Monitor is used to assess the children’s skills. The understanding refers to the development or ‘grasping’ of conceptual ideas. It is the moment when children really understand what they have been learning and are able to derive a deeper meaning of the topic.
The children really enjoy learning through the IPC. It is an exciting curriculum that helps to prepare the children for the future by teaching topics that are up-to-date and relevant.