The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. The Learning Goals are the foundation on which the International Primary Curriculum is built.
The Learning Goals define what children might be expected to know, what they might be able to do and the understanding they might develop as they move through school. Well written learning goals guide teaching and learning and help to focus assessment and evaluation.
The subject goals
The subject goals cover the knowledge (the facts and information children might learn), the skills (those practical abilities children need to be able to do) and the understandings (the deeper awareness of key concepts which develops over time). There are subject Learning Goals for Language, Arts, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.
There is a distinct learning process with every IPC unit, providing a structured approach to make sure that children’s learning experiences are as stimulating and rigorous as possible.
How do we know children have learned?
The IPC is a learning-focused curriculum; designed to help children learn and to enjoy what they are learning. To be learning-focused means that we have to be assessment and evaluation-focused too. Both assessment and evaluation matter because they are ways in which we find out whether children are learning. Knowledge, skills and understanding are learned differently, therefore taught differently and assessed or evaluated differently:
Knowledge is about facts. Facts are right or wrong. The easiest way to find out whether children have learned facts is a regular test - we all know how to do that.
Skills are practical and experiential. Skills aren’t right or wrong; they are developmental and so the IPC talks about beginning, developing and mastering when it comes to skills learning. The boundaries between these three levels are not clear-cut and different people have different ideas of what each stage looks like.
At Stourfield Junior School we have ensured that we have modified our IPC curriculum to include all elements on the new National Curriculum 2014. The current IPC topics are described in the Topic letters sent out half termly.
The topic maps for a two year program of study in the upper and lower schools are on the left hand side of this page.
These units are IPC-based but meet the requirements of the new national curriculum. The documents on the left of this page map the national curriculum objectives to our units of study.
Parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher each term. If you are concerned at any other time and need to talk to the class teacher, please contact the school so that a mutually convenient appointment can be made.
The Leadership team are also very willing to discuss educational or pastoral matters with parents and are often available without prior appointment. If the matter is not urgent, however, a quick enquiry at the office to check their availability can prevent a wasted journey.