International Primary Curriculum

At Shaftesbury Park our pupils follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make 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. The IPC is used by schools in more than 87 countries around the world. We began teaching with the IPC at Shaftesbury Park in September 2014.

It is designed to help children:

  • Learn the essential knowledge, skills and understanding of a broad range of curriculum subjects.
  • Engage with their learning so that they remain committed to learning throughout their school careers and beyond.
  • Develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens in an ever-changing world.
  • Develop a sense of their own nationality and culture at the same time as developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.

What does the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) cover?

The IPC covers the following national curriculum subjects:

  • History                    Art
  • Geography             Science
  • Music                     Design & Technology

Subjects are linked together within Units (topics) but taught discretely.

How is it structured?

The IPC is split into 3 phases which cover:

  • Years 1 & 2
  • Years 3 & 4
  • Years 5 & 6

During each phase pupils will study a variety of Units each usually lasting for a half term but occasionally a whole term. Each unit has a major subject focus e.g. History and covers other subjects to a lesser degree. At Shaftesbury Park we have selected Units for each phase that give pupils an exciting variety of themes, whilst ensuring full coverage in each subject by the end of that phase.

How does it work?

  • Each unit kicks off with an ‘entry point’ activity to capture the pupils’ interest and imagination.
  • There are a range of Learning Episodes from different areas of the curriculum to help the children understand more about this topic. Wherever possible the learning focuses on an international perspective.
  • Each unit culminates in an exciting ‘exit point’ activity which pupils will have been working towards.

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