IPC stands for International Primary Curriculum and has been developed to provide support to teachers to ensure that four main aims of learning can be achieved:
- To help children learn the subject knowledge, skills and understanding they need to become aware of the world around them
- To help children develop the personal skills they need to take an active part in the world throughout their lives
- To help children develop an international mindset alongside their awareness of their own nationality
- To do each of these in ways which take into account up-to-date research into how children learn and how they can be encouraged to be life-long learners
IPC’s Comprehensive Structure: everything is based on clearly defined learning goals which lay out the subject, personal and international knowledge, skills and understanding children need at different stages of their school life.
- Learning Goal: a specific statement of what children should ‘know’, ‘be able to do’, or develop an ‘understanding’ of at different mileposts. The IPC contains learning goals for each subject of the curriculum, for personal development and for ‘international mindedness’.
- Learning Target: an IPC learning target is a refined learning goal specifically related, to the content of each unit of work.
- A process of Learning: the units of work provide practical activities which teachers can use in the classroom. Each unit is structured to ensure that student’s learning experiences are as stimulating as possible.
- Entry Point: each unit begins with an activity for children that provides an exciting introduction to the work that is to follow.
- Knowledge Harvest: the knowledge harvest takes place in the early stages of each unit and provides an opportunity for children to reveal what they already know about the themes they are studying. This bank of knowledge will be further developed through the course of the unit.
- Explain the Theme: this activity involves the teacher helping the children to see the ‘big idea’ of the unit of work prior to embarking on the subject learning.
- Big Picture: this provides teachers with the subject-based background information to pass on to the students.
- Research activity: each IPC unit has a research activity and a recording activity. Research activities always precede the recording activities. During research activities, children use a variety of methods and work in different group sizes to find out a range of information.
- Recording activity: during recording activities, children interpret the learning they have researched and have the opportunity to explain it in ways which feature their multiple intelligences.
- Exit point: the exit point has two main purposes. First, to help children summarize their learning from the unit and second, to celebrate the learning that has taken place.
IPC’s eight ‘student attributes’:
enquiry, adaptability, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect.
These personal goals are displayed at the classroom bulletin board and these vocabulary words are actively used in classroom discussions to enhance their meaning and students’ understanding.