International Primary Curriculum


“When I ask my children what they did at school today they explain what they have learned. In the past they just used to describe activities” Year 5 Parent

“My child came home from school yesterday and told me they had been learning to be resilient. They then proceeded to tell me what they did and how they knew they were successful” Year 2 Parent

As we prepare our students to take their place in a globalised world where they are likely to have several diverse careers and where the knowledge they will need probably doesn’t exist yet, it is essential to provide them with a curriculum that makes them ready to face the unknown. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an international curriculum providing a cross-curricular, thematic, rigorous teaching structure designed to engage children of all abilities in today’s world. It has clear learning goals that either meet or exceed those of the English National Curriculum.

The emphasis is on the student developing as a life long learner with all the skills, concepts and attitudes necessary for them to develop academically, socially, spiritually, emotionally and physically to be leaders in the 21st Century. The teacher needs to facilitate this process allowing the students to construct their own meaning and understanding.

At the heart of the IPC are the learning goals which are divided into three areas:

• Subject specific – although these are taught in cross curricular themes it is still important that the students recognise the goals of the individual subjects which includes science, art, history, society and technology. We continue to make use of specialists to teach music PE and modern foreign languages discretely

• Personal Development – these include:

o Enquiry

o Adaptability

o Resilience

o Morality

o Communication

o Thoughtfulness

o Cooperation

o Respect

• International Understanding – these include

o Knowledge and understanding beyond their own nationality

o Understanding of the independence and interdependence of people, cultures and countries

o A degree of focus on the host country

o A degree of focus on the home country

The IPC is divided into different age ranges called Mile Posts

• Mile post 1 5 – 7 year olds

• Mile Post 2 8 – 9 year olds

• Mile Post 3 10 – 12 year olds

Each Mile Post follows a number of cross curricular units that are all structured similarly. They are fun and develop the students knowledge, understanding and skills which are assessed using clear criteria that are shared and understood by the students. More information can be found at or by visiting individual year groups web pages.