At Southfield Primary School we wish to engage all children in their learning and inspire them to be their best. We know that children learn best when they want to learn and use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to provide clear learning goals, whilst developing subject knowledge, personal skills, and international mindedness.
What is the IPC?
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.
The goal of the IPC is to nurture a love of learning and each unit of work is designed to develop the skills that children will need to respond to the changing world around us.
The IPC skills are perseverance, risk taking, problem solving, forward thinking, collaborating and being creative.
Units of Work
Themed units help children to see how subjects are both independent and interdependent, whilst enabling them to see the big picture of their learning, make connections across different subjects, and talk about a topic from multiple perspectives.
Clear subject goals cover the knowledge, skills and understanding relating to the subjects they are learning. All subjects taught within this curriculum, being Science, History, Geography, ICT & Computing, Technology, Art, Music and Society, have subject learning goals.
Personal goals underpin the individual qualities and dispositions that we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. At Southfield Primary School we develop the ‘Personal Goals’ of persevering, being a collaborator, a risk taker, a problem solver, a forward thinker and being creative as we believe that in doing so it will enable them to be better learners. Opportunities to experience and practise these are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work.
International learning goals are unique to the IPC curriculum and help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international and intercultural perspective. Each thematic IPC unit includes an international aspect, to help develop a sense of ‘international mindedness’. In addition to this, children will extend their knowledge and understanding of communities beyond that of our own country by exploring many aspects of other societies and ways of living.