The IPC is an international curriculum that provides a cross-curricular teaching structure designed to engage children of all abilities. Having used the IPC for 3 and half years, the staff at Tidemill have recently restructured the way in which this curriculum is delivered to ensure that children are provided with more contextualised learning experiences that focus on developing their core skills and attitudes. Whilst the IPC provides a structure for broadening pupil’s knowledge in a range of subject areas, we believe that strengthening the skills and attitudes of our children should be at the heart of what we teach.
Our intention at Tidemill is to deliver a curriculum that will create internationally minded learners who will succeed in the 21st century. In an ever rapidly changing world the need for transferable skills and a deep understanding of human qualities is becoming increasingly apparent. By focussing on developing children’s skills and attitudes, we will be equipping our learners with the necessary tools to succeed in their future. Following CPD sessions during the Autumn term in 2013, our staff decided to focus children’s IPC learning experience around the following skills and attitudes.
Providing children with a curriculum that will engage their interest and excite their imaginations whilst developing their core skills and attitudes is what we aim to achieve. When planning for the IPC, teachers are given the flexibility to adapt the IPC units of work to create half termly units that are more relevant to our pupil’s everyday lives and that cater to their specific interests. Each unit of work starts with an ‘entry point’ that is designed to capture children’s imagination about the learning ahead. Regular trips, immersive topic days, visits from experts and people in the local community further enhance the learning experience. Specialist Art, Music and PE teachers are employed at Tidemill to ensure the highest quality of teaching is taking place across the curriculum. These teachers plan lessons and projects that are linked closely to the IPC unit that is being taught at that time in order to broaden their knowledge, skills and attitudes. Making meaningful links to Literacy and providing regular writing opportunities through the IPC ensures that children’s reading and writing skills are continually developed throughout the school day. Each half-termly unit of work culminates in an exit point activity which provides children with a chance to celebrate and reflect on the learning that has taken place. It is through this range of immersive experiences that children are developing Tidemill’s core skills and attitudes.
Below you will find a detailed table of our IPC units set out by year group and term. For a printable version please click here.
To learn more about the International Primary Curriculum, click here.