The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic and creative curriculum for children aged 5 – 11 years old. The IPC has been designed with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every individual subject to aid students learning. Units are aimed at three different age-groups, which are called Mileposts: 5-7 years old (Milepost 1); 7-9 years old (Milepost 2); 9-12 years old (Milepost 3). The IPC is taught in English.
A core principle of the IPC is that “curriculum” is not just a collection of facts to be learned to pass a test. Rather, it is a means of carefully defining knowledge, skills and understandings that children need to acquire.
The IPC also helps develop international mindedness throughout its units and encourages personal learning.
TWS maintains high standards through a Self-Review process. It follows 9 key principles behind the IPC, ensuring best practice. These include: Shared Vision; Improving Learning; Classroom Practices; and Development of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding.
The IPC is currently delivered in over 1,000 schools in over 90 countries around the world by our ever-growing teaching and learning community. In its 20th year the IPC continues to ensure that children are learning a modern and highly relevant curriculum, based on the very latest research and understanding of how children learn.
The IPC Learning Goals define what children might be expected to know, what they might be able to do and the comprehension they might develop as they move through the school. Carefully crafted learning goals guide both teaching and learning and help to focus assessment and evaluation.
Our teachers select from over 130 different thematic units, all of which are child-friendly, modern-day and apt topics. Crucially, these units – also incorporating Science, History, Geography, ICT, Art and Physical Education – are designed to appeal to all ages of primary school pupils. The units are related to, and grounded in, the very world in which we all live. Creative teachers such as ours, enrich the IPC units with their own teaching material. Each IPC unit provides many opportunities to link languages and mathematics.
The critical thinking that is explored and valued in the EYFS will continue to be built upon.