Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National and Early Years' Foundation Stage Curriculum. English, Mathematics, R.E., Art and P.E. are generally taught as discrete subjects. All the remaining subjects are taught through ‘The International Primary Curriculum’ which is a stimulating topic-based approach to learning. In addition, we ensure that our children are taught two modern foreign languages.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning.
Learning with the IPC takes a global approach by helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 92 countries around the world.
The Learning Goals define what children might be expected to know, what they might be able to do and the understanding they might develop as they move through school. Well written learning goals guide teaching and learning and help to focus assessment and evaluation. We believe that the IPC Learning Goals are equal to, or exceed those of, any curriculum in the world.
The subject goals cover the knowledge (the facts and information children might learn), the skills (those practical abilities children need to be able to do) and the understanding (the deeper awareness of key concepts which develops over time). There are Subject Learning Goals for Languages, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.
The Personal Learning Goals refer to those individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. They help to develop those qualities that enable children to be at ease with the continually changing context of their lives. There are personal goals for enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, co-operation, respect and adaptability.
The International Primary Curriculum is unique in defining learning goals that help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national and international perspective.