What is the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

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The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a learning-focused comprehensive curriculum that provides children with opportunities to explore engaging and international themes. It is a philosophy and approach to learning that honor’s how children learn best in a specific age group and it is an approach that is aimed at improving children’s learning.

The IPC is one of the fastest-growing curriculum choices in the world today, used in schools in over 90 different countries. It is a comprehensive curriculum for 5 -11 year old’s, made up of over 130 exciting, engaging, and globally relevant thematic units of work, which are designed around a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for subject, personal and international learning. 

Primary School students learning from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Primary School students learning from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

Each IPC unit is designed around one core purpose: improving children’s learning. The IPC’s world-class writers have created a range of cross-curricular units based on globally relevant themes that excite children and teachers alike. They are designed to nurture children’s personal qualities and develop international-mindedness, and at the heart of these units are the IPC Learning Goals.

One of the main reasons that IPC has become one of the most widely used Primary curriculums in the world is its three-tiered approach that focuses upon 3 types of learning goals:

  1. Subject (Academic) Learning Goals
  2. Personal Learning Goals
  3. International Learning Goals

With its own Assessment for Learning Programme, the IPC provides immediate support for teachers and learners through its comprehensive design and rigor, whilst being flexible enough for each school to adapt the planning and build on their own strengths. 

The IPC Process of Learning

There is a distinct learning process with every IPC unit, providing a structured approach to make sure that children’s learning experiences are as stimulating and rigorous as possible.

These subjects are built into the different thematic units of work, where they work independently yet interdependently with each other so that children can talk about their learning through multiple perspectives.

Parent Involvement

The IPC actively encourages parent involvement and provides Primary schools with many opportunities throughout the year for parents and guardians to be invited to school and participate in their children’s learning. 

Parental involvement is a key pillar of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Parental involvement is a key pillar of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

With the IPC children can develop the academic knowledge, skills, and understanding to prepare them for Secondary school and beyond whilst also developing the personal qualities and characteristics to help them flourish in our increasingly connected and dynamic world. In short, the IPC can unlock students’ imagination and transform their education.

Written by

Regents International School Pattaya

Regents International School Pattaya

Regents International School Pattaya is like no other school in Thailand. As part of the family of 66 Nord Anglia schools located around the world, we provide unique learning opportunities far beyond the ordinary. We are an exciting, vibrant and inclusive school which has something to offer to every child and every family in our dynamic and diverse community.