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International Primary Curriculum

Stoneferry Primary School implemented the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in September 2009. The primary aim for its implementation was to help us to improve standards in writing.

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.

The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; 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 80 countries around the world.

Within the IPC there are Learning Goals. The Learning Goals define what children might be expected to know, what they might be able to do and the understandings they might develop as they move through school. Well written learning goals guide teaching and learning and help to focus assessment and evaluation.

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 understandings (the deeper awareness of key concepts which develops over time). There are subject Learning Goals for all subject areas but at Stoneferry we use the IPC to address Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Art and Society. We teach the other subjects (maths, RE, PE, ICT PSHE, music) mainly in isolation. All subjects have been matched to the National Curriculum to ensure that we are fulfilling our statutory duty.

Our Literacy curriculum is taught through daily basic skills sessions. The basic skills work is then woven through the rest of the main curriculum. Basic skills teaching includes:

  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Writing genres e.g. How to write a report
  • Phonics
  • Guided writing
  • Guided reading
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling

Teaching Literacy in this way allows us to be more flexible and this flexibility allows us to make links wherever possible giving us more time to teach the contents of the IPC unit. We have found that children are given so many more opportunities to write and read and are so much more enthusiastic about their writing and reading because it has a purpose.

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.

unit of work

The topics that we cover in school are modern and exciting for the children and the class teachers. This year the children are learning about:

Y1 & Y2— Holidays
— Let's celebrate
— The stories people tell
— How are you?
— Flowers and insects
— Magic toymaker
Y3/4/5— Save the world
— Do you live round here
— Fashion
— Explorers and adventurers
— Different places, similar lives
— They made a difference
Y6— Mission to mars
— Champions for change
— Myths and legends
— Full power
— Making new materials
— The athlete

At the end of each unit in KS2 the children complete an evaluation form. Feedback is always positive with the children usually commenting on how much they have enjoyed their learning.