INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY CURRICULUM
Thematic units form the basis of this popular primary years
curriculum taught in many international schools globally.
specific goals that must be reached in each subject with tasks and projects revolving around this, and teachers use this as a tool to measure their students’ success.
An example of a thematic lesson could be about the seaside where students learn about coastlines (geography), famous people and sites (history), wildlife and vegetation (science), and work on art and craft activities focused on sea animals and the beach. By linking the subjects and associating to everyday life and familiar surrounds, children retain the knowledge and are inspired to learn more.
A unique aspect of the IPC is that lessons are taught with a local, national and international perspective. Due to the global reach of the curriculum, students from countries as diverse as Malaysia, Iceland, the UK and Japan are able to share their local knowledge and experiences. Assessments are conducted at three age mileposts (ages 5-7, 7-9 and 9-11) in nine subjects from art to physical education. Assessments are graded according to three developmental stages – Beginning, Developing and Mastering.
Another feature of this curriculum is the Personal
Learning Goals that are part of every unit.There are Adaptability, Communication, Morality, Enquiry, Resilience, Respect, Cooperation and Thoughtfulness. IPC schools are also able to combine national curriculums (English national curriculum in the UK) and teach languages like Mandarin and Malay (in Malaysia) using the structured yet flexible teaching framework.
The IPC’s success is due to its adaptability, teacher support, parent involvement and more importantly, its methodology. Learning is fun, current and relatable for young learners and prepares them academically and socially for transitioning into secondary school.
Young children learn best when they are engaged and motivated, and the IPC ensures that subjects taught are always related to daily life and the world around them”