Essential Education

INTERNATIO­NAL PRIMARY CURRICULUM

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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”

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