The International Primary Curriculum

The BOS has adopted the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as the vehicle through which we teach history, geography, art, ICT and some aspects of science.

The IPC is taught through themed, cross-curricular units of work. The examples of IPC topics include: Myths and Legends, Chocolate, Treasure, Explorers and Adventurers. Each topic offers a window through which children can explore and study more traditional subject areas. For example, a topic such as Chocolate allows a class to examine the geography of cocoa bean growth, the history of chocolate to the multi-billion pound industry that it is today, the art of confectionary packaging, the science of the uses of chocolate and the ethical issues concerning trade in cocoa. To do all of this effectively, the children will undertake their own research using our ICT facilities.

The IPC was developed to achieve four main aims:

  • to help children learn the subject knowledge, skills and understandings they need to become aware of the world around them.
  • to help children develop the personal skills they need to take an active part in the world throughout their lives.
  • to help children develop an international mindset alongside their awareness of their own nationality.
  • to do each of these in ways which take into account up to-date research into how children learn and how they can be encouraged to be life-long learners.

So, the IPC helps to develop skills as much as knowledge. These skills include: research, making presentations and model-making.

Every IPC topic, especially in the more senior years of primary, requires students to produce written work. Often, the topic also requires discussion and giving presentations. In the light of this, we view the IPC as closely connected to developing the children's literacy and their English classes.