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International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

What is the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)?


The IPC is an exciting curriculum for Primary schools, currently used by 1600 schools in 87 Countries, including 1200 in the UK. We have started teaching the IPC at Hollydale this academic year 2014-2015.


It is designed to help children:

  • Learn the essential knowledge, skills and understanding of a broad range of curriculum subjects.
  • Engage with their learning so that they remain committed to learning throughout their school careers and beyond.
  • Develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens in an ever-changing world.
  • Develop a sense of their own nationality and culture at the same time as developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.


What does the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) cover?


The IPC covers the following national curriculum subjects:

History                    Art

Geography              Science

Music                      Design & Technology

Subjects are linked together within Units (topics) but taught discretely.


How is it structured?


The IPC is split into 3 phases which cover:

Years 1 & 2

Years 3 & 4

Years 5 & 6

During each phase pupils will study a variety of Units each usually lasting for a half term but occasionally a whole term. Each unit has a major subject focus e.g. History and Geography and covers other subjects to a lesser degree. At Hollydale we have selected History and geography units for each phase that give pupils an exciting variety of themes, whilst ensuring full coverage in each subject by the end of that phase.


How does it work?


  • Pupils will be made aware of their new IPC Unit just prior to a holiday and invited to contribute ideas.

  • Across each Unit, subjects to be covered are blocked into weeks, e.g. pupils may have an Art focus week, followed by a history focus week, etc.

  • Each unit kicks off with an ‘entry point’ activity to capture the pupils’ interest and imagination.

  • Each unit culminates in an exciting ‘exit point’ activity which pupils will have been working towards.