The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for children aged 5 - 11 years old. It is used by over 730 schools in 92 countries worldwide, currently including three others in Nepal.
We have been following the IPC at The British School since 2015. As a school with a diverse student population, we found that the broad range of internationally minded units and the clear process of learning suited our school vision perfectly. The themed units enable our students to see the big picture of their learning, make connections across different subjects, and talk about a topic from multiple perspectives.
Rather than having a set amount of time spent on Science, History, Art, Geography etc. each week, the IPC allows teachers to plan a cohesive curriculum, approaching subjects in blocks of time as suited to the individual unit and the children being taught. This might mean there is a two week focus entirely on science before moving on to look at the same topic through the lens of an artist, for example. In this way, our learners become fully immersed in the overarching topic and the independent subjects within that. We begin each topic with an Entry Point to excite our learners about the upcoming unit, and we conclude with an Exit Point in which we celebrate what we have learned! Parents are often invited to be a part of these exciting events which allows discussions about learning to continue at home.