General information about IPC

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

Seashell School, in line with other Shell Schools uses the IPC for all learning other than Literacy and Maths.  Seashell School introduced the IPC in January 2003.  Seashell School is one of a handful of schools to be accredited at Mastering Level in the IPC.
Below are the details related to the organisation of the IPC.  Parents are more than welcome to look at copies of the full curriculum in more detail at the school.  Our doors are always open if you have any questions.  IPC information sessions will be held once a year to give new parents a deeper understanding of how their children are learning.

Elements of the IPC

The Goals

Subject Goals:

The IPC sets rigorous standards, clearly defining what children are expected to learn.  It does this through sets of learning goals.  These set out what the vast majority of children will know, understand and be able to do.

The learning goals are arranged into three groups, called Mileposts, which provide benchmarks for children aged 7, 9 and 12 years:

  • Early Years: Nursery and Primary 1
  • Milepost 1:Primary 2 and 3
  • Milepost 2:Primary 4 and 5
  • Milepost 3:Primary 6, 7 and 8

There are learning goals for each subject of the curriculum.

Personal Goals

Education is about more than subjects.  This is why there are also Personal Goals.   These set out the personal qualities which enable children to become active members of our global community.

The personal goals are:

  • Cooperation
  • Communication
  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Adaptability
  • Morality
  • Enquiry

International Goals

Finally and uniquely, there are International Goals.
The international goals describe the learning that children need in order to develop an international perspective or mindset.   An international school has additional opportunities and responsibilities not always shared by schools in the children's home countries.  The international goals help them to take advantage of these opportunities and to meet the responsibilities.

They are based on an understanding that an international curriculum should develop in children:

  • knowledge and understanding beyond that related to their own nationality
  • an understanding of the independence and interdependence of peoples, countries and cultures.

It should enable children to:

  • adapt to other education systems
  • develop both a national and an international perspective

It also includes:

  • a degree of focus on learning about the host and home countries

The Units of Work
The learning goals are not sufficient on their own.  Teachers need the means by which they can make it possible for children to achieve these goals.  For this reason the IPC also includes a range of units of work.  These units provide real and practical advice for teachers and the children in their classrooms.

The units are based on themes, which are likely to appeal to children.  Each one includes specific learning targets derived from subject goals, personal goals and learning goals.  They maintain the traditional subject disciplines while using a thematic approach to cross over the boundaries allowing children to learn in a way which is good for the way their brains work.

The units contain a range of suggested practical activities, recommended resources, extension activities and suggestions about assessing children's progress.  For each unit there will also be information for parents about what their children will be learning and how they can help.

A unit of work can last from 2 to 11 weeks.

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