International Primary Curriculum


The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-12 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning.The IPC’s three guiding questions:


What kind of world will our children live and work in?

Teaching and learning is exciting (and difficult) because it looks both forward and back. We look back because, in part, learning is about taking on the heritage of our culture and learning about what has made us who we are. We look forward because we know the world is going to be different than it was and we accept the challenge of making the best judgments we can about what that world will look like.


What kinds of children are likely to succeed in the world? 

We are tasked with making the best predictions possible about the state of the world in the future. We have to do this because it guides our thinking about what kinds of people children will need to be. Their personal dispositions will be the key to whether children can make the best of their learning in the years to come.


What kinds of learning will our children need and how should they learn it?

A view about the future world and the personal qualities that will matter helps us decide what kinds of learning children will need. Knowing what kinds of learning they need guides us to what learning should look like in the classroom. 

IPC Learning Goals

The Learning Goals are the foundation on which the International Primary Curriculum is built.  They define what children might be expected to know, what they might be able to do and the understandings they might develop as they move through school. Well written learning goals guide teaching and learning and help to focus assessment and evaluation. We believe that the IPC Learning Goals are equal to or exceed those of any curriculum in the world.The Subject Goals The subject goals cover the knowledge (the facts and information children might learn), the skills (those practical abilities children need to be able to do) and the understandings (the deeper awareness of key concepts which develops over time). There are subject Learning Goals for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society. 


The International Goals

 The International Primary Curriculum is unique in defining learning goals that help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national and international perspective.The IPC’s view of an international perspective is based upon:


  • A knowledge and understanding of one’s own national culture. International is both inter and national

  • An awareness and understanding of the independence of and the interdependence between peoples

  • An awareness and understanding of the independence of and interdependence between countries

  • An awareness and understanding of the essential similarities between the peoples and countries of the world

  • A developing ability to be at ease with others who are different from ourselves


The philosophy of ‘independence and interdependence’ runs throughout the IPC. Knowledge, skills and understandingAll the IPC learning goals include the development of knowledge, skills and understanding; an essential combination to ensure the most effective learning experience. The learning tasks within each IPC unit guide teachers through the process of helping children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.


The IPC Learning Process

There is a distinct learning process with every IPC unit, providing a structured approach to make sure that children’s learning experiences are as stimulating and rigorous as possible.