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The International Primary Curriculum

 

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is used in schools all over the world. Currently this includes over 1,600 national and international schools in over 87 countries.

Learning with the International Primary Curriculum means that children focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that is exciting and challenging. The aim of the IPC is to help every child enjoy the learning of a wide range of subjects and to develop an enquiring mind, the personal attributes that will help throughout teenage and adult years, and to develop a sense of his or her own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Through the IPC approach to learning children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

The IPC was introduced in 2000 and has been successfully meeting the learning needs of children for many years. It took four years with leading educational thinkers, school leaders, highly skilled teachers and curriculum writers to create the IPC. Its continued development today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and the increasing understanding of how children learn.

Curricular Goals

AIA uses the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which is a globally recognized curriculum.  It identifies learning goals for each level and also provides resources for the teachers.  IPC is well known for its philosophy of integrated teaching.  Activities usually integrate 2 or more subject areas.  Teachers will use physical education to teach math or language.  Art is also used to teach a variety of subjects.  Students will be taught and are expected to use critical thinking skills.

Below are identified curricular outcomes for students in Nursery & Kindergarten classes. 

Social Emotional

  • Identifying self
  • Learning your name
  • Learning Parent's name
  • Learning Age
  • Independence in personal care
  • Easy separation from parent/guardian
  • Cooperating
  • Establishing values
  • Building Self-esteem
  • Interacting

Phonological Awareness & Print Knowledge

  • Identifying your name in print
  • Identifying letters in your name
  • Writing your name
  • Environmental print
  • Book awareness
    • Concepts about print
    • Book Handling
  • Rhyming words
  • Alphabet letter names
  • Alphabet sounds
  • Writing to express ideas

Physical Development

  • Use of writing tools
  • Scissors skills
  • Practicing Fine Motor skills
  • Copying symbols
  • Gross motor skills (Hop, jump, run, catch & bounce ball)

Science

  • Observing
  • Predicting
  • Comparing
  • Problem Solving
  • Participation in Hands-on activities

Creativity & Imagination

  • Dramatic play
  • Music & art activities
  • Outside play
  • Indoor group play
  • Centers

 

Overall Readiness

  • Encouraging Creativity
  • Use of imagination
  • Expressing self
  • Listening & following directions
  • Contribution to an ongoing assessment portfolio
  • Tying shoes
  • Zipping
  • Buttoning

Mathematics

  • Counting
  • Matching
  • Sorting
  • Sequencing
  • Calendar
  • Patterning
  • Number & Numeral relationship
  • Addition & Subtraction using manipulative
  • Arranging numerals
  • Identify shapes
  • More & Less Than
  • Graphing

Expressive & Language Comprehension

  • Oral communication
  • Following directions
  • Vocabulary
  • Story Predictions

Approach to Learning & Cognition

  • Visual Discrimination
  • Classify both physically and conceptually
  • Auditory patterning
  • Sequencing pictures
  • Participation in finger plays and rhymes
  • Story retelling w/pictures
  • Working puzzles
  • Identifying colors

 

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