The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an international curriculum providing a cross-curricular, thematic and creative teaching structure designed to engage children aged 5-12 years of all abilities in today’s world.

The IPC stands for clarity of what children should learn. Our school has a distinct learning process with a structured approach to make sure the learning experiences of children are as stimulating as possible. With the IPC the child’s learning takes a global approach, which helps them to connect their learning to the community they live in, as well as seeing the learning from a perspective of other people in other countries.

Learning Goals

The foundation on which the IPC is built are learning goals. There are learning goals for each subject of the primary curriculum. Secondly, there are learning goals for children’s personal development, and for the development of their international mindedness and learning.
The IPC learning goals for all subjects of the primary curriculum are defined for each age phase: ages 5-7 years, ages 7-9 years and ages 9-12 years.


The IPC was originally designed and created by Fieldwork Education to provide an international curriculum for a group of 14 schools around the world. Since its introduction in 2000, the IPC is now the curriculum choice of international and national schools in over 1800 schools in over 90 different countries around the world.

The IPC was four years in preparation and its continued development today ensures that a current and highly relevant curriculum continues to evolve. It is one of the fastest growing curriculums in the world today.

10 things Parents should know about the IPC

  1. The International Primary Curriculum is a curriculum that is being used in over 1800 schools in 90 countries around the world. It was launched in 2000 having taken three years to create by a group of leading experts in children’s learning from around the world.
  2. The goal of the IPC is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.
  3. Children learn through a series of IPC units of work. Each unit of work has a theme that today’s children find interesting and relevant. Examples of these themes includes Treasure, Rainforest, Mission to Mars and Beyond and Fit for Life. Each unit of work lasts on average between four and eight weeks and children learn many of their subjects through this one common theme so that their learning has meaning to them.
  4. Linking subjects means that children can make lots of connections with their learning. We now know that the more connections that the brain can make, the better a child can learn.
  5. The development of skills is a very big part of the IPC and learning activities have been designed so that children can develop these skills. This development of skills even applies to the personal learning goals which emphasise adaptability, resilience, thoughtfulness, cooperation and respect and which, as a result of progressive skill development, help children to become able and inspired learners.
  6. The IPC is not just topic learning. Although the learning is based around a theme, the learning that the children do within that theme has very distinct outcomes to ensure that children are learning exactly what they need to learn.
  7. The IPC focuses children’s learning on a combination of knowledge, skills and understanding. No one can properly predict the nature of work and life opportunities that will be available for today’s primary age children by the time they are adults. Many of the jobs they will have don’t yet exist; especially in the fields of ICT, technology and science. So the IPC focuses on a skills-based approach, developing adaptable and resilient globally-minded learners, prepared for the fast-changing world that they’ll be living and working in.
  8. The IPC has been designed for children of all abilities and all learning styles, and encourages learning in groups as well as individual learning.
  9. In order that parents know what their child is learning, they are sent a letter at the beginning of each IPC unit which outlines what learning will be covered and how parents can help continue that learning at home if they choose.
  10. The continued development of the IPC today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and children’s learning.