At Langham Village School we use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to support our teaching of Foundation Subjects.
History, Geography, Science, Computing, Art, Design and Technology are taught through the IPC topics. The IPC topics present learning for the children in a vibrant and meaningful way, that help to make links between subject areas. The areas of learning are carefully planned to ensure that all national Curriculum objectives are met.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) understanding is also promoted throughout the units. As our children develop knowledge, skills and understanding in subject areas they are also learning about:
- their own identity,
- perspectives of right and wrong,
- how societies, including the UK function,
- their responsibilities as young citizens locally and internationally.
These aspects, in turn support our work in promoting both the Langham Values and British Values.
We aim to lay the foundations for adult life in 21st Century Britain, as well as encouraging tolerance and respect for other cultures and societies.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an internationally minded curriculum that is used in approximately 1800 schools in over 90 countries around the world. The IPC provides opportunities for global learning - allowing pupils and staff to make links. The goal of the IPC is to nurture a love of learning through a combination of academic, personal and international learning. Children will develop many skills which they need in order to face the world of tomorrow confidently.
We adopted the IPC in 2012 which means we have become part of a global learning community who use the IPC as part of their curriculum. The children learn through a series of units of work, each unit is carefully selected to meet the needs of the pupils in our school. The units of work have themes which children are interested in and relevant to today’s world.
As we have a specialist PE coach and have Music led by Norfolk Music services, these subjects are not taught through the IPC. Instead we focus on History, Science, Art, Design Technology, Geography and International. The units of work have suggested tasks linked to learning objectives however the nature of the curriculum allows staff to be creative and focus on the needs of our children. The development of knowledge, skills and understanding is a very large part of the IPC. The IPC has an element of internationalism built into each unit of work.
At Langham, we refer to these units as ‘topics’ and ensure that all staff and children recognise the individual subjects within each topic. Children do not learn ‘IPC’, instead they learn Science, History, DT… through their topic.
Parents also have a significant part in their child’s learning. We ensure that as part of a topic, parents and carers are informed about what their child will be learning and suggest ways in which they can play an active role in their child’s development. All parents receive half termly information. Work is celebrated and shared throughout the year with parents and the school community in assemblies and open classroom sessions called ‘Classroom Connect.’