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International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

At Belvedere Infant School we follow the International Primary Curriculum in Years 1 and 2 (Keystage 1). The IPC provides children with subject goals, personal learning goals, and, uniquely, international learning goals, and these are defined for each age phase. The IPC is a creative and engaging curriculum that encourages active learning and investigation. The learning goals are the foundation on which the International Primary Curriculum is built.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 will need in order to face the world of tomorrow confidently. 
 The phases for each stage of developmentand learning are called Milestones, Years 1 and 2 are covered by Milestone 1. 

The IPC Learning Goals are broken down into three different types of learning - knowledge, skills and understanding, an essential combination to ensure the most effective learning experience.

Knowledge Learning Goals Knowledge refers to factual information. Knowledge is relatively straightforward to teach and assess, even if it is not always that easy to recall. You can ask your children to research the knowledge they have to learn but you could also tell them the knowledge they need to know.
Skills Learning Goals Skills refers to things children are able to do. Skills have to be learned practically and need time to be practised. The IPC’s Assessment for Learning Programme is based around the assessment of children’s skills.
Understanding Learning Goals Understanding refers to the consideration of big ideas, the ‘lightbulb’ moment that we all strive for. Understanding is always developing. You can’t teach understanding, but what the IPC units do is provide a whole range of different experiences through which children’s understandings can deepen.

Within the IPC, there are ‘Subject Learning Goals’ which look at specific learning through different subjects. Key subject learning goals are assessed for each unit taught. 

The Entry Point is an exciting and memorable event that launches every IPC unit. The aim of the entry point is to get children thinking about, and engaged with, the learning that’s to follow.

The Knowledge Harvest provides teachers with the chance to find out what children already know about the theme and helps them to personalise the unit by finding out what children want to learn in order to tailor their lessons accordingly. It reinforces connections between existing and new learning and allows children to take ownership of their learning.

Explaining the Theme provides teachers, children and parents with the big picture of the unit before it launches so that connections between subjects and concepts  can  be facilitated.

The Big Picture provides teachers with subject-based background information and research which links to the learning contained within each unit.

Research Activities: Each subject area has planned research activities which are designed to make sure that children can access information in a way that is appropriate to them, drawing on a wide range of learning approaches such as role play, digital learning, library research and so on. IPC research activities are experiential and exploratory. Some are collaborative; others are designed to develop individual enquiry and  resilience,  and therefore help to embed and develop the IPC Personal Goals.

Recording Activities: The recording activities enable children to process and present the information they have gained in their research activities through a range of approaches which tap into their different strengths and interests, and enable them to get better at other ways of recording. This might involve learning through digital recording, drama, musical compositions, maps, graphs, experiments, art work and so on.

Exit Point: the exit point completes every unit. It helps children to draw on their prior learning, reminding them of all the connections between subjects that they have made, and creates time and opportunities to build their understanding of their learning, and to reflect on this individually and as a group. The exit point is an excellent chance to engage with parents, guardians and carers and involve them in celebrating the learning that has been achieved.



The IPC Personal Learning Goals are an integral part of the curriculum. The 8 Personal Goals underpin those individual qualities and learning dispositions  that children will  find essential  in the 21st century. At Belvedere Infant School Personal Goals are at the heart of our school – not just within the IPC.

The eight Personal Learning Goals are embedded within the whole of school life and children are encouraged to use the Personal Goals at home too! Opportunities to experience and practice these are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work, and during the tasks, teachers refer to the Personal Goals that are being taught and ways to develop them. Please click on the image below to look at the Personal Learning Goals in  more detail.


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