International Primary Curriculum

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, child centred, and creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for

  • Academic Subjects
  • International Mindedness
  • Personal Learning.

The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries.

The IPC uses a thematic approach whilst identifying the importance of children developing the skills, knowledge and understanding of individual subjects. Subjects include science, history, geography, art, design, information communication, design technology and geography. Each unit is structured in the same way:

  • Entry Point: This gives the unit the ‘Wow’ factor and can incorporate, amongst other things, experts coming into school or the children taking part in educational visits.
  • Knowledge Harvest: This allows the children to reveal what they already know about the theme they will be studying
  • Big Picture: This helps connect the learning by outlining the purpose of the Unit and how the various subjects link together
  • Research Activity: This allows the children to use a variety of methods and work in different group sizes to find out a range of information
  • Recording Activity: This allows the children to interpret their learning and provides them with an opportunity to present it in a variety of ways
  • Exit Point: This helps the children to link all the learning that has taken place and to celebrate it. They often share this celebration with their parents

Throughout the units the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding are assessed. This allows the teacher to help plan the next stages and also provides a focus when learning is revisited in subsequent units.


Accreditation focuses on the use of IPC to improve children’s learning. It is a rigorous process and schools are accredited at Beginning, Developing or Mastering levels. In 2007 ISH was the first school in the world to be accredited at ‘Mastering’ level and in 2013 became the first school to be reaccredited at the same level, achievements that the school community is justifiably proud of.

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  • Council of International Schools logo
  • Dutch International Schools logo
  • European Council of International Schools logo
  • The GLOBE Program logo
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