International Primary Curriculum


From September 2009 our school has been delivering the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which is an internationally-minded, thematic, cross-curricular and rigorous teaching structure used in over 90 countries.


IPC is aimed at primary aged children growing up in the 21st Century. It nurtures a love of learning and encourages the necessary key skills and personal qualities. During the school year children will follow a number of units on different themes. These are designed to be creative and challenging. At the start of each unit we will send out a letter to parents to let you know:


�� What your children are learning


�� What activities they will be doing


�� How you can help / support


You can find out more about IPC on their website http://www.internationalprimarycurriculum.com/


Our IPC Route Map has been updated to ensure coverage of all requirements of the new 2014 National Curriculum. We began teaching these new topics from September 2014.


2016-2017  IPC Route Map


Milepost 2


Year group


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3



Dinosaurs  (Footprints from the Past - Science & History focus)


Additional science units: Animals, including humans  / Rocks and soils


Feel the Force (Science focus)


Scavengers & Settlers (History focus)


+ Local History study

Additional science unit: Light and Shadow

Active Planet (Geography focus)


Let’s Plant it (Science focus)




Temple, Tombs & Treasures (History focus - Ancient Egypt civilisation)


Bright Sparks (science focus - Electricity)


Turn it up (Science focus - Sound)

British History - Romans in Britain


Shake It! (Science focus - States of matter & water cycle)


Explorers and Adventurers (Geography focus)

Saving the World  ~ Rainforests (Geography & Science focus)


Additional science units: Animals, including humans (digestive system and teeth) / Living things and their habitats




Milepost 3


Year group


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3



Out of this World (Science focus)


Fascinating Forces (Science focus)


Mix it up (Science focus)

The Great, Bold and Brave (History focus)


What a Wonderful World (Geography & Science focus)


Roots, Shoots & Fruits (Science focus)



The Holiday Show (Geography focus)


Being Human (Science focus)


Additional science unit: Light

A turning point in history - World War 2

(History focus)


Additional science unit: Electricity

Variation & Classification / Evolution & Inheritance (Science & History focus)

AD 900 (History focus)




More on the International Primary Curriculum



Brightlingsea Junior School is part of a learning community of schools across the world that uses the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) as their planned curriculum. There are currently over seventy different units of learning for our team to choose from. Firstly, this releases our teaching staff from the onerous task of planning the ‘what’, thereby providing time and energy to focus on the ‘how’ which inspires learners in a creative curriculum. Secondly, this unique curriculum has a strong element of internationalism built into learning. For our children at Brightlingsea Juniors, we recognise the constraints on cultural provision in a rural area of the U.K. By adopting the IPC, we are central to a global learning community.



The elements of the International Dimension enables opportunities for our children to:-


  • Recognise their own culture and have a sense of identity
  • Be open-minded
  • Be respectful of other cultures and beliefs (be sensitive to other cultures and beliefs)
  • Be aware of and be able to celebrate diversity AND commonality
  • Have respect for and value other people and their ideas and opinions
  • Be able to communicate (have good interpersonal skills)
  • Be adaptable
  • Be aware of and have an interest in global issues


Beliefs and Principles

The International Primary Curriculum is a practical tool for teachers to help children learn. Behind the practical components of the IPC are a number of beliefs about education, teaching, learning and curriculum that govern both the contents of the IPC and the way it works.



Children’s learning is the central purpose of everything connected with the IPC. Helping children learn – academically, socially, spiritually, emotionally, and physically – is the only real purpose of schools. Children’s learning will respond to their current and future personal needs, their future career needs and the needs of the varied societies and cultural groups in which they are likely to play a part. Learning is planned to be active, in the sense that children must engage with their own learning. For primary children, this means that learning, relevant to the future is placed in a context that is meaningful to their present lives. Children share responsibility for their learning with their teachers, parents and carers. The proportion of responsibility each bears will depend on the age and characteristics of the children. Nevertheless, learning is constructed in such a way that, by the end of the primary years, children begin to see and experience the potential for taking responsibility for their own learning.



The purpose of teaching is to facilitate children’s learning in appropriate ways. Wherever possible, teaching is always planned to be enjoyable. The ownership of ‘good’ teaching is rooted more in the highly developed learning of children, than it is in highly enjoyable teaching or successful curriculum development. Teachers of primary children are both teacher-as-facilitator and teacher-as-deliverer. Teachers are likely to be more successful in helping children learn if they work closely with colleagues, parents and other members of the child’s community.


At Brightlingsea Juniors the emphasis is on staff spending more time thinking about helping individual children learn than writing whole-school curricula. We, therefore, support staff with well-designed, up-to-date, practical and relevant help.


An International Primary Curriculum

Brightlingsea Juniors use the International Primary Curriculum to create an effective curriculum that provides the most appropriate support for teachers and others to develop children’s learning.


Our curriculum begins with a set of standards of learning outcomes which clearly defines what children should be capable of at certain important periods of their development.


These standards are explicitly described in terms of the knowledge children should acquire, the skills they should be able to demonstrate and the understanding they should develop. Not all of these standards or learning outcomes are measurable. Some will require professional judgement. The curriculum provides opportunities for teachers to assess or judge the quality of children’s learning through a range of assessment or evaluative opportunities. The curriculum addresses the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in three key areas – subjects, personal development and international understanding.


Our curriculum design is influenced by two ideas. First, the key concepts of independence and interdependence which underpin our view of what it is to have an international mindset and, second, the lessons learnt as a result of a decade of research into the brain and the development of brain-friendly learning and teaching strategies. The National Curriculum learning outcomes are covered by the learning goals of the IPC. Our Route Map has been completely re-designed with a number of brand new units for 2014-2015 to ensure coverage of the new National Curriculum.


Documents available to download below include:

 * IPC 'Helping your child' sheets x3

* IPC Information Sheet



IPC_information_sheet_2.docx (Size:68.31KB)

Helping_your_child_with_their_learning_-_Knowledge_Skills__Understanding_4.pdf (Size:0.11MB)

Helping_your_child_with_their_learning_-_The_ten_things_you_can_say_to_your_child_6.pdf (Size:0.11MB)

IPC_Helping_your_child_understand_their_place_in_the_world_3.pdf (Size:69.38KB)