The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an internationally minded curriculum that is used in over 65 countries around the world. It 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 so that children will develop many skills which they will need in order to face the world of tomorrow confidently.

Here at Gorsefield we use the IPC and form part of a global learning community who use the IPC as part of their planned curriculum. Children at Gorsefield learn through a series of units of work, of which there are over 70 to choose from. Each unit is carefully selected and to meet the needs of our own school community. The units of work have a theme which children are interested in and relevant to today’s world. Children learn many of the subjects through the theme so that their learning has meaning to them. The units of work have suggested tasks linked to learning objectives however the nature of the curriculum allows staff to be creative and focus upon the needs of our children. The development of skills is a very large part of the IPC; learning activities at Gorsefield have been designed so that our children develop these important lifelong skills.

Importantly the IPC has a strong element of internationalism built into each unit of work. Through the curriculum at Gorsefield we provide 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 aware of and celebrate diversity and commonality;
  • have respect for and value other people, their ideas and opinions;
  • be able to communicate (have good interpersonal skills);
  • be adaptable;
  • be aware of and show an interest in global issues.

The school fundamentally believes that children will be better equipped for life beyond school if they are more globally aware. As a school we define international mindedness as:

“To have an awareness of ourselves and others”

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The IPC is one of the fastest-growing curriculum choices in the world today, with over 1,900 schools in over 90 different countries. It is a comprehensive curriculum for 5-12 year olds, made up of over 100 exciting, engaging and globally relevant thematic units of learning, which are designed around a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for subject, personal and international learning.

Our Learning Process

The children use the IPC Learning Process in every unit across school. Our learning process provides a structure to ensure all children’s learning experiences are engaging and meticulous.

Cooperative Learning

At Gorsefield  we encourage active and co-operative learning. Learning is central to all we do. Not only do our staff have a responsibility to ensure that our children learn and develop but we also encourage our children to take responsibility for their own learning.

Parents also play a significant part. We ensure that at the start of a unit or work, parents are informed about what their children will be learning and suggest ways in which they can play an active role in their child’s development. Work is celebrated and shared throughout the year with parents and the school community.

Reading and Writing

At Gorsefield  , the development of Reading and Writing throughout the school is always a key priority.

We use the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme throughout Key Stage 1. We  also use a range of reading books which are “book banded”  to ability levels which the children take home to read. Once pupils are secure in their phonic knowledge they move on to Literacy and Language in order to further develop their reading / writing and comprehension skills.

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