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The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-12 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 with the IPC 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 is used by schools in more than 90 countries around the world and has helped schools in England deliver the outcomes of the National Curriculum for over a decade with more than 1,300 schools adopting it. The IPC is also committed to keeping in line with all changes that take place in the National Curriculum.


Scroll down to see the units that each year group will be studying this year 

All Year Groups


Every day we are learning lots of new and different things – gaining the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve our learning, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us.

Year 3 

Active Planet

The tectonic plates that form the Earth’s crust are always moving. Even the smallest movement can cause huge earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis that devastate communities across wide areas. If we can understand what is happening underground we can learn to predict and protect ourselves in the future.

Explorers and Adventurers

Do you love discovering new places? Yes? Well you might just be an explorer. Explorers are people who travel to new places in the world and discover new things that they didn’t know existed. So much of what we know today about our world is because we have been explorers in the past. Being an explorer is exciting but scary at the same time. Could you be an explorer? Let’s find out.

The Generation Game

No matter who we are, we all have one thing in common – we are growing older every day. Thanks to advances in health, science and medical care, most people can now expect to live longer than at any time before in history. However, with this comes a great responsibility. Not only must we take better care of ourselves, we must also take care of others, ensuring that our society respects and values everyone, regardless of their age.

Year 4

Footprints from the past

Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago – long before people lived on Earth. No one has ever seen a dinosaur so how do we know anything about them? Fossil evidence and dinosaur bones provide our only clues. Like detectives, we will try to discover what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and what might have happened to them in the end.

Gateways to the world

Everyday millions of people take to the skies, making journeys in airplanes. Air travel helps to connect people around the world.

Shake It

We are going to find out all about solids, liquids and gases by making butter and cheese, and milkshakes.

Temples Tombs and Treasures

The people who helped create the first great civilisations were not unlike you and me. Today we can learn a lot about these people and their way of life through the things they left behind – from everyday objects to magnificent and rare treasures.

The Nature of Life

From frogspawn to frogs, from caterpillars to butterflies and from seeds to plants, all living things grow and change, feed and reproduce. But how does life begin for living things and what effect does the environment have?

Year 5

Extreme Survivors

If you lived in a harsh environment, for example, in the driest desert or on Earth, your body and behaviour would need to adapt in order to survive. So a cactus in the desert adapts by growing a thick stem to store water. But how would you survive if you were a small fish in the deepest, darkest ocean?

Fascinating Forces

Forces are pushing and pulling at everything in our Universe. Even as we sit in our classroom, the walls and the ceiling are pushing and pulling at each other, while gravity and friction hold us in our seats. Let's find out more about forces!

Going Global

At a time when transport and communication can connect the world in more ways than ever before, what we buy and what we consume can have a profound impact on the lives and societies of people around the world. To be a global citizen is to become a part of something bigger than ourselves. Each of us has a responsibility to the communities of which we are a part – to respect each other’s cultures and needs, to support one another and ensure that we work together locally, nationally and globally.

Making the News

We are processing more news and information than any other generation before us. Now, more than ever, we need to understand how best to interpret and use these opportunities to share information with an audience, so that we can become skilled and responsible 21st century communicators.

Space Explorers

We know that when we look up at our sky we will see the Sun, the Moon and the stars. We take them for granted. But why are they there? What do they do? How do they affect the Earth? Astronomy, like all sciences, is about asking questions. By becoming space explorers, we can find out more about our solar system and the deeper mysteries of the universe.

Year 6 

Bake It

We are going to find out about science by making bread. The processes involved in bread-making can teach us how molecules behave in different materials (solids, liquids and gases) and how these materials can be changed.

Here and Now, There and Then

Some of you are lucky enough to have had the chance to live in more than one country. You can talk about your ‘host country’ and ‘home country’. You will have learned so much from this experience – let’s find out what you know and what more there is to learn …

Making Things Go

No matter where we live on Earth and who we are, we all use energy. We use energy to ride our bicycles, drive our cars, cook our meals, power our factories, send rockets to the moon, and so much more. But where does all this energy come from?

Myths and Legends

People have been telling stories since prehistoric times, not just to entertain but as a means of passing on their history, beliefs and culture. Many of these stories we refer to as myths and legends, stories that are timeless and are as relevant today as when they were first told. By studying these myths and legends we can learn more about the people and the cultures who created them, and understand how we - today - can adapt and craft our own stories for future generations to enjoy.