The International Primary Curriculum 2015-2016

11th September 2015

Gatehouse ACE Academy adopted the IPC in 2014 and we form part of a global learning community who use the IPC as part of their planned curriculum. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an internationally minded curriculum that is used in a number of countries around the world. The IPC 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. Children will develop many skills which they will need in order to face the world of tomorrow confidently.

Following the success of the IPC this last academic year, we continue to develop its integration into our school.  Children at Gatehouse learn through a series of units of work, of which there are over 70 to choose from. Each unit is carefully selected to ensure the most coverage of the new National Curriculum. 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 Gatehouse, including trips and visits from other professionals to our school, have been designed so that our children develop these important lifelong skills with emphasis on becoming an independent learner.

There may be more than one unit each term, so instead of giving you a topic letter to keep you informed, we will upload a copy of each year group’s topic web for each unit onto the school website. This will enable you to see the skills covered and you may print off the information if you wish.  Please do not be alarmed if you notice that a particular subject is not being covered within a unit.  This is monitored by all Class Teachers and the coverage will take place in a subsequent unit.

If you have any other questions or would like further information please do not hesitate to ask your child’s class teacher.