International Primary Curriculum

Exploring units from a global perspective

Worldwide, there are now more than 3000 schools in various countries that work with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). In the Netherlands, too, there are already more than 200 schools that have discovered the added value.

Holland International School uses IPC units for the subjects geography, history, ICT, artistic development, physical education, social development, music, nature, technology and international development.

It is an international curriculum that is offered in Dutch in the Dutch stream and English in the International stream. One of its aims is to give children an international view of the world.

The IPC concentrates on goals that focus on skills. In addition, attention is also paid to knowledge and insight. These goals are offered during a number of weeks within a unit.

Each unit relates to the situation in the home country and the host country. The home country may differ, but Singapore (Southeast Asia) is the same for all children. By working in this way, the IPC is meaningful for everyone.

Working together, doing research, making connections and finding solutions to a problem are important elements of IPC. IPC promotes an active learning attitude in which the learning process and the goals are central.

During a unit, four types of objectives are worked on. They form the foundation on which IPC is built

- Knowledge objectives (to know)

- Skill objectives (ability)

- Insight goals (understanding)

- Personal goals (enquiry, respect, co-operation, adaptability, caring, resilience, ethics, communication)

Knowledge goals can be tested in writing. The children receive flash cards to practice with at school and at home. This takes place from milestone 2 onwards.

Skill goals are observed with the help of an assessment programme. In the assessment programme, the rubrics carefully indicate what is expected of a child. In this way, the teacher can better supervise a child's learning process with the help of learning recommendations. Children can also grade themselves and see how far they are in achieving their goal.

Insight goals are more difficult to estimate. By asking children questions and asking them to explain themselves, it is possible to observe their insight and understanding.

Personal goals are not milestone bound. These skills, knowledge and insights are fostered throughout the school period. It is a preparation for working and learning in a multicultural constantly changing society.

Course of a unit:

Getting the starting point excited about the new theme.

Retrieving existing knowledge.

Explaining the unit's theme.

The subject areas vary per unit, fitting in with the theme.

Celebrating the end point and looking back on all that has been learned.

During the starting point or for a certain subject, parents or external parties can be asked to act as experts. If the unit lends itself to it, excursions are organised within Singapore that fit the theme. At the end point, parents or other classes may be invited to join the children in reviewing and celebrating what has been learned.

Before starting a new unit, parents are informed of what the children will be working on.

The units are written for four age groups which we call mileposts:

Early Years: Preschool, Reception class, group 1 and 2

Milepost 1: Groups 3 and 4

Milestone 2: Groups 5 and 6

Milepost 3: Groups 7 and 8