IPC versus IB

What's the difference?

Two common primary school curricula include the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). These are globally recognised curricula and provide an enquiry-based, thematic, cross-curricular and creative approach to learning. Both curricula offer a framework to structure the teaching, but not as rigid as a national curriculum. Below we explain the curricula a bit further, but most important is to understand that there's a seamless fit between IPC and IB if you change schools.

International Primary Curriculum

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic curriculum for learner’s aged 3-11 years olds. It has a skills-based approach with specific learning goals for every subject, with very similar features to the PYP IB programme. Therefore a smooth transition is garantueed between an IPC and IB school. Students are supported to achieve strong research skills, interpersonal skills, and adaptation skills, which are crucially important for international students (often moving home and country during their education).

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is based on self- and group-initiated research tasks. The PYP provides a learning framework and gives teachers the responsibility to develop their own line of enquiry. All the foundation subjects are incorporated, with maths and English taught seperately. The IB curriculum continues for middle school and high school and is the most widely offered school curriculum in Singapore and globally.  

Why HIS has chosen IPC?

The IPC has a clear process to facilitate learning and specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. We trust the IPC will help learners enjoy learning, and become well rounded Global Citizens, with the tools to help them succeed as they progress through life.

There's a lot to consider when choosing a school. Ultimately parents will have to decide, which curriculum fits best the family's needs. Consider how your child learns best, or whether you plan to move to your home country or elsewhere abroad further down the line. And at least discount a school on what you see rather than on what you hear:

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