International Primary Curriculum at Elckerlyc International School
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, integrated and inquiry-based curriculum. Used by Elckerlyc International School since September 2002, the IPC is approved by the Dutch Ministry of Education as well as being established in over 1000 schools from over 90 countries from around the world.
The learning goals of the curriculum are split into four age bands covering the primary years: Early Years (3-5 years old), Milepost 1 (5-7 years), Milepost 2 (7-9 years old), and Milepost 3 (9-12 years old). Within each age band, there are three strands of Learning Goals: Subject goals, Personal Goals and International Goals. The personal goals help the children to become ready for the wider world. By promoting and reinforcing these, we aim for the children to be:
- a thinker
- a communicator
- a collaborator
Subjects covered in most units of the IPC include history, geography, science, art, design, IT, PE, music, and society, and through most units of work, links are made to the host and home countries.
Each Group from 2-7, during the year, studies several units that may last anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. In each unit of study, the teachers cover the learning goals as outlined by IPC, as well as following the children’s interests and making plans for the individual needs in the class.
Your child’s teachers will inform you of the units of study and its contents. Parental involvement is an important part of the overall implementation of the IPC topics and your child’s teacher will contact you on a regular basis as to the needs for volunteers.