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At our Academy, we are passionate about fostering creativity. We want our pupils to ask questions and make links, so we have chosen to teach the broader curriculum areas through the topic structure provided by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The IPC enables pupils to deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding while immersing themselves in rich learning experiences. Pupils become active and independent learners so our ‘personal goals’ of: adaptability, communication, co-operation, enquiry, morality, resilience, respect and thoughtfulness underpin everything we do. Through our rigorous cycle of work, children develop learning dispositions that are essential in their future life.
We strongly believe that in our modern world it is vital our pupils have a knowledge and understanding beyond that related to their own nationality. Through the IPC, they gain both a national and international perspective on the world and have an increasing sense of their own identity alongside an understanding of others.
Each unit starts with an exciting ‘entry point’ designed to enthuse and engage pupils with the new topic. They share what they already know and what they want to find out through a ‘knowledge harvest’. At the end of topics, pupils reflect on what they have learned, how they have improved and what they still want to work on through an ‘exit point’.
They also celebrate their achievements and share what they have most enjoyed in ‘exit assemblies’. The IPC is divided into four mileposts, the children begin with the IEYC units of work in reception, in years 1 and 2 they move through milepost one, in years 3 and 4 they move through milepost two and the final milepost three is completed in years 5 and 6. The learning goals are designed to give a broad and balanced education in line with the national curriculum.