September 2014 will see the school adopting the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as its vehicle for delivering the National Curriculum. The IPC is currently used in over 1,100 schools throughout the UK, uses modules based on a wide range of topics to facilitate project-based, child-led and cross-curricular learning in innovative ways that avoid strict subject boundaries. It is built around three key areas in which the children achieve and succeed: subject goals, personal goals and international goals.
Whilst there is a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, the IPC’s subject goals helps us to ensure these core skills are embedded within a rich and diverse range of topics which embrace foreign languages, art, PE, music and drama as well as history, geography, sciences, information technology and design technology.
The personal goals help maintain the teacher and student focus on the emotional and social aspects of growing up which school can so often neglect. There are personal goals for enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability.
The international goals progress children towards an increasingly sophisticated national and international perspective. While we live in and support our small rural community, we also need to understand the global community in which every individual has an important role to play. We believe this aspect of the IPC is of vital importance to the students of Michaelchurch.