The International Primary Curriculum at St. Bede’s
St Bede’s is proud to be one of the first schools in Lambeth to use the International Primary Curriculum to create an effective curriculum that provides the most appropriate support for teachers and others to develop children’s learning.
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Our curriculum begins with a set of standards of learning outcomes which clearly defines what children should be capable of at certain important periods of their development. These standards are explicitly described in terms of the knowledge children should acquire, the skills they should be able to demonstrate and the understanding they should develop. Not all of these standards or learning outcomes are measurable. Some will require teacher’s judgement.
The curriculum provides opportunities for teachers to assess or judge the quality of children’s learning through a range of assessment or evaluative opportunities. The curriculum addresses the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in three key areas – subjects, personal development and international understanding.
Our curriculum design is influenced by two ideas. First, the key concepts of independence and interdependence which underpin our view of what it is to have an international mindset and, second, the lessons learnt as a result of a decade of research into the brain and the development of brain-friendly learning and teaching strategies.
The principle of the IPC is to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning for children worldwide, combined with innovative and exciting ways to learn.
The IPC is designed to help children:
- Learn the essential knowledge, skills and understanding of a broad range of curriculum subjects.
- Engage with their learning so that they remain committed to learning throughout their school careers and their lives.
- Develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens and to respond to the changing contexts of their future lives.
- Develop a sense of their own nationality and culture at the same time as developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.
The curriculum is a thematic one, teaching History, Art, PE, Music, DT, Geography and PHSE through themes such as ‘Holidays’, ‘Toys’ and ‘Treasure’ Additionally, all units have a strong international theme and take greater account of modern technology.
Each theme starts with a ‘WOW’ day in order to introduce the theme to children and ensure all children have a good base knowledge before starting their studies and each unit ends with a celebration event to which parents are often invited.