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IPC at St Paul’s Primary School

IPC has been and continues to be a huge success at St Paul's. Children are thriving in the rich learning environment this curriculum offers. Children have fully immersed themselves in getting to grips with life as scavengers to becoming budding politicians.

At the beginning of every new topic children are treated as part of the team. The lessons ahead are suited around them and their interests. Teachers gather the vital information from pupils about where their interests lie within a topic, what they already know and more importantly where they would like to explore further. This sets a pathway for learning.

Teachers work with the IPC curriculum to ensure the children's learning is progressive, exciting and demanding. Children’s knowledge is continually progressing, as well as their skills such as research, reporting and presenting.

Children are encouraged to question and challenge their own learning and asked to respond and learn in a variety of styles. They have chance to develop individually and in groups; present, debate and be creative.

Pupils enjoy learning and comparing lives within their locality as well as further afield, around the globe.

What IPC has to say:


The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning that is exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 92 countries around the world.

The IPC Learning Process

There is a distinct learning process with every IPC unit, providing a structured approach to make sure that children’s learning experiences are as stimulating and rigorous as possible.

What the teachers at St Paul’s say:

IPC lessons provide the opportunity for children to engage with the world beyond the classroom. This can be in the local area or across the globe.
Mr Thompson

IPC brings children into contact with the world around them through observation, experimentation, experiences and questioning- I enjoy it as much as the pupils.
Mr Jacob

I love that IPC is creative and integrates a range of subjects such as Science, History and Geography.
Miss Walker

What our children at St Paul’s say:

I love IPC because we learn about history and it’s fun. We get to try experiments and try things we didn’t know before.
Saneev, Year 3

I enjoy IPC and the circus topic and doing all the lessons. Sometimes we work in groups and sometimes we don’t. We go on trips to the museum.
Jannah, Year 2

IPC is really important but fun. We do all the subjects like History and Art. We learn about maps and skills in different ways.
Symon, Year 5

What Ofsted has to say:

Achieving a broad and balanced curriculum

Inspectors see a range of curricula across maintained schools and academies (including free schools). It is right that schools develop their own curriculum to respond to the particular needs of their pupils and ensure they receive a broad and balanced education.

A school’s curriculum must comply with the legislation to give pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects. In addition, provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development should promote tolerance of and respect for people of other faiths, cultures and lifestyles. Good teaching in a broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by an effective approach to the SMSC development of children and young people, will help to prepare them for life in modern Britain.

As now, inspectors will use a range of evidence to make judgements, including by looking at test results, pupils’ work and pupils’ own perceptions of their learning.

Inspectors will:

  • Spend more time looking at the range of pupils’ work to consider what progress they are making in different areas of the curriculum
  • Talk to leaders about schools’ use of formative and summative assessment and how this improves teaching and raises achievement
  • Evaluate how well pupils are doing against relevant age-related expectations as set out by the school and the national curriculum (where this applies) Note for inspectors: use of assessment information during inspections in 2014/15 01 Jul 2014

Throughout this website, you will be able to explore what the children have been learning in school and see how enthusiastic they are about IPC.

Do you want to know more? Click here to go straight to the IPC official website