Get to Know IPC in SIFC

Through the following introduction, we will take you on a step by step exploration of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and how it is implemented at Shenzhen International Foundation College. 

"When a man forgets everything he received in school, what remains is education." Einstein said.

We hope that SIFC is not only an institution of learning. It is also the ladder to your dreams.


IPC is not widely used in China, so lots of parents and students aren’t familiar with it. We do hope we can help you to have a clearer understanding of Our curriculum through the course outline. At the same time, you will realize the reason why SIFC choose IPC for our primary school.


The IPC (International Primary Curriculum) is an excellent elementary course for schools in international settings and it has been adopted by more than 1900 schools in more than 90 countries all over the world. Compared with other international curriculums, the IPC is more scientific and skills focused for primary school students. Each unit of IPC has interesting and lively themes, and the curriculum runs through the concept of holistic education, which is conducive to the improvement of children's comprehensive ability and international vision.


Our curriculum will enhance our ability to deliver an academic programme that encourages investigation and higher level thinking, engages with meaningful activities, and gives students a solid base of knowledge and skills for the 21st century.


During these weeks, we are following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Ourselves’.


This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the national curriculum for your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

2. Personal development. the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

3. International understanding. which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.


Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.

During this unit we will be focusing on Society, Art, Physical Education, Science, Geography and International.

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

• About the different groups we belong to

• About the things that make us feel happy

• How to deal with anger

• How to stay safe

• How to make an emergency phone call


In Art, we’ll be finding out:

• How to draw portraits and self-portraits

• How to take a portrait photograph

• About portraits by famous painters and sculptors

• How to design a favourite menu


In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

• What activities we can do well

• How we can stay fit and strong

• About different  types of foods

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

• About how our hearts work

• About how we are similar to and different from other people


In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

• Which countries we or our ancestors have come from

• How to find our local area on a map

• About different countries we have lived in


In International, we’ll be finding out:

• About the way children in our host country and home countries live

UNIT All about me

By learning about ourselves and each other, we are able to celebrate our differences whilst also seeing all the things that we have in common. We are all individuals, but together we make up a wider community - one that should support and respect one another. 

Here we introduce one lesson of the ‘All about me’.


Grade 4 had a special guest visitor to the classroom Recently! In our IPC topic ‘All About Me’ we have been looking at different jobs in our environment and ‘what I want to be when I am older!’.


The children had to interview our special guest to find out what she worked as! The children asked all sorts of key questions in our IPC activity, ‘Guess My Job’. In the end, the children guessed correctly that Miss Jane was a journalist!

Miss Jane is a journalist for the Shenzhen Daily Newspaper! Miss Jane then interviewed the children to get to know them.


Our class were shown photographs with important newspaper headlines! Miss Jane then discussed the importance of the 5W’s- our key question words!

5W’s = Who?, Where?, When?, What? and Why?


The children then used to 5W’s to create a class newspaper report!


Before Miss Jane went back to work, the children presented her with a ‘Thank You Card’ and a delicious box of chocolates!


We hope the children enjoyed their special guest and we look forward to more learning through our IPC topics.

Student-Centred and Experiential Learning


IPC emphasizes students’personal exploration and experience. Students do not take knowledge learning as their only purpose, but focus on solving practical problems. They understand and use the language they learn in an infiltrating way, and understand and transform the world in a super-disciplinary way of inquiry learning.

Combining IPC's learning objectives, it can be subdivided into three different types of learning. They are knowledge, skills and understanding. Students get the most effective learning experience through the combination of three kinds of learning, which is also the three dimensions of IPC monitoring students' learning achievement.


Knowledge,Skills  and Understanding

Knowledge is real information. Although knowledge is not always easy to recall, its acquisition is relatively straightforward and understandable for teaching and assessment. Guide students to explore what they have to learn and what they must know.

Skills are the things a child can do and they are acquired through practice and take time to truly master. The IPC assessment is based on the assessment of a child's skills.

Understanding is the reflection of great ideas with gradual and continuous development. It is the pursuit of each of us for the moment that is "flash of light". We cant directly teach students to understand, but the each units of the IPC course provide a broad and complete learning experience designed to deepen students' understanding.

▵Learn the sound' o'

▵ Learn the sound' p'

▵Learn the sound 'n'

▵ Learn the sound' g'

▵ Math class measured many different items in and out of the classroom 

▵ Get to know animals

▵ Get to know the fruit

▵ Howework

Research and Record

▵ Investigating different jobs

▵Mixing colours and adding details to Family Trees. The students added their personality traits to their tree.

Innovation and Development

▵  Our mini project on Body Parts

Instead of teaching the child the world word by word, it would be better to guide them in how to explore and discover the unknown.

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help the students reach the learning goals. Students will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well they have learned through particular activities and asking students to explain their work, perhaps to parents.


We already know the interest parents take in their children's work. Please discuss with the child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.


The students will be asking questions about themselves, their siblings and other family members when they were young. We might ask to borrow photographs of student as a baby and as a toddler and also pictures of other family members for discussion and display.


If your child has some work to research, please help them – but without actually doing the work. If you have the change to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it – but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.


By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. 

The role of great teachers and teaching is to find the best way to stimulate children's interest in learning, explore their learning potential and let students learn independently. It is indispensable to have excellent curriculum, teaching methods and teachers to achieve the above. Although the IPC Primary School of SIFC has just started this year, we are full of confidence for its excellent curriculum and our excellent team.

We are very happy to see the joy on their faces as children learn in a fun-filled environment.

Thank you for your trust and support for the IPC Primary School of SIFC. Let's work together to lead the students to go further on the IPC course.

And welcome more people in learning IPC to join our family!


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