Recently released units & supporting materials

The following units can be found by logging into your IPC Members' Lounge account.

If you are already logged into the Member's Lounge, you can click on the links to go directly to the unit information.

 





 

Milepost 1 Units

From A to B
Transport and Travel
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Brainwave
The Art Of Learning
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Our World
The Environment
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The Magic Toymaker
Toys and Games
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Hooray…Let’s Go On Holiday!
The Places People Go
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Flowers And Insects
Flowers And Insects
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A day in the life
Things people do
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Milepost 2 Units

Living Together
Community
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Brainwave
The Art of Learning
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Different places, similar lives?
Similarities and Differences
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Gateways to the world
Airports
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Saving the world
Rainforests
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Active planet
Earthquakes And Volcanoes
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Milepost 3 Units

Mission to Mars
Living in Space
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The Holiday Show
Location and Tourism
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Brainwave
The Art of Learning
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Cross referencing documents and sample route plans

We're excited to announce the release of our brand new cross referencing documents to support all your planning with the National Curriculum for England 2014. These will show you clearly where our IPC units of work match up to the outcomes of the National Curriculum. Alongside these we've also put together two sample route plans that schools can follow to ensure coverage of the new framework. The only subject that does not meet full National Curriculum requirements is Physical Education, as our member schools have told us that they largely teach this separately from the IPC. Please read our set of FAQ's to ensure that you understand how these supporting documents will help you and your school, and our advice for planning for the next academic year and beyond.

The materials can be found on your IPC Members' Lounge account

If you are already logged into the Member's Lounge, you can click on the links to go directly to the information in the 'Documents' sections.

 


 

FAQs- Cross Reference Documents and Sample Route Plans

 

List of FAQs

 

 


 

How have you organised the cross reference documents?

We have released a number of cross reference documents, which map the objectives of the National Curriculum for England 2014 (NC) against any relevant learning goals of the IPC. These are organised by subject: science, history, geography, ICT, technology, art, music and PE.

We recommend that teachers from each milepost work together to look at these and choose the units they want to teach to achieve coverage of the new National Curriculum requirements.

 

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How do the cross reference documents work if you have mixed age classes?

We know that a number of our schools face the challenge of mixed age classes and mixed age planning. We are liaising with a number of teachers and IPC trainers to provide advice on how you might deliver the outcomes of the National Curriculum (NC) in this way. This will be a challenge for all mixed age classes, whether or not they are using the IPC, because of the way the new NC is organised. Watch this space – as soon as we have some advice / strategies / route plans we will share them with you!

 

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How do the cross reference documents work?

Let's start by looking at how they are organised:

  • The first two columns are dedicated to the National Curriculum (NC) – outlining the relevant year groups / key stage, and the objectives for that particular subject.
  • The next column shows you any relevant IPC learning goals that link to the NC objectives. We have many more IPC learning goals than you will find in this column, but they either don't link to the NC, or in many cases, go above and beyond the requirements of the NC. A full set of our learning goals can be found in the 'Documents' section of the Members' Lounge under 'Teachers' Manual'.
  • The next column lists our 'Recommended Units' – these are units that will give you guaranteed coverage of the relevant NC objectives. We have tried to give you a choice of units, but you only need to pick ONE of these units to achieve full coverage of that particular area. Where possible, we have also tried to make units cover more than one area of the NC. For example, the Flowers and Insects unit in Milepost 1 covers the following NC outcomes: Plants (Years 1 and 2), Seasonal Changes (Year 1), Living Things and their Habitats (Year 2), as well as covering all the NC objectives for KS1 art and music. It's a multi-tasker, and we have plenty of units like this!
  • The final column lists any units we feel are worth exploring. This means that they don't specifically cover the NC objectives as they stand, but in terms of their theme and content, there is potential for individual teachers and schools to adapt the units themselves to meet the objectives of the NC. We included these because it might be that some of your favourite units haven't been updated by us, but there is potential for you to adapt them, and we wanted to draw your attention to these.

You can use the cross reference document in three ways:

  1. To choose units that definitely give you NC coverage – we've tried to give you as much choice as possible, and provide many multi-tasking units, which cover NC science and art and D&T, etc. However, if you go for complete NC coverage only, your choice of IPC units will be more limited than it is now.
  2. To choose some units that give NC coverage, mixed with some units that are worth exploring. So, some heavy lifting by IPC, with some adapting and ownership from you. This means your choice of IPC units will increase and you can no doubt keep some old favourites in there!
  3. To go totally renegade and do what you like! Ignore the document altogether, keep using the units you're using now and take sole responsibility for achieving the NC outcomes yourself. You're brave, and we like it!

We predict that most schools will start with the first approach, but over time will become more confident in what they're delivering and how, and move on to adapting units in the future.

If you're looking for full National Curriculum coverage, we recommend starting with the science cross reference document to see which units cover the different NC objectives. Once you've shortlisted some possibilities, look at the cross reference documents for the other subjects to see if any of these units also cover other subject areas in the NC.

Alternatively, you can choose one of our sample route plans, which have done all the hard work for you!

PLEASE NOTE: the cross reference documents and sample route plans are based around using our NEW and UPDATED units of work. All new and updated units will be available on the website by July 2014 at the latest, with many appearing before then. Please keep checking our 'Curriculum Updates' page for the latest information, including a list of all the original units that are being updated (and in which subjects), as well as information on new units and their progress. Any updated units will appear on this page, the 'Units' section of the Members' Lounge, and on the online Route Planner pages marked 'UPDATED', when they're ready. You must use the latest updated versions for your planning to ensure NC coverage.

 

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Are you going to change the online Route Planner so that it tracks against National Curriculum (NC) objectives?

The simple answer to this is no, but we have good reasons!

Firstly, the IPC is built around our own learning goals and these form the core of the units for every school, no matter where they are in the world. The online Route Planner helps you to get broad and balanced subject coverage using our goals. Every school around the world has the pressure of delivering their own National Curriculum outcomes alongside and / or through our learning goals, so we don't feel that we can create a special version of the Route Planner just for schools in England.

Secondly, and more importantly, the only units which achieve NC coverage are those outlined in the cross reference documents. In many cases, the IPC learning goals no longer match the objectives of the NC (whereas they used to match quite well). If we adapted the Route Planner to only track coverage of NC objectives, and you could drag any unit into it (even the units that haven't been updated or written recently), you would no doubt find some gaps in coverage. The best way to ensure you are making the right decisions about NC coverage is by using our cross reference documents and / or our sample route plans which have been created specifically for schools in England.

We hope that schools continue to use the IPC online Route Planner, as it still gives you a good idea of subject coverage using the IPC learning goals alone, and is a useful way of storing your route plans online.

 

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Can you tell us more about the sample route plans?

We created two sample route plans to show you how to achieve coverage of the new National Curriculum (NC) in all foundation subjects. The only areas that are an exception to this are:

  • Physical Education - we have it on good authority that most English schools follow a separate scheme of work for PE. We do have a cross reference document for PE, which shows you units that cover different aspects of PE, but it may be simpler for you to keep the NC coverage for PE  separate from IPC (although any PE you can deliver through the IPC is a bonus we think!)
  • Some aspects of History – namely the local history study and a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. With the former, you can easily cover this through a more in-depth study of the many examples and case studies that we already cover in our units. So, if you’re missing out the global history you could spend more time on certain aspects of British history along the way. With history that extends beyond 1066, it’s likely you’ll achieve this through the history in the other IPC units of work that you chose. You can also approach this by looking at and comparing modern day life with that of the ancients (ideas like democracy, rulers, and the legacy of the ancient / classic civilizations). Our writer makes links in the units to more recent events such as later discoveries, sources and evidence, so these can be used as a starting point for the study of a post 1066 time period. Failing that, you can always plan some additional history – it’s a great chance to keep some of the history you’re probably already studying in school, such as WW2 – we know this is a popular topic with schools in England.

The sample route plans, and cross reference documents, are based around using the new units, and updated versions of existing units. All new and updated units will be available on the website by July 2014 at the latest, and many will appear before then. Please keep checking our ‘Curriculum Updates’ page for the latest information, including a list of all the original units that are being updated (and in which subjects), as well as information on new units and their progress. Any updated units will appear on this page, the Units section of the Members’ Lounge, and on the online Route Planner pages marked with ‘UPDATED’, when they’re ready. You must use the latest updated versions for your planning to ensure National Curriculum coverage.

You’ll notice that if you want to guarantee NC coverage, there are certain mandatory units eg. All of our new history-focused units, the ICT-focused units, Evolution in MP3 etc. The good news is, these are really exciting new additions and it’s good to refresh your choice of units every now and then, so hopefully this will present opportunities rather than challenges!

The sample route plans show the recommended units alongside the maximum amount of time each unit is expected to last. As schools have around 37 weeks of term time. Our choices leave you, in many cases, the option to plan in additional units. These additional units can be any of our new, updated or original units so you still have plenty of free choice. Milepost 3 has been the challenge – there is so much to cover and so little time! You might notice a few units appearing in both route plans. This is because they are the most time efficient way of achieving the NC objectives and where possible leave you with enough weeks left over to choose your own additional units.

It is important to note that our units go above and beyond what is required in the new NC, so it is possible to teach the units in far less time than is recommended.

The sample route plans ensure that the objectives of the NC are covered at least once within the relevant milepost / key stage. Often they are repeated, but this is not always the case, so it may be that you choose additional units with a view to achieving more coverage of a certain subject area. The cross reference documents will help you to identify which units are most appropriate to achieve additional coverage in the different subjects.  

It is also important to note that NC coverage is mostly achieved through the different subject sections in our units. However, it is also sometimes achieved through the Entry Point, Knowledge Harvest, extension activities and subject links at the end of tasks. Teachers must therefore plan and teach their chosen IPC units alongside the National Curriculum objectives to ensure that coverage is achieved even if they shorten the tasks or adapt any elements of the units.

One final thing to mention is that the sample route plans have not been written with any specific ‘order’ or ‘narrative’ or ‘flow’ in mind. We have placed the ICT-focused units in the first year group of each milepost, because once the children have learned these skills they can then apply them in different units across the milepost. We have also placed the history units in chronological order (although Time Travellers and People of the Past in Milepost 1 could be taught in any order). Apart from that, we have focused on NC coverage, rather than what order the units might best work in. As we’re not based in a classroom, we thought it was best to let teachers make those decisions!

You can teach any of our Milepost 1 units in any order, and in either Year 1 or Year 2. The same goes for Milepost 2 and Milepost 3. The National Curriculum makes it clear on Page 156 that the science coverage, despite being split into year groups, only needs to be achieved by the end of the relevant key stage. For example, science outcomes for Year 1 can be achieved in Year 2, and vice versa. Because our units are written for a milepost and NOT for a specific year group, this works just perfectly. So, please feel free to change the order and teach units at the time and stage of the milepost that you think is most appropriate for your children, and your teachers, in your school!

Of course these route plans are just a suggestion of how you might achieve coverage of the National Curriculum. To plan your own route, please use the cross reference documents. 

We hope you find the sample route plans and cross reference documents useful. If you need any additional support or advice please don’t hesitate to contact the Membership team on members@greatlearning.com or 0207 531 9696.

 

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Can I change the order of the units in the sample route plans?

Yes you can! The sample route plans have not been written with any specific 'order' or 'narrative' or 'flow' in mind. We have placed the ICT-focused units in the first year group of each milepost, because once the children have learned these skills they can then apply them in different units across the milepost. We have also placed the history units in chronological order (although Time Travellers and People of the Past in Milepost 1 could be taught in any order).

Apart from that, we have focused on NC coverage, rather than what order the units might best work in. As we're not based in a classroom, we thought it was best to let teachers make those decisions!

You can teach any of our Milepost 1 units in any order, and in either Year 1 or Year 2. The same goes for Milepost 2 and Milepost 3. The National Curriculum makes it clear on Page 156 that the science coverage, despite being split into year groups, only needs to be achieved by the end of the relevant key stage. For example, science outcomes for Year 1 can be achieved in Year 2, and vice versa. Because our units are written for a milepost and NOT for a specific year group, this works just perfectly.

So, please feel free to change the order and teach units at the time and stage of the milepost that you think is most appropriate for your children, and your teachers, in your school!

 

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