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Brainwave unitS


Experience has shown us that the most successful schools – the schools in which children learn best academically, personally and internationally – are those that are able to embed the idea of improving learning into everything they do.

Each of the IPC’s thematic units of work help schools to do just this, but we have three units in particular which focus explicitly on learning, and are a firm favourite with our more than 1,900 member schools across the world: the Brainwave units.

The units, written for Milepost 1 (5-7 years), Milepost 2 (7-9 years) and Milepost 3 (9-12 years) help teachers and children understand what learning means, what it looks and feels like in the classroom, how to talk about learning, assess for learning and create a culture of learning throughout the whole school.

The units start off with an exciting entry point – hooking the children into the theme of the unit through engaging learning activities. Whether this is dissecting a brain made of jelly, or going on a ‘looking for learning’ hunt around school, the entry point is just one of many activities within the units that helps to set a positive learning environment in each class.

Children then go on a journey to learn all about the brain, explore the IPC Personal Goals, consider what it means to be internationally minded, find out more about the different types of learning (knowledge, skills and understanding), and how they can use assessment to set their next steps in learning.

Our Brainwave units are a natural “entry point” to kick-off the journey of improving learning in your school.

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international primary curriculum

The IPC is one of the fastest-growing curricula in the world today, with nearly 1,800 member schools in more than 90 different countries. It is a comprehensive curriculum for 3-12 year olds, made up of over 130 exciting, engaging and globally relevant thematic units of work, which are designed around a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for subject, personal and international learning.

With its own AfL programme, the IPC provides immediate support for teachers and learners through its comprehensive design and rigour, whilst being flexible enough for each school to adapt the planning and build on their own strengths.

The IPC also has an Early Years Programme designed for children from 3-5 years of age. This follows a developmental approach, providing teachers with a range of flexible learning activities to meet the learning needs of every individual child.

Each IPC unit of work is designed around one core purpose: improving children’s learning. Our world-class writers have created a range of cross-curricular units based on globally relevant themes that excite children and teachers alike.

For more information on the IPC, latest news and courses, please visit: www.greatlearning.com/ipc

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What others are saying

School leaders have developed the International Primary Curriculum to provide pupils with a wide range of exciting opportunities for learning in a range of subjects, as well as from frequent school trips and events. The curriculum promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well and encourages good behaviour. Pupils develop a good understanding and appreciation of many different faiths and cultures. During the inspection an inspiring assembly gave pupils a fascinating insight into the Muslim faith. Pupils learn to respect all cultures, religions and life styles. This prepares them well for life in modern Britain.

OFTSED Report January 2015

St Columb Minor Academy

There is real depth to the IPC. The learning goals and the learning process are the real strengths of IPC. It does a great job of making the learning goals explicit so we all know where we’re heading for. And it takes us through a learning process that immediately engages children and helps them to see a purpose to what they’re learning.

Principal of Elementary

SJI International School, Singapore

The IPC Assessment for Learning programme has enabled our teachers and learners to manage skills acquisition at our school. Used as a key part of the learning process, its simple, yet incredibly powerful, purpose is to record what learners are currently able to do and then provide advice and support in making their next steps. An added bonus for us is then reporting this authentic learning to our parents through the online tracking tool.

David Griffiths

Head of Primary, Nexus International School, Malaysia

You get these amazing ideas, which are stimulating and exciting to work with that form the teaching framework of the unit. I have the reassurance that learning objectives are being met but there’s also room for me to be creative and enthused about what I’m teaching as well as make the unit suit the needs of my children. I love that the IPC can be adapted to meet the needs of every child. This challenging curriculum really does engage and promote independent learning, contributing towards the fun and active classroom environment that I’m in today.

Year 1 teacher

Kingsmead Primary School, Hackney, London, UK

Our students require a high level of repetition in order to consolidate their learning, and the IPC cross-curricular links are so vast that children are constantly making links and connections to themes, whether they are in a Science, Music or Geography lesson! The creativity and flexibility in the units have given teachers a renewed enthusiasm for lesson planning, which in turn engages and motivates children of all abilities. Teachers and students have been invigorated by the huge scope for exciting learning opportunities offered by this curriculum.

Karen Hart

Head of Year Villa Real School, Durham

Children now learn through enquiring, investigating and collaborating together, as well as through creative approaches to learning such as painting, model-making and role-play; all hands-on, shared, problem-solving experiences that encourage them to lead their own learning and to think for themselves. The IPC is fun but with a clear purpose and direction. It’s making our children adaptable, resourceful and independent in their learning.

David Lowder

Former Headteacher, St. John’s International School, Bangkok, Thailand

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