IPC Learning Goals

IPC Learning Goals

The Learning Goals are the foundation on which the International Primary Curriculum is built.

The Learning Goals define what children might be expected to know, what they might be able to do and the understandings they might develop as they move through school. Well written learning goals guide teaching and learning and help to focus assessment and evaluation. We believe that the IPC Learning Goals are equal to or exceed those of any curriculum in the world.

The subject goals

The subject goals cover the knowledge (the facts and information children might learn), the skills (those practical abilities children need to be able to do) and the understandings (the deeper awareness of key concepts which develops over time). There are subject Learning Goals for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.

Some examples of IPC subject goals are:

Language Arts Learning Goals (Milepost 1)

  • Know the basic structure elements of word structure
  • Be able to recognise and use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs

History Learning Goals (Milepost 2)

  • Know about the main events, dates and characteristics of the past societies they have studied
  • Be able to gather information from simple sources
  • Understand that the past can be considered in terms of different time periods

Music Learning Goals (Milepost 3)

  • Know how a number of musicians – including some from their home country and the host country – combine musical elements within a structure
  • Be able to compose musical pieces combining musical elements within a structure
  • Understand that musicians use music to express emotions and experiences

The personal goals

The personal goals refer to those individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. They help to develop those qualities that will enable children to be at ease with the continually changing context of their lives. There are personal goals for enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability.

As an example of some of the IPC Learning Goals for Adaptability, children, through their study of the IPC will learn to:

  • Know about a range of views, cultures and traditions
  • Be able to consider and respect the views, cultures and traditions of other people
  • Be able to cope with unfamiliar situations
  • Be able to approach tasks with confidence
  • Be able to suggest and explore new roles, ideas, and strategies
  • Be able to move between conventional and more fluid forms of thinking
  • Be able to be at ease with themselves in a variety of situations

The international goals

The International Primary Curriculum is unique in defining learning goals that help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national and international perspective.

The IPC’s view of an international perspective is based upon:

  • A knowledge and understanding of one’s own national culture. International is both inter and national
  • An awareness and understanding of the independence of and the interdependence between peoples
  • An awareness and understanding of the independence of and interdependence between countries
  • An awareness and understanding of the essential similarities between the peoples and countries of the world
  • A developing ability to be at ease with others who are different from ourselves

The philosophy of ‘independence and interdependence’ runs throughout the IPC.


Knowledge, skills and understanding

All the IPC learning goals include the development of knowledge, skills and understanding; an essential combination to ensure the most effective learning experience. The learning tasks within each IPC unit guide teachers through the process of helping children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.