Units of work

Units of Work

We know that children learn best when they want to learn.

That’s why the IPC has over 130 different thematic units of learning; which tap into children’s interests, are internally relevant, and help them to learn more about and engage positively with the world around them; themes include Who Am I?, The Magic Toymaker, Active Planet, Young Entrepreneurs, Mission to Mars, and What Price Progress.

In addition to this the IPC has created a set of Brainwave units which help teachers and children learn about the philosophy, pedagogy and process of the IPC, helping introducing them to the IPC Personal Goals, international mindedness, self-reflection, metacognition and much more. Teachers love to kick off the school year with these units to ensure that children have a growth mindset for learning.

Organising units in around a theme helps children to see how subjects are both ‘independent’ and ‘interdependent’ enabling them to see ‘the big picture’ of their learning, make connections through and across different subjects, and talk about a theme from multiple perspectives. Learning tasks for each subject have been written offering a wealth of ideas for research and recording activities, which provide children with the opportunity to work collaboratively, practically, in and out of the classroom, using role play and learning from each other.

Each IPC unit incorporates a range of the different subjects, along with suggested links to Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition to our larger thematic units of work, we have also created some subject-focused units, which still follow the IPC process of learning, and include the IPC Personal Goals and international tasks. Examples include history-focused units, science-focused units and specialist units for ICT and Computing.

Milepost 1 (Age 5-7)

Milepost 2 (Age 7-9)

Active planet unit image
Active planet

Earthquakes And Volcanoes

Art - MP2 - Specialist Unit unit image
Art - MP2 - Specialist Unit

Specialist Course

Brainwave - MP2 unit image
Brainwave - MP2

The Art Of Learning

Chocolate unit image
Chocolate

Food

Different places, similar lives unit image
Different places, similar lives

Similarities And Differences

Do you live around here? unit image
Do you live around here?

Habitats

Explorers and adventurers unit image
Explorers and adventurers

Discovering The World

Fashion unit image
Fashion

Popular Culture

Footprints from the past unit image
Footprints from the past

Before People

Gateways to the world unit image
Gateways to the world

Airports

History - Scavengers and Settlers unit image
History - Scavengers and Settlers

Early man to the Iron Age

History - Temples, tombs and treasures unit image
History - Temples, tombs and treasures

Ancient civilisations: Egypt and Sumer

ICT - Digital Gamers unit image
ICT - Digital Gamers

ICT and Computing

ICT - MP2 - Specialist Unit unit image
ICT - MP2 - Specialist Unit

Specialist Course

Inventions that changed the world unit image
Inventions that changed the world

How Things Work

Listen to Us! - MP2 unit image
Listen to Us! - MP2

Voices Around The World

Living Together unit image
Living Together

Community

Music - MP2 - Specialist Unit unit image
Music - MP2 - Specialist Unit

Specialist Course

Paintings, Pictures and Photographs unit image
Paintings, Pictures and Photographs

Visual Representation

PE - MP2 - Specialist Unit unit image
PE - MP2 - Specialist Unit

Specialist Course

Saving the world unit image
Saving the world

Rainforests

Science - Bright Sparks! unit image
Science - Bright Sparks!

Electricity

Science - Feel the Force! unit image
Science - Feel the Force!

Forces

Science - How humans work unit image
Science - How humans work

Human Body

Science - Land, sea and sky unit image
Science - Land, sea and sky

Habitats

Science - Let’s plant it! unit image
Science - Let’s plant it!

Plants

Science - Material World unit image
Science - Material World

Grouping and Classifying Materials

Science - On tap unit image
Science - On tap

Water

Science - Shake it! unit image
Science - Shake it!

Changing & Separating Materials

Science - The Nature of Life unit image
Science - The Nature of Life

Living Things

Science - Turn it up! unit image
Science - Turn it up!

Sound & Light

Shaping up… unit image
Shaping up…

Heath And Fitness

The generation game unit image
The generation game

Young And Old

They made a difference unit image
They made a difference

Significant People

Time and Place, Earth and Space unit image
Time and Place, Earth and Space

Time Zones

Treasure unit image
Treasure

Archaeology

What’s On The Menu? unit image
What’s On The Menu?

Survival

World Cup 2014 - Football fever! unit image
World Cup 2014 - Football fever!

World Cup 2014

Young Entrepreneurs unit image
Young Entrepreneurs

Money And Trade

Milepost 3 (Age 9-12)

Art - MP3 - Specialist Unit unit image
Art - MP3 - Specialist Unit

Specialist Course

Black gold? unit image
Black gold?

The Oil Industry

Brainwave - MP3 unit image
Brainwave - MP3

The learning brain

Building a village unit image
Building a village

Settlements

Champions for change unit image
Champions for change

Rulers and governments

Climate control unit image
Climate control

Climate Change

Drugs Education unit image
Drugs Education

Drugs Awareness

Express yourself unit image
Express yourself

Feelings

Fairgrounds unit image
Fairgrounds

Energy, Forces, Sound And Light

Fit for Life unit image
Fit for Life

Health Education

Go with the flow unit image
Go with the flow

Rivers

Going global unit image
Going global

World Trade And Globalisation

Growing up unit image
Growing up

Sex And Relationships

Here and now, there and then unit image
Here and now, there and then

Host Country And Home Country

History - AD900 unit image
History - AD900

History of non-European societies

History - The Great, the Bold and the Brave! unit image
History - The Great, the Bold and the Brave!

Classical civilisations: Greece, Rome and beyond

ICT - 3D Designers unit image
ICT - 3D Designers

ICT and Computing

ICT - MP3 - Specialist Unit unit image
ICT - MP3 - Specialist Unit

Specialist Course

Listen to Us! - MP3 unit image
Listen to Us! - MP3

Voices Around The World

Making New Materials unit image
Making New Materials

Making New Materials

Making the news unit image
Making the news

Print, Broadcast And Online Journalism

Making things go unit image
Making things go

Energy And Fuels

Mission To Mars unit image
Mission To Mars

Living in Space

Moving people unit image
Moving people

Migration

Music - MP3 - Specialist Unit unit image
Music - MP3 - Specialist Unit

Specialist Course

Myths and Legends unit image
Myths and Legends

Myths, Legends And Beliefs

PE - MP3 - Specialist Unit unit image
PE - MP3 - Specialist Unit

Specialist Course

Science - Bake it! unit image
Science - Bake it!

Changing & Separating Materials

Science - Being Human unit image
Science - Being Human

Human Body

Science - Existing…Endangered…Extinct? unit image
Science - Existing…Endangered…Extinct?

Living Things

Science - Extreme Survivors unit image
Science - Extreme Survivors

Habitats

Science - Fascinating Forces! unit image
Science - Fascinating Forces!

Forces

Science - From Bronze to Bioplastic! unit image
Science - From Bronze to Bioplastic!

Grouping and Classifying Materials

Science - Full Power! unit image
Science - Full Power!

Electricity

Science - Investigators unit image
Science - Investigators

Scientific Enquiry: Materials And Their Properties

Science - Look Hear! unit image
Science - Look Hear!

Sound & Light

Science - Out of Africa unit image
Science - Out of Africa

Evolution and Inheritance

Science - Roots, Shoots and Fruits unit image
Science - Roots, Shoots and Fruits

Plants

Science - Water for everyone unit image
Science - Water for everyone

Water

Space explorers unit image
Space explorers

Astronomy And Space

Switched on unit image
Switched on

Control Technology

The holiday show unit image
The holiday show

Location And Tourism

The Time Tunnel unit image
The Time Tunnel

Chronology And Timelines

They see the world like this unit image
They see the world like this

Artists’ Impressions Of The World

Weather and Climate unit image
Weather and Climate

Weather and Climate

What a wonderful world unit image
What a wonderful world

The Natural World

What Price Progress? unit image
What Price Progress?

Invention And Development

World Cup 2014 - All in one rhythm unit image
World Cup 2014 - All in one rhythm

World Cup 2014