The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for R1 and R2 classes has been designed to establish a firm foundation on which pupils can build upon to support them in their continuing education. The principles that underpin the IPC at this level can be summarised as follows:

  • The overriding purpose of the education in R1 and R2 is to help children develop the skills and attitudes they will need both at this level and throughout a lifetime of learning
  • Children need a holistic educational experience that doesn’t create artificial boundaries between different aspects of their development
  • Play is an essential part of children’s learning and general development

The learning of children aged 3 to 5 is described in four strands:

  • Independence and interdependence

This strand focuses to a large extent on the children’s personal goals and their relationship with other children

  • Communicating

This strand is primarily about developing skills in communication including speaking and listening, reading and writing, early numeracy work and the expressive art

  • Exploring

Through this strand the children’s skills in inquiry are developed

  • Healthy living

Using the statements within this strand children are encouraged to understand how to look after themselves and each other

To make sure students do not study the same topics, IPC themes are chosen carefully in Reception 1 and 2 and can include the following: All about me, Food, Clothes, Houses & Homes, Animals, Transportation, Family & Friends, Changes, Let’s get Moving, Up & Away, Let’s Pretend, Plants & Flowers, Shopping, Treasure, and others.

Early Years students also receive specialists lessons, as per table below:

Specialist Class Summary Hours per week
Physical Education Travelling Skills, Balancing Skills, Gross-Motor Manipulative Skills, Fine-Motor Strength and Coordination, Using Equipment, Health and Body Awareness 2
Music Music Appreciation, Rhythm, Orff, Artists, Singing, Instruments 1
Drama Role-play, Confidence building, Acting, Feelings and Emotion expression 1
Art and Craft Fine motor development, Hand eye coordination, Building relationships with materials, colour and shape awareness 1
Library Book Appreciation, storytelling, Functions of a library 1 (30 minutes)
BTA Brain Training Activities Multiple Intelligence Development: Verbal/Linguistic Development, Logical/Mathematical group games and activities, Music and dance, Visual and spatial awareness, body/Kinaesthetic activities, TPR 1

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