International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

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International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a child-centred curriculum based on the National Curriculum of England (UK), which was first introduced in 2000 by Fieldwork Education. It is implemented in over 1000 schools in over 90 countries worldwide.

The IPC is a comprehensive, systematic, and innovative curriculum that provides a clear learning approach and specific learning goals for each subject, with comprehensive assessments to monitor and evaluate each child’s progress. It develops children aged 5-11 into informed, globally competent, and future-ready learners. Influenced by progressive pedagogy, metacognition, and primary education best practices, the IPC can be tailored to fit the children’s needs while developing their knowledge, skills, and understanding. Through thematic units, teachers can create fun and engaging learning opportunities that enable learners to make connections between subjects and the world around them.

5 Key Features of IPC

Thematic Curriculum

With an innovative and creative curriculum, students learn about the world, instead of non traditional chapters.

Holistic Approach

There are 6 learning stages for each unit.
I. Entry Point
II. Knowledge Harvest
III. Big Picture
IV. Research Activities
V. Recording Activities
VI. Exit Point

Learning Goals

Comprise of subject goals (knowledge, skills, understanding), personal goals (curiosity, resilience, thoughtfulness) and international goals (international minded).

Learning Assessment

Formative assessment takes place at each learning milepost. Skills Rubric is utilised to determine and develop specific learning plan for improvement and progression.

Parents Actively Involved

Parents are regularly updated and encouraged to give suggestions. Additionally, parents are encouraged to observe and appreciate their child’s progress via artwork, website and video.

With a clear focus to establish a conducive, safe and joyful learning environment, SIS is committed to making sure all children enjoy their schooling, inculcate values, foster curiosity and encourage questioning. These are the basis of independent lifelong learners and we aim to cultivate these traits and values in the early years to shape a child’s future.

There are 3 levels in IPC

IPC Milepost 1 IPC Milepost 2 IPC Milepost 3
Year 1 – 2 Year 3 – 4 Year 5 – 6
5 – 7 years old 7 – 9 years old 9 – 12 years old

Primary Subjects
(Year 1 – Year 6)


Mandarin Language
 Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Islamic Studies ( for Muslim Students)
Physical Education (PE)
Malaysian History
Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
Malay Language
Music & Drama 

*IPC is a subject which integrates Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, ICT & Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.

** MoE requirement for Malaysian students beginning Year 4




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