The IPC units of learning have been developed around a process which supports the ways in which children learn best from the ages of 5-12 years. Every IPC unit goes through the following phases: ■ Entry Point - an exciting and memorable event that launches every IPC unit. The aim of the entry point is to get children thinking about, and engaged with the learning that’s to follow. ■ The Knowledge Harvest - it reinforces connections between existing and new learning and allows children to take ownership of their learning. ■ Research Activities - each subject area has planned research activities which are designed to make sure that children can access information in a way that is appropriate to them, drawing on a wide range of learning approaches such as role play, digital learning, library research and so on. IPC research activities are experiential and exploratory. Some are collaborative; others are designed to develop individual enquiry and resilience. ■ Recording Activities - the recording activities enable children to process and present the information they have gained in their research activities through a range of approaches which tap into their different strengths and interests, and enable them to get better at other ways of recording. ■ Exit Point - the exit point completes every unit. It helps children to draw on their prior learning, reminding them of all the connections between subjects that they have made, and creates time and opportunities to build their understanding of their learning, and to reflect on this individually and as a group. The exit point is an excellent chance to engage with parents, guardians and carers and involve them in celebrating the learning that has been achieved.
Grade 1 IPC Units
The big Idea in the unit “We are What We Eat” is that food plays a vital role in history and culture throughout the world because food is essential to life. By learning about the different types and amounts of food our bodies need, we can plan healthier diets and enjoy longer lives. In the unit “Buildings”, students learn that there are structures around us all the time, some of which we barely notice. What are they made from? What is their purpose? What do you notice about their shapes? What can be done to make them stronger? Through this unit students will become builders and discover the secrets to holding up bridges and skyscrapers. “People of the Past” teaches students that history is one big story, filled with important people who did many great things - scientists, rulers, artists, writers, explorers. By learning about these people and what they did, we can find out more about the qualities that make someone great. Through the last unit, “I'm Alive”, students wonder how we know that human beings are alive but a fire is dead. They discover that there are many ways of finding out what is alive and what is dead.
Grade 2 IPC Units
The big Idea in the unit “Different Places, Similar Lives” is that people lead different lives. Even people in the same country, the same town or the same street can have different lifestyles. But they can have things in common, too – they can both like the same food or football team! Students find out about things that make us different and things that make us the same. In the unit “How Humans Work”, students learn that the body is like an engine that never stops working. By knowing how the body works students learn to look after it better and stay healthy. The unit “On Tap” teaches students that We use water for many things – it is an important part of our daily lives. For most of us, clean fresh water is available ‘on tap’. But not everybody in the world is as lucky. In “Saving the World” students learn that Rainforests once covered 14% of our world’s surface. Now they cover less than 5%. Every second, an area of the rainforest the size of a football field is being destroyed. Some scientists believe that, if we lose our rainforests, we might put our whole planet at risk. What will we do to help save the rainforest? “Scavengers & Settlers” teaches students that humans are special. Unlike other animals, we can adapt and learn new skills in order to survive, which is exactly what our ancestors did in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.
Grade 3 IPC Units
The big idea in the unit “Active Planet” is that the tectonic plates that form the Earth’s crust are always moving. Even the smallest movement can cause huge earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis that devastate communities across wide areas. If we can understand what is happening underground we can learn to predict and protect ourselves in the future. “Temples Tombs and Treasures” teaches students that the people who helped create the first great civilisations were not unlike us. Today we can learn a lot about these people and their way of life through the things they left behind – from everyday objects to magnificent and rare treasures. In “What's on the menu” students ask the following questions: Where does food come from? Who made it? How were the ingredients grown? How many different people were responsible for the food that ends up on our plate? Food is essential. It gives us energy to do the things that we want to do – but how much do we really know about how food is produced and prepared? In “Paintings Pictures and Photographs” students learn that we see visual images all around us every day and they are produced for a variety of purposes. Some help us by providing important information, some entertain us, some are a record of an event or person, and some are used to advertise and sell us things. We need to be able to interpret and use all different forms of visual representation in our daily lives.
Grade 4 IPC Units
The big idea in the “Time Tunnel” unit is that chronology involves putting things in the right order. This is very important when studying history because it helps us to see ‘the big picture’ – to understand the reasons why things have happened and how the present is influenced by the past. “What a Wonderful World” teaches students that natural forces have been shaping our planet for many billions of years and these dramatic changes are still going on, right now, all around us. Throughout this unit students will be learning more about the physical processes that shape our planet – and the vital role that we play in safeguarding our planet and its resources for future generations. In the unit “Mission 2 Mars” students explore the possibility that one day, humans may need to leave Earth and settle on another planet. Mars is our most likely destination – a world that we believe once harboured life and, with our intervention, may do so again in the future.
Grade 5 IPC Units
Some students are lucky enough to have had the chance to live in more than one country. So, they can talk about their ‘host country’ and ‘home country’. Students will have learned so much from this experience – with the unit “Here and There, Now and Then”, they find out what they know and what more there is to learn … In “Being Human” students review that the human body is designed to help us breathe, move, eat, respond, reproduce and live. But how do the different parts of our body function and how are humans different from other animals? “Making New Materials” teaches students that we are surrounded by amazing materials that can be shaped, combined, condensed, frozen, melted and burned. In this unit, they experiment with different kinds of materials, and become cooks, chemists and creators of new materials. With the unit “AD 900” students think about what holds an empire together. Perhaps it is faith – a belief in a single god or many different gods. Perhaps it is dependency – a need to work together and to help one another. Or perhaps it is leadership – strong individuals whose power and wisdom are admired. These bonds help to make empires strong. But the bigger they become, the more difficult they are to hold together...