Curriculum – Early Years Foundation Stage Programme, British National Curriculum and IPC

We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in our Early Years Department from PN2-Foundation 2.  The framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well.

In Years 1 – 6 we follow the British National Curriculum for English and maths and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for all other subjects.

The IPC is a theme based curriculum, where the following subjects are taught cross-curricular: history, geography, science, art, design and technology, ICT, music, PE, society and international mindedness.

It is designed to prepare children for an ever-changing and increasingly connected world. Where we can’t be sure of the types of jobs children will have in the future, we need to prepare them as best we can to be flexible, resilient, respectful and motivated, with the ability to cooperate and communicate with others from around the world.

For more information, please see our IPC Handbook.


The Lady Elizabeth School launched The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in the 2015/2016 Academic Year. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is used in schools all over the world. Currently this includes nearly 1,800 national and international schools in over 90 countries.

Learning with the International Primary Curriculum means that children focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that is exciting and challenging. The aim of the IPC is to help every child enjoy the learning of a wide range of subjects and to develop an enquiring mind, the personal attributes that will help throughout teenage and adult years, and to develop a sense of his or her own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Through the IPC approach to learning children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

The IPC was introduced in 2000 and has been successfully meeting the learning needs of children for many years. It took four years with leading educational thinkers, school leaders, highly skilled teachers and curriculum writers to create the IPC. Its continued development today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and the increasing understanding of how children learn.

The IPC is a part of Fieldwork Education which, since 1984, has been helping schools all around the world to develop children’s learning.  For more information about the IPC visit

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