International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

We use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to link the Dutch and UK curricula together using thematic units which last six weeks. All IPC and social/emotional lessons are taught cooperatively in both Dutch and English.

children following the intenational primary curriculum

We teach The International Primary Curriculum in Dutch and in English.  We follow themed enquiry-based units of work that last six weeks.  Week 1 is the introduction, weeks 2-5 is the exploration, and week 6 is the summary and review.

Nearly 1300 schools around the world, including International Schools, UK Schools, and some Dutch schools, are using this curriculum.  More information on the International Primary Curriculum

Montessori Philosophy:

Although we are not a traditional Montessori School, we do follow the philosophy of Maria Montessori by teaching to each child's ability rather than age. We incorporate Montessori ideals by mixed age level classes and small group lessons. We use Montessori materials to extend or to compliment individual lessons.

As a result of our approach, our pupils are completely immersed in English and Dutch throughout every school day and can switch easily between the two languages. This approach aims to ensure that children who have been with us from the age of 4 can move into any Dutch or International school at any level.

Language Friendly School:

We are proud to be an official Language Friendly School, part of a global network of schools that welcomes and values all languages and cultures. In a Language Friendly School, no language or culture is valued more than another, and no child is forbidden from speaking their home language in the classroom.

Research shows that allowing students’ home languages in schools helps children learn the school language faster, as well as increasing self-confidence, motivation, and academic performance. The Language Friendly School network provides resources and support to help schools build on the knowledge that all children bring from home, incorporating their own languages and cultural identities.

We believe this approach is essential to our school and our children’s education. We want all members of our school, children and staff, to feel welcome and valued for who they are, no matter what their home language or culture may be. All of our teachers are used to working with children from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds and they have plenty of resources and strategies to help children quickly settle in and work to their full potential.

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