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ISK Elementary School follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
The IPC is our International Primary Curriculum for students aged 5 - 11 years old. It is used by over 1000 schools in over 90 countries worldwide.
It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.
Learning Goals

The learning goals are the foundation on which the International Primary Curriculum is built. The IPC provides students with subject goals, personal learning goals, and uniquely, international learning goals, and these are defined for each age phase:

Subject Goals

Subject goals cover the knowledge, skills and understanding of students relating to the subjects they are learning. There are subject learning goals for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, ICT & Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.

 Personal Goals

Personal goals underpin the individual qualities and dispositions we believe students will find essential in the 21st century. There are 8 IPC Personal Goals - enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability. Opportunities to experience and practice these are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work.

 International Learning Goals

International learning goals are unique to our curriculum and help young students begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international and intercultural perspective. Each thematic IPC unit includes an international aspect, to help develop a sense of ‘international mindedness’.

 Units of Learning

We know that students learn best when they want to learn. That's why all of the IPC's thematic units of learning are designed to appeal to students’s interests and help them to learn more about the world around them.

Themes include Who Am I?, The Magic Toymaker, Buildings, Chocolate, Active Planet, Young Entrepreneurs, Mission to Mars, and What Price Progress.

Themed units help students to see how subjects are both independent and interdependent. This enables them to see the big picture of their learning, make connections across different subjects, and talk about a topic from multiple perspectives.

The key components of our Elementary educational program:

  • A strong English language environment
  • Learning English and increasing vocabulary will not just be through learning in the classrooms as English will be incorporated into their daily lives through reading, writing, and interaction with teachers and other students
  • Qualified and professional faculty who are committed to nurturing and inspiring all students to their fullest potential
  • A constructive learning environment where curiosity and creativity is encouraged


We believe that differentiating between knowledge, skills and understanding is crucial to the development of students’s learning.

Skills cannot be assessed by tests and they can’t reliably be assessed in one single assessment. They need time, practice, and a consistent and simple process to support both teachers and learners.