The IPC is the International Primary Curriculum for children aged 5 - 11 years old. It is used by over 730 schools in 92 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.

The Elementary Department at the International School of Bremen comprises 8 year groups, Early Learning 1 – Grade 5, addressing the needs of children between the ages of 3 and 11 years old. The overall learning programme is the International Primary Curriculum.

The International Primary Curriculum is an enquiry-based programme that facilitates cross-curricular, theme-based units of study and encourages students to develop their own lines of investigation and a sense of responsibility for their own learning. Its clear scaffolding of rigorous learning goals not only ensures that teachers expose their students to the best possible age-appropriate, exciting and significant learning but also provides reliable developmental benchmarks for the assessment of that learning.

The beauty of the International Primary Curriculum is its flexibility. Irrespective of a school’s location or its resources, the origin of its students or teachers, the IPC accommodates a high degree of student and teacher autonomy thus supporting a safe, happy and challenging learning environment across the grades.



ISB IPC Handbook