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The Crossley Hall Curriculum

Crossley Hall uses the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for the planning and teaching of the foundation curriculum from Years 1 to 6. It is a complete, 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.

Units of Learning

We know that children learn best when they want to learn. That’s why IPC has over 130 different thematic units of learning, designed to appeal to children’s interests and help them to learn more about the world around them.  Some examples include ‘The Magic Toymaker’ in Year 1, ‘Time Travellers’ in Year 2, ‘Explorers and Adventurers’ in Year 3, ‘Temples, Tombs and Treasures’ in Year 4, ‘Mission to Mars’ in Year 5 and ‘Fairgrounds’ in Year 6.

Each unit follows the cycle (see illustration) by starting with an Entry Point – an exciting and memorable event that launches the unit.  The knowledge harvest gives the teachers a good idea of what they children know and what they want to find out.  The Big Picture gives the children a good idea of what they will be learning in the Research and Recording activities.  The unit finishes with an Exit Point which, in most cases, is an opportunity for the children to show their parents what they have learnt.  On other occasions, the Exit Point could be a visit or visitor.

Learning Goals

There are three types of learning goals which make up the IPC curriculum: subject, personal and international goals.  Together, we believe they make for a well rounded curriculum.

Subject goals cover the knowledge, skills and understanding that are required in the National Curriculum subject areas.  There are subject learning goals for Language, Science, ICT & Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.  Links to writing and Maths are also planned for so that these key skills can be practised in meaningful and relevant contexts.

Personal goals underpin the individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. There are eight 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.

Personal Learning Goals


International learning goals are unique to our curriculum and help young children 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’.


We are confident that IPC offers many benefits, these include:

  • Entry Points give the children a fun way into their learning.
  • A creative and engaging curriculum so that children are eager to learn.
  • Learning spans across many curriculum areas so pupils have a varied and meaningful learning experience.
  • Pupils develop personal skills such as resilience, respect, cooperation and adaptability in order to help them become well rounded citizens.
  • Pupils are more aware of the wider world and the part that they can play in it.
  • Parents have more opportunities to visit school and see what their children are learning.