Our curriculum

Boothferry Primary School is part of a learning community of schools across the world that uses the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as their planned curriculum. There are over eighty different units of learning. This unique curriculum has a strong element of internationalism built into learning. By adopting the IPC, we are central to a learning global community.

The elements of the International Dimension allow for our children to:-

• Recognise their own culture and have a sense of identity
• Be open-minded
• Be respectful of other cultures and beliefs (be sensitive to other cultures and beliefs)
• Be aware of, and be able to celebrate diversity AND commonality
• Have respect for and value other people and their ideas and opinions
• Be able to communicate (have good interpersonal skills)
• Be adaptable
• Be aware of, and have an interest in global issues

Policy Statement

An effective curriculum is one which provides appropriate support for teachers and others to develop pupil’s learning – academically, socially, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

The school believes that children’s learning should respect the past whilst preparing them for their future lives. The learning must respond to the pupil’s current and future personal needs, their future career needs and the needs of the varied communities and social groups in which they are likely to play a part.

The curriculum needs to be active in the sense that pupils must engage with their own learning. For the children at Boothferry, this means learning which is relevant to the future must be placed in a context which is meaningful in their present lives. Children need to share the responsibility for their learning with their teachers, parents and carers. The proportion of the responsibility depending upon the age and characteristics of the children involved.

The IPC teaches children to become more independent learners and thinkers, who can see the value of taking responsibility for their own learning.
The IPC focuses explicitly on children’s learning. The structure is based on subject, personal and international learning goals, taught through unique units of work. The units are cross curricular and aim to cover the National Curriculum in the foundation subjects and science.

Maths and English learning goals are incorporated where appropriate.

The IPC is continually developed and improved to keep up with our changing society. It is regularly updated through the IPC website, www.internationalprimarycurriculum.com

This policy reflects the school’s values and philosophy in relation to the curriculum as a whole. It sets out a framework within which staff can operate and gives guidance on planning, teaching and assessment. The policy should be read in conjunction with the schools Teaching and Learning policy, IPC Learning Goals and Background Information File and the National Curriculum. Reference should also be made to the individual policies for each curriculum subject.


• To provide a stimulating and relevant curriculum, that enables children to develop academically, socially, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

• To encourage a lively and questioning approach to the curriculum that enables the children to enjoy what they do.

• To raise standards in English and maths.

• To create links between subject areas, whilst making learning objectives within specific subject areas explicit to the pupils.

• To encourage pupils to engage in and take more responsibility for their own learning.

• To make links with parents, the local community, the national and international community, creating a more global curriculum relevant to the 21st century.


• To enable pupils to learn the knowledge, skills and understanding that will help them to succeed in their future lives.

• To challenge the children to think independently, selecting and recording their learning through an appropriate medium.

• To enable children to understand how their lives, and the environment in which they live, fit into the international environment.

• To enable pupils to make appropriate progress in knowledge, skills and understanding of the non-core subjects and science.

• To enable pupils to apply their English and maths skills across the curriculum.

• To provide a clear framework for learning that incorporates all of the above.

Curriculum Organisation:

At the heart of the IPC there are clear learning goals, or standards, for all the foundation subjects and science. In addition, there are learning goals for both the children’s personal development and their international understanding.

The learning goals are split into the three areas of study:

Knowledge – referring to factual information
Skills – referring to what the children are able to do
Understanding – referring to the consideration of ’big ideas’.

This precise wording enables teachers to identify an appropriate type of learning activity.

The learning goals are sequenced to ensure progression and are taught through a variety of approaches:

• Teacher lead class lessons where information is provided and skills are demonstrated.
• Group work where children develop their understanding through discussion and cooperate to practise new skills.
• Individual practise to refine new skills.
• Individual and group research and feedback to communicate their findings
• The use of outside speakers with relevant experience.
• Educational visits and both local and international links.

If you require any more information about the Boothferry Curriculum, please contact Mr Capewell.

When ever I have had a problem the staff on the whole have been sympathetic and helpful.

The best thing about this school, when I ask my child this question, he said Mrs Emmerson. 

The stimulating learning environment. 

The New Head teacher and deputy. 

The after school activities, film nights and discos.

This school meets our expectations in every way.

The friendly atmosphere, the safe environment & the teachers’ encouragement.”

Open weeks in Foundation allows parents to enjoy school as much as our children.

Being part of their learning – it doesn’t just stay in the classroom.”

My children are thriving as the school is committed to learning and progression.

My kids love the fruit on the snack table.

The joy of the teachers who greet the children and parents daily.

The Head teacher and deputy are fab, they join in everything.”

My children are developing very well in school.

My son’s teacher is creative, enthusiastic and genuinely cares about him as an individual .

I love the fact that senior members of staff know the names of the children.

Miss Pulleyn is fantastic

I love seeing school events on Twitter.

Opening the school doors at 8.40am has made it much easier as it is less crowded.

The new website is fantastic. It is up to date and it is great to see what the children have been doing.

Since the new Head and Deputy have arrived, so many things have changed. The school is alive now!.

The bike loan scheme.My family also like the school bank.

..closeness between all age groups and years.

The choice to do a traditional nativity was great !.

the amount of effort put in by the teachers to make topics interesting is brilliant.

The photography club is brilliant, I think introducing things like this is brilliant for the children.

Thank you for treating my child like your own.

You can approach any member of staff and they help you.

My children have come on and made progress socially and academically since joining.

I feel the school has advanced with regards to the appropriate curriculum for different age groups.

the school gives me advice as a parent so I can help my daughter.

“We can only applaud the ingenuity & continued compassion of the young people at Boothferry.”

“We want to thank you for welcoming my family when we moved here (from Bulgaria).”

History day was amazing. Brilliant idea.

Boothferry at Young Voices…..Just WOW! What an experience.”