The International Primary Curriculum (“IPC”) is used in all Knewton schools, and is now the curriculum choice of international and national schools worldwide. Currently this includes over 1,500 national and international schools in over 80 countries. It is one of the fastest-growing curriculums in the world today.




The IPC is an engaging, rigorous, internationally-minded thematic curriculum for 3-11 year olds. It is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness.

Learning with the IPC means that children focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that is exciting and challenging. The aim of the IPC is to help every child enjoy the learning of a wide range of subjects and to develop an enquiring mind, the personal attributes that will help throughout teenage and adult years, and to develop a sense of his or her own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.

Through the IPC approach to learning, children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow. The IPC was introduced in 2000 and has been successfully meeting the learning needs of children for many years. It took four years with leading educational thinkers, school leaders, highly skilled teachers and curriculum writers to create the IPC. Its continued development today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and the increasing understanding of how children learn.






This half term we are focussing on developing the personal quality of COMMUNICATION, one of the eight Personal Goals of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

Effort towards achieving these goals should be reflected in the whole curriculum and in all other aspects of school life. These apply to children and adults of all ages. In practical terms, Miss Hayley and Miss Sandra will be encouraging the Year 1 children to put up their hand to answer questions and to listen to each other to show good listening and good speaking.

Mr Marcin and Miss Esther will be encouraging children to co-operate, work together and to help each other. Similarly, Year 5 will develop co-operative strategies that encourage children to talk, listen, encourage and report back what others say, with the possibility of a class film discussing communication through art. Year 3 will be developing communication skills through exploratory talk, and Year 4 through circle time sessions. Year 6 will focus on discussion in groups and pairs.

They will be making a video recording to share with each other and to show to Year 4, and implement ‘two stars and a wish’ to develop constructive feedback skills. Our animal symbol for COMMUNICATION is the dolphin. Can you think why that is? Do think about what you can do at home as a family to develop communication skills in a range of different contexts. Miss Julie and the IPC team (Miss Jennifer, Miss Hayley and Miss Sheree) would welcome your suggestions.



Please open the attached document to find out more about The Personal Goals from an Early Years, Dutch and Milepost 3 perspective
The Personal Goals at Knewton International School, Miri


Putting the IPC into Practice – Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for new primary staff

In August our primary department welcomed six new members of staff to the primary team. To facilitate their knowledge, skills and understanding of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) these teachers have been attending a ‘Putting the IPC into Practice’ course each week, which will run until the end of term.

They have been learning about the beliefs and principles behind the IPC, how to tackle the subject, personal and international goals in the classroom, looking at the school’s IPC unit route and considering ways to make a classroom ‘brain friendly’ whilst developing their understanding of  the multiple intelligences. In the weeks to come they will be looking at planning a unit of work, reflecting on the implications Assessment for Learning can have on their children’s learning and considering the various components that are desirable in an IPC classroom.

Pictured are members of the team hard at work considering how their own personally preferred learning styles might have an impact on their teaching. If you would like further details about the IPC, please don’t hesitate to pop by and see Miss Julie in the Learning Support room. There will be a ‘New to the IPC’ session for parents next term, if you would like to find out more.



Knewton’s unique culture modules help children develop international mindedness


At Knewton International School Miri, we are committed to developing our relationship with parents and view our parents as partners in helping our children learn.

We would like to thank our Indian stakeholders and our teachers for making the ‘India’ culture module, the first one of the school year, such a success and for their ‘hands on’ involvement in the delivery of the module. The children learnt in depth about rangoli art, cricket, henna art, Bollywood dancing, a traditional story about an elephant and a dog, learnt how to make Indian bangles and ate and made bhel puri Indian food.

This ‘in depth’ approach to culture really does facilitate the embedment of the International Learning Goals of the IPC, ‘’children should develop a knowledge and understanding beyond that related to their own nationality and ‘’an understanding of the independence and interdependence of peoples, countries and cultures.’’ The Exit Point  of the module was timed to co-incide with the festival of Divali.

This week we have started learning about The Philippines with the delivery of our Entry Point which links, in structure, to the way the IPC units of works are delivered. Have you spotted the bahay kubu (Nipa hut) in the canteen and the Parol (Christmas lanterns) around the school? We are all really looking forward to learning more about The Philippines!





 Term 2 – Culture Module  update

The ‘Australia’ culture module drew to a close with the Exit Point just before the Chinese New Year break, to make way for ‘Spain’. The children learnt about cricket, aboriginal art, how to make lamingtons and Anzac biscuits, about the Dreamtime story, Australian history, native Australian animals,  how to play the digeridoo and how to sing Waltzing Matilda!

Three sets of parents helped out with the food and one with the cricket.  Thanks to those parents and the lower school team for delivering this exciting module to help embed the International goals of the IPC.







Before the Easter break, the primary children learnt about various aspects of Spanish culture as part of the culture module programme. Thanks very much to the Upper School team, and Spanish parents Susana and Camino, for making this such a memorable and vibrant culture module.


Term 3 – Culture Module  update


This Wednesday saw the ‘Entry Point’ of the New culture module, ‘Sarawak,’ as we shift the focus to home and host country. Many thanks to Lily who helped to create the ‘wow’ factor at the Sarawak ‘Entry Point’ assembly, by sharing her Kayan and Iban costumes to enhance the childrens’ understanding of local culture.




Culture module update – Term 3b




The last culture module at Knewton School, starting after Gawai,  will be ‘The United Kingdom’, and not ‘Singapore’ as originally scheduled. If you would like to contribute to and participate in the module, please contact Ms Julie, before half term, for further details.

We would like to thank our Malaysian parents and the Lower School Team for their wonderful efforts in highlighting the culture of Sarawak this half term. The children learnt ‘in depth’ about various aspects of Sarawak culture such as kuih lenggang, native animals, kite making, the ngajat dance, the traditional story of Puteri Santubong, weaving, football/running, and how to make a tweet about Sarawak.

The culture modules are designed to embed the International Learning Targets of the IPC:

IPC International Learning Targets

Children will:


  • Know about some of the similarities and differences between the culture of different home countries and between them and the host country


  • Be able to identify activities and cultures which are different from but equal to their own


  • Understand that there is value both in the similarities and the differences between different countries

 The culture module schedule for the 2014 2015 academic year is as follow:

Term 1 – India, The Philippines 
Term 2 – Australia, Spain 
Term 3 – Sarawak, Singapore 
…so a lot to look forward to!

 The IPC is a part of Fieldwork Education which, since 1984, has been helping schools all around the world to develop children’s learning. For more information about the IPC visit