International Primary Curriculum


At Optimist International School children will experience and explore the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). IPC focuses on developing knowledge, skills and understanding of subjects set within child–friendly, relevant, cross–curricular thematic units of work that are both creative and challenging for children of all abilities. IPC is approved by the Dutch Ministry of Education and is being established in over 530 schools in over 50 countries around the world.

IPC provides a creative, themed approach for the delivery of the social sciences and arts subjects enabling children to learn in a motivating, engaging and exciting way by making links between the subjects. The skills-based programme puts learners in the driving seat so they always know what they’re learning, where they’re heading and how to get there. The IPC helps to develop internationally minded children who are well equipped with the personal, social and academic skills they will require beyond school life, wherever they may be in the world.


The learning goals of the curriculum are split into mileposts covering the primary years: Milepost 1 (5-7 years), Milepost 2 (7-9 years old) and Milepost 3 (9-12 years old). Within each milepost there are three types of Learning Goals: Subject goals, Personal Goals and International Goals. These goals are class oriented and there are also individual goals for each student to attain. These mileposts are divided into units which last from 3 to 8 weeks. Subjects covered in most units include history, geography, science, art, design, information technology, psychical education, music and society. Within those units a connection is made to the host and home countries. We stimulate parental involvement during the overall implementation of the IPC topics.


For more information about the IPC see