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The way we teach

To provide holistic education that empowers students to achieve excellence

IPS Primary School offers high quality education through a holistic approach focussed on addressing every pupil’s individual strengths and needs. We draw our Curriculum from both the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Cambridge Assessment International Education Program.

IB PYP

The IB Primary Years Programme is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the wider world. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.

Agency and self-efficacy are fundamental to learning in the PYP. Throughout the programme, students take agency for their own and others’ learning. They direct their learning with a strong sense of identity and self confidence, and in conjunction with others, build a sense of community and awareness for the opinions, values and needs of all community members. At IPS Primary School students prepare an annual Exhibition demonstrating these goals and values within a tangible framework of a final project.

Cambridge Assessment International Education

We combine the IB PYP philosophy with the English and Mathematics Programs of the Cambridge Assessment International Education. The Cambridge Primary English program encourages a life-long enthusiasm for reading, writing and spoken communication. Learners develop skills and understanding in four areas, becoming confident communicators, able to apply all four skills effectively in everyday situations.

Likewise, The Cambridge Primary Mathematics program trains students to think analytically and have better reasoning abilities. The primary mathematics curriculum encourages life-long enthusiasm for analytical and rational thinking, by focussing on principles, patterns, systems, functions, and relationships. Importantly, students become mathematically competent and fluent in computation, which they can apply to everyday situations.

Cambridge Primary Progression Tests are used at IPS to internally assess learner performance throughout their development and report progress to students and parents on a continual basis. The Cambridge Primary Checkpoint 1, is administered at the end of Grade 5. This Assessment monitors individual and group performance at the end of the primary programme. These external tests are marked by Cambridge International and are compared with other Cambridge International Schools.

Polish National Curriculum

In addition to the International Curricula, IPS is the only school in Wroclaw that offers the Polish National Curriculum (PSl), established by the Polish Ministry of Education for all students in the country. The PSI Curriculum includes Polish Language Arts, Polish History and Geography, Polish as a Second Language, and the option to have Catholic Religion, as part of our afternoon extracurricular courses. IPS also teaches English as a Second Language in conjunction with the Cambridge ESL program.

Athletics

IPS Students enjoy taking part in a robust Physical Education program which combines elements of Gymnastics, Judo, KidsFit, and Swimming programs.

  • Judo, combines physical activity, self-defence skills, and discipline. Judo is an excellent sport for making children more physically healthy, mentally well, and building confidence, self-esteem, and respect for others
  • Swimming Club – included in basic Curriculum for grade 1-3
  • Kids Fit – best workout program for young learners

PSL

In addition to the International Curriculums, IPS is the only school in Wroclaw that offers the Polish National Curriculum/PSl, established by the Polish Ministry of Education for all students in the country. The PSI Curriculum includes Polish Language Arts, Polish History and Geography, Polish as a Second Language, and the option to have Catholic Religion, as part of our afternoon extracurricular courses. IPS also teaches English as a Second Language in conjunction with the Cambridge ESL program.

Assessment

Parents of students in lower grades, 1-3, are provided with Progress descriptions, while grades 4 and above receive percentage based assessments. Older students also participate in project based assessments, innovative, formative, and summative assessments based on percentages. Cambridge Progression tests are also used from grade 2. Homework is given to Students both on an individualized need basis and as part of the reading and spelling program.

Gifted and Talented

We offer a Gifted and Talented program for students that need additional academic challenges in the areas of English, Math, and STEM. An additional Academic Support Program is likewise designed to give additional assistance to students struggling in English, Math or STEM subjects.

Academic Support

We provide an Academic Support Program designed to give additional assistance to students struggling in English, Math or STEM subjects.

Mindfulness

IPS encourages Mindfulness, which creates balance through a gentle, nurturing lens by striving to maintain awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.

Academic Events

IPS holds an annual Spelling Bee and offers opportunities for pupils to participate in the IPS Literature, Arts & Design, and Sports Challenges.

E-Learning

IPS is the only fully integrated school in Wroclaw offering real time options for Students at home via our Online Classrooms. Using the IPS Online Backpack, Google Classroom, and the IPS Student Calendar, we allow for complete access for students who stay at home. Extracurricular Music School Students also enjoy options for remote learning.

IPS After-School Clubs

IPS is proud to offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities. They include foreign language classes in Spanish, German, and French, Sports Clubs for football, basketball, acrobatics, dance, cheerleading, and yoga, Chess & Logic Games, Science Club, Arts & Design Clubs, and individual instrumental and voice instruction at our in-house Music School.

Communication

Effective communication is one of our highest priorities at IPS

We use a suite of online applications, hold online office hours, Parent/Teacher Conferences, and offer individual consultations to ensure that children and parents are provided with any support they may need.