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The Creative Curriculum at IPS


At its heart, our creative curriculum at IPS recognises the professionalism of teachers in being able to plan and deliver the best curriculum for the specific children in our care. It is inspirational and motivational for both teachers and pupils.

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England and is planned and taught in such a way as to allow children to discover and develop new ideas. We aim to enable children to think broadly and consider a wide variety of options available to them.

The Creative Curriculum at IPS is supported by all subject areas. Through a skills based and knowledge supported approach to planning, teachers deliver meaningful lessons which create methods and environments that not only engage and involve pupils in new and exciting discoveries, but also ones that consolidate and strengthen their understanding and build upon existing knowledge for future successes in life.

Whilst recognising the validity of separate subjects within the primary curriculum, our creative curriculum also seeks to encourage links between subjects that will in turn strengthen learning. Skills and knowledge are sometimes subject based whilst at other times they are cross curricular and ‘topic- or theme-based’. They enable children to become good communicators, to solve problems, to work well with others, and ultimately to improve their own learning performance.

Our chosen topics / themes for the academic year can be found on the following link to the 'Topic Titles’.

All lessons are taught in English and for those children who start in our Nursery class and go on to complete Year 6, IPS is split into three phases:

Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) for 3 to 5 year olds

Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) for 5 to 7 year olds

Key Stage Two (Years 3 to 6) for 7 to 11 year olds.

Ongoing assessment of pupils progress is thorough and is monitored by teachers and managers. 


 Age  Stage














 Key Stage 1


 Year 1

 Year 2



 End of Key Stage pupil assessment





 Key Stage 2

 Year 3

 Year 4

 Year 5

 Year 6


 Intermediate assessment



 End of Key Stage pupil assessment

 UK National tests in English and Mathematics - marked externally















Each of the above Key Stages prepares children for the next phase and eventually for secondary education. Many children move on to local international secondary schools but some move to local Portuguese schools or other schools abroad.


Additional information and links: Reporting and Parent Meetings Policy: pdf_v3

Acknowledgements:      Andrew Bond

                                   Anne Nolan – Fifth Element Systems Limited 2010