Igniting a Passion for Learning by Mr Gerry
At Nadeen School, we are excited to have introduced the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The International Primary Curriculum is a comprehensive and engaging curriculum that aims to ignite a passion for learning in young minds. Designed to meet the needs of primary school students aged 5 to 11, the IPC provides a framework for learning that is both rigorous and enjoyable. One of the key features of the IPC is its use of entry points, which serve as the starting points for each unit of study. These entry points are carefully designed to capture the interest and curiosity of students, making the learning process exciting and meaningful.
An entry point can be described as an engaging and thought-provoking activity or experience that introduces students to the topic of study. It serves as a “hook” to capture their attention and stimulate their curiosity. By sparking interest and making connections to the real world, entry points establish a context for learning and create a sense of purpose and relevance.
“When I grow up I want to be a doctor to help people and give them injections to make them better.“
– Inaaya, Year 1
“The plane made me so excited for holidays.“
– Emmet, Year 2
“I liked trying different foods from different countries. I have never tried sushi before and now I know what it tastes like. I loved planning our Italian restaurant because I’m from Italy and I could share things that I know. Our restaurant was called Roberto’s Pizzeria.“
– Beatrice, Year 3
Entry points in the IPC have been carefully designed to cater to different learning styles and interests. There have been various forms of entry points since the beginning of the academic year, such as a field trip to our local Dilmunia mall, a hands-on experience of tasting different cuisines, and even a virtual gallery experience. By appealing to students’ natural curiosity and personal experiences, entry points help to create an emotional connection to the topic of study. This emotional connection is crucial as it drives intrinsic motivation and deeper engagement with the learning process.
“I really enjoyed the trip to Dilmunia Mall. The scavenger hunt was especially fun. I was very excited to see the multi-coloured fish in the gigantic aquarium. The superhero models were flabbergasting!”
– Leila, Year 6
“After our entry point, I was so excited, I loved all the activities I completed. The different activities were really good, one activity made me feel calm, another was funny and another was exciting.“
– Leo, Year 5
In conclusion, entry points in the IPC play a crucial role in igniting a passion for learning. By capturing students’ interest and curiosity. Entry points establish a context for learning and create a sense of purpose and relevance. They cater to different learning styles and provide opportunities for active participation, fostering critical thinking, creativity, and a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Moreover, entry points promote a global outlook and develop international-mindedness in students, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of the future.
“I absolutely loved the Hoverboard invention. It was such a fun activity. I am definitely making one at home.“
– Lily, Year 4