The International Primary Curriculum


IPC is an innovative method that approaches teaching through topics (units) rather than subjects, with the exception of core subjects such as Math and Languages. IPC students are taught through a chosen topic and look at it through the multiple lenses of Geography, Science, History, Music and Art.


The units have been carefully created to cover a vast range of topics designed to excite and engage the children as well as the teachers. The units have three main parts: clear learning outcomes, personal goals and a strong emphasis on international mindedness.

21st century skills

IPC teaches children not what to think, but rather how to think. It uses the natural curiosity of children to learn, this enables students to learn 21st century skills like critical thinking, creativity, innovation, team work and communication.

This approach more closely resembles real-life problem solving and will give pupils a clearer understanding of the complexity of the world. The students no longer study just one subject at a time like Science, but a whole range of subjects that relate to one topic/theme.

As a result the dialogue between peers, students and teachers also shifts, students are encouraged to speak more openly and share information including recording and documenting their own learning. Therefore the structure is less hierarchical and more of a team-based setting, greatly differing from the classic teacher instructs student mentality.

Children are taught in such a way that they develop the personal qualities of:

  • Enquiry
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience
  • Morality
  • Communication
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Cooperation
  • Respect

Curriculum design

It prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education, focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer. The curriculum design in our preparatory year takes into consideration that children at this age get tired and have a relatively higher need for play.

Preparatory Grade subjects International programme
No. of lessons/week
ELL (English Language Learning) in small groups – reading, comprehension, writing, spelling, phonics, literacy, games and songs 5
Additional Language Activities – circle time, language skills, story time, show and tell, topics, writing/writing preparation, creative play, games, songs and individual development 3
 Mathematics 4
 Hungarian Language 3
 IPC English Science and Social Studies 1
 Song and music 1
 IPC Technics 1
 IPC Visual Art 1
 Physical Education 2+3
Total no. of lessons 24

The curriculum develops students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing as well on their personal development. Primary School subjects give a strong foundation for further studies and prepare students well for the more sophisticated curriculum of the Secondary School.

Grade subjects International programme
No. of lessons/week
ELL – English Language Learning – reading, comprehension, writing, spelling, phonics, literacy, grammar, diary, poetry 5
Additional Language Activites – language skills, reading, comprehension, topics, writing, spelling, literacy, poetry, grammar, library, social studies and science, drama, technology-art-design 3
 Mathematics 4
 Hungarian Language 4
 IPC Science and Social Studies 2
 IPC Technics 1
English and Hungarian Music 1
 IPC Visual Art 1
 Physical Education (3+2 after school lessons) 2+3
Total no. of lessons 26

Here you can download more information about our curriculum in English.

Here you can download our  Academic calendar.

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