Years 2-6

GREENGATES PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM

In Primary School, spanning Years 2–6 at Greengates, we offer the highly regarded, accredited International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which Greengates was the first to offer in all of Mexico and across Latin America. The IPC allows us to individualise learning, meeting students where they are in their learning, so we can challenge or support them to grow rapidly to achieve their greatest potential. Our young students learn across different subjects and themes, encouraging them to make connections within the world.
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THE INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY CURRICULUM (IPC)

Greengates Primary School is fully accredited in delivering the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which has been designed for the rapid growth and advancement of children between the ages of six and ten. The IPC comes after the studies and activities of the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC).


Greengates was the first private primary school to achieve both IEYC and IPC accreditation in Mexico and across Latin America. The IEYC and IPC are part of the International Curriculum Association (ICA), which has been helping schools all around the world develop children’s learning since 1984.

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The IPC’s approach to learning

Learning through the IPC means that children focus on a combination of academic, personal, and international learning that’s exciting, engaging, and challenging. The IPC helps every child enjoy learning across a wide range of subjects, including science, history, geography, and art. Students develop enquiring minds and form personal goals that will continue to inspire them throughout their teenage and adult years. They’ll also develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, while also developing a profound respect for others’ nationalities and cultures.
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What students gain

Through the IPC, children build the knowledge, skills, and understanding to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

At Greengates School, our approach to learning also includes our relationship with our host country of Mexico and the educational authorities of the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP). Mexican nationals and other native Spanish speakers can achieve certification for the learning targets of SEP, through Spanish language lessons and IPC Social Studies lessons.

For our young international students, we expect they’ll achieve literacy in Spanish by the end of Primary School. We also expect they’ll develop knowledge of Mexican history and geography and an appreciation of our country’s rich culture and traditions.

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  • PRIMARY

A TYPICAL DAY AT GREENGATES SCHOOL

Our Primary days stimulate us with everything we’re interested in. We explore our talents in specialist areas and extracurricular activities, becoming eager for the next challenge.
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READY TO LEARN
When we arrive at school, we’re greeted by all our teachers at the entrance. We gather on the patio and chat or play with friends until the bell rings! Then, we line up next to our class teacher to get ready to learn.
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WARMING UP
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ENGLISH IMMERSION
Through English and drama lessons, we practice spelling, grammar, speaking, listening, and reading. Following the English National Curriculum, we advance through 13 reading levels that have 50 books at each level. 
BUILDING LITERACY
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LUNCHTIME BREAK
We have two lunch breaks every day, when we can buy healthy food at the Tuck Shop or eat a packed lunch. During this time, we can also visit the library, participate in makerspace activities, or read a good book.
REFUELLING AND RELAXING
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UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
Our IPC lessons immerse us in many ways to investigate the world! Every unit is unique. We might act out an international myth, role-play as detectives, create a digestive system, or go on a walk to learn about nature. 
ENQUIRING AND EXPLORING
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TIME FOR MUSIC
Our music lessons go hand in hand with our IPC units, too. We might sing along to familiar songs or perform new ones with others. We can also explore new ways to express ourselves and understand musical movement.
EXPRESSING OURSELVES
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HYDROPONICS AND GARDENING
In our vibrant garden with a hydroponics system, we can learn how to hang plants, so their roots are within a flow of water. We can also get our hands dirty, grabbing a bucket and spade, as we make our mark in the garden.
WORKING HANDS-ON
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THE IPC’S HISTORY

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) has been used in schools all over the world since its creation in 2000. Currently, there are over 1,000 national and international schools in over 90 countries that teach from the IPC. It ensures that children are learning a current, highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into children’s brains and how they learn.

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THE ENGLISH NATIONAL CURRICULUM FOR ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS

We follow and meet all the goals and targets of the English National Curriculum in the subjects of English and mathematics.
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INDIVIDUALISED LEARNING

In Primary, our students also take an active role in setting their own learning targets and goals based on their individual strengths, challenges, and interests. Our teachers create an individualised learning plan or roadmap that outlines the steps needed to achieve those targets. Our teachers create flexibility, adjusting targets and goals according to the child’s advancement.

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Our combined IEYC and IPC programme received recognition for excellent practice. Our programme received the highest award for mastering in the areas below and received 51 mastering awards across 58 individual categories.


This included:

  • A clear focus on improving learning
  • A shared vision about how we’re helping to stimulate children’s growth
  • International mindedness and global awareness
  • The significance and development of knowledge, skills, and understanding
  • Rigorous children’s learning and teachers’ high expectations of it
  • Successful teaching of the IPC’s learning process
  • Successful teaching of the IPC’s themes through independent yet interdependent subjects


Interested in learning more? Discover more about how we’ve also earned awards specific to the IEYC. You may also explore the difference between our international and national programmes.

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ACHIEVEMENT THAT RESOUNDS AROUND THE WORLD

Our multicultural community and international curriculum will open worldwide opportunities for your child’s achievement and help lay the groundwork for their success in a globally connected future.

OUR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
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