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Cambridge Primary

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Cambridge Primary starts learners on an exciting educational journey, setting out what  they should be able to know and do at each stage of their primary education. The programme is designed to help learners develop the skills they need to succeed in their primary education and progress to Cambridge Lower Secondary, the next stage of  learning.

Five elements lie at the heart of a Cambridge education:

  • international curriculum
  • teaching and learning
  • assessment
  • international recognition
  • global community

A broad and balanced programme

The programme develops skills and understanding in a wide range of subjects including English, Mathematics and Science. It allows us to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that suits our schools' context, culture and ethos.

We choose the Cambridge curriculum because it is designed around the principle that education is most effective when curriculum, teaching and learning, and assessment are closely aligned. For effective teaching and learning, there needs to be coherence between the curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.

Curriculum

The learning objectives in the Cambridge Primary Curriculum Frameworks define the content for teaching and learning. It allows us to tailor the content to our learners' needs.

Cambridge Primary Art&Design

Art & Design gives learners a platform to express themselves, sparking imagination, creativity and developing transferable skills. Students explore and push boundaries to become reflective, critical and decisive thinkers. They learn how to articulate personal responses to their experiences.Students develop creative skills that will help with many aspects of their future learning and development.

Cambridge Primary Computing 

Computing curriculum helps learners understand how computers work. This stimulating course gives students the opportunity to look inside a computer to understand the purpose of different components. They will develop coding skills on visual programming languages, such as Scratch, and learn that computers can only perform actions that humans ask them to do.

Cambridge Primary Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is an essential skill for learners of all ages, including the youngest primary students. The digital world allows us to connect, collaborate, innovate and discover new information on an ever-broadening scale, and learners must be able to effectively use technology from the very beginning of their educational journey.

Cambridge Primary Music  

Music fosters creativity and builds confidence. It helps learners to express themselves and shows them the importance of communication as they learn to connect with other musicians and with audiences. Learners explore music as performers, composers and informed listeners. They make, understand and appreciate music from different cultures, times and places, helping them to develop leadership and collaboration skills as well as self-confidence.

Cambridge Primary English as a Second Languge

Our English as a Second Language curriculum empowers even the youngest learners to communicate confidently and effectively. It helps them to develop the skills needed to respond to a range of information, media and texts. The programme promotes active learning, develops thinking skills and encourages intellectual engagement.

The curriculum is based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), used across the world to map learners’ progress in English.

Cambridge Primary Mathematics

 ‘Thinking and working mathematically’, a unique feature of our curriculum, encourages learners to talk with others, challenge ideas and to provide evidence that validates conjectures and solutions. When learners are thinking and working mathematically, they actively seek to make sense of ideas and build connections between different facts, procedures and concepts. This supports higher order thinking that helps them to view the world in a mathematical way.

Cambridge Primary Science

Students will think scientifically and develop practical skills alongside knowledge and understanding, which is vital for explaining the world around us. Improving learners’ awareness of science in the world around them develops their sense that ‘science is for me’, helping to connect themselves to the subject.

This approach provides them with the knowledge and skills they require to excel at science in later stages of education and to make informed choices, including considering sustainability issues and meeting the challenges facing our environment.

Cambridge Primary Wellbeing

Cambridge Primary Wellbeing is a holistic programme that encourages learners to reflect on and understand themselves, foster positive relationships with others and empowers them to be safe and active participants in an ever changing world.

Primary learners are in a period of development where they are learning new things, exploring the world around them, and developing important social and emotional skills. When learners have a positive sense of wellbeing, they are more likely to feel confident, motivated and engaged in their learning.

Cambridge Primary Physical Education 

Physical education is a vital part of a balanced school curriculum. Regular exercise improves physical and mental health and there is growing evidence that it improves academic performance across the curriculum. Establishing good patterns of exercise in primary school provides learners with the foundation for an active and healthy lifestyle.

Cambridge Primary Global Perspectives 

The programme develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication. It strengthens the links across English as a first or second language, mathematics, science and ICT Starters.

Assessment

The Cambridge assessments help us prove and improve learning:

Progress: We use Cambridge Primary Progression Tests to check learners’ progress in Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5. They are updated annually and marked here.

Achieve: We monitor individual and group performance at the end of the Cambridge Primary programme using Cambridge Checkpoint tests. With them we see how our learners are performing in comparison to the rest of their class and against an international benchmark. Cambridge marks the tests.