Subject Overview @ Key Stage Three (Years 7 – 9)
English Language and Literature
The Cambridge Secondary 1 English curriculum promotes an enquiry based approach to learning to develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement. Reading, writing, and speaking and listening help develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement. This curriculum encourages confident, creative and intellectually engaged learners, capable of applying their skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with enjoyment and understanding.
The CIE Secondary 1 Mathematics curriculum is presented in six content areas: number, algebra, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. The first five content areas are all underpinned by problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also a key part of the number content. Together, these two areas form a progressive step preparing students for entry onto IGCSE level courses.
The Cambridge Secondary 1 Science curriculum is presented in four content areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated.
An education in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of ICT is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
PE inspires all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It will provide opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
In addition to the Physical Education programme, all students in Years 7 to 9 participate in a weekly games session where they experience a range of team sports, for example basketball and football.
Personal, Social and Health Education is an important aspect of any student’s educational progression. Various aspects of adolescence and social development will enable students to become socially conscious about their personal and social surroundings.
Art & Design
Art, Craft and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality Art and Design education will engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
A high-quality citizenship education helps to provide students with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education will foster students’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. It should prepare students to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.
Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Students will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Like all the Arts, Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways, developing confidence, creativity and quick thinking. An important tool for preparing students to live and work in a world that is increasingly team-orientated rather than hierarchical, Drama also helps students develop tolerance and empathy. A range of strategies are employed in lessons including response to photographic and poetic stimuli, exploration of script and dramatic representation of social and moral issues.
English as a Second Language
The Cambridge Secondary 1 English as a Second Language curriculum framework provides a comprehensive set of progressive learning objectives for learners of English as a Second Language. They are based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which is used widely both within and beyond Europe to map learners’ progression in English. The curriculum frameworks are divided into five strands: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking.
Geography inspires in students a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Students will be equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As students progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
History will help students gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past of the wider world. It will inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the past. Students will be able to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Modern Foreign Languages: French & Mandarin Chinese
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education will foster students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world and will enable students to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education will engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As the students progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Curriculum Plans for Years 7, 8 and 9 can be downloaded here: