Cambridge Secondary 1 Programme (11-14 years)
Progressing seamlessly from Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary 1 is culturally sensitive and globally adjusted. It provides curricula for the three core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science), which may complement either national or another international programme. Tests are standardised, set and marked by Cambridge International Examinations, so they provide an international benchmark of student achievement, enabling teachers to advise learners and parents of the suitability of different progression routes. In our school, students can choose between two integrated models: Cambridge + British National Curriculum (taught in English only) or Cambridge + Serbian National Curriculum(taught bilingually).
Cambridge Secondary 1 offers schools a flexible curriculum that can be developed to suit their needs. There is a curriculum framework for each subject – English, English as a second language, mathematics and science – providing a clear teaching structure. Each curriculum framework is designed to engage learners in an active and creative learning journey.
English as a second language
This curriculum framework develops learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. The curriculum has been developed in conjunction with Cambridge English Language Assessment and 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.
The curriculum framework explores 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 an important part of the number content. The curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships, so that learners apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.
This curriculum framework covers 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. The scientific enquiry objectives underpin biology, chemistry and physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also part of the curriculum.