Cambridge Secondary 1 and Checkpoint Examinations

 


MIDDLE SCHOOL - Grades 6 - 8 - CAMBRIDGE SECONDARY 1 and CHECKPOINT EXAMINATIONS

In the middle school (Grade 6 - 8 or Years 7 -9), MEF IS follows the Cambridge Secondary 1 Programme as a comprehensive syllabus-based curricula detailing international learning objectives over a three year period. It covers all major areas of learning required in the first years of an international secondary education in English, Mathematics and Science. The culminating Cambridge Checkpoint Examination is the exit assessment offered to our students in Grade 8 upon the completion of the third year. Students are assessed through externally standardized benchmark tests that provide detailed subject-specific feedback on a student's strengths and weaknesses in English, Mathematics and Science...

The Cambridge Checkpoint assessment provides both the school and students with comprehensive diagnostic reports set to international standards, enabling MEF IS teachers to tailor individual students' learning programmes; monitor group and individual performance; provide information for reporting to parents; better support students in their transition to other international schools by passing on the assessment information and to predict performance in external IGCSE examinations. Checkpoint assessment enables MEF IS students to have a different type of experience to reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses within a subject area; to monitor their own learning performance as they move into high school; to access data-based information with regards to their academic performance on an International level; to have a concrete curriculum that is transferable to other academic establishments and to predict one's own performance in future formal examinations, and give attention to areas they may need to focus upon to strengthen.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 Science 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. 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 incorporated.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 English curriculum promotes an enquiry based approach to learning to develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement. The curriculum is presented in five content areas. Phonics, spelling and vocabulary and Grammar and punctuation relate to use of English. Grammar and punctuation is further divided into Reading and Writing to reflect the different ways in which grammar and punctuation are applied in each of these skills. Reading, Writing, and Speaking and listening are about developing thinking skills and encouraging intellectual engagement. The learning objectives span knowledge and understanding and other qualities. This curriculum encourages learners who are confident, creative and intellectually engaged, capable of applying their skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with enjoyment and understanding.

The Cambridge 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. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

**Please note that the information explained above pertaining to the Cambridge Secondary 1 and Checkpoint programmes is taken from their website at www.cie.org.uk.

Alongside the Cambridge curriculum, MEF IS teachers and administrators have drawn upon best practise and international experience to develop courses furthering skills, knowledge and understandings of students brought with them from the primary PYP course and preparing them for the IGCSE and Diploma courses in high school. Students build upon their learning and develop their talents through the medium of Humanities; French, Spanish or English support; Sport; Visual Arts; Music and Computer Science.