Cambridge Secondary 1 and Checkpoint Examinations



In the middle school (Grade 6 - 8 or Years 7 -9) our school utilises the Cambridge Secondary 1 Programme as a comprehensive syllabus-based curricula detailing international learning objectives over a 3-year period. 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 key curriculum areas. The Cambridge Secondary 1 Programme covers all major areas of learning required in the first years of an international secondary education in three subject areas: English, Mathematics and Science.

At MEFIS, Cambridge Checkpoint assessment is offered once during the year and the result provides both schools and students with comprehensive diagnostic reports set to international standards.

These enable MEF IS teachers to:
  tailor individual students' learning programmes
  monitor group and individual performance
  provide information for reporting to parents
  manage learning programmes within centres as students move between schools
  predict performance in student's formal examinations.

These enable MEF IS students to:
  reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses within a subject area
  monitor individual learning performance as they move into high school
  access data-based information with regards to their academic performance on an International level
  have a concrete curriculum that is transferable to other academic establishments
  predict one's own performance in future formal examinations, and work to strengthen areas of attention

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 programme is taken from their website at