The Cambridge Curriculum is one of the most widely recognised curricula in the world. It is a 21st-century-focused curriculum that provides an education pathway and progression for pupils from all over the globe.
Recognised by over 1900 institutions across 81 countries, Cambridge programmes and qualifications are one of the most internationally known curricula.
The Cambridge International Curriculum was developed to give children the skills they need to succeed in their exams and later in life. The curriculum is also aligned with other UK national programmes such as the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which gives pupils a good grounding in core subjects such as English, Maths, Science, and Languages.
For parents who are interested in enrolling their child into a school that offers the Cambridge curriculum, read on to find out more about it.
What is the Cambridge Curriculum?
The Cambridge International Curriculum is a high-quality, well-researched program that many international schools and countries have adopted. It is specially designed to give pupils the tools they need to succeed in college, university, and life.
Cambridge Primary is taught in more than 2000 schools in over 120 countries, whereas the Lower Secondary Curriculum is taught in more than 3500 schools in nearly 140 countries.
The Cambridge IGCSE, an international exam taken by 14-16 years old who are studying with the Cambridge International Curriculum, is the world’s most popular international qualification since it is offered in over 140 countries and more than 4500 schools worldwide.
The Cambridge pathway has four stages: Primary Education (ages 5-11), Lower Secondary Education (ages 11-14), Upper Secondary (ages 14-16), and Advanced Education (ages 16+). This ensures continuity for pupils who are enrolled in the program, as each level examination prepares the pupil for the next year.
Subjects and Courses Available
There are plenty of subjects and courses that pupils can enrol in when they embark on the Cambridge primary programme. It develops skills and knowledge in ten subjects, including English, Mathematics, and Science.
For Cambridge Lower Secondary, pupils are taught core subjects such as English as a first or second language, Mathematics, Science, Cambridge Global Perspectives, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills. There are also newly added subjects – Art & Design, Digital Literacy, Music and Physical Education. For example, in The Perse School Singapore, pupils learn English, Chinese, Mathematics and Science. They are also exposed to the Humanities, with History and Geography.
What’s unique about our Lower Primary education program is that we combine the Singapore Mathematics curriculum with the Cambridge International Curriculum. By marrying these two curricula, we strive to allow our pupils to see the relevance of Mathematics in everyday life, and challenge their problem-solving skills which are essential for the future.
Why Choose Cambridge Curriculum?
For parents who are still wondering whether the Cambridge Curriculum is suitable for their child, here are the main benefits to consider:
Firm foundation for young children
The Cambridge Primary Curriculum supports teachers in identifying a learner’s strengths and weaknesses to support learning and development. With this foundation, pupils can progress seamlessly into Cambridge Lower Secondary.
The Cambridge programmes encourage teachers to supplement local, national and international examples. Therefore, its resources are adaptable to local or school contexts, developing a pupil’s cultural lens.
With Cambridge Primary Checkpoints, teachers grade papers and the marking is moderated by Cambridge. This gives teachers an external benchmark to assess their teaching and their pupil’s progress and offers parents a good idea of what their child has learnt.
Flexibility of options
The Cambridge Curriculum offers a full range of options for both primary and secondary schools, with the flexibility to adapt to the school’s specific needs and goals. Therefore, the pupil will benefit from the range of subjects offered.
Last but not least, it’s important to remember that Cambridge constantly updates its curriculum by consulting with experts and schools.
Overall, the Cambridge Curriculum provides a seamless experience for pupils transitioning from primary to secondary education. It is also well-recognised worldwide, so international school pupils will face fewer challenges when they relocate to another part of the world. Cambridge qualifications are also accepted by many universities worldwide, which makes it easier for pupils to pursue further education.
The Perse School Singapore is a British international school in Singapore that follows the Cambridge International Primary Programme. We also offer the Cambridge Lower Secondary Curriculum, beginning from this year’s batch of Year 7s.
For parents who are interested in enrolling their child in a nurturing international school environment with a good balance of academics and other pursuits, contact us to book a school tour now.