“Cambridge Primary has a very flexible curriculum. It is not restrictive. I can bring local and international examples into my class, and it works very well with my students.”
Doaa Hamdy El Shaar, Teacher, International School of Elite Education, Egypt
Cambridge Primary develops skills in ten subjects including English, Mathematics and Science. It is designed to help schools deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that suits their context, culture and ethos.
The curriculum sets clear learning objectives and focuses on developing knowledge and skills in all subjects, providing excellent foundations for the next stage of education. The curriculum is flexible, so schools can offer any combination of the subjects available.
Children are naturally curious and science supports the development of a child’s curiosity, helping them to investigate problems, learn more about the world around them and understand and use scientific explanations for a wide range of phenomena.
What will students learn?
Cambridge Primary Science covers four content areas:
- Scientific enquiry
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, including environmental awareness and history of science.
Students develop research, collaboration and creative skills that will help with many aspects of their future learning and development.
How is the programme taught?
In every stage, learners develop their understanding of foundational concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, which they will build on throughout the Cambridge Pathway.
Importantly, science is an experimental subject and learners have many opportunities to develop their skills in scientific inquiry. Not only does this help them to experience and understand different areas of science, but it also helps them to appreciate that scientific understanding changes over time.
How is Cambridge Science assessed?
We offer two testing options: Cambridge Primary Progression Tests and Cambridge Primary Checkpoint.
Cambridge Primary Progression Tests provide detailed information about the performance of each learner for stages 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the curriculum. The tests help teachers to compare the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups and share feedback with learners and parents. They are marked by teachers in your school and come with a unique reporting and analysis tool.
Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Science tests skills, knowledge and understanding at the end of the primary programme. Tests are marked in Cambridge to provide an international benchmark of learner performance. Feedback reports show how a learner has performed in relation to the curriculum, their learning group, the whole school, and against all learners who have taken tests in that series around the world.