Our lower secondary curriculum is a continuation of the primary curriculum, while setting students up for IGCSE. Core Cambridge subjects continue along with our additional subjects in music, art, physical education and languages (French and Kinyarwanda).
Cambridge Lower Secondary English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the skills to respond to a range of information, media and
texts with understanding and enjoyment. This curriculum is designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.
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.
Cambridge ICT Starters is a series of modules, which assess candidates on their ability to use a range of computer software to communicate, handle information, model and program solutions. Learners will develop key ICT skills in a range of applications including computer programming, word processing, digital graphics, databases, spreadsheets, email, presentations, video/animation, the internet and web authoring. They will also consider wider issues such as eSafety and the adaption of their work to suit their audience.
Cambridge Lower Secondary Global Perspectives develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication in Learners.
Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and is an international passport to progression and success. To ensure our students are best prepared for their upcoming education, they are required to continue the core courses of English, mathematics and science and then have the option of studying a variety of courses, which will expand as the school grows.
English – First Language – 0500
This course enables learners to develop more general analysis and communication skills such as inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively. This course also enables learners to:
- Develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing
- Use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
- Develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.
Mathematics – 0580
An essential subject for all learners, Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a strong basis for more advanced study. The syllabus aims to build learners' confidence by helping them develop:
- Competence and fluency with mathematical concepts, methods and skills, as well as a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships.
- Skills in problem solving and presenting and interpreting results.
- An understanding of how to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.
Cambridge IGCSE Combined Sciences gives learners the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics, each covered in separate syllabus sections. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study.
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