Why is Cambridge Lower Secondary a strong curriculum

Deepika Sodhi
Sep 9, 2022
Secondary school curriculum

The secondary school years are crucial as students expand their learning for future studies. A strong foundation provides them with a powerful head start for high school, university and beyond. As an international curriculum designed for students aged 11 to 14 years (Grades 6-8), the Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme (CLSP) is a comprehensive and balanced curriculum.

The programme encourages students to use their learning for higher-order thinking, providing them with a clear pathway as they move on to Cambridge Upper Secondary (IGCSE). It offers in-depth learning while enabling them to acquire skills mandatory for the 21st century. 

Broad, balanced and flexible curriculum 

Here are some of the top reasons why CLSP is considered a strong curriculum:

● The curriculum offers a varied choice of 10 subjects, including English, maths and science, and can be shaped around the student learning. It is application oriented and fosters analytical thinking and problem solving skills.

● It’s a flexible curriculum as the schools have the option to choose the combination of subjects.

● The programme is adaptable as it can be offered alone or along with a bilingual curriculum, making it ideal for international students.

● The curriculum equips students to develop global mindedness as they learn to understand about various cultures and apply their knowledge in local contexts.

Also read: ‘Cambridge Lower Secondary provides a strong pathway to IGCSE’

● The CLSP curriculum is developed using the latest research in different subject areas, allowing students to put their best forward for future learnings and challenges. 

● Regular assessments help in evaluating student progression by identifying their academic strengths and weak areas. 

● There’s ample support to deliver the programme, including curriculum framework, assessment materials with Cambridge checkpoint papers and teacher guide.

● The curriculum makes the transition to the next step seamless as it prepares students for the rigours of the IGCSE curriculum. 

Cambridge Lower Secondary at GIIS

The Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme at GIIS is offered under trained and experienced teachers who understand the rigours of the Cambridge exam board. It builds in-depth knowledge and skills in: 

1. English 

2. Global Perspectives

3. Mathematics 

4. Science 

5. ICT 

6. Second Language - French, Mandarin, Hindi, Tamil

7. Digital Literacy

The assessment cycle, which looks at identifying each student’s strengths and weaknesses, is divided into two terms. The first term has two cyclic tests, two internal assessments and a semester exam. In term two, there’s one cyclic test, two internal assessments and a semester exam.

English as a Second Language (ESL) at GIIS

As part of the CLS programme, non-native English speakers at GIIS can opt for English as a Second Language (ESL) that provides progressive learning objectives for students. The ESL curriculum is divided into reading, writing, listening and speaking, and aims to;

1. support learning by facilitating equal access to the curriculum

2. support student transition to our school culture

3. encourage students to participate in school activities

4. develop language skills

5. build confidence in ESL students in using the language both inside and outside of the classroom

If you are keen to know more about CLSP at GIIS, please don’t hesitate to contact our admissions team.

Deepika Sodhi

Ms Sodhi is the Academic Supervisor for the International Curricula at GIIS SMART Campus, Singapore. She has been teaching Physics for the past 22 years and has a great ability to help students relate to scientific principles in everyday life. She is also actively involved in GIIS’ seamless transition to digital pedagogy in teaching, assessments etc.

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