Primary School Curriculum (Year 1 to Year 6)
Cambridge Primary is an education programme for young learners that combine a world-class curriculum, high-quality support for teachers and integrated assessment.
Cambridge Primary develops skills in English, mathematics and science. The curriculum is flexible with clear learning objectives. There is a Cambridge Primary curriculum framework for each subject – English, English as a second language, mathematics and science – providing a clear teaching structure.
Cambridge Primary English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this curriculum framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.
English as a second language
This curriculum develops learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. It has been developed in conjunction with Cambridge English Language Assessment and is based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), used across the world to map learners’ progress in English.
The mathematics curriculum framework explores five content areas: number, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. 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.
This curriculum framework covers four content areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning, investigating, recording and analyzing data. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also part of the curriculum.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience worldwide and regarded as a new ‘literacy’ alongside reading, writing and numeracy.
Cambridge ICT Starters introduces learners to the key ICT applications they need to achieve computer literacy and to understand the impact of technology on their daily lives. Learners develop key ICT skills in a range of applications including word processing, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets, email, internet, presentations, video/animation and web authoring. They also consider wider issues such as internet safety and adapting their work to the audience.
Cambridge Primary offers integrated assessment, helping schools to check learners’ development and give feedback to parents. At RIs we use the integrated assessments to monitor learners’ progress. Cambridge Primary testing structure is used to assess learner performance and report progress to learners and parents. Cambridge Primary assessment uses internationally benchmarked tests, giving parents extra trust in the feedback they receive.
There are two assessment options:
•Cambridge Primary Progression Tests (marked in school)
•Cambridge Primary Checkpoint (marked by Cambridge examiners)
Cambridge Primary Progression Tests
Cambridge Primary Progression Tests provide valid internal assessment of knowledge, skills and understanding in English, mathematics and science. The tests are marked by homeroom teachers following the clear guidance, standards and mark schemes provided by Cambridge.
In addition, Cambridge provides the school with a unique analysis tool for Cambridge Primary Progression Tests – the Cambridge Progress Checker. It allows the school to compare a learner’s results against their class, school or other schools around the world and on a year-by-year basis.
Cambridge Primary Checkpoint
Cambridge Primary Checkpoint is designed to help students learn by providing comprehensive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in the key curriculum areas – English, mathematics and science.
The tests are exclusively available to schools that offer Cambridge Primary. At RIS Checkpoint tests are taken at the end of the final year of the programme which is Year 6. They are marked by Cambridge and provide schools with an international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving schools invaluable information and parents extra trust in the feedback they receive.
Arabic Language and Islamic Studies
RIS offers the Ministry of Education program for Arabic Language for native and non- native speakers and Islamic Studies for Muslim students (Ministry of Education Curriculum).
In the areas of Physical Exercise, Music and Art the curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum. The Foreign language program offers French and Mandarin as the option from Year three. In addition, RIS has the provision for French Native program for native speakers only.
In the areas of Physical Exercise, Music and Art the curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum.