Sunday / September 23 / 2018

Annual Production


Primary School Sports Day


Learning beyond the walls


Family Fun Day


Secondary School Assembly


Secondary School 

Secondary School Curriculum Snapshots

Welcome to the Raffles International School (RIS) website.

Students enter the Secondary School in Year 7 at 11+ years old. Building on the strong foundation of the Primary School programme, students in the Secondary School begin to refine their skills for future success. The framework for the Year 7-9 programme is known as Cambridge Secondary 1 (CS1). This framework ensures that students harness their full potential and effectively apply knowledge, skills and abilities to each and every subject area. The curriculum is based on international best practices where communication skills, confidence building and understanding of the global environment and its challenges are emphasised.

All students study the following subjects:







  French or Mandarin



 Physical Education



  Islamic Studies is provided to all Muslim students

Please click on the links below to view the following: 

Cambridge Secondary Science Curriculum Framework

Cambridge Secondary English Curriculum Framework

Cambridge Secondary Maths Curriculum Framework

RIS Scheme of Work Maths Year 7

RIS Scheme of Work Maths Year 8

RIS Scheme of Work Maths Year 9

RIS Scheme of Work English Year 7

RIS Scheme of Work English Year 8

RIS Scheme of Work English Year 9

RIS Scheme of Work Science Year 7

RIS Scheme of Work Science Year 8

RIS Scheme of Work Science Year 9

Year 10 students follow the IGCSE - Cambridge Secondary 2 (CS2) programme.

What is IGCSE?

Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds, leading to globally recognised and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications. It is part of the Cambridge Secondary 2 stage. Cambridge IGCSE encourages learner-centred and enquiry-based approaches to learning. It develops learners’ skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, giving learner’s excellent preparation for the next stage in their education. Cambridge IGCSE is compatible with other curricula and is internationally relevant and sensitive to different needs and cultures. Cambridge IGCSE is taken in over 100 countries worldwide and is widely recognised by higher education institutions and employers around the world as evidence of academic ability. In some parts of the world, schools use Cambridge IGCSE as an international alternative to the local government's examination. The resulting qualification provides a foundation for higher level courses in A-Levels. The Cambridge IGCSE Programme has an excellent reputation amongst international schools worldwide. It is also recognised as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to universities and colleges around the world.


Cambridge IGCSE caters for different levels of ability with a choice between core and extended papers in some subjects. The core curriculum is based on an overview of the subject and is suitable for students expected to achieve grades C to G. The extended curriculum is more challenging and designed for students who are expected to achieve grades A* to C (A* is the top grade awarded). Students who fail to reach the minimum standard (Grade G) will be ungraded (U). Based on their overall performances over the two year period, students are registered either for the Core or Extended tier. This decision is usually made after the Mock examinations.


Cambridge IGCSE courses take two years to complete and external examinations are taken at the end of the second year. IGCSE examinations are held twice a year in May and in November. RIS enters students only for the May examinations. Students must enter for Cambridge IGCSEs through a registered CIE Centre. RIS is a registered CIE Centre. CIE charges a fee for the administration and assessment of each subject taken. Please note that the CIE registration fees are subject to change.


All syllabuses have either Coursework or “Alternatives to Coursework”. Whether a subject requires Coursework or will they write an “Alternative to Coursework” paper instead, is indicated in the course description of each subject in the following pages. Coursework is compulsory in those practical subjects for which it is must be an integral part, for example: Art, Drama, PE, Global Perspectives and ICT.

Further information about IGCSE subjects and the Cambridge Curriculum and Cambridge International Examinations can be found at

Please find below the course syllabi for all IGCSE subjects

English Language Syllabus

English Literature Syllabus

English Second Language Syllabus

Coordinated Science Syllabus

Maths Syllabus

Arabic 1st Language Syllabus

Arabic 2nd Language Syllabus

ICT Syllabus

Mandarin Syllabus

French 1st Language Syllabus

French 2nd Language Syllabus

Business Studies Syllabus

Art Syllabus

Economics Syllabus

History Syllabus

Geography Syllabus