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Cambridge Secondary 1 is typically for learners aged 11 to 14 years. It gives schools a flexible framework for developing skills and understanding. Cambridge Secondary 1 sets clear learning objectives for the first three years of secondary education in English.
The Cambridge Checkpoint textbooks and supporting materials provide a framework for the courses. Each year group follows a programme with a wide selection of texts including poetry, classics, contemporary novels, short stories, plays, media-texts and non-fiction articles. Independent reading is at the heart of progress in English and all classes have a weekly library lesson to encourage and support wider reading.
Writing often arises from what the pupils have been reading or from autobiographical experience. The English course makes an important contribution to the school Cross Curricular Writing Programme, which develops the ability to manipulate and select language according to the form, audience and purpose of a task and all year groups have the opportunity to practise a variety of writing styles.
Cambridge Secondary 1 Progression Tests provide valid internal assessment of knowledge, skills and understanding . The tests:
• enable learning to be assessed each year
• provide detailed information about the performance of each learner for stages 7, 8 and 9
• enable teachers to compare the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and to give structured feedback to learners and parents
Classes are mixed ability throughout, with average class sizes of 15. Cambridge Objectives are used as a method of checking progress. Individual targets are negotiated regularly with students.
Students are normally expected to take English iGCSE as either a first or second language. Year 10 and 11 follow the Cambridge programme of study. Currently in Year 10 students study English Media iGCSE in addition to English Language iGCSE. In Year 11 students currently have the choice of English Media or English Literature in addition to Language. All courses have a strong focus on the development of reading and writing skills, building on the students´ previous attainment in Key Stage 3. All students are examined for Speaking and Listening skills with an oral exam.
As we follow the option that has the oral examination, students are able to request an equivalence certificate (B1, B2, C1) from Cambridge which is sometimes required for entrance into Spanish universities.