Cambridge Primary offers a flexible curriculum with integrated assessment for 5-11 year olds. Cambridge Primary sets clear learning objectives in English, Mathematics and Science skills for each year of primary education from year 1 to year 6. It focuses on learners’ development in each year and provides a natural progression throughout the years of primary education, providing international benchmarks for schools. It is also excellent preparation for the next stage of Cambridge international education, Cambridge Secondary 1 for learners aged 11-14.
Cambridge Primary provides guidance for curriculum development and classroom teaching and learning. It enables teachers to assess children’s learning as they progress with two optional assessments: Cambridge Primary Progression Tests and Cambridge Primary Checkpoint.
The curriculum frameworks for English also include English as a second language option.
The Cambridge Primary curriculum frameworks provide an optional testing structure – to assess learner performance and report progress to learners and parents – through internationally benchmarked tests. There are two assessment options within the Cambridge Primary stage:
Cambridge Primary Progression Tests (set by Cambridge and marked in the school – Year 1 to 5)
Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Tests (set and marked by Cambridge examiners – Year 6 only)
The tests comprise structured questions with a selection of item types, including multiple choice, matching, short answer and long answer.
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 available from year 3 for English, Mathematics and Science.
are optional (the school can choose any quantity of tests to take or just follow the curriculum without testing at all).
can be used at any point during the year.
are marked by teachers in the school; full mark schemes and marking guidance are provided by Cambridge.
Cambridge Primary Checkpoint:
Cambridge Primary Checkpoint offers feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses in the key curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science and can be offered at two sessions during the year.
The tests are set and marked by Cambridge and provide the school with an external international benchmark for learner performance. The tests are held for year 6 only. The feedback gained from Cambridge Primary Checkpoint is an invaluable source of information for learners, parents and teachers. Learners and parents will have a transferable indication of academic progress and achievement.