Primary (Key Stages 1 and 2)
At HCIS Primary we follow The Cambridge Primary Curriculum, which is aimed at Year 1 to Year 6. (5 to 11 year olds) Our aim is to develop the 10 core subjects through an enquiry based learning approach with a strong focus on the development of problem solving and thinking skills. Incorporated into the curriculum are inbuilt, deliberate reflection strategies which help learners to develop complex thinking processes. Innovation and creativity are a fundamental aspect of the Cambridge curriculum and this allows our students to apply their imagination and creativity to their learning, allowing them to express themselves. We aim to encourage our children to be global citizens through projects that nurture strong personal characteristics alongside high levels of academic performance.
We incorporate ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques in our English lessons. This is a teaching framework which helps our children to learn the language they need before they then analyze it and use it in their writing. This technique has been found to substantially increase rates of children’s progress and help with language acquisition.
Lower Secondary (Key Stage 3)
In lower secondary, the Cambridge Curriculum is also used to develop 10 core subjects including English, Maths and Science. This is tailored to fit the needs of our diverse student cultural identity. It is a broad and balanced curriculum which is taught in conjunction with the Cambridge Learner Attributes - confident, responsible, reflective, innovative & engaged.
It builds on the solid foundations built by our Primary School and provides a platform for our students to successfully navigate the Cambridge IGCSE subjects that they will progress to in Upper Secondary.
Our assessment involves internationally recognized benchmarks tests which provides detailed, structured feedback that allows our teachers to have detailed information about our students’ performance. This allows them to create a personalized learning experience for all of our students.
IGCSE (Key Stage 4)
The IGCSE program was developed by Cambridge Assessment International Examination Assessment (CAIE) in 1988 and is a very popular English language curriculum. Over 10,000 schools in 160 countries are teaching the IGCSE syllabus. It is the most widely used and respected international qualification for 14 to 16-year olds.
The IGCSE syllabus is designed with an international outlook in mind. It does however, retain a local relevance for each region. The IGCSE syllabus is developed for an international student body and steers clear of any kind of cultural bias.
The focus of the IGCSE curriculum is to offer a wide range of options to learners with different types of abilities including students whose first language is not English.
The Cambridge IGCSE exams take place at the end of Year 11. These exams vary in content including written, oral and coursework. This extends the opportunity for students to demonstrate comprehension and practical use of course knowledge.
Cambridge IGCSE examination sessions occur twice a year, in June and November. Results are issued in August and January.