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The Curriculum Overview


Sri Ara International School

The British National Curriculum that we use is an exciting, effective and ultimately more ‘internationally’ dedicated and user friendly curriculum. It has the fastest growing adoption rate by international schools worldwide. Emphasis is placed on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science.

The IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) programme is an external examination taken at the end of Years 10 and 11. It provides this age group with goals, benchmarks, academic discipline, examination experience and an indicator of future success. IGCSE is an international examination set by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. The papers are centrally corrected and marked at the University of Cambridge International Centre in the UK. The IGCSE is accepted by the universities worldwide.

Primary Department – Year 1 to 6

Overview

The curriculum follows the Cambridge International Primary programme, typically for 5-11 year olds, gives a curriculum framework to develop English, Mathematics, and Science skills, knowledge and understanding in younger learners. Cambridge Primary provides guidance for curriculum development and classroom teaching and learning. The primary programme provides guidance for curriculum development and classroom teaching and learning, and allows teachers to assess students as they progress.

Curriculum & Assessment

Our curriculum frameworks for English also include an English as a second language option. International Assessments for Schools by the University of New South Wales, (UNSW) Australia are available from the school for students from Year 3 to secondary level.

Subjects taught are as follows:

English Mathematics Science
Introduction to Literature, History, Geography & Environmental Studies (Unit of Interests)
ICT Malay or Mandarin
Art Speech & Drama Phonics (Year 1 – 3)

Secondary 1 – Year 7, 8 and 9

Overview

Cambridge Secondary 1, offers a flexible curriculum with integrated assessment. During these three years, typically for 11-14 year olds, we follow an adapted English National Curriculum that takes into account the style of the primary years programme of the country the students come from, the varied nationalities and cultures of our students, and develops learners’ skills and understanding in Mathematics, English and Science for the first three years of secondary education and provides excellent preparation for Cambridge Secondary 2 and qualifications including Cambridge IGCSE.

Curriculum & Assessment

In some subjects students will be tested with 5 to 30 minutes tests on a weekly or monthly basis. In the first term and second term interim reports, the grades represent the assessments of subject teachers. In the mid year and final year assessment reports, all students sit for examinations set by their subject teachers and are marked and graded by them.

International Assessments for Schools by the University of New South Wales, (UNSW) Australia are available.

Subjects taught are as follows:

English Mathematics Science
History Geography Environmental Studies
English Literature Speech & Drama Art
Business Studies Principles of Accounts
Malay or Mandarin ICT

Secondary 2 – Year 10 and 11

Overview

Cambridge Secondary 2 is typically for learners aged 14-16 years. This is a British course which is popular with the majority of non-American schools. IGCSE are exams taken by all English students in Year 11. It involves course work in some subjects and an external examination at the end of two years in all subjects. Exam papers come from the University of Cambridge International Examinations Centre in the UK and are sent there for external marking. Normally students take between 7 and 10 IGCSE subjects. It builds on the foundations of Cambridge Secondary 1, and supports schools using learner-centred and enquiry-based approaches to learning. Cambridge Secondary 2 offers two options for Cambridge learners: Cambridge IGCSE (the International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and Cambridge O Level – both globally recognised qualifications. Cambridge Secondary 2 provides excellent progression to the next stage of Cambridge International Education – Cambridge Advanced for 16-19 years – as well as other progression routes.

Curriculum & Assessment

Year 10 students sit for examinations based on, if not actually, IGCSE papers in May/June and October/November. Year 11 students sit a mock examination in December/January of past IGCSE papers. These examinations will be held under the same conditions as for the real IGCSE examination held May/June or October/November of the second year. Coursework form an important part in the achievement grade of a number of subjects. the external exams are marked by the Cambridge University International Exams Organisation in the UK.

International Assessments for Schools by the University of New South Wales, (UNSW) Australia are available.

Subjects taught are as follows:

English Mathematics Combined Sciences
History Geography Environmental Studies
Physics Chemistry Biology
English Literature Speech & Drama Art
Business Studies Principles of Accounts ESL
Malay or Mandarin ICT

ICT Starters

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience of children in most parts of the world. ICT is increasingly being regarded as a new ‘literacy’ alongside reading, writing and numeracy. The Cambridge ICT starters is embedded within our curriculum, since it is designed to introduce students to key ICT applications that they need to master in order to acquire ICT literacy and to understand the impact of technology on their lives. The syllabus provides a structured scheme of assessment for students developing their ICT capability in starkly different environments.

Class Sizes

The size of our classes is limited to twenty, although in most cases, the actual size is smaller than that. this means that students enjoy personal attention from their teachers.

Staffing

The school carefully selects teachers who have a caring nature, experienced with a good track record. We also employ expatriate teachers.

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Calendar Changes – 11/04/15

Please note these amendments and additions to our Annual Calendar:

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