At RISE our lower secondary/middle school program (Grades 6 to 8) is designed to build on the primary program. For those learners coming to us already at the secondary level, we aim to build on their previous knowledge all the while ensuring a smooth transition to the Cambridge curriculum and the RISE way for learning. We’ve combined the Cambridge Secondary English, Math, Science, and ICT courses with our own RISE courses in Bangla, Religious Studies, and Art.
We offer many clubs for our secondary students to include: Cycling Club, Martial Arts, National Scouts, and many others. Our secondary students are challenged with a rigorous curriculum and a time table that exposes them to 5 different subjects each day. The learners have one hour classes and longer school days than any other school in the city.
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Cambridge Secondary 1
Cambridge Secondary 1 is typically for learners aged 11 to 14 years. It gives schools a flexible framework for developing skills and understanding in English, English, Mathematics and Science.
Cambridge Secondary 1 English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.
The curriculum framework explores six content areas: number, algebra, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. The first five content areas are all underpinned by problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also an important part of the number content. The curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships, so that learners apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.
This curriculum framework covers four content areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work, and recording and analyzing data. The scientific enquiry objectives underpin biology, chemistry and physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also part of the curriculum.
Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint
Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint tests have been designed to assess learners at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1. They are available in English, Mathematics and Science, and give valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education.
The tests are marked in Cambridge and provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving schools detailed information and parents extra trust in the feedback they receive.
Schools use the feedback from Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint to make strategic decisions, drawing upon a pool of information and specialist reporting tools that are built into the tests.
The Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint feedback reports enable teachers to:
Tailor individual learning programmes
- Monitor group and individual performance
- Compare the performance of all learners taking tests in that session
- Manage learning programmes within schools and as learners move between schools
- Predict performance in learners’ formal examinations.
Cambridge Secondary 1 Progression Tests
Cambridge Secondary 1 Progression Tests provide valid internal assessment of knowledge, skills and understanding in English, Mathematics and Science. 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 give structured feedback to learners and parents
- Enable teachers to compare the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups
- Are marked by teachers at the school
- Come with clear guidance, standards and mark schemes
Cambridge ICT Starters
Cambridge ICT Starters gives schools a flexible framework to develop learners’ ICT competence. Modules can be delivered according to the needs of each learning situation and age of the learners – across the curriculum or as a separate course of study.
Learners will develop key ICT skills in a range of applications including word processing, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets, email, internet, presentations, video/animation and web authoring. They also consider wider issues such as internet safety and adapting their work to the audience.
Learners studying in grade 8 have the option of the Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint at the end of the academic session. This is a great exam for the students to sit for before moving on to our upper secondary (high school) program.