Lower Secondary Curriculum

Year 7 to 9 (11 to 14 -years old)

Cambridge Lower Secondary provides a natural progression for children from primary education and prepares them for post-14 education programs that lead to formal qualifications. At FIS, lower secondary students expand their skills and understanding from the primary years whilst continuing to follow the Cambridge Assessment curricula for English and Maths and Science.

In addition, a wide variety of subjects are offered with courses of study specifically designed to suit the learning needs of our students at FIS. These subjects include:

Art                                              Music
Computing                               Physical Education
French                                       PSHE
Global Perspectives                Social Science
Kiswahili                                   Turkish

Subjects

Aims

Following the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme helps learners to lay the foundations for lifelong learning, including:

  • curiosity about the world around them and enthusiasm for learning
  • knowledge, understanding and skills that can be applied in and across subjects
  • effective and confident communication skills, including in English
  • understanding of their personal and local context, as well as having global awareness

In Cambridge Lower Secondary English, learners:

  • become confident communicators, able to apply their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills effectively in everyday situations and in studying a range of subjects
  • see themselves as readers, engaging with a range of texts for information and for pleasure, including texts from different times and cultures
  • see themselves as writers, using the written word clearly and creatively for a range of different audiences and purposes
  • develop speaking and listening skills for effective presentation and collaboration, sharing and responding to ideas to achieve a shared understanding or goal
  • develop a broad vocabulary and an understanding of how to apply grammar and linguistic conventions appropriately
  • develop skills to evaluate spoken and written texts, making decisions about how convincingly they represent different values and opinions.

Aims

Following the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme helps learners to lay the foundations for lifelong learning, including:

  • curiosity about the world around them and enthusiasm for learning
  • knowledge, understanding and skills that can be applied in and across subjects
  • effective and confident communication skills, including in English
  • understanding of their personal and local context, as well as having global awareness.

In Cambridge Lower Secondary Mathematics, learners:

  • engage in creative mathematical thinking to generate elegant solutions
  • improve numerical fluency and knowledge of key mathematical concepts to make sense of numbers, patterns, shapes, measurements and data
  • develop a variety of mathematical skills, strategies and a way of thinking that will enable them to describe the world around them and play an active role in modern society
  • communicate solutions and ideas logically in spoken and written language using appropriate mathematical symbols, diagrams and representations
  • understand that technology provides a powerful way of communicating mathematics, one which is particularly important in an increasingly technological and digital world.

Aims

Following the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme helps learners to lay the foundations for lifelong learning, including:

  • curiosity about the world around them and enthusiasm for learning
  • knowledge, understanding and skills that can be applied in and across subjects
  • effective and confident communication skills, including in English
  • understanding of their personal and local context, as well as having global awareness.

In Cambridge Lower Secondary Science, learners:

  • build curiosity and fascination about the world to stimulate their interest about science
  • first meet foundational scientific concepts, that then develop through the Cambridge Pathway
  • develop their scientific skills so they can become increasingly independent when questioning and investigating phenomena
  • begin to understand that scientific models are used to understand and explain phenomena
  • recognise that scientific understanding changes over time
  • link science to real-world contexts that are personal, local, national and global, identifying the relevance of science to the modern world.