We are delighted to introduce Cambridge Global Perspectives for learners aged 11 to 14 years as part of our lower secondary programme. The programme is now available to teach.
We have collaborated with a number of Cambridge Global Perspectives schools to develop the programme. This is to make sure it delivers appropriate progression, assessment of skills and that it is easy for our many diverse schools around the world to incorporate into their existing curriculum. It leads seamlessly from Cambridge Primary, building on learner development, but it can also be offered separately.
What will students learn?
The programme develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication. It strengthens the links across English as a first or second language, mathematics, science and ICT Starters.
Research says that the earlier students start to develop and practise their skills, the greater the impact on their learning. Making Cambridge Global Perspectives available to younger students will develop and embed cross-curricular skills at an earlier age, supporting them in their studies as they progress to Cambridge Upper Secondary and beyond.
How is the programme taught?
Cambridge Lower Secondary is made up of a series of Challenges. There are six Challenges a year. Teachers can integrate the Challenges into their existing teaching or lessons, and do as many as they like. View sample Challenges for Stage 8 and Stage 9 below.
The programme is flexible so schools can choose how they organise teaching, either as one-hour blocks or as a full day, allowing teachers to focus on the Challenge from start to finish. Flexible delivery options is a key characteristic of the programme.
Each Challenge is six hours long, subdivided into a range of activities, and covers a range of skills. The skills are taught through a wide range of topics using a personal, local and global perspective. These topics are the same as the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus, allowing secondary schools to develop and embed cross-curricular skills at an earlier age. Teachers help students to look at a variety of global issues or topics that give a range of contexts.