Our new Cambridge Lower Secondary English encourages a life-long enthusiasm for reading, writing and spoken communication. Learners develop English skills for different purposes and audiences.
This curriculum is for learners who have English as a first language, and can be used in any cultural context. For learners who speak a language other than English at home, see our Cambridge Lower Secondary English as a Second Language curriculum.
What will students learn?
Learners develop skills and understanding in four areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They will learn how to communicate effectively and respond to a range of information, media and texts to:
- become confident communicators, able to apply all four skills effectively in everyday situations
- 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.
How is the programme taught?
This curriculum supports an integrated approach to teaching the four skills. With the support available, you can deliver Cambridge Lower Secondary English using a broad range of activities that promote experience, reflection and improvement.
We recommend a range of fiction genres, poetry, playscripts and non-fiction texts to provide authentic contexts for skills development.
Support to help you deliver the course
You will find plenty of support to help deliver Cambridge Lower Secondary English, including activities that you can adapt to suit your context:
- Assessment materials including progression tests and past Cambridge Checkpoint papers.
- Curriculum Framework.
- Online and face-to-face training.
- Schemes of work.
- Teacher Guide.
We also work with a range of third party publishers to produce high-quality endorsed resources to support this framework.
With a range of assessments available for this subject including Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests and Checkpoint, you can to choose the approach that works best for your school and learners.