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Cambridge Lower Secondary English promotes an enquiry-based approach, developing learners’ confidence, creativity and intellectual engagement. This subject is designed for learners who have English as a first language and can be used in any cultural context.
Learners develop English skills they can apply for a range of different purposes and audiences in everyday situations and in study. They will communicate confidently and effectively and develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. They will develop a first language competency in English.
Divided into three stages, the curriculum framework covers knowledge, skills and understanding in the three strands:
The course supports progression to a range of English subjects at Cambridge Upper Secondary.
Cambridge Lower Secondary English is designed to be taught using a broad range of activities that promote experience, reflection and improvement. Recommended fiction genres, poetry, playscripts and non-fiction text types provide authentic contexts for skills development.
The learning objectives in the three strands of the curriculum framework support an integrated approach to teaching and learning reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills.
There are two testing options: Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests and Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint.
Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests provide detailed information about the performance of each learner for stages 7, 8 and 9 of the curriculum. The tests help teachers to compare the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups and share feedback with learners and parents. They are marked by teachers in your school and come with a unique reporting and analysis tool.
Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint English tests skills, knowledge and understanding at the end of the programme. Tests are marked in Cambridge to provide an international benchmark of learner performance. Feedback reports show how a learner has performed in relation to the curriculum, their learning group, the whole school, and against all learners who have taken tests in that series around the world.
Learn more about these assessments.
Visit our Cambridge Lower Secondary support site to download a wide range of resources to help you plan and deliver the course:
We also work with a range of third party publishers to produce high-quality endorsed resources to support our frameworks.
Download our curriculum outline to find out more about Cambridge Lower Secondary English.
The programme is free of charge to registered Cambridge schools that offer Cambridge Lower Secondary. If you are already registered with us, you can teach the programme now. If you are interested in becoming a Cambridge school complete our Expression of Interest form.