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Children are naturally curious and science supports the development of a child’s curiosity, helping them to investigate problems, learn more about the world around them and understand and use scientific explanations for a wide range of phenomena.
Cambridge Lower Secondary Science covers four content areas:
Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data. The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge, including environmental awareness and history of science.
Students develop research, collaboration and creative skills that will help with many aspects of their future learning and development. The course supports progression to a wide range of science subjects at Cambridge Upper Secondary.
In every stage, learners develop their understanding of foundational concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, which they will build on throughout the Cambridge Pathway.
Importantly, science is an experimental subject and learners have many opportunities to develop their skills in scientific enquiry. Not only does this help them to experience and understand different areas of science, but it also helps them to appreciate that scientific understanding changes over time.
We offer 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 Science 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 this subject.
Download our Curriculum outline to find out more about Cambridge Lower Secondary Science.
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.