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Cambridge Primary 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 six stages, the curriculum framework covers knowledge, skills and understanding in the three strands:
The course supports progression to Cambridge Lower Secondary English
Cambridge Primary 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. Grammar is embedded within the reading and writing strands to promote a meaningful learning experience where learners both explore grammatical concepts through reading and apply them in their own writing.
There are two testing options: Cambridge Primary Progression Tests and Cambridge Primary Checkpoint.
Cambridge Primary Progression Tests provide detailed information about the performance of each learner for stages 3, 4, 5 and 6 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 Primary Checkpoint English tests skills, knowledge and understanding at the end of the primary 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 Primary 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 Primary English.
The programme is free of charge to registered Cambridge schools that offer Cambridge Primary. If you are already registered with us, you can start teaching the programme immediately. If you are interested in becoming a Cambridge school complete our Expression of Interest form.