ZIS are accredited by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). The Cambridge Curriculum sets out the stages and core subjects your child will be taught throughout their school life.
The Cambridge Curriculum is a framework based on the UK National Curriculum to ensure that teaching and learning is balanced and consistent.
It sets out:
- The subjects taught
- The knowledge, skills and understanding required in each subject
- Standards or attainment targets in each subject that teachers can use to measure your child’s progress and plan their future learning
- How your child’s progress is assessed and reported
CIE organizes the curriculum into distinct categories for assessment. Six categories of the assessment we currently use at ZIS
|stage||age*||year group||key stage||assessment|
|1||6||Year 1||Primary school||Internal Assessments|
|1||7||Year 2||Primary school||Internal Assessments|
|2||8||Year 3||Primary school||Primary progression tests|
|2||9||Year 4||Primary school||Primary progression tests|
|2||10||Year 5||Primary school||Primary progression tests|
|2||11||Year 6||Primary school||Cambridge Checkpoint tests|
* Age of child as of 1st September of current academic year
Primary stage 1, Year 1 and 2
Children are introduced to the Cambridge Strategy of the English National Curriculum in year 1. Cross-curricular links are made during the planning stages, ensuring that the non-core subjects support the Literacy and Numeracy objectives and vice versa. Handwriting and guided reading take place outside of the Literacy time allowing more time for shared reading/writing, guided writing, speaking & listening, group and independent work. The children develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
Primary stage 2, Year 3 to year 6
In the second stage of the child’s development the curriculum builds on the fundamentals of primary stage 1, it also equips the children with the tools to be critical thinkers. As well as broadening their knowledge base in all areas of the curriculum their education is further enhanced through extracurricular participation in the arts, foreign language and physical education. The curriculum is also supported by a wide range of enriching activities including residential trips and visits by organizations such as drama groups and artists in residence.