As a registered Cambridge International School at CIS Armenia we follow and are guided by the Cambridge Primary Curriculum. We adhere closely to the objectives and time frames recommended for the core subjects of English, mathematics, Science and ICT. In our primary school we also use the guidelines for the English as an Additional Language. The English National Framework informs all the other subjects that we teach at Cambridge International School; such as History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, Physical Education as well as Armenian, Russian and Spanish.
This easily accessed programme is utilized frequently by our international as well as local teachers and includes support not only for curricular objectives, but planning with suggested templates as well as guidance on how to implement and develop the subject matter. Also available are resource guidelines and suggested time frames which are very helpful for experienced as well as inexperienced teachers at our school.
The Cambridge programme has been developed over countless years, using research involving thousands of students within Britain; it stands to reason that therefore the standards expected would be consistent within all the Cambridge attributed schools. This knowledge allows teachers in the international arena (such as ourselves) to feel confident that they are planning and teaching to the correct standards expected by Cambridge. Hereby ensuring the children perform at expected levels. This will assist the students to assimilate into any institution or school worldwide that uses English as a first language of instruction and perform well within that environment.
To further validate these standards, the testing provided by the programme includes two types of tests. An end of year: Cambridge Progression Test (end of each school year) and end of Primary: Cambridge Checkpoint Test (End of stage 6). These tests are optional.
Tests are available for English, English as an Additional Language, Mathematics, Science, as well as ICT for stages 3 – 6. Progression tests are internally marked using full mark schemes and guidance provided by Cambridge. These indicate the progression for each child within each subject over the course of the year. The results are to inform school and to report to parents.
On the other hand, the Checkpoint Test is solely for Stage 6 (end of Primary). These tests are more focused on the diagnostic analysis of each child’s performance in each discipline within all of the above mentioned subjects. Taking the Checkpoint Examinations is not a requirement to progress to Lower Secondary within our school. These tests are externally marked, sent away to Cambridge, and the results are analysed; this analysis as well as certificates being sent to the school about two months after the assessment to inform the pupils, teachers and parents.