The educational cornerstones on which our school’s curriculum is based on are:
- Personal Development Programme
- Culture & Sport
- Environment & community
Academic: ‘Education for tomorrow’s world’ – Real world ready
• Curriculum: Cambridge Primary Programme (Grade R – 6)
• Co-curricular & Theme based
• Learner – centred / creative teaching strategies
• “Whole brain approach”
• Manners 4 Minors (Grade 000 – Grade 1)
• Cambridge Physical Education (Grade R – 7)
• Cambridge Digital Literacy
• Cambridge Music (Grade R – 7)
• Cambridge Art & Design
• Cambridge Global Perspective
• Chess as a subject for Grade R – Grade 3
• Thinking skills
The curriculum is holistic, covering a wide range of subjects. The learners learn three languages – English, Afrikaans and Setswana. Mathematics, Natural Sciences, History, Geography, Economic Management Sciences (EMS) (Grades 6 and 7), Design and Technology, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Sport, Music, Life Orientation, Art and Drama form the rest of the weekly programme.
The Mountain Cambridge School has met all the standards required to be a Cambridge International Examination Centre (Registered Centre ZA 245) and has been awarded International status by the University of Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE). Mountain Cambridge School offers a range of internationally accepted qualifications including Cambridge’s AS Level, IGCSE, Checkpoint, ICT Starters, Primary and Lower Secondary Programmes. University of Cambridge International Examinations (CAIE) is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 year olds. The Cambridge International Curriculum is designed to teach students how to learn and to go on learning. Our role goes beyond helping students achieve good results, and beyond giving students passports for progression to university or employment. We give our students a curriculum that will bring lifelong success in tomorrow’s world.
Cambridge International Qualifications are welcomed at the world’s leading universities – Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge qualifications are recognised locally by the South African Matriculation Board for entrance into South African Universities. In order to comply with the requirements for Matric Exemption certain subject groupings are required. We will guide our students in their subject choices to ensure compliance with the Matriculation Board’s requirements should they intend going on to University.
Cambridge International Primary Programme offers: Grades R – 6
Within the Cambridge Primary stage, the Cambridge International Primary Programme for 6-11 year olds sets clear learning objectives in English, Mathematics, Science skills, Physical Education, Art & Design, Music and Digital Media for each year of primary education. It focuses on learners’ development in each year and provides a natural progression throughout the years of primary education, providing international benchmarks for schools. It is also excellent preparation for the next stage of the Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Secondary 1(end of Form 1 /Grade 8) for learners aged 11-14. It also enables teachers to assess children’s learning as they progress with two optional assessments: Cambridge Primary Progression Tests and Cambridge Primary Checkpoint 1 External Examinations.
Foundation for secondary education
Cambridge Primary aids identification of a student’s strengths and weaknesses and can be used to support learning and development. It provides learners with excellent preparation so they can progress seamlessly into Cambridge Secondary 1 and beyond.
As an international programme, Cambridge Primary provides teachers with an external benchmark to inform their teaching and easily measure learners’ progress over time. It also enables detailed and structured reporting to parents.
Appropriate and relevant internationally, Cambridge Primary has been designed to be culturally sensitive. It includes top quality teaching and assessment resources appropriate for teaching and learning in local and international schools.
Cambridge Primary complements a range of teaching methods and curricula. No part of the programme is compulsory and schools have the freedom to choose the parts that best suit their situation.
Advantages of Cambridge Primary Syllabus
- A curriculum for children aged 6 – 11
- Excellent preparation for secondary education
- Focusses on English, Mathematics, Science skills, Physical Education, Art & Design, Music, Digital Media, Global Perspectives and Robotics.
- Tests show progression of your child’s ability through primary education
- Certificate of Achievement for each child at the end of Grade 6 in the primary school
- Developed by University of Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE)
Teachers work collaboratively within the classroom and learners are divided into smaller groups in Maths & English lessons so that every child has maximum exposure to the curriculum.