Course Options

Course Options

At The Cambridge High School, the curriculum, organized on the basis of "7 stages", is detailed, planned and integrated covering a child's whole school experience, from the age of 3 to 18.

Key Stages

Age

Year Groups

Performance Levels

Foundation Stage

3-5

FS-2 & 1

 

Lower Primary

5-7

2-3

1-3

Upper Primary

8-11

4-6

2-5

Key Stage 3- Secondary

12-14

7-9

3-8

Key Stage 4

15-16

10-11

IGCSE defined

Advanced Subsidiary (AS)

Sixth Form

17

12

AS level defined

Advanced (A) -

Sixth Form

18

13

A level defined

 

In accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Education, UAE, the following subjects are integrated in the Curriculum.

Arabic Language

Arabic is compulsory for all non-Arab students from Kindergarten through to Year 9.

For Arab students it is compulsory through to Year 12.

Two levels of Arabic are offered at each Year level: 1st Language Arabic and 2nd Language Arabic.

Islamic Studies / Personal & Social Education

Islamic Studies is compulsory for all Muslim students through to Year 12. Islamic Studies is available in Arabic for Arab Muslims and in English is for non Arab Muslims. For non-Muslim students through

to Year 9, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is compulsory.

 

For each subject and for each Academic Stage, very detailed programmes of study set out what students should be taught and attainment targets set out the expected standards of students' performance.

Acknowledged for its high academic standards and its well-rounded approach to education, the curriculum provides students with transferability and the opportunity to gain access to reputable universities, worldwide. Students from The Cambridge High School have been accepted to prestigious universities around the world.

Departments and Subjects

The Foundation Stage for Kindergarten children aged 3 to 5 is child-centred and oriented towards practical applications, social development and acquiring the skills, knowledge and understanding required to interact in a changing world. Encouragement and support are provided for children to achieve their full potential in a caring and stimulating environment in which the learning process is positive and meaningful.

Learning through structured play and regular educational visits are an integral part of the Foundation Stage. Arabic as prescribed by the Ministry of Education is also taught.

Classes are well served by individual class libraries, a well-resourced school library, computer laboratories, a music studio and a dedicated Kindergarten play area.

Parents and staff work collaboratively to ensure that academic and social skills are easily transferable. 'Open Days' are organized to provide parents with opportunities to meet and discuss their children with teachers.

Core Subjects

Foundation Subjects

English [Reading and Writing]

Art

Mathematics

Music

Science

Physical Education

Social Studies

Information and Communication Technology

 

The Junior School

The Junior School programme follows Foundation stage, Lower primary and Upper primary using the programmes of study of The National Curriculum for England. Teachers work to the designated Performance Levels and Attainment Targets.

Lower Primary continues to build on the foundations laid in the Kindergarten. The learning process is child-centered, enabling pupils to think for themselves, encouraging initiative, innovation and participation.  Progress is monitored carefully through regular assessments. 

Subjects in Lower Primary and Upper Primary [Years 2 to 6]

Core Subjects

Foundation Subjects

English

Art

Mathematics

Music

Science

Physical Education

History

Arabic

Geography

Personal and Social Education

Information and Communication Technology

Islamic Studies (for Muslim students only)

 

 

The House System followed in the school enables students to participate in a variety of competitive activities from Year 1 to Year 6 thereby enhancing the leadership skills and team spirit in the students. A wide range of educational visits is offered to encourage learning outside the school boundaries.

In Years 4, 5 and 6, after school extra-curricular programmes are provided for children to participate in a wide range of activities such as drama, choir, computers, art and craft, cooking and various sports. A number of school clubs provides students with additional opportunities to acquire leadership skills, enhance their natural abilities and develop skills in new interest areas.

The Junior School programme is backed by a well-resourced school library, computer laboratories, a music studio, a multi-purpose auditorium, English support resources, art studios, an audio-visual room, and well equipped sports facilities.

The Senior School

The Secondary lays the foundations for IGCSE options in Year 10. Assessment is continuous and aims for targets established in The National Curriculum for England. In Year 9 students sit the ‘Check Point’ examinations as an internal monitoring exercise to ensure that our students match the best levels of U.K. schools.

Subjects in Key Stage 3 [Years 7 to 9]

Core Subjects

Foundation Subjects

English Language

Art and Design

English Literature

Physical Education

Mathematics

Business studies [an introductory course in Year 9]

History

Arabic

Geography

Islamic Studies (for Muslim students only)

Science

Personal and Social Education

Computer science

 

French

 

 

Key stage 4 [Years 10 and 11]

In Key Stage 4, the IGCSE curriculum is introduced and students are required to select 8 subjects from the following options:

  • English [compulsory]
  • Mathematics [compulsory]
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Computer Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Arabic
  • Accounting
  • Travel and Tourism

 Sixth Form [Year 12 and 13]

Students in Year 12 and 13 appear for AS and A Level GCE. A wide range of subjects are available to prepare students for career opportunities and onward higher education. Subjects options for Year 12 and 13 include:

  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Computer Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • History 
  • Accounting
  • Travel and Tourism