The British National Curriculum, as delivered in the UK, offers an introductory programme for Early Years students (i.e. aged 3 – 5 years) and subsequently clearly defined subject specifications in Primary(students aged 5 – 11 inclusive) for English (Literacy), Mathematics (Numeracy), Science, Humanities, Expressive Arts(Art, Music, Drama) and Physical Education, Starting from Middle School Section for Year 7-9 students, i.e. 11 to 14 year olds, The British National Curriculum has more defined subject specifications for English(and Literature), Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Expressive Arts(Art, Music, Drama), Design and technology and Physical Education.
Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception, Age 3-5)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.
Areas of learning
The pupils will mostly be taught through games and play.
The areas of learning are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
The student’s progress will be reviewed when they’re between 2 and 3.
Their class teacher will assess them at the end of the school year when they turn 5.
The assessment is based on classroom observation – the pupil won’t be tested.
Key stage 1 and 2((KS1-2, Year 1-6, Age 5-11)
Compulsory British National Curriculum subjects at primary school are:
English, maths,science,design and technology,history,geography,art and design, music, physical education (PE), including swimming, and computing
Schools often also teach:
personal, social，health and economics education (PSHE) and citizenship
Tests and assessments
Year 1 phonics screening check
There is an assessment in Phonics at the end of Year 1 (i.e. for 6 year olds) and standardized testing at aged 7 (end of Year 2) at Key Stage 1 in English and Mathematics, these subjects also being tested and assessed along with Science at the end of Year 6 (i.e. for 11 year olds.) at Key Stage 2.
The assessment in Phonics will take place in June when the pupil will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how the pupil did, and our teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If the pupil doesn’t do well enough in the check they’ll have to do it again in Year 2.
Key Stage 1(KS1)
Key stage 1 tests cover:
English reading, English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and maths
The pupil will take the tests in June.
Key Stage 2(KS2))
The pupil will take tests in June when they reach the end of key stage. These test the pupil’s skills in:
English readingو English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and maths
The tests last less than 4 hours.
The school will send parents the results of the pupil’s tests and teacher assessments.
Key Stage 3(KS3, Year 7-9, Age 11-14)
Compulsory national curriculum subjects are:
English, maths, science, history, geography, design, technology, art, design, music, physical education, citizenship, and computing
Key Stage 4(KS4, Year 10-11, Age 14-16), IGCSE
During key stage 4 most pupils work towards national qualifications - usually IGCSEs.
The compulsory national curriculum subjects are the ‘core’ and ‘foundation’ subjects.
Core subjects are:
English, maths, and science
Foundation subjects are:
computing, physical education, and citizenship
Schools must also offer at least one subject from each of these areas:
arts, design and technology, humanities, and modern foreign languages
A modern language is added to the subjects along with Citizenship and at aged 14 (end of Year 9) students continue studying English (Literature and Language), Mathematics, Science but are allowed to choose subjects for their IGCSE examinations. Some new courses may be added at this juncture e.g. Business Studies, Human Biology, Economics, Sports Science etc. These are studied over two years from aged 14 to 16 and the subject choices for each student are discussed with students, their parents and teaching staff.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an English language curriculum offered to students to prepare them for International Baccalaureate and A Level .Students begin learning the syllabus at the beginning of Year 10 and take the test at the end of Year 11.
Cambridge IGCSE provides a broad and flexible study program and covers subjects from a variety of areas: Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Creative, Technical and Vocational. Most IGCSE subjects offer a choice of tiered examinations: Core or Extended papers (in Cambridge), and Foundation or Higher papers (in Edexcel). This is designed to make IGCSE suitable for students with varying levels of ability. Cambridge IGCSEs are studied in more than 70 subjects by students in over 120 countries and regions worldwide.
Key Stage 5 (KS5) A-Levels, AS-Levels
Post Year 11 students [i.e. 16 – 18 year olds] will study Advanced Supplementary (AS) and Advanced Level (A levels) examinations in preparation for University Entrance. There will be a choice of subjects and the individual programmes of the students will again be discussed with the students, their parents and the teaching staff. The Cambridge Board Examinations are internationally recognized and accepted as a gold standard for entry to universities world-wide.
IDEA LAB(STEAM), A 21st Century Approach to Learning
STEAM at CGA
As a STEAM School, students are introduced to various STEAM learning methods and activities. The focus is hands-on, stimulating, inquiry-based learning with students engaged in exploration, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students learn to work collaboratively and while embracing diversity. Design thinking process inspires core instruction and classrooms are alive with students engaged in speaking and listening, reading, writing, computing, designing, and experimenting.
How is CGA STEAM moving Ahead?
The new IDEA LAB at CGA provides the space and resources to engage in STEAM learning. Resources include construction equipment, circuits, robotics, coding platforms, LEGO, scientific equipment and art materials. Children learn through inquisitive hands-on-activities utilizing science, math, critical-thinking skills and a great deal of imagination!
What is STEAM?
STEAM is the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths.
STEAM is an integrated educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
The results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process about real-world problems.
• Innovative. Inspiring interdisciplinary thinking through STEAM. The approach to learning STEAM is an interdisciplinary method aimed at helping students develop vital transferrable skills and learning across subjects.
• Integrated. STEAM blends seamlessly with CGA mission. The value of STEAM in education is to help the students to develop academic, social and personal success. Through practical, hands-on problem solving, our students will develop transferrable skills such as creativity, curiosity, resilience, resourcefulness, collaboration and confidence to help prepare students for the real world.
• Future Focused. STEAM prepares students to work in a field that is poised for growth. Georgetown University conducted a study on job growth and education requirements across the workforce through the year 2020. The study found that almost 5 million jobs will go unfilled because of skills gaps, particularly in the growing fields of healthcare and STEAM.
CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
CGA adds Mandarin as a subject into the curriculum for all students throughout the school from Nursery all the way through to graduation and helps students attain a strong command of the Chinese language.
CGA strives to unite the best elements of Eastern and Western traditions and practices. Learning Chinese language and culture in CGA helps to open doors for our students to learn about the Eastern world, fusing cross-cultural thinking and open-mindedness.
Students learn to read, write and speak fluently in Mandarin/Putonghua through curricula tailored for both native and non-native speakers.
Chinese as a Second Language
Chinese as a Second Language not only inspires students' interest in learning Chinese, but also allows them to be exposed to and understand Chinese traditional and modern cultures. This programme focuses on training students' ability to understand preliminary Chinese, for example conversation with others in Chinese, recognising Chinese characters (including pronunciation, strokes, explanation, and usage), mastery of verbal vocabulary, and reading Chinese articles and books at a general level.
Chinese Cultural Studies
Mandarin teachers are also expected to enhance the language programme by implementing aspects of Chinese culture into their lessons.
In addition to building students' basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, students are also taught to have awareness and understanding of Chinese culture.
The learning topics integrate subjects from history and geography to visual art, performing arts and music.
CGA organizes regular cultural field trips, traditional festival celebrations and events, and Chinese culture workshops for the students throughout the school year.
Chinese Calligraphy or shufa, is not only the art of writing Chinese characters, but it is also one of the highest and unique forms of Chinese art. It serves the purpose of conveying thoughts while also highlighting the abstract beauty of characters.
At CGA, students will be taught proper brush techniques, correct strokes, stroke order, character structure, balance, and rhythm, which are all essential in Chinese calligraphy.
Chinese Painting is an art form where CGA students will learn proper brush techniques to paint Chinese nature themes using either black ink or water colours.
Outdoor Cultural Trips
At CGA we believe in the value of experience as a teacher. For these reasons, each year we are able to expose students to experiences, places, and activities that they may not normally have otherwise. Through these are educational trips, students will come to better appreciate China’s culture and history.
Traditional Festival Celebrations
At CGA we organize traditional festival celebrations, Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival Mid-Autumn Festival etc., for the students throughout the school year.
Chinese Martial Arts
Martial Arts masters are invited to teach basic martial arts (Kung Fu) techniques to improve strength, flexibility, and stamina. Students will also have an opportunity to experience the Lion Dance.