Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 Summary

The academic programme for Secondary students at the Cairo English School is as follows:

  • Year 7 and 8 - Key Stage 3, assessed using English National Curriculum Levels (ENC)
  • Year 9 and 10 - Key Stage 4, with the final assessment of IGCSE at the end of Year 10 in a minimum of 8 subjects.
  • Year 11 and 12 Students choose to follow either of the following two year courses: A Level (AS and A2); International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Year 7 - KS 3

Key Stage Three is a very important period in your child’s life. It marks the end of Primary education and the beginning of Secondary education. It marks the end of childhood and the beginning of young adulthood.

The curriculum at Key Stage Three aims to help your child negotiate these two enormous changes. Therefore, the curriculum has not just been written to provide your child with information, facts and answers, it has also been written to encourage your child to take control of their learning and become responsible for themselves.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum (lessons per week in brackets):

Language A1: Arabic (5) and English (5) as a First Language.

Language B: French (3), ESL (3), AFL, English as a Second Language.

Individuals and Society: History (2), Geography, ICT (2) and Religion (1).

Experimental Sciences: Science (5), Design Technology (2) and Physical Education (4).

Mathematics: Mathematics (5).

The Arts and Music: Art (2), Drama (2) and Music (2).

Other:

Age : 11 - 12

External Exams : ACER Bench Mark Testing

Year 8 - KS 3

Key Stage Three is a very important period in your child’s life. It marks the end of Primary education and the beginning of Secondary education. It marks the end of childhood and the beginning of young adulthood.

The curriculum at Key Stage Three aims to help your child negotiate these two enormous changes. Therefore, the curriculum has not just been written to provide your child with information, facts and answers, it has also been written to encourage your child to take control of their learning and become responsible for themselves.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum (lessons per week in brackets):

Language A1: Arabic (5) and English (5) as a First Language.

Language B: French (3), ESL (3), AFL, English as a Second Language.

Individuals and Society: History (2), Geography, ICT (2) and Religion (1).

Experimental Sciences: Science (5), Design Technology (2) and Physical Education (4).

Mathematics: Mathematics (5).

The Arts and Music: Art (2), Drama (2) and Music (2).

Other:

Age : 12 - 13

External Exams : ACER Bench Mark Testing

Year 9 - IGCSE Year 1 - KS 4

Key Stage Four is a very important period in your child’s life. It ends in the first big test of your child’s academic progress, IGCSEs. As such it is the first measureable step towards University and career. It is important your child arrives at the IGCSE exams ready for them and prepared to get the best results possible.

The curriculum at Key Stage Four aims to help your child to achieve that. However, the curriculum has not just been written to provide information, facts and answers, it has also been written to encourage your child to take control of their learning and become responsible for themselves. The curriculum is designed to give your child the skills and knowledge for a successful life beyond the IGCSE exams.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum :

Language A1: Arabic (4) and English (4) as a First Language.

Language B: French (3), ESL, AFL, English as a Second Language.

Individuals and Society: Business Studies (3), Economics, History (3), Geography, ICT (3) and Religion.

Experimental Sciences: Physics (4), Biology (4), Chemistry (4), Design Technology (3) and Physical Education (4).

Mathematics: Mathematics (4).

The Arts and Music: Drama (3) and Art (3).

Other:

Age : 13 - 14

External Exams : ACER Bench Mark Testing / Core IGCSE

Year 10 - IGCSE Year 2 - KS 4

Key Stage Four is a very important period in your child’s life. It ends in the first big test of your child’s academic progress, IGCSEs. As such it is the first measureable step towards University and career. It is important your child arrives at the IGCSE exams ready for them and prepared to get the best results possible.

The curriculum at Key Stage Four aims to help your child to achieve that. However, the curriculum has not just been written to provide information, facts and answers, it has also been written to encourage your child to take control of their learning and become responsible for themselves. The curriculum is designed to give your child the skills and knowledge for a successful life beyond the IGCSE exams.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum :

Language A1: Arabic (4) and English (4) as a First Language.

Language B: French (3), ESL, AFL, English as a Second Language.

Individuals and Society: Business Studies (3), Economics, History (3), Geography, ICT (3) and Religion.

Experimental Sciences: Physics (4), Biology (4), Chemistry (4), Design Technology (3) and Physical Education (4).

Mathematics: Mathematics (4).

The Arts and Music: Drama (3) and Art (3).

Other:

Age : 14 - 15

External Exams : ACER Bench Mark Testing / Extended IGCSE

Year 11 - IB Year 1 - KS 5

Key Stage Five is a very important period in your child's life. In this Key Stage children begin moving away from the structure and safety of Key Stage Four and begin developing the essential skills for university. In this Key Stage Five, the curriculum forces your children to take control of their learning and become independent students. Students can complete AS Levels or the International Baccaaurleate at Key Stage 5.

The curriculum at Key Stage Five aims to help your child negotiate this enormous change. Therefore, the curriculum has not just been written to provide your child with information, facts and answers, it has also been written to encourage your child to take control of their learning and become responsible for themselves.

From the beginning of this Key Stage we expect students to follow the IB Learner Profile.

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-Takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives - intellectual, physical, and emotional - to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

All these skills will be essential for any child wishing to follow the IB course or the AS level course.


Other:

Age : 15 - 16

Course : IB / AS Level

External Exams : AS Levels

Year 12 - IB Year 2 - KS 5

Key Stage Five is a very important period in your child's life. In this Key Stage children begin moving away from the structure and safety of Key Stage Four and begin developing the essential skills for university. In this Key Stage Five, the curriculum forces your children to take control of their learning and become independent students. Students can complete AS Levels or the International Baccaaurleate at Key Stage 5.

The curriculum at Key Stage Five aims to help your child negotiate this enormous change. Therefore, the curriculum has not just been written to provide your child with information, facts and answers, it has also been written to encourage your child to take control of their learning and become responsible for themselves.

From the beginning of this Key Stage we expect students to follow the IB Learner Profile.

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-Takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives - intellectual, physical, and emotional - to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

All these skills will be essential for any child wishing to follow the IB course or the AS level course.


Other:

Age : 15 - 16

Course : IB / AS Level

External Exams : AS Levels

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