“Cambridge Primary Checkpoint offers feedback on a learners’ strengths and weaknesses in the key curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science. Developed exclusively for existing customers of Cambridge Primary, the tests are marked by us and provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance. The first tests will be held in 2012.
The feedback gained from Cambridge Primary Checkpoint is an invaluable source of information for learners, parents and teachers. Learners and parents will have a transferable indication of academic progress and achievement. Schools will be able to make strategic decisions, drawing upon a pool of information and specialist reporting tools built into Cambridge Primary Checkpoint.”
For further information, visit the official website of Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP).
Royal Buckingham School Primary Curriculum
The Cambridge Primary Language Programme at Royal Buckingham School, Jakarta develops communication skills in written and spoken English with both fluency and understanding using relevant and authentic context based on a student’s prior experience and current understanding in the subject. The programme follows three developments:
* Written Communication (reading and writing)
* Visual Communication (viewing and presenting)
Mathematics in Royal Buckingham School, Jakarta is not just a set of facts to be memorised, but is a way of describing and analysing the world around us. It is a problem-solving tool, which gives students the opportunity to see themselves as ‘mathematicians’. Its global language helps make sense of the world and can be used as a way of thinking with many different strategies for problem-solving. Wherever possible, Mathematics is taught through relevant and realistic contexts. Because mathematics in Royal Buckingham School Jakarta, learning is a developmental process whereby phases not always linear nor age related, the curriculum is presented in developmental continues for each of the five strands of Mathematics data handling, measurement, shape and space, pattern and function, and number.
Through the exploration of science and technology at Royal Buckingham School Jakarta, students build their understanding about aspects of the natural world whilst developing an appreciation and awareness of the world from a scientific perspective. Reflection within the scientific context allows students to develop a sense of responsibility about their actions on themselves, others and their world.
Throughout the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum at Royal Buckingham School Jakarta, students will:
* Study and communicate important scientific ideas, processes, skills and methodology relating to everyday experiences
* Plan, design, construct and carry out simple experiments
* Observe physical evidence and appreciate subtle differences
* Observe communicate and explore ideas and record their observations and hypotheses
* Gain positive values and attitudes towards science and technology
These understandings and skills are developed in the context of four main strands: living things, earth and space, materials and matter and forces and energy.
Social studies at Royal Buckingham School, Jakarta guides students towards a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and of their place in an increasingly global society. It provides opportunities for students to look at and think about human behaviour and activity realistically, objectively, and with sensitivity. It is essentially about people: how they think, feel and act; how they interact with others; their beliefs, aspirations and pleasures; the problems they have to face; how and where they live (or lived); how they interact with their environment; the work they do; and how they organize themselves.
The study follows five main strands:
* Human systems and economic activities
* Social organization and culture
* Continuity and change through time
* Human and natural environments
* Resources and the environment
These strands are similar to the traditional subjects of History, Geography and Society, but provide more scope for students to develop a broader range of research skills and conceptual understandings including an awareness of humankind’s role in, and dependence on, the natural and constructed world, and how to apply this knowledge in responsible ways.
The Mother Tongue Programme helps students maintain and develop their home language literacy and culture. This is a unique feature of Royal Buckingham School, Jakarta and we take pride in being a leading school in implementing a range of Mother Tongue languages. Current mother tongue languages include: Hindi, Chinese, Gujrati, Russian and Spanish, although other languages may be added or dropped depending on need. Mother Tongue languages are usually taught in two groups – Lower Primary (Grades 1 & 2), Middle Primary (Grades 3 & 4) and Upper Primary (Grades 5 through 6) with each group receiving four lessons per week.
Visual Art, Music & PE
The creative process is a driving force in inquiry-based learning. In the Primary Arts Programme, the creative disciplines of Visual Arts, Music and Drama are closely connected with each other and linked to other curriculum area based on the International Primary Curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to draw on a wide range of stimuli, the creative works of professional artists, contemporary and historical literature, music, artwork, dance and stories.
Through Visual Art, students communicate beyond spoken language and begin to construct an understanding of their community, their environment, their own feelings and emotions, and to develop their cultural awareness. The expectations of the Visual Arts Programme are arranged into four strands: creative processes, elements of art and design, reflection and appreciation and visual arts in society.
Drama is a powerful teaching tool, allowing students to examine ideas from different viewpoints and to explore the concepts from different curriculum areas. The Drama scope and sequence identifies six strands: creative exploration and expression, technical incorporation, performance, personal and social development, reflection, evaluation and appreciation and drama in society.
Students from Grade 1 to Grade 5 at Royal Buckingham School, Jakarta have lessons in the Music room with a Music specialist teacher. In addition to music classes, students may participate in singing or string groups, music workshops and master classes and may take private instrumental lessons including drums, flute, guitar, piano and keyboard. Cello, voice classes and other instruments are available according to demand. All students have the opportunity to perform during the music recital evening, assemblies and other occasions.
Supported by Information and Communication and Technology teachers, technology is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. All classes have Smart Boards with digital overhead projectors. Laptops are available for Grade 1 – 7. Grades 1 to 7 also has 2 IMAC (Apple) computers in their classroom. Video and digital cameras are available as needed. There are also computers in the school common area.
The library is a vibrant place where students enjoy visiting. It is stocked and the collection is constantly expanded. Students in the lower grades have weekly scheduled library lessons with their teachers for stories, library skill lessons, and book check out times. Upper grade students can check books out as time allows and teachers schedule lessons on a variety of library and research topics to support various aspects of the curriculum.
The International Primary Curriculum Learning Goals
The clearest learning goals you’ll find, helping children be aware of the real purpose of every lesson and every activity. Rigorously organized around the three key kinds of learning-knowledge, skills, understanding-you’ll have access to learning goals for every curriculum subject, personal development and, uniquely, international mindedness.
Units of Work
The units of work are where learning happens. More than 70 different and exciting thematic unit of work have been developed for children aged 6-7 [Milepost1], 8-9 [Milepost 2] and 10-12 [Milepost3] with more in the pipeline. Each unit of work provides teachers with everything they need to plan exciting learning experiences for thier children and help children achieve great learning, Included are units such as:
Milepost 1: The Stories People Tell, I’m Alive, The World of Our Senses
Milepost 2: Chocolate, They Made a Difference, Treasure, Survival
Milepost 3: What Price Progress? What Does Our World Look Like? The Global Swap-Shop
The International Primary Curriculum transforms brain research theory into classroom practice, giving teachers, children and schools the most up-to-date learning activities and approaches. Our work with teachers around the world has helped us sort
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