Why Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint?

Cambridge Secondary 1 combines a world-class curriculum with high-quality support for teachers and integrated assessment. The curriculum is dedicated to helping schools develop learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. Cambridge Secondary 1 develops skills and understanding in English (including English as a second language), Mathematics and Science for learners typically aged 11–14.

Curriculum Framework

Cambridge Secondary 1 English

For Cambridge Secondary 1 English, the curriculum promotes an enquiry-based approach to learning to develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement. The curriculum is presented in five content areas or ‘strands’. These are further divided into ‘substrands’. The five strands and substrands are:

Phonics, spelling and vocabulary

Grammar and punctuation

  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Fiction and poetry
  • Non-fiction


  • Fiction and poetry
  • Nonfiction

Speaking and listening

Cambridge Secondary 1 Mathematics

For Cambridge Secondary 1 Mathematics, the curriculum is presented in six content areas or ‘strands’. These are further divided into ‘substrands’. The six strands and substrands are:


Integers, powers and roots
Place value, ordering and rounding
Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion


Expressions, equations and formulae
Sequences, functions and graphs


  • Shapes and geometric reasoning
  • Position and movement


  • Length, mass and capacity
  • Times and rates of change
  • Area, perimeter and volume

Handling data

  • Planning and collecting data
  • Processing and presenting data
  • Interpreting and discussing results
  • Probability

Problem solving

  • Using techniques and skills in solving mathematical problems
  • Using understanding and strategies in solving problems.

The first five content areas are all underpinned by Problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also a key part of the Number content. Together, these two areas form a progressive step preparing students for entry onto IGCSE level courses. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 Mathematics curriculum framework provides a solid foundation on which the later stages of education can be built.

Cambridge Secondary 1 Science

For Cambridge Secondary 1 Science, the curriculum is presented in four content areas or ‘strands’. These are further divided into ‘substrands’. The four strands and substrands are:

Scientific enquiry

  • Ideas and evidence
  • Plan investigative work
  • Obtain and present evidence
  • Consider evidence and approach


  • Plants
  • Humans as organisms
  • Cells and organisms
  • Living things in their environment
  • Variation and classification


  • States of matter
  • Material properties
  • Material changes
  • The Earth


  • Forces and motion
  • Energy
  • The Earth and beyond

The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing con dence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated. The Cambridge Secondary 1 Science curriculum framework provides a solid foundation for further stages of education such as Cambridge IGCSE.


Age: 11 to 13
Equivalent Grade: 7/8/9
Start date: January
Recommended Course length: 1-3 years
Hours per week: 30+


For the 2018 academic year