Cambridge Lower Secondary

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Cambridge Lower Secondary

Cambridge Lower Secondary offers a curriculum framework for educational success typically for learners in the age group of 11-14 years. It is offered by nearly 2300 schools in over 130 countries worldwide. This program prepares students for the next step of their education, providing a clear path as they progress towards the IGCSE courses in Upper Secondary. Cambridge Lower Secondary provides a natural progression from primary education, helping to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for Upper Secondary programmes that lead to formal qualifications. The programme is flexible, allowing the curriculum to be tailored to the needs and culture of each school while remaining internationally relevant. It is suitable for students with English as a first or second language. While studying the core subjects, including English, Mathematics and Science, students find plenty of opportunities to develop creativity, expression and wellbeing in a variety of ways. As primary students move into Lower Secondary, the transition is marked with increased independence and demanding expectations from their learning that requires greater responsibility. This is the time the teaching and learning process shifts further from a teacher-led class to a more student-led approach. At CPS Global, the teachers take on the role of facilitators increasingly from here, who advance learning by helping students interact actively, building upon their existing knowledge and continuing to develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication skills.

Core Subjects


Cambridge Lower Secondary English encourages a life-long enthusiasm for reading, writing and spoken communication. Learners develop skills and understanding in four areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They will learn how to communicate effectively and respond to a range of information, media and texts to:

  • become confident communicators, able to apply all four skills effectively in everyday situations
  • see themselves as readers, engaging with a range of texts for information and for pleasure, including texts from different times and cultures
  • see themselves as writers, using the written word clearly and creatively for a range of different audiences and purposes.

English as a Second Language (ESL)*

English as a Second Language curriculum empowers even the youngest learners to communicate confidently and effectively. It helps them to develop the skills needed to respond to a range of information, media and texts. The programme promotes active learning, develops thinking skills and encourages intellectual engagement.

It develops learners’ curiosity about other languages and cultures, and how these shape our perceptions of the world. They will see themselves as successful language learners, be able to communicate effectively and become confident in and enjoy reading a range of texts as their skills develop. This subject is offered to students who are non native speakers of English.


Maths help learners to think analytically and have better reasoning abilities. The LowerSecondary mathematics curriculum encourages life-long enthusiasm for analytical and rational thinking.

Learners develop a holistic understanding of the subject, focussing on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships. They will become mathematically competent and fluent in computation, which they can apply to everyday situations.

‘Thinking and working mathematically’, a unique feature of this curriculum, encourages learners to talk with others, challenge ideas and to provide evidence that validates conjectures and solutions. When learners are thinking and working mathematically, they actively seek to make sense of ideas and build connections between different facts, procedures and concepts. This supports higher order thinking that helps them to view the world in a mathematical way.


Science curriculum helps learners develop a life-long curiosity about the natural world and enables them to seek scientific explanations to the phenomena around them.

Students will think scientifically and develop practical skills alongside knowledge and understanding, which is vital for explaining the world around us. Improving learners’ awareness of science in the world around them develops their sense that ‘science is for me’, helping to connect themselves to the subject.

This approach provides them with the knowledge and skills they require to excel at science in later stages of education and to make informed choices, including considering sustainability issues and meeting the challenges facing our environment.

It is here that science starts branching out into Physics/Chemistry and Biology and each branch is dealt by a subject expert laying proper foundations to what is to come later in IGCSE. Practical in Labs and simulations are often used to reinforce a concept.

Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives is all about becoming aware of the viewpoints of those around us – locally, nationally and globally. It is an important subject for students heading into a complicated world that gives them skills they need to succeed in life. This subject nudges the learners into the free thinking process allowing them to develop six key transferable skills such as research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication. Topics covered under this subject include biodiversity, climate change, health education, poverty, urbanisation, communication law and so on. Global Perspectives is made available to Lower Secondary students to develop and embed cross-curricular skills at an earlier age, supporting them in their studies as they progress to Cambridge Upper Secondary and beyond.

Information & Communication Technology

Information Technology (IT) is now part of the educational experience worldwide and regarded as a new ‘literacy’ alongside reading, writing and numeracy. IT classes in the Lower Secondary focus on getting acquainted with user-friendly tools from coding to programming using appropriate computer languages. The IT curriculum is an in-house curriculum drafted and designed keeping in mind the happenings around and the needs of the learners as they transit into Cambridge Upper Secondary.

Second Language

Achieving linguistic mastery intricately proves to create a remarkable impact on a student’s confidence, self-esteem, and presentation skills. At CPS Global School, we strongly advocate the importance of mastering a second language. French, Tamil and Hindi are offered as Second Languages from Grade 6 – 8 and the student has the freedom to choose one of these and study further. With this principle, our students focus on exploring the aspects of language by working on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a focused manner. Interesting learning environments driven by a range of simulative tools, real-world interactions and vocabulary games are created to drive students’ attention and interest in learning a new language. Through their learning, we strive to create open-minded individuals who can be globally connected, recognising and appreciating one’s own and other cultures prevailing around them.

Checkpoint Exams

Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint is a series of assessments designed to assess learners at the end Grade 8. It enables us to obtain an international benchmark of learner performance to identify and address learning needs. Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint tests for English, Mathematics and Science are completely assessed by Cambridge International.


Young learners of CPS Global experience a spread of co-curricular and extra curricular opportunities that nurture and celebrate individual character, help develop social skills to get along with others, whilst building self-esteem and self-reliance. Together young hearts and minds are moulded to be resilient, respect people from every walk of life, and choose to make a difference in the lives of others.

External Certifications

We are very much desirous about profile building of every child passing through the doors of CPS Global to acquire the right skills and knowledge they need to reach the futures that are right for them. Our partnerships with both National and International certifying/testing organisations train our students of varied age groups and award qualifications based on the acquired competencies at a pace that suits them. Take a quick glance now.


Cambridge English

Cambridge English Qualifications are in-depth exams that make learning English enjoyable, effective and rewarding. They motivate students of all ages and abilities to learn English and develop practical skills for the real world.

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U.S. College Board PSAT 8/9

The PSAT 8/9 is a test that Grade 8 and 9 students take during the regular school day. It’s the first test in the U.S. College Board SAT Suite of Assessments, which also includes the PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, and the SAT.
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