The Cambridge Primary English curriculum is presented in five content areas. The framework promotes an enquiry-based approach to learning to develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement.
- Phonics, spelling and vocabulary.
- Grammar and punctuation are about use of English. Grammar and punctuation is further divided into Reading and Writing to reflect the different ways in which grammar and punctuation are applied in each of these skills.
- Speaking and Listening.
This curriculum aims to enable learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop critical skills in order to respond to a range of information, media and texts with enjoyment and understanding. Learners who follow the framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding. The Cambridge Primary English curriculum framework provides a solid foundation on which the later stages of education can be built.
The English curriculum provides a comprehensive set of progressive learning objectives from Kindergarten 2 to Grade 5. The objectives detail what the learner should know or what they should be able to do in each grade level of Elementary education. The learning objectives provide a structure for teaching and learning and a reference against which learners’ ability and understanding can be checked. The learning objectives are distributed to all parents at the beginning of the year.
From Grades Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5 there are formal Indonesian lessons each week. Students are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing in support of the curriculum as a language tool. In Grades 1-5 students are encouraged to choose at least one Indonesian reader or novel each week, at a level appropriate for their age and proficiency. Indonesian history and culture is being taught during Indonesian lessons.
At each grade level, students are grouped according to their proficiency level in Chinese language. There are two to four levels of Chinese at each grade level from Grades 1 – 5: Beginner (phase 1/2), Intermediate (Phase 3/4), Advanced (Phase 5/6) and/or Native. There are six language lessons each week. The content at each level varies accordingly and aims to develop language competency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.