Secondary 1 Curriculum

Secondary 1 Curriculum, Y7-Y9 (11-14 years of age, KS3)

The Royal School in Transylvania’s Lower Secondary curriculum encompasses Years 7 to 9 and is, a combination of both the National Curriculum of England and Cambridge Secondary 1.  All students will study English as a First Language, Mathematics and Science alongside Art & Design, Computing, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Drama and PSHE.

Lower Secondary Assessment

Assessment at Lower Secondary (Years 7 to 9) remains similar to Primary – cumulative assessment is used to gain a ‘whole’ picture, across a range of skills in a wider range of subjects.  Scores gained in assessment are also used to form the basis of reports.  Where there are dips in performance, this is easily noticed and communicated to parents as soon as possible.  Strategies are then put in place for immediate improvement.

Lower Secondary Progression

At the end of each academic year all students will be tested using Cambridge Progression Tests in English, Mathematics and Science.  These tests are downloaded from CAIE, administered and marked internally.  The marks are then recorded on the CAIE Secondary 1 website and analysed externally.  The analysis results highlight areas of both strength and weakness and allow teachers, students and parents to both celebrate the success of the child and/or support where necessary.

Cambridge International Examinations – Secondary 1 Checkpoint

Towards the end of Year 9 all students will sit Secondary Checkpoint examinations in English, Mathematics and Science.  Checkpoint examinations are designed as a diagnostic tool for each individual student.  The examinations are sent from Cambridge International Examinations (CAIE); and all completed papers are returned to CAIE for marking and moderation.  Results from the tests are normally received within two months, post-sitting.  

Please note that these examinations will be paid for by individual families and are compulsory for all students in Year 9, at Royal School