Check Point

Checkpoint - Key Stage Three (KS 3) Years 7-9

The Cambridge Curriculum is founded on the values of the University of Cambridge and best practice in schools. Cambridge Checkpoint  provides a seamless progression from Cambridge Primary to develop learners' skills and confidence in English, Mathematics and Science. It offers a curriculum framework for educational success for learners, typically 11-14 years old.

Cambridge Checkpoint incorporates internationally benchmarked tests. Tests for Cambridge Checkpoint are standardized, set and marked by CIE, so provide an international benchmark of student achievement enabling teachers to advise learners and parents of the suitability of different progression routes.

Checkpoint is not a formal qualification with a certificate, although a Statement of Achievement is produced. It is a way in which CIE can help pupils make the most of their educational opportunities. They are targeting students who are planning to pursue the I.G.C.S.E. system. The checkpoint curriculum is taught over two years, year 7 & year 8. The School timetable for both year 7 & year 8 pupils include French, I.T, Art, Music , Ethics as well as Physical Education lessons together with the three core subjects. Pupils are also required to study the Ministry of Education curriculum, and pass the Ministry exams, for Arabic Language, Religion and Social Studies.

Pupils are required to attend their classes on regular basis during the academic year. They are assessed by their teachers through tests and weekly quizzes throughout the academic year. A report is sent to the parents every trimester, containing the grades of the exams as well as any comment from the teachers concerning either the academic performance or the behaviour of the pupils.

As for the end of year assessments, at the end of years 7 and 8, pupils have to pass School internal assessments in all the subjects they are studying. In year 8, checkpoint assessments are provided by University of Cambridge International Examinations for the three core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science).

Checkpoint subjects:

English:

This English curriculum framework provides a comprehensive set of progressive learning objectives for English. The objectives detail what the learner should know or what they should be able to do in English in each year of lower secondary education. They provide a structure for teaching and learning and a reference against which learners' ability and understanding can be checked.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 English curriculum promotes an enquiry based approach to learning to develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement. The curriculum is presented in five content areas. Phonics, spelling and vocabulary and Grammar and punctuation relate to 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. Reading, Writing, and Speaking and listening are about developing thinking skills and encouraging intellectual engagement. The learning objectives span knowledge and understanding and other qualities. This curriculum encourages learners who are confident, creative and intellectually engaged, capable of applying their skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with enjoyment and understanding. Learners who follow this 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 Secondary 1 English curriculum framework continues the journey from the primary English framework and provides a solid foundation upon which the later stages of education can be built.

We create a distinguished environment for our pupils where they excel in language usage ; listening , speaking , reading and literature which are handled on weekly basis. Our target is to pave the way for experts to grow.

Mathematics:

This Math curriculum framework details what the learner should know or what they should be able to do in each year of lower secondary education. The learning objectives provide a structure for teaching and learning and a reference against which learners' ability and understanding can be checked.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 mathematics curriculum is presented in six content areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measure, Handling data and Problem solving. 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 pupils 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 continues the journey from the Cambridge Primary Mathematics framework and provides a solid foundation upon which the later stages of education can be built.

 Science:

The Science curriculum is presented in four content areas: Scientific enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data. The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated. The Cambridge Secondary 1 Science curriculum framework continues the journey from the Cambridge Primary Science framework and provides a solid foundation upon which the later stages of education can be built.

Arabic & Religious studies 

The school is committed to teach three compulsory subjects Arabic language, Religious Studies and Social Studies which follow the curriculum prescribed by the ministry of education.

  • Arabic: 4 lessons per week.
  • Religious Studies: 1 lesson per week.
  • Social studies: 2 lessons per week.

The school also provides a weekly lesson of ethics to keep the pupils  linked to their local culture.

 Foreign Language 

Pupils  are taught French as a third language starting from FS2. Pupils  will receive 3 lessons per week.

 Other subjects: 

Pupils  are also given 2 sessions per week of the following:

  • Computer
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education ( PE )

Checkpoint tests have two papers for each subject. In the case of Science, the two papers are equal in terms of demand on pupils  . In English, paper 1 contains lower level questions than paper 2. In Mathematics, papers are divided into calculator and non-calculator.

Pupils receive a statement of achievement from the School after years 7 and 8 and another one from Cambridge if they take the checkpoint tests in year 8. Cambridge also issues a report for every candidate at the end of year 8.

Assessment:

Assessment is part of learning, developing and good planning. Assessment enables both teachers and parents to:

  • Track the progress of their pupils  
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses within individuals and class groups
  • Develop future teaching and support and\or remedy programmes using information from test results
  • Use test results to report to parents

Pupils  are evaluated according to their performance during the whole year. The assessment is built not only on academic level but also on conduct and attendance.

A system has been developed to provide a benchmark for different levels of pupil attainment and degrees of effort.

Should a pupil or parent wish to see or review a teacher's grading policy, a meeting is scheduled with the teacher through the stage coordinator

Letter Grade Grade
E Excellent
VG Very Good
G Good
S Satisfactory
P Poor
U Unsatisfactory

Year 9

In June 2007, the Ministry of Education gave approval for the adoption and use in Egypt of a year  9 Transition Scheme (also called Pre-IGCSE) which is an optional study and assessment scheme, available at year 9, equivalent to the final year (Eadadeya) of the Preparatory Stage of the Egyptian National System.

Year 9 exams are offered by Cambridge International Examinations under the administration of the British Council in Cairo. They cover English as a Second Language, Mathematics and the three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at the 'Core' level. The Academic levels of the subjects are equivalent to the Egyptian national system. However, the way the contents of the subjects are delivered and the style of the exams differs. Pupils are also required to study the Ministry of Education curriculum, and pass the Ministry exams, for Arabic Language, Religion and Social Studies.

In order to be promoted to year 10, pupils should pass in the five I.G.C.S.E. Core subjects they study {English as a Second Language, Mathematics and the three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at the 'Core' level}.

Understanding results:

The results of the tests provide teachers with item-level information about pupil performance. The data can be analyzed to determine where there are particular strengths and weaknesses in individuals or groups of pupils.

Assessment information will be shared formally with parents and sufficient feedback will be given in reports and during parent consultation meetings, so that parents / guardians can have a clear understanding of their child's progress and so that the children are acknowledged for their effort. However, teachers can share the children's progress, informally with parents in children's organizers, or during an appointment.

Student will be awarded a statement of achievement at the end of the primary stage (year 6)

Key to successful learning 

One of the keys to successful learning is the aligned curriculum ;this means that learning outcomes are clear, learning experiences are designed to assist student achievement of those outcomes, and carefully designed assessment tasks allow students to demonstrate achievement of those outcomes.

Grading

Parents of pupils in Green Heights International School can check on their kids grades online by using Engrade, a new web-based program the school offers .Engrade is our online grading system that allows teachers to post graded assignments and display that information for parents and pupils. It is particularly effective for establishing daily grade communication between pupils, parents, and teachers. Parents and pupils should constantly check the grades.

"Engrade is one important tool that Green Heights International Schools is making available to parents as a means to stay involved in their child's education. We encourage parents to log in to Engrade and take advantage of the many features available,"

Marking Scale

The following table represents the marking scale of the Checkpoint Stage:

Assessment Percentage
Behaviour 10%
Homework 15%
Participation 10%
Quizzes 15%
Exam 50%
Total 100%

When a pupil doesn't meet the promotion standards for his or her stage in any of the school subjects, he / she has to attend a summer school.

Parent Conferences: (PTA)

Parent/Teacher Assembly (PTA) are held at the end of every trimester. Prior to these scheduled conferences, academically low achieving students receive a follow up report, notifying parents about the areas of concern. During these conferences, teachers report student achievement in each subject area highlighting areas of strength as well as areas in need of improvement.

Learning Support

GHIS provide regular support using the school's website, worksheets, and revision papers. Homework clubs will also provide extra support in English, Math and Science …

 

We help all pupils to  reach our target level 

We follow these steps:

  1. Identify weaknesses 
  2. Identify strengths of pupil 
  3. change the learning style for our pupils e.g. Kinesthetic, Auditory or Visual. 
  4. Provide him/her activities according to weaknesses and strength with special consideration of learning style. 
  5. Keep track of his/her progress.
  6. Join remedial classes if he/ she score below 50% in quiz or exam.

We create future leaders …..

Assemblies 

The annual school assembly is one of the most important aspects in our school's curriculum. First, it provides us a good opportunity to meet together. It is a symbol of unity of our school. But most important of all is that it helps in developing our pupils' confidence in speaking English in front of a lot of people. Moreover it contributes in building our pupils' social character and helps them to explore their abilities and talents .

Math and Science Fair

GHIS a school that embraces your child's curious nature. Our mission is to empower young minds to understand and improve the world.

GHIS is geared to active learners with a passion for the sciences and mathematics. We provide pupils an inspiring environment to grow, thrive, and explore.

We encourage independent thinking by nurturing the inventive, quirky, and fearless spirits of its pupils. Our vision is influenced by prestigious high-achieving programs such as our annual Science and Math Fair. We grow critical thinking skills by engaging pupils with hands-on, project-based learning.

Spelling Bee

"A competition makes one strive to do better. It trains to seek out challenges and to endure setbacks."

Debate is one of the best tools that GHIS depends on , to develop oratory and speaking skills in our pupils which gives self-confidence to express themselves effectively and boldly to impress and convince the listeners.  Spelling competitions help the pupils to enhance their vocabulary with correct pronunciations whereas quiz gives an opportunity to boost general knowledge, understanding and presence of mind. All these competitions would certainly develop the critical thinking and creative skills which will make them to take appropriate decisions to do the progress in life.

Reading and Writing Festival

As part of our ongoing work to support English learning , we are pleased to be able to run exciting campaigns and competitions every term. The purpose of which are to inspire children to get involved in activities to improve their literacy. Reading and Writing competitions are held throughout the academic year to help our pupils flourish. There is no such thing as a child who hates reading. There are just children who love reading, and children who are reading the wrong books. Our mission is built on helping children learn to read and love to read. We believe that independent reading is a critical part of children's learning and growth. With support from teachers, parents, and schools, children choose the books they want to read ,and discover the pleasure and power of reading. Finding the right book at the right time can light an emotional spark within children that motivates them to read more, understand more, and read joyfully.

Successful Pupils are  those who:

  • Stay organized (desk, binder, backpack)
  • Take notes in all subjects
  • Have conversations with teachers
  • Set goals (short and long term)
  • Take pride in their work
  • Ask questions when they don't understand
  • Take responsibility for their actions and learning
  • Can work on their own
  • Can work in groups
  • Study with others
  • Can make good choices
  • Use class time wisely
  • Participate in school activities