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SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The Bloomington Academy follows the curriculum provided by Cambridge International Examinations as the basis for our English, Mathematics and Science lessons throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Primary (Y1 – 6) and Secondary (Y7 – 8) schools.
Year 9 – 11 study towards the Cambridge IGCSE exams and Y12 & 13 work through the AS and A level Cambridge qualifications.
The Bloomington Academy follows the English National Curriculum as a base for all lessons (except Arabic, French and Urdu languages)

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS offers flexible and quality education to help meet statutory requirements, delivered by specialist sector experts and based on:
specialist knowledge and understanding of all aspects of early years and childcare
a thorough understanding of provision in EYFS
The prime areas of learning in EYFS is based on Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, social and emotional development, Literacy Numeracy, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design. Throughout the year teachers and practitioners will observe the development of children and track their progress in the age/stage bands, in order to understand the needs of individuals. Progress can be shown on the individual tracker. Outcomes must be shared with parents, together with a short commentary on each child's skills and abilities in relation to the three key characteristics of effective learning.

The Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP)

The Cambridge International Primary Programme gives schools all over the world the framework to develop Mathematics, English and Science skills and Knowledge in young children.
The Primary Programme provides guidance for curriculum development and classroom teaching and learning and it allows teachers to assess children’s learning as they progress. The CIPP consists of a number of components that fit together to provide schools with tools they can use to help their students acquire knowledge and skills.

The CIPP comprises:
The Cambridge Primary Curriculum Framework – to help teachers develop high quality programmes for teaching young children English, Mathematics and Science.
The Cambridge Primary Progression Tests – available for the last 4 years of primary education and designed to allow teachers and parents to follow the progress of their students over time and analyse performance within their classes and against an international external benchmark.
The Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Exams – to be taken by students at the end of their final year of primary education. CIE will moderate these tests and issue students with Certificates of Achievement.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme

The Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme is a framework for increasing educational success for students in Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3). This programme builds on the primary stage, and develops student’s knowledge and skills in Mathematics, English and Science. The Lower Secondary Programme also provides us with a means of tracking student progress through the lower Secondary phase, with an integrated package of teaching, learning and assessment materials.

At the end of Years 7 and 8 students take the Progression Tests in Mathematics, English and Science. These are designed to allow teachers and parents to follow the progress of their students over time and analyse performance within their classes and against an external benchmark. These Progression Tests lead on from the CIPP tests for Years 3, 4, 5, and 6.

At the end of Lower Secondary (Year 9), students sit Cambridge Checkpoint tests, which provide detailed feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses before they move into the Key Stage 4, IGCSE. It also provides a fair assessment of how well an individual student will do in the IGCSE examinations for the stated subjects.

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

The Secondary school curriculum at TBAC is anchored by the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), an external examination programme designed for 14 to 16 year olds (Years 10 & 11) and based upon the National Curriculum of England.

The IGCSE at TBAC provides a broad programme of study in areas such as languages, social studies, science, mathematics and vocational subjects. In each subject there is a balance between practical and theoretical knowledge but the emphasis in almost all subjects is skills related to that subject. The curriculum is designed so that students can use examples related to their own experiences and residence. The nature of the programme is such that students of different abilities can follow it. Further it is designed for students whose first language may not be English.

Students appear for examinations at the end of the IGCSE course, usually in year 11. These examinations are marked by experienced external examiners appointed by CIE.

IGCSE is recognised internationally and it is evidence of ability to academics and employers throughout the world. The programme prepares students for further academic courses which would be followed in years 12 and 13 at school. CIE is a division of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate this in turn is part of the University of Cambridge. UCLES has developed and promoted qualifications at a variety of levels for at least 150 years.

AS and A Level Qualifications

Cambridge International A Level is the world’s most popular international examination for 17 & 18 year olds. As one of the most recognised qualifications around the world, it is accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide. Cambridge International A Levels typically takes two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives students the freedom to select subjects that are right for them. There are five passing grades (A–E).

Minimum matriculation requirements are at least two pass grades. Good A Level grades can be a key to admission for the entire world’s major Anglophone universities. University course credit and advanced standing is often available in countries such as the USA and Canada, and good grades in carefully chosen A Level subjects can result in up to one full year of credit.

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level represents the first half of a full A level course and gives students the opportunity of studying a broader range of subjects without committing to doing a full A Level. As with A Levels these enable students to apply successfully to universities throughout the world.


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