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Cambridge Primary

A world-class curriculum with high-quality support for teachers and integrated assessment. The curriculum is dedicated to helping schools develop learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. Cambridge Primary has curriculum frameworks for English (including English as a Second Language), Mathematics and Science, which have all been designed to engage learners in an active and creative learning journey.

The curriculum frameworks

Each subject for Cambridge Primary is organised into six stages. They reflect the teaching target for each year group and provide comprehensive learning  objectives. For Cambridge Primary English, the curriculum is presented in five content areas or  strands. These are further subdivided into ‘substrands’. The framework promotes an enquiry-based approach to learning, to develop thinking skills and to encourage intellectual engagement.


Cambridge Primary offers an optional testing structure to assess learner performance and report progress, for both learners and parents. These assessments provide an international benchmark that enables teachers to identify learner strengths and weaknesses within individuals, and in class groups, and develop further teaching and learning support using the information from the test results.

Curriculum framework

There is a Cambridge Primary curriculum framework for each subject – English, English as a second language, Mathematics and Science – providing a clear teaching structure. Many schools use the integrated assessments to monitor learners’ progress.


Cambridge Primary English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the critical skills needed to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this curriculum 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.

English as a second language

This curriculum develops learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. It has been developed in conjunction with Cambridge Assessment English and is based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), used across the world to map learners’ progress in English.


The mathematics curriculum framework explores five content areas: number, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. 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.


This curriculum framework covers four content areas: Scientific Enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Scientific Enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning, investigating, recording and analyzing data. Environmental awareness and some history of Science are also part of the curriculum.

Cambridge Global Perspectives

Cambridge Primary Global Perspectives was made available for teaching from June 2018 onwards. It develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication.