At The Cedar School we have introduced a few new subjects for our lower secondary students with the aim of equipping them with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education is a new subject introduced into the curriculum to broaden the definition of education to include teaching and learning beyond traditional academic subjects. The PSHE curriculum affords our students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to stay safe, healthy, and balanced and develop fully as individuals in all domains of their life.
2. Digital Literacy Skills (DLS)
Digital Literacy Skills (DLS) has been embedded into the curriculum at The Cedar School. The Cambridge Lower Secondary Digital Literacy Curriculum Framework contains learning objectives that provide a structure for developing learners’ digital skills and encourages learners to become active users of a wider range of digital devices, and to see each new encounter as an opportunity. They become increasingly autonomous in their learning and develop the skills to make responsible decisions about how to use digital tools and how to stay safe online.
3. Physical Education
Physical Education plays a vital role in enhancing students’ health and fitness, supporting curriculum delivery and contributing to a positive school culture. The Cedar School emphasizes the importance of incorporating Physical Education in all levels from Grade 6 to 11 and ensures it offers an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically and mentally active. All strands develop knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes that enable learners to become competent, confident and creative movers.
4. Global Perspectives
Cambridge Global Perspectives is an innovative and stimulating skills-based programme which places academic study in a practical, real-world context. It gives learners the opportunity to develop the transferable skills that they need to be successful at school and university, as well as in their future careers. The emphasis is on developing students’ ability to think critically about a range of global and local issues where there is always more than one point of view.
5. Art and Design
The Art & Design curriculum allows learners to express themselves as they reflect upon their experiences and learnings. It gives them an environment to foster creativity and imagination and then encourages them to express it like an artist. In this subject, learners research upon the works of artists and discover their preferred way of transferring creative ideas into drawing. The subject takes a pragmatic approach and gives students access to new technical skills. Some of the major strands used in this subject include experiencing, making, reflecting, thinking, and working artistically.
The Cedar School is launching a new syllabus for Music for all grades in the new academic year (2021- 2022). Music fosters creativity and builds confidence. Music broadens learners’ experiences as they make, create and explore their own music along with music from different cultures, times and places. It sparks imagination, requires problem solving and builds intellectual curiosity, as well as developing physical coordination, empathy and emotional intelligence. The curriculum emphasizes musical exploration with opportunities for learners to perform and present their music at every stage of development.