In grades 6-8 science classes, our goal is to help students develop a love for science, gain necessary inquiry skills to analyze situations and solve problems in their daily lives, and use current technology to enhance and transform the learning experience. We achieve these goals with a variety of teaching and learning techniques designed to meet the needs of all learners. This is supported at MEF IS with the Cambridge Lower Secondary Science curriculum, which is presented in four content areas or ‘strands’. These are further divided into ‘substrands’. The four strands and substrands are

Scientific enquiry

  • Ideas and evidence
  • Plan investigative work
  • Obtain and present evidence
  • Consider evidence and approach


  • Plants
  • Humans as organisms
  • Cells and organisms
  • Living things in their environment
  • Variation and classification


  • States of matter
  • Material properties
  • Material changes
  • The Earth


  • Forces and motion
  • Energy
  • The Earth and beyond
  • Sound
  • Light 
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity

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 Lower Secondary Science curriculum framework provides a solid foundation for further stages of education such as Cambridge IGCSE. At the end of grade 8, students take the Cambridge Lower Secondary Science exam, which provides an international benchmark for student achievement and areas for improvement.

**Please note that information about the Cambridge Lower Secondary Science is taken from the Cambridge International Education website