Social Studies lessons are based on the Cambridge Global Perspectives curriculum. The programme develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication and offers valuable opportunities to reinforce links with and skills learnt in English as a first or second language, Mathematics, Science and ICT. Cambridge Global Perspectives taps into the way today’s students enjoy learning, including group work, seminars, projects and working with other students around the world. The emphasis is on developing students’ ability to think critically about a range of global issues where there is always more than one point of view. Students study global topics that are relevant to them – for example, the environment, education and keeping healthy.
The Cambridge approach to learning advocates active learning and activities in the programme are designed to encourage learners to become independent, active and lifelong learners, including:
- curiosity about the world around them and enthusiasm for learning
- knowledge, understanding and skills that can be applied in and across subjects
- effective and confident communication skills, including in English
- understanding their personal and local context, as well having a global awareness
The learning objectives are divided into six main areas called ‘strands’ which run through every stage. Each strand corresponds to one of the skills: Research, Analysis, Evaluation, Reflection, Collaboration and Communication. Some of the topics studied include: Moving to Another Country; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Sharing Planet Earth; Water, Food and Farming; Obeying the Law.
Social Studies lessons are offered twice a week from Year 1 to 6, and the Cambridge Global Perspectives curriculum is supported by the IPC plans. Special activities and educational excursions are also organized during the year around this subject, such as Earth Day or a trip to the local Water Treatment Plant.