Secondary 1

Curriculum

The Secondary 1 years are a time of growth and development in all aspects: academic, personal and social. Students are well supported in their growth and development, whilst being challenged to push their boundaries and move on to the next stage of learning. 

The focus during the Secondary 1 years is on development of specific subject knowledge and skills. These are achieved using clear learning goals with progress towards deeper understanding.  

Cross-curricular links are made when possible, with theme days and project work. Variety and student ownership is key, and with a range of learning experiences, some self-selected, we keep motivation high. At this stage, technology becomes even more integral to learning. International case studies and global perspectives are examined at every opportunity as our aim is to develop a global outlook in our learners, equipping them for success in the fast-changing modern world.

Goals

The Secondary 1 Programme at NGG International encompasses Years 7-9 (ages 11-14).  

The Cambridge Secondary 1 programme builds skills, knowledge and understanding in English, Maths and Science. It is a rigorous and comprehensive programme that prepares students well for the next stage in their education. Learning expectations are clear and feedback is regular and structured. 

Core subjects are supplemented by courses in Geography, History, French/Spanish, Danish, Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. This broad curriculum enables learning and exploration of areas of interest before making IGCSE option choices for Years 10 and 11. 

The humanities courses in Secondary 1 have a global perspective and international case studies are used whenever possible. 

In Danish, students are grouped according to their proficiency in Danish, as well as by age. All courses teach skills in the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing. 

Arts courses run for either a whole year or for part of a year, so that students have the opportunity to participate in a range of arts courses.  

Progression

A number of progress checks are built into the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme. Short progression tests are a valuable way for teachers to understand your child’s strengths, and identify areas where more help is required. The emphasis of the tests is on showing where your child is on their learning journey, rather than getting right or wrong answers.  

Cambridge Checkpoint tests are taken in the final year of Cambridge Secondary 1 at NGGI. These tests in English, English as a Second Language, Mathematics and Science are marked in Cambridge, UK. On completion of Cambridge Checkpoint, students receive a statement of achievement and detailed feedback on their strengths and areas to target. This gives the student, the school, and parents, valuable feedback so we can advise on different progression routes after age 14 and choose the one most suitable for your child.  

Students in Secondary 1 participate in annual trips to locations such as Bornholm, Berlin or London. Learning is central to these trips and curriculum links are made whenever possible. This could be a theatre visit and workshop at The Globe in London, or a history link at the museums in Berlin. In addition to an enriching cultural experience, friendships are made and consolidated.