Glenrich International School

Curriculum Overview

Cambridge International

At Glenrich International School Uttara, we teach the Cambridge Curriculum within an international context that incorporates Bangladeshi culture and ethos, shaping our students into global citizens. Recognized globally for its academic rigor, the Cambridge Curriculum offers a broad and balanced range of subjects, allowing students to pursue their passions while gaining essential skills and qualifications for the 21st century. Spanning from Playgroup to Cambridge A Level, our curriculum explicitly teaches and assesses essential content and skills, emphasizing inquiry, creativity, analytical evaluation, and other competencies needed to thrive in the future.

Cambridge Early Years

Glenrich School Dhaka takes pride in being the pioneer in Bangladesh to introduce the Cambridge Early Years Programme at the Pre-primary level. By seamlessly integrating this curriculum with a rich array of Montessori activities, our students experience optimal intellectual and developmental growth.

Four important years of learning

Our Pre-Primary programme takes place over four years:

  • Play Group

  • Nursery

  • Kindergarten 1 (KG1)

  • Kindergarten 2 (KG2)

Habits, ideas and skills, especially the love of reading and learning, picked up at this age stay with a child for life, and have a huge impact on their development as children, adolescents and adults.

CAMBRIDGE EARLY YEARS PROGRAMME:

The Cambridge EY Programme is a holistic educational approach designed for children aged 3-6 years, with play-based learning to unlock a unique intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Termed the ‘First stage to the Cambridge Pathway,’ this programme focuses on developing children’s knowledge and skills in certain areas, namely – personal, social and emotional development, physical development, communication and language, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design, and much more. The child-centered plan aims to enable learners to develop at their own pace, help them act independently and encourage them to discover feelings of self-worth.

SUPPORT

– Day-care facility to provide all-round support for working parents

– Playgroup admission starts for children who are two and half years old

– Speech & Drama programme to boost skills

DEVELOPMENT

– 21st-century classrooms for advanced learning

– Innovative play areas for appropriate physical development

– Dedicated Montessori lab to develop fine motor skills

CREATIVITY

– Research-based reading & writing programme

– Special bridge programme for students joining the school for the first time

Make the most out of this invaluable opportunity to ensure your child’s entry at Glenrich – the leading English Medium School in Bangladesh.

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Address: Glenrich Junior Section – Plot# 4, Road# 13, Sector# 6, Uttara Model Town, Dhaka-1230, Bangladesh.

Specialist lessons

Children develop close relationships with their homeroom teachers who monitor their progress very carefully, and who are also responsible for their specialist Bangla programme. From the beginning children are also introduced to a range of specialist teachers for the following subjects:

  • Music

  • Swimming

  • Physical Education

  • Library

  • Montessori work

Montessori 

Glenrich School Dhaka is the only school in Bangladesh with a fully-furnished Montessori Lab for the development among the students of the Pre-Primary Programme.

Montessori is a specialised form of education in which children are given a safe and clean environment, with various props for facilitating self-learning and collaborative learning. This educational pedagogy was conceptualised and pioneered by an Italian education specialist Dr. Maria Montessori.

Montessori education is based on five principles according to educational agency Supply Desk:

  1. Respect for the child: Respect is shown for children by not interrupting their concentration, by giving pupils the freedom to make choices, to do things for themselves, and to learn for themselves. Glenrich Teachers model respect for all students as well as peaceful conflict resolution, and must learn to observe without judgement.

  2.  The Absorbent Mind: Simply by living, children are constantly learning from the world around them. Through their senses children constantly absorb information from their world. They then make sense of it because they are thinking beings.

  3. Sensitive Periods: Montessori pedagogy believes there are certain periods during which children are more ready to learn certain skills. These are known as sensitive periods, and last only as long as is necessary for the child to acquire the skills. The order in which sensitive periods occur (i.e. a sensitive period for writing) as well as the timing of the period varies for each child. Through observation, Glenrich Montessori teachers must identify sensitive periods in their students, and provide the resources for children to flourish during this time.

  4. The Prepared Environment: The Montessori method suggests that children learn best in an environment that has been prepared to enable them to do things for themselves. Always child-centred, the learning environment should promote freedom for children to explore materials of their choice. Glenrich Teachers prepare the learning environment by making materials and experiences available to children in an orderly and independent way. Therefore, the Montessori lab of Glenrich School Dhaka has a myriad of props for facilitating learning, including designated collaborative spaces, props for learning Maths independently, arts and crafts zones, and writing spaces.

  5. Auto education: Auto education, or self-education, is the concept that children are capable of educating themselves. This is one of the most important beliefs in the Montessori method. Glenrich Montessori teachers provide the environment, the inspiration, the guidance and the encouragement for children to educate themselves.

Play

Independent, active learning is crucial for all children and in these early years this happens when they are playing. Play develops a wide range of vital physical skills and is the key to a child’s gross motor skills development, both at this age and for later development. We believe that a child who plays well, learns well.

Primary

The Cambridge Primary Curriculum

Grade 1 to Grade 4

Our curriculum is built around the Cambridge Primary, which is designed for children from 5 – 11 years of age. This is offered at Glenrich school from our Grade 1 to Grade 4 at our Junior campus and is completed in Grade 5 at our Senior Campus.

Cambridge Foundation and Grade 1 children spend most of their time with teachers assigned to these two grades as Homeroom teachers and who get to know the children very well, while in Grades 2 – 5 the children are taught by subject specialists.

Clear learning objectives ensure children acquire a wealth of knowledge and skills in a broad range of essential subjects, while developing confidence, independence and a genuine love of learning. Regular assessments are designed to monitor progress closely and inform planning so children are working at an appropriate and challenging level. Our teachers provide the necessary support and guidance in a well-resourced, learning environment.

Primary Cambridge subjects at Glenrich School

Cambridge English caters for first and second language English speakers and covers knowledge, skills and understanding in three strands:

  •  Reading
  •  Writing
  •  Speaking and listening

Children learn using a wide range of fiction genres, poetry, playscripts and non-fiction texts while grammar is embedded throughout the curriculum.

Cambridge Mathematics focuses on Numbers, Geometry, Measuring, Handling data and Problem solving. Children develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Mathematical concepts and methodology. They gain a remarkable depth of understanding and have frequent opportunities to apply and display their Mathematical ability.

Cambridge Science covers Scientific enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Children explore Scientific concepts, plan investigations, study evidence, while recording and analysing data. They develop scientific knowledge and skills, greater environmental awareness and an appreciation of the history of Science.

Cambridge Global Perspectives encourages children to use the skills they have learnt across the curriculum including research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication whilst investigating a variety of topics such as “Sharing planet Earth”, “Values and beliefs”, “Keeping healthy” and “The World of Work”.

Cambridge Primary Checkpoint examinations

At the end of Grade 5 students take the Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. These exams are set and marked by Cambridge International in the UK.

Parallel Primary subjects at Glenrich School

Bangla and Bangladesh studies

We believe that learning in Bangla is absolutely essential for our students because it is their ‘mother tongue’. Research shows that children who learn in their mother tongue as well as in a second language benefit significantly in terms of their cognitive development and we believe it is also important from the perspective of the school’s commitment to the development of their own identity as citizens of Bangladesh.

As with the Cambridge English programme, our Primary Bangla curriculum focuses on the development of the essential skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to ensure that children can express their ideas clearly and with good understanding.

Our commitment to national identify is further reflected by the study of our country’s History and Geography throughout the Primary years.

Computer studies and Information technology

Computer studies is an essential specialist subject in the Primary School from Cambridge Foundation (age 5 -6) onward, with a focus on digital literacy and the responsible use of all digital channels.

Languages other than Bangla and English

Students whose mother tongue is not Bangla also have an opportunity to learn another language, with the mother tongue classes in Hindi and French as a second language regularly offered in the Primary School.

Physical Education, Music, Art, Chess and Dance

Glenrich school continues its commitment to a broad curriculum throughout the Primary School. We believe these subjects are essential for the development of a heathy, well-rounded individual and add depth to the cultural identity of each child.

Primary Co-Curricular programme

As our primary students grow up, we believe that they should have growing access to a wide range of sporting, cultural and enrichment activities. As their skills develop, students are given a wide variety of opportunities to perform, compete and express themselves in an enriching co-curricular programme.

Secondary

The Cambridge Lower Secondary curriculum

Grades 6, 7 and 8

Our curriculum in these grades is built around the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme, which is designed for children from 11 – 14 years of age. This is offered at Glenrich school in Grades 6 to 8 at our Senior campus.

As in the Cambridge Primary Programme, clear learning objectives ensure children continue to acquire a wealth of knowledge and skills in a broad range of essential subjects, while developing confidence, independence and a genuine love of learning.

Regular assessments continue to monitor progress closely as the programme becomes increasingly demanding so children are working at an appropriate and challenging level. Specialist teachers provide the necessary support and guidance in a well-resourced learning environment.

 

During the first four months of Grade 8 students take the Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. These rigorous external exams are set and marked by Cambridge International in the UK.

Lower secondary Cambridge subjects

In our Cambridge English course at this level, our focus is increasingly on the development of students as first language English speakers, although we have the option to support others as second language English users. The course continues to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the three strands of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Students learn about a wide range of fiction genres, poetry, playscripts and non-fiction texts. The study of grammar is embedded throughout the curriculum.

Cambridge Mathematics

becomes more challenging in Lower Secondary, with rigorous units focusing on Numbers, Geometry, Algebra, handling data and problem solving. Students continue to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Mathematical concepts and methodology, and are encouraged to think like Mathematicians in order to solve problems, many of which will be related to ‘real life’. Their understanding deepens as they are given wider opportunities to apply and display their Mathematical ability.

In Grades 6, 7 and 8 Cambridge Science is taught by specialists in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics classes. Lessons take place in laboratories, giving increased scope to plan investigations, study evidence and record data. Students learn what it means to be a Biologist, Chemist and Physicist and develop a deeper understanding of the thinking behind all Science by participating in practical work.

Cambridge Global Perspectives at Lower Secondary Level continues to build analytical and critical thinking as students are encouraged to acquire a wider understanding of the World through investigating further topics at a more challenging level.

Cambridge checkpoint examinations

In the first semester of Grade 8, students take the Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. These examinations are set and marked by Cambridge International in the UK.

Parallel Lower Secondary courses at Glenrich School

Bangla and Bangladesh studies

The school’s Bangla programme in Lower Secondary continues as an essential element of our programme in Lower secondary. Students explore a wide range of fiction and nonfiction as their understanding and use of their mother-tongue language continues to deepen and grow.

As with the Cambridge English programme, our Lower secondary Bangla curriculum focuses on the development of the essential skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to ensure that children can express increasingly complex ideas clearly and with excellent understanding.

Our commitment to national identify is further reflected by the study of our country’s History and Geography throughout the Primary years

Computer studies and Information technology

Computer studies is a subject of increasing importance for all students at this level. Digital literacy is vital for all learners, and as they become more involved in the subject, students also learn how to become effective Digital Citizens,

Languages other than Bangla and English

Students whose mother tongue is not Bangla continue to have the opportunity to learn another language in Lower Secondary, with mother tongue classes in Hindi and French as a second language regularly offered in Grades 6, 7 and 8.

PE, Music, Art, Chess and Dance

Our broad curriculum continues throughout the Lower Secondary school in Grades 6, 7 and 8. To maintain a balance in their lives, we believe these sporting and culturally enriching subjects are essential for a student’s well-being.

The Cambridge IGCSE programme in Grades 8 to 10

In the remaining session of Grade 8, students start their Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education or IGCSE courses. These courses are divided into Core and Optional subjects. With IGCSE students begin their journey at Glenrich school to qualify for entry to international or home-based higher education at the end of Grade 12.

Core subjects

There are Five core subjects taken by all students at IGCSE level

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Bengali/French
  • Bangladesh Studies
  • ICT

Optional subjects

Students then have the choice to add up to Four IGCSE optional subjects. Many students tend to follow either a predominantly Science-based programme of IGCSE subjects, while others choose a pathway that consists mainly of Commerce and Business related subjects.

Our IGCSE options include:

  • Additional Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Economics

The Cambridge AS and A Level programme in Grades 11 and 12

Having completed the IGCSE programme of study by the end of Grade 10, students have the chance to join the Glenrich School AS and A Level programme. Students normally study for four AS and A Level subjects in Grade 11 and in 12.

Students again tend to opt for a Science or Commerce-related set of choices, but the school also offers the opportunity for students to offer English Language, Information Technology and specialist minority subjects like Law, Psychology and Art & Design.

Students take their AS Levels (“Advanced Supplementary”) General Certificate of Education exams at the end of Grade 11, with their marks being carried over as the first half of their final A Level (or “Advanced Level”) scores, to add to the marks awarded when the students sit for their final A Level papers at the end of Grade 12.

College Counselling

All Grade 11 and 12 students have access to the schools College Counselling Programme to enable them to apply to universities around the world. DPS-STS students have an enviable record of being offered places at a range of leading global universities.

An outstanding Secondary Co-Curricular programme

We know that universities look at a great deal more than academic results when making offers to prospective students. This is especially true of top universities. It is therefore vital that as they progress through the secondary school, students should have access to a wide range of sporting, cultural and enrichment activities which will shape them as the kind of well-rounded young persons that top universities value so highly.

Of course, these activities should also be enjoyable for their own sake, and we believe it is essential that students are given a wide variety of opportunities to perform, compete and express themselves in an increasingly challenging programme.

Service activities, competitive inter-house and inter-school sports, local and overseas trips, performance and cultural events therefore play an important part in the lives of our Secondary students. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Model United Nations Group and World Scholars Cup teams are just three areas at the tip of a rich co-curricular iceberg that makes such a difference to the lives of our students.

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