Hey everyone! I want to share my experience of transitioning to the Cambridge curriculum in Year 5. Before this, I studied under the UNEB curriculum in Primary Four Pytilia.
At first, I was a bit nervous, but it turned out to be an awesome journey with new adventures and challenges. In Primary Four, I had nine subjects, but now, I study seven subjects. The Cambridge curriculum has a different teaching method emphasizing critical thinking, experiments, and problem-solving skills. Initially, it was a bit challenging, especially writing down how I arrived at my mathematical answers with explanations. But as time passed, I got used to it, and I now feel confident in providing narratives for each answer.
The Cambridge curriculum introduced me to a subject called nonverbal communication. It involves thinking critically about patterns to determine the missing parts in a sequence. It’s like solving puzzles, and I find it cool!
Another exciting change is in the Religious Studies (R.S.) subject. In Primary Four, we only studied Christianity in Christian Religious Education (CRE). But now, we learn about various religions like Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others. It is interesting to explore and understand different cultures and beliefs. In Science, we get to do many experiments, which we didn’t do under the UNEB curriculum. It’s like being a scientist, and I love it! Science has become even more fun and hands-on for me.
Apart from the subjects, the Cambridge Curriculum has other cool differences. We swim twice a week, and it's super fun! Also, we have snack time every Friday, where we enjoy yummy treats together. The classrooms are set up differently, and we have smaller class sizes so our teachers can give us more individual attention. That has helped especially me, who had to catch up on what I missed before the transition.
The journey might have started with a few challenges, but it’s been a fantastic ride, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next. So, here’s to embracing new opportunities, making new friends, and enjoying every moment of this incredible journey. Cheers!
By Samuel Luutu