Cambridge Primary Path
Cambridge Primary Path is an English language and literacy course that will help young learners become articulate writers and speakers of English, empowering them to make the most of life’s opportunities. Through its three essential pillars, Cambridge Primary Path offers a truly effective approach to learning.
The comprehensive literacy-based approach ensures students receive essential language support alongside literacy training so they become fully literate in English. The groundbreaking research-based oracy framework enables students to become confident, collaborative speakers. The creativity principles encourage students to become better thinkers and problem solvers … while enjoying themselves!
Authors: Kim Milne, Aída Berber, Gabriela Zapiain, Emily Hird, Susannah Reed
Cambridge Primary Path is part of a learning experience that could only come from Cambridge
It's shaped by unique insights from our extensive research and expertise, all to enable teachers to do what they do best - teach - and learners to reach their full potential.
InsightsA unique combination for success
With its unique combination of three learning pillars – literacy, oracy and creativity – Cambridge Primary Path empowers children to reach their full potential. Children become confident and effective communicators with inquiring minds, who can think laterally and make the most of life’s opportunities in the 21st century.
A unique oracy program
Oracy involves systematically focusing on and practicing the skills that make you a better communicator. So, much more than just speaking and listening, this involves learning to listen actively, to present ideas clearly, to work collaboratively and much more. Oracy development has a positive impact on a child’s educational achievement across the curriculum, their social confidence and future success in the workplace.
Creativity is the ability to generate original and innovative ideas, alternatives or possibilities. It is key for success in a knowledge and innovation economy (OECD, 2017). The course follows 7 creativity principles to ensure that students practice creativity throughout the course.
A literacy-based approach
A literacy-based approach means that students learn to read and write through exposure to a rich variety of texts, and then use those skills to learn about the world - from learning to read to reading to learn.
ContentA rich literacy strand
Cambridge Primary Path incorporates best practice from an L1 literacy-based approach together with EFL language support. A variety of original literature and non-fiction texts; dialogic reading activities, scaffolded language and grammar support, pre- and post-reading strategies, and systematic phonics work allow students to learn through exposure to natural language.
In Cambridge Primary Path an oracy framework developed in collaboration with leading oracy experts at the Education Faculty, Cambridge University, is used to provide systematic development of oracy skills through the course, alongside language and literacy.
This approach includes a Big Question in every unit introduced through a high-quality video, related Big Question links throughout the unit that deepen the discussion and a final Big Challenge project at the end of the unit. Students develop the confidence to become critical thinkers in their second language as they investigate, analyse and reason while connecting with the topics on a deeper level in English.
Using 7 creativity principles the course offers a topic-linked Creative Journal and Build Creativity activities in which students practice problem solving and self-expression through puzzles, games, and other imaginative activities which require children to demonstrate cognitive flexibility, analytical skills, imagination and curiosity.
Aside from oracy the course offers many other opportunities to develop communication skills: discussions around Big Questions to encourage critical thinking; activities to build fluency; and missions to practice functional language and high-frequency vocabulary.
Cambridge One provides easy, multi-device access to all the teaching and learning materials for Primary Path, all in one place. Age-appropriate experiences for different age groups ensure that learners feel engaged and challenged at the right level. Actionable data insights within Cambridge One enable you to track progress, measure success and drive results.
ResultsLanguage as a vehicle for discovering the world
Students progress from learning to read to reading to learn. They develop reading skills and strategies, vocabulary and comprehension in order to read, understand, discuss, develop, and apply knowledge.
Students develop self-confidence, empathy, self-awareness and resilience. They are able to speak clearly and confidently, listen and respond to others, work well in teams.
Creative problem-solvers who love learning
Focus on creativity and creative thinking means that students channel their innate curiosity and playfulness to develop a creative mindset and become effective problem-solvers and analytical thinkers, ready for the complexities - and the opportunities of the future.
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