What is a Challenge?
At Lower Secondary level, the programme is divided into Challenges. These are medium term plans that include materials and activities that provide stimulating topics for the teaching, learning and assessment of Cambridge Global Perspectives learning objectives.
Each Challenge is approximately six hours of guided learning and each one focuses explicitly on one of the skills. You can see example Challenges on our main website and search and download all of them from the password-protected Cambridge Lower Secondary support site.
The Challenges provide teachers with the guidance to encourage learners to consider and connect personal, national and global perspectives.
Activities in the Challenges are designed to encourage active learning. Read about Active Learning as a classroom approach in our Education brief here.
What is the difference between a topic and a Challenge?
Challenges are teaching and learning materials with a skill focus. They have a topic associated with them. For example, a Challenge called Can disease be prevented? is about disease and our health (its topic). During this Challenge, learners focus on developing their research skills.
The Challenge topics have been carefully chosen to be age-appropriate, engaging and relevant to learners. These are issues of global importance and will be familiar to most teachers.
You can see the topics of the Challenges in the long-term plans available on the Lower Secondary support site.
The name ‘Challenges’ make them sound hard! Why are the called Challenges?
The materials within the Challenges have been designed to challenge and motivate learners, hence their name. The materials can be adjusted according to the needs and interests of the class. The focus is not on content knowledge but on skill development.
How many hours of teaching time does a Challenge take?
As a guide we would expect a Challenge to take around six hours of teaching time. Some take slightly longer, particularly when you are new to teaching them.
I already cover some of the content of the Challenge in another lesson. Can I adapt the Challenge?
You can adapt the Challenge to suit your context, miss it out, or incorporate parts of it into another subject lesson.
Our class size is large/small. As a result, I think the Challenges will take more time/less time than average.
Class size will make some activities easier or harder. For example, a larger class means that learners can get lots of experience of group dynamics in their collaboration work. But they may have less opportunity to give presentations or use a computer to do their research.
The programme is likely to take more time to deliver initially as you become familiar with it. The important thing is that the learners are given opportunities to practise their skills and get feedback on them.
Do I need to teach the Challenges in English?
Although we provide the materials for the programme in English, you can choose what language to deliver them in. It is important that the Challenge material is meaningful for the learners.
For moderation, the Checkpoint project must be sent to Cambridge International in English.
If an activity is not challenging enough / too challenging for a particular group, can we create own activities related to the topic and skill?
The topics of the Challenges have been designed to be age-appropriate and engaging. However, you can adjust them to meet the needs of your learners.