Grade 7

We recognize that children at this age experience many physical, mental, emotional, and social changes.

Characteristics of students in this age group include:

– Facing high expectations and lack of confidence.
– Easily influenced by peer groups.
– Feeling stress from challenging school work.

On the bright side, children in this age group have more ability for complex thought and are also better able to express feelings verbally.
Our teachers not only act as their tutors but also as their mentors and counsellors. 5 Steps Academy adopts different teaching methods to cater to students’ character and personality. We provide a balanced education program within a happy and comfortable environment so that each child can learn and grow to their greatest potential.


The Secondary School Program in 5 Steps Academy is designed for students aged 11-17

The secondary School Program provided by 5 Steps Academy includes:

1. English
2. Mathematics
3. Biology
4. Chemistry
5. Physics
6. Economics
7. World Literature
8. Modern History
9. World History
10. Art History
11. Geography
12. Foreign Languages (Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese, Hindy, Tamil)

How are students assessed?

Each student’s achievements are continually assessed. Teachers use a variety of assessment techniques including testing for knowledge and skills, observations, portfolios of student’s work and analysis of projects. Attitude, learning skills, social relationships, and effort are considered equally important when looking at the overall development of the child.
In 5 Steps Academy, teachers and parents work together closely through face to face conversation and text messages to discuss each student’s social and academic progress.

Examinations are conducted at the end of the year with detailed reports on the child’s development.

Students who passed their Grade 10 End of Year Examinations will Graduate with a Certificate of Completion and can sit for the exams provided by the examination board of their choice, e.g. IGCSE, SAT etc.

Course Outline

Compulsory Subjects

  • Outline for English

    1. Reading
    Understand increasingly challenging texts through:
    – learning new vocabulary, relating it explicitly to known vocabulary and understanding it with the help of context and dictionaries

    2. Writing
    Write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information by writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences, including:
    – well-structured formal expository and narrative essays
    – stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing
    – notes and polished scripts for talks and presentations

    3. Grammar and vocabulary
    Pupils should be able to consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary through:
    – drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from their reading and listening, and using these consciously in their writing and speech to achieve particular effects

  • Outline for Math
    1. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
    – compare lengths, areas and volumes using ratio notation and/or scale factors; make links to similarity (including trigonometric ratios)
    – convert between related compound units (speed, rates of pay, prices, density, pressure) in numerical and algebraic contexts
    – understand that X is inversely proportional to Y is equivalent to X is proportional to 1 Y; {construct and} interpret equations that describe direct and inverse proportion
    – interpret the gradient of a straight line graph as a rate of change; recognise and interpret graphs that illustrate direct and inverse proportion
    – interpret the gradient of a straight line graph as a rate of change; recognise and interpret graphs that illustrate direct and inverse proportion
    – set up, solve and interpret the answers in growth and decay problems, including compound interest and work with general iterative processes

  • Outline for Science
    1. Electricity
    – identify common appliances that run on electricity
    – construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
    – identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
    – recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
    – recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors 

    2. Aniamls and their habitats
    – describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
    – describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals

    3. Human transport system
    – identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
    – recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
    – describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported
    – identify and name the main parts of the human digestive system, and describe their functions

  • Outline for Geography

    Students should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their location awareness. 

    Pupils should be taught to: 
    (i) Location knowledge 
    – name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
    – extend their location knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world to focus on Africa, Russia, Asia (including China and India), and the Middle East, focusing on their environmental regions, including polar and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities

    (ii) Place knowledge
    – understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography of a region within Africa, and of a region within Asia

    (iii) Human and physical geography 
    – identify seasonal and daily weather patterns and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
    – Describe physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
    – Describe human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water
    – understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in: 
    – physical geography relating to: geological timescales and plate tectonics; rocks, weathering and soils; weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present; and glaciations, hydrology and coasts
    – human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources
    – understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems

    (iv) Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:
    – key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather
    – key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop


  • Outline for Chinese

    1. Reading – Students should be able to:
    demonstrate understanding of words within extended texts
    – scan for and extract specific information
    – identify main and subordinate topics, summarise, paraphrase, re-express

    2. Writing 
    Students should be able to: 
    – express thoughts, feelings and opinions in order to interest, inform or convince the reader
    – express thoughts, feelings and opinions in order to interest, inform or convince the reader
    – demonstrate adequate control of vocabulary and grammar
    – exercise care over punctuation and spelling

Optional Subject

  • Foreign Languages
  • Co-Curricular Activities

Scope of Study

5 Steps Grade 7 Syllabus

Delivery Mode

Face to Face lessons

Commencement Date/Intakes


Course Fees

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12 months 
*Maximum allowed period for a student to complete the course is 24 months

Opportunities for Further Education/Career Pathway

This course provides excellent preparations for learners who wish to progress further and finally join the 5 Steps Academy High School. Upon successful completion of High School courses students will be eligible to sit for Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level (AS/A Level), or SAT and AP tests. 

Age: at least 11 years old

Academic Level: Grade 6 or Equivalent.

Assessment Methods

Quarterly Tests and Year-End Examinations for all subjects. 

Assessment Grading Criteria

Internal: Quarterly Tests, Year-End Examinations and Quarterly Assignments are marked according to 5 Steps Academy’s standard grading criteria

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Not more than 1 week after the final assessment.

Qualification Award

Certificate of Completion for Grade 7

Graduation Requirements

Pass the year-end examinations of the respective year to proceed to the following academic year

Note 1:International Student must achieve at least 90% attendance rate (ICA Requirement).
Note 2:International Student must not be absent for more than 7 consecutive days without valid reason (ICA Requirement).
Note 3:Students who do not require ICA’s student’s pass must achieve at least 80% attendance rate. Our school only accept medical certificates as proof for absenteeism. Any other documents should only be accepted on a case-by-case basis with full justification and be acceptable by ICA.