As pupils move on from Prep-Prep into the Prep School, the emphasis is on high academic standards coupled with an extensive and varied programme of cocurricular activities.
Our Prep School is dvidied into two sections, Lower Prep (Years 3-6) and Upper Prep (Years 7-9). Lower Prep follows the Key Stage Two curriculum. Upper Prep sees pupils transition into Key Stage Three, where they begin their important preparation for Senior School. In the 2020-2021 academic year, Wellington College International Hangzhou will be open up to Year 10, the first year of Senior School. As pupils move on from Prep-Prep into the Prep School, the emphasis is on high academic standards coupled with an extensive and varied programme of cocurricular activities.
This combination serves as an integral part of the curriculum and draws very much on our Wellington Identity and Values, encouraging all Wellingtonians to fulfill their potential. Our main goal is to generate a love of learning that will set up our young boys and girls for success both in this formative stage of their development and beyond. This is achieved through the highly effective combination of traditional, formal teaching delivered through imaginative and creative approaches, using the most modern classroom practices.
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Many aspects of the Pre-Prep and Lower Prep curriculums are taught under the ‘umbrella’ of a series of fascinating themes, with aspects of Geography, History, Science, ICT, Art, Design Technology, Chinese and English being woven into the theme. In this regard the themes provide a rich tapestry from which the children’s interest, learning and development are fostered.
At WCIH we believe that providing a high quality, engaging KS1 and KS2 English curriculum is of utmost importance as it teaches children the skills and knowledge they will need to access the rest of the curriculum. English allows children to communicate their thoughts and ideas and interact with others, thus developing their overall wellbeing as they are able to interact with the wider society. The ability to read allows children to extend their understanding of a range of areas and build upon their prior knowledge. The children are provided with opportunities to develop their essential reading and writing skills and are taught to communicate and develop a greater understanding of both fictional and non-fiction concepts and genres.
At WCIH we believe in ensuring all of our Lower Prep and Pre-Prep students enjoy and understand the subject of Maths and therefore become confident mathematicians. We are committed to engaging our students in recognising patterns and numbers that can be transferred across the curriculum and in everyday life. We want our children to secure strong foundations by consolidating, investigating and exploring ideas.
We want children to learn with the enthusiasm, enjoyment and the awareness that Maths is fun. We teach them to understand the importance of Maths in everyday life, while giving them the confidence to express ideas fluently and talk about the subject using mathematical language.
At WCIH we will, over the course of KS1 and KS2, help pupils to build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts. We will encourage them to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
The Science curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum. Each term, in every year we will cover aspects of Biology, Physics and Chemistry which will fit into the year group’s cross-curricular theme. The emphasis throughout Science lessons will be on ‘Working Scientifically’ which will focus on key aspects of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer scientific questions, or to collect, analyse and present data.
Since Chinese is the official language of mainland China, at WCIH we make sure that our students perfect all the skills involved in the language; reading, writing, speaking and listening. We encourage our students to communicate in Chinese during their lessons and also outside in the wider community to ensure that they are getting the full experience of developing their knowledge of one of the most popular languages in the world.
At WCIH, the ICT curriculum harnesses the huge enthusiasm that exists in the wider world for the development of coding skills amongst our next generation of programmers. Further to this, students will also develop their general capability in the use of computers and learn how to protect themselves, equipment and their identity when using digital tools across all curriculum subjects. Although classes have a dedicated ICT lesson each week, the learning is embedded with the year group’s cross-curricular theme. The curriculum is separated into three sub-sections; Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DL).
The aim of Pre-Prep PE at WCIH is to develop the fundamental movement skills and to provide a range of opportunities for students to improve their agility, balance, swimming strokes and coordination. We aim to develop these skills through independent activities or as part of a group/team. Pupils will take part in competitive physical activities using a variety of equipment.
WCIH is committed to a high-quality Art curriculum that engages, inspires and challenges each child while equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. As children progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our high-quality music education engages and inspires WCIH students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with understanding to musical works.
Drama is both an art form and a medium for learning and teaching. It can develop the whole person — emotionally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, aesthetically and socially — by giving form and meaning to experiences. It can foster a positive group interaction for the students as they learn to make accommodations in order to pursue shared goals. At WCIH, students progress through the dramatic forms of expression. Emphasis is placed upon the development of the individual as a creator, performer and critic.
The wellbeing curriculum teaches pupils how to flourish. Flourishing involves living life with purpose and aspiration, finding those things in life which imbue it with meaning, forging strong reciprocal relationships with others, engaging in life’s tasks to the best of one’s ability and having the strength of character to be resilient in the face of adversity. Lessons draw on philosophy; informed by Aristotle’s concept of ‘Eudaimonia’ – a Greek word which describes a life lived with excellence or to the best of one’s ability, towards the fulfillment of one’s true nature. Pupils pursue a kind of optimal living by learning the skills needed to get the best out of their relationships, health, work and play.
Wellbeing lessons are also underpinned by the innovative discipline of positive psychology. Positive psychology asks questions such as: what makes people feel satisfied with life; what elements make up a life well lived; and what makes people thrive in the face of adversity? During wellbeing lessons, pupils explore the answers to these questions using the skills they acquire in our critical thinking programme.