Pre-Prep (Years 1-2)

Our youngest Wellingtonians are encouraged to develop their own individual learning skills in stimulating, colourful and child-friendly surroundings.


At Wellington College International Hangzhou, Pre-Prep begins at Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2). For Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception age children (from two to four years old), we recommend that parents enroll their children in Huili Nursery Hangzhou.

At Huili Nursery Hangzhou, the children follow the English Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum along with the Chinese guidelines for Early Years. This supportive, caring and research-based bilingual environment provides children with the perfect foundation for moving into Key Stage One. For more information, please refer to the Huili Nursery Hangzhou website here.

The transition from Early Years to Key Stage One sees the style of learning develop to more formal lessons where they follow the English National Curriculum as a basis for the core subjects, and the International Primary Curriculum for crosscurricular topic work.

All children are taught for the majority of the day by a classroom teacher who, as well as teaching many of the principal subjects, will provide excellent pastoral care for which all Wellington schools are justifiably renowned. Specialist teachers lead Mandarin, Music, PE, ICT and Swimming across the Pre-Prep.

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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 Wellington College International Hangzhou 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 Wellington College International Hangzhou 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 Wellington College International Hangzhou 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 Wellington College International Hangzhou 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 Wellington College International Hangzhou, 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 Wellington College International Hangzhou 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.

Wellington College International Hangzhou 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 Wellington College International Hangzhou 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 Wellington College International Hangzhou, 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.



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