Upper Prep (Years 7-9) sees pupils transition into Key Stage Three where they begin their important preparation for Senior School.
Our curriculum at Key Stage Three (Years 7-9) is based on the English National Curriculum, suitably enhanced to incorporate exciting elements from the International Primary Curriculum. Lessons are taught by a series of subject specialists with the class tutor having the important pastoral role of coordinating all aspects of the pupils’ academic and social development as well as delivering the Wellington Wellbeing Programme.
The Wellington curriculum is rigorous and challenging, having been designed to meet the needs of each individual by giving a breadth of educational experience and academic depth. Learning will inspire curiosity, creativity and compassion in all our pupils. We empower pupils to become independent, self-aware and confident, laying the foundations for academic success at IGCSE and beyond, as well as making them effective and responsible leaders of the future.
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The English Department know the valuable role English has to play as the medium of instruction for most other subjects; it helps in preparing pupils for lifelong learning and the world outside our school. We work to ensure all pupils become adept language users: effective writers, readers, speakers and collaborators. Pupils will learn to use the skills they develop with us autonomously, not only within the confines of the classroom but across the school and the wider community. The syllabus for Upper Prep is based on the UK National Curriculum requirements and the year will be split into topics through which key skills will be studied. During each topic reading, writing and oracy skills will be continually assessed.
The Maths Department is committed to ensuring that Maths lessons are as transferable as possible, both in other subjects within school and when the pupils leave school. We will provide an inspiring environment in the classroom that helps pupils to thrive, develop a thirst for maths, and understand the key concepts to move them forward.
The aim of the curriculum is: To provide a mathematical education of the highest quality that involves the provision of challenging courses in mathematics and its applications, taking into account of age, gender, ethnicity, capability, special educational needs, giftedness and those at Wellington for whom English is an additional language. To instill an understanding of the nature of mathematics: the confidence and skill to use mathematics to logically solve problems both within mathematics and in the real world. To provide teaching of a consistent high quality tailored to the needs of individual pupils and their learning styles. To develop in pupils the capacity to learn mathematics including confidence and enjoyment, the ability to communicate mathematics precisely and accurately, the capacity for clear logical thinking and a strong personal sense of number and the awareness of building on prior understanding to progress further.
The aim of Upper Prep Science at WCIH is for pupils to develop an understanding of what it means to be a scientist. We want to develop and enhance young people’s fascination and excitement about the world they live in. Pupils will be encouraged to ask questions and will be taught the skills they need to answer those questions. We hope that pupils will end Upper Prep, not just with a level of scientific knowledge, but also with the ability to think and act like a scientist.
Pupils will be following the ‘Exploring Science: Working Scientifically’ course which includes 36 units of teaching, spread over three years. The first 28 units cover the 2014 English National Curriculum for Science. The final eight units cover IGCSE preparation and skills, extended projects, a final exam and a revision period leading up to the exam.
Each module will be based on one of the three core Sciences: Biology, Chemistry or Physics but every opportunity will be taken to make links between the three. Each of the 28 units will have a summative assessment as well as continuous formative assessment allowing pupils to make progress throughout the course.
Since Chinese (Mandarin) 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 widely spoken languages in the world. The lessons are designed to cater for both native and non-native speakers of Chinese.
The Chinese syllabus in the school is based on the Chinese Education Curriculum, with a view to working towards the IGCSE qualification.
Humanities is a continually developing subject which helps pupils both understand and look to shape the world around them. At WCIH, we focus primarily on British History and its impact on the wider world and the geographical based lessons focus on topics that effect the local surroundings and the wider world. This allows Wellington to fully prepare our pupils to be true ‘global citizens’ that can play an active role in a rapidly developing world. Due to the nature of the subject many aspects of the course dovetail with other subjects. The syllabus for Upper Prep is based on the UK National Curriculum requirements and the year will be split into topics through which key skills will be studied.
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, pupils will also develop their general capability in the use of computers and learn how to protect themselves, their equipment and their identity when using digital tools across all curriculum subjects.
All Key Stage 3 students are provided with a weekly ICT lesson and will develop the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of this diverse subject. They will develop the skills to use a range of software for a variety of purposes including office applications, control systems, web authoring, animation, video and graphics editing.
WCIH Art students will be inspired by opportunities to make discoveries and adopt a ‘what if’ approach, using a broadening range of mediums and processes. Through research, experimentation, recording their environment and the world around them, they will be equipped to communicate through creative individual and personal outcomes; generating an increasing enjoyment and interest.
All Key Stage 3 (KS3) students are involved in a weekly Art lesson. Through the KS3 curriculum, students develop skills in organisation, research, experimentation and involvement in the creative process to produce their own outcomes – whilst also developing their understanding of the formal elements of art, craft and design, using a variety of techniques, equipment and processes. Throughout, the students will study a range of styles of art including painting, drawing, sculpture and printing.
In addition to this, Art at KS3 is used to explore, experiment and deepen students’ understanding of wider social, moral and political issues. Studying Art at KS3 equips students with the skills of developing insight and empathy and provides a context in which to express opinion and informed judgement.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They will work in a range of domestic and local contexts (for example, the home, health, leisure and culture), and industrial contexts (for example: engineering, manufacturing, construction, food, energy, agriculture and fashion).
The aim of Upper Prep PE is for pupils to build on, and embed, the physical development and skills learned in Pre-Prep and Lower Prep, become more competent and confident in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. Pupils will gain a better understanding of what makes a performance more effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. At WCIH, we believe in the long-term health benefits of physical activity and hope to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities both in and out of a school setting. Every Upper Prep student at WCIH receives 4 periods of PE per week.
Music students at WCIH will be creative in the way they make, listen to, explore, and appreciate music. They will be capable of critical, and analytical listening, which will in turn help them understand the processes of performance and composition. They will be inspired to discover new styles of music, both as listeners and performers.
They will have opportunities to make music that play to their existing strengths and challenge them to develop new skills. They will explore the cultural significance of music and its influence on society today and gain an understanding of how the development of music through history sits within the wider cultural and political stories of societies.
Drama students at WCIH will explore their creativity through a variety of styles, themes and topics. Students will become confident and independent thinkers, who are able to critically analyse the roles within theatre and live productions. Students will have an appreciation of their own work and others, always demonstrating respect and empathy. They will participate in an engaging, practical curriculum, that supports the development of new acting skills, as well as nurturing existing talent.
The primary purpose of drama is to introduce pupils to the world of performance. Effective communication is essential for professional and personal success in today’s growling global community. Drama helps pupils foster the development of creativity, break down the feelings of insecurity that can prevent pupils from expressing themselves in front of others and generate greater appreciation of drama.
Wellington College International Hangzhou has introduced Wellbeing as a compulsory subject sitting alongside English, the sciences and Maths as part of the core curriculum. 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.