Our preschool will follow the English National Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) as its child development framework. We believe that children will achieve their full potential within our carefully considered and nurturing environment. With the guidance and support of teachers, children will practice phonics, Maths, literacy, English and Mandarin in their daily activities. Our children will be immersed in an English-Mandarin bilingual environment, allowing the children to gradually develop their second language.
The Chinese national curriculum forms the cornerstone of the CWS primary curriculum, whilst the state-of-the-art vision and pedagogy of Westminster School, London and the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum are incorporated to form a balanced and dynamic primary school curriculum. Pupils benefit from using the prime hours of the morning to address the Languages and Sciences; subjects such as maths, science, Chinese Language and English Language will be learnt during this time. The afternoon is set aside for the Arts and Humanities; subjects such as Music, Drama, and Perspectives fall into this category in which pupils are engaged in hands-on, creative learning. The Individualised Learning Period is woven through the afternoon, and focuses on providing opportunities for personal development; pupils take part in different sports, optional activities, tutorials, etc. On an Enrichment Day, learning expeditions will take place; pupils will learn in practical, realistic contexts, developing a number of important transferable skills. Throughout the day pupils will regularly shuttle between ‘Language Zones’; they learn both languages and other subjects through the two languages. They will benefit from bilingual exchanges, cultivating cross-cultural awareness and interpersonal skills. Dialogues and pastoral care permeate every aspect of the School life; the power of talk will engage students’ interest, stimulate their thinking, advance their understanding, expand their ideas and support them to build and evaluate arguments, empowering them for lifelong learning and for social engagement.
A child’s life at CWS Primary School is a healthy and happy one; one that both nurtures their childhood as well as prepares them for an adult future. It is one that goes beyond academic excellence and encompasses physical, moral, emotional and social development. A CWS pupil will always have a good balance of work, rest, play and nutrition; giving them the confidence to easily handle their future lives and learning no matter what.
These three important years of education lead to the completion of the Chinese National Curriculum while at the same time providing the foundations for study in the Senior School and preparation for university.
Lessons are practical and discursive. The Chinese National Curriculum will continue to be integrated with international curriculum, and draws on the best aspects of both, whilst reflecting the Westminster ethos. Our integrated curriculum not only meets pupils’ academic needs, but also recognises their personal and social development at this critical time as they enter adolescence. Small classes, comprising pupils with a range of strengths, abilities and backgrounds, allow for a full range of experiences and opinions to enhance robust, informed debate. There is increasing choice available in the selection of co-curricular activities, recognition of both pupils’ growing ability to make decisions and their own independence.
At our Senior School, an international curriculum centered around IGCSE and A Level exams will be adopted. Alongside individual subject knowledge, a major focus will be on the pupil’s linguistic development. This will target the pupils’ English fluency as well as their ability to present information and arguments with clarity. In order to equip pupils with the ability to adapt and excel in international university environments, specific courses will facilitate cultural competence and understanding of the English-speaking world.