It’s Never too Early to Start Your Huili Journey

Traditionally, many parents have chosen to select a school as their child starts Primary in Grade 1, then stay there until their child transitions into Junior High in Grade 7. However, many parents with older children are choosing to give their child the best possible opportunity in life by enrolling at Huili during Primary, recognising that every year of progress counts towards their child’s future, and the longer their child spends in an immersive bilingual language environment, the better equipped they will be for high school, and subsequently university.

When children join Huili School Hangzhou in early primary, they may have only been learning English formally for a few short years. We recognise this fact and have designed our bilingual curriculum so that all children, regardless of their language proficiency, will improve their English rapidly whilst also retaining their native Chinese literacy skills. In less than a year, our Huili pupils have begun communicating excellently in English, something which they and their parents wouldn’t have dreamed of when they first started.

If your child joins Huili in Grade 7, they will have two years of study before they commence the IGCSEs, which are conducted entirely in English. At this stage, we expect that all applicants will already have a solid foundation in English. With only two years until High School, it is critical that Junior High applicants are able to access an English language curriculum without detriment to their academic development.

However, parents who recognise the benefit of spending longer in an immersive, language rich environment, may enroll their children in Huili earlier, giving their children several more years to not only develop their language skills, but to become accustomed to enquiry-based learning, to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, and to experience the wide range of co-curricular activities on offer.

In Huili School Hangzhou primary, the journey obviously begins from the foundational year of Grade 1. However if pupils are moving up from Huili Nursery Hangzhou, they will have already had an opportunity to embed the Huili Values into their daily lives.

Below, take a journey through Huili Primary School to the Junior High, to see how children develop different skills as they progress through the school.

Grade 1

Grade 1 truly is a foundational year for our Huili School Hangzhou pupils. Across the course of the year, teachers work with the children developing their language skills in both English and Chinese. In English, this requires building up their vocabulary and grounding them in the English language. For this, we use Talk for Writing, a programme that has been discussed and introduced extensively in previous articles.

Mr. Amena
In addition to building the foundations in language and academic knowledge, Grade 1 is also where we begin to embed the Huili Values in our children, teaching them about our behavioural expectations and ensuring they are can learn in a comfortable, safe environment.

Grade 2

In Grade 2, children begin to build on the foundations that have been created in Grade 1, and take on increasingly in-depth subject material, as well as developing their English language further.

Ms. Cheang-Ryan
In Grade 2 we begin exploring more complex themes such as the habitats and adaptations of animals and we begin touching on the history and traditions of cultures in the past. In English the children will therefore become more adventurous with their language and we begin using more sophisticated adjectives in our writing. They also become more familiar with different non-fiction texts and start to try their hand at writing their own.

Grade 3

Grade 3 is a pivotal year at Huili School Hangzhou. This is where children truly begin to take on the Huili values and identities, and prepare for the upper grade levels of primary where they will be expected to take on more independent learning.

Mr. Phillips
This year is a stepping-stone between dependence and independence, with pupils transitioning away from being dependent on others for their knowledge. Learning becomes much more in-depth. For example, when learning about experiments and design, rather than learning facts, our children begin to research and investigate. Higher level skills are developed, and children become more analytical in their approach to learning. The importance of collaborative learning becomes apparent in Grade 3, where children’s problem-solving skills are enhanced through collaborative learning groups.

Grade 4

By Grade 4, Huili pupils are supported to take on a much more independent approach to their own learning. From Grade 4 onwards, Huili pupils no longer spend the majority of their time with their homeroom teacher and children from their own class, as they move away from the homeroom system into the House System. While children from Grade 1 onwards are part of a House, from Grade 4, the House becomes a core element of the educational journey.

Mr. Williams
From Grade 4 onwards, Huili pupils are expected to demonstrate the responsibility and independence they are taught in earlier years. The House system ensures that children are developing broader friendships with children across grade levels, and they start to participate and compete in House competitions.

Ms. Shi
By this stage, children’s learning habits are established, and their English is quite strong. Within this period we see children’s English language flourishing, as well as their maturity and organisational skills. The children come to school inspired, eager to participate in lessons with a positive attitude.

Grade 5

In Grade 5, children have reached a level of confidence in English where they can begin to use their language skills in practical situations. For example, children learn report writing skills which will be transferred across to Junior High and beyond. Pupils also develop confidence in public speaking, learning to present their work in front of classmates and wider audiences.

Grade 6

Grade 6 is another pivotal phase in a Huili pupil’s learning journey, as they begin the important transition to Junior High. In Grade 6, Huili pupils are the role-models for their primary school classmates. The Huili identities of being Inspired, Independent, Intellectual, Individual and Inclusive are all on display in Grade 6.

Ms. Li
In Chinese Social Studies, we focus on the fundamentals of geography and history, as for many pupils this is the first time they have studied these subjects. Here, we especially emphasise learning habits and skills such as taking notes accurately and quickly. Of course, we continue to pay attention to the cultivation of a pupil’s interest, so we hold activities and events such as the Geography Festival and Historical Drama Performance.Life at Huili School Hangzhou truly is a learning journey, and the Huili curriculum has been created with a genuine focus on developing skills incrementally. The children are learning age-appropriate skills for the year that follows, building upon what they have learnt before to take the learning further and deeper. In this way, all Huili pupils will be prepared with the knowledge and skills required to prepare them for high school, university and life beyond.

The key point is, it’s never too early to start your child’s Huili journey. In fact, the earlier the journey begins the more time your child will have to develop all of those skills necessary to make them a successful 21st century global citizen.

Are you interested in joining Huili? Get in touch with our admissions department today to attend an information session and campus tour.

While most grade levels are full for the 2019-2020 academic year, there are a few spaces available throughout some primary school grades. Enquire now to learn more.