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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.