Junior High Education

Chinese and western teachers will collaborate together to provide every single pupil with opportunities of deep learning and exploring in the bilingual learning environment. It is essential to educate a pupil’s primary knowledge of each subject and skills systematically, also developing the ability of pupils, in terms of critical thinking, creativity, analyzing, problem solving, innovation and communication.

Junior High Education

The educational model for Junior High at Huili School Hangzhou is structured around the Huili values and identity. In design, it’s aim is to ensure pupils are Inspired, Intellectual, Independent, Individual and Inclusive by the time they leave Huili School Hangzhou.

Junior High consists of Grades 7 to Grade 9. The aim of our program is that the bilingual ability of students will be enhanced in the Chinese-English environment. The curriculum is primarily based on the Chinese National Curriculum and the curriculum of compulsory education in Zhejiang Province  but delivered in a way that is consistent with the Huili ethos. The pedagogical and structural approaches ensure pupil learning and development take place. Pupils will study Mandarin, mathematics, English, biology, chemistry, physics along with humanities, physical education and the arts. The high-quality educational resources will be chosen for Junior High, combining advanced educational ethos and pedagogy. This allows students to finish their nine-year compulsory education successfully, well preparing for the upcoming curriculum of the senior high school. Each subject is delivered in a primary language, but learning is challenged and extended through projects and studies in a secondary language. This ensures that a pupil’s language acquisition develops coherently with learning in subject areas and ensures that pupils develop the technical and cultural language required to be fully bilingual.

Chinese and western teachers will collaborate together to provide every single pupil with opportunities of deep learning and exploring in the bilingual learning environment. It is essential to educate a pupil’s primary knowledge of each subject and skills systematically, also developing the ability of pupils, in terms of critical thinking, creativity, analyzing, problem solving, innovation and communication. At the same time, the Junior High curriculum also enables pupils to build up confidence, developing their own ways of learning and discovering their strengths. It aims to stimulate the potential of pupils and foster their ability of independent decision-making as well as a good attitude of responsibility.

As pupils progress through Junior High, learning is rigorous and pupil progress and attainment is tracked and reported systematically. Learning is structured to support pupils on their journey to excel in examinations that await them in High School. However, learning and progress in academic subjects is balanced with exposure to a wide range of Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) that allow pupils to develop a wide range of aptitudes. This is essential if pupils are to acquire the skills, disposition and character needed to thrive in the College and in life beyond.

In addition, the Huili House system plays a fundamental role in students’ life in Junior High School. Pupils are allocated to a house and benefit from the support, guidance and counselling of the House Master and House tutors along with the mutual support of their peers. Together, pupils build strong and lasting relationships that are essential as they develop into young adults.

Delivered by western specialist staff, the PE curriculum is designed to develop children’s physical wellbeing, stamina and bearing. High level skills allow pupils to excel in various sports while developing greater confidence and teamwork abilities. Children are given the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of sports, such as swimming, football, badminton, rugby and so on.

These subjects are delivered by western specialist teachers who have a great deal of experience. Pupils develop a broad range of artistic skills while gaining confidence as practitioners and acquiring a deep appreciation for these subjects. All subjects are delivered in bespoke, purpose-built teaching spaces complete with high quality equipment. Individual performances or displays alongside critical evaluation form a large component of arts-based learning.

The subject of Chinese is of great importance to us, as it bears the responsibility of promoting Chinese language and culture. We use the textbooks developed by the Ministry of Education for all local schools, alongside selected teaching materials; for example, resources such as hard-tipped pen calligraphy, brush calligraphy, comprehensive learning and classic literature. This approach is designed to ensure that our pupils have the same level of native language proficiency as their peers and even their elders from any non-bilingual setting.

Pupils have five Chinese teaching sessions each week, which focus on developing their ability to identify, analyse and solve problems in creative ways, while encouraging them to express their thoughts and opinions about the wider world in an articulate manner.

We follow the English National Curriculum for our English instruction. Pupils leaving Grade 9 for High school will be fully prepared to adapt to any international curriculum in English without undue difficulty, including learning subjects such as economics, history and global perspectives, all of which require an especially high level of English fluency. Our aim is that by the time they leave High Schools to pursue a university education, all of our pupils will have become truly bilingual, not only in their linguistic abilities, but also in terms of historical knowledge, cultural appreciation, thinking patterns and problem solving.
The bilingual mathematics curriculum at Huili is a combination of two distinctly different sets of thinking patterns and practices. After a careful comparison of the different mathematics curriculums used in China and Western countries, Huili strives to take the strengths of each system by hiring bilingual practitioners who are experienced in teaching both. Language acquisition is enhanced through mathematics learning to help prepare pupils for an international curriculum when they move up to High school.
Chinese and English staff work closely together with each responsible for teaching geography, history, society and moral development in their native languages. Teaching partners plan collaboratively, linking their teaching content with the other. This model helps to build a foundation for studying English cultural subjects in High school and provides further language immersion experiences.
After conducting a rigorous comparison of the Chinese and English national science curriculums, we have designed our own, which is based on the Chinese national curriculum while striving to challenge and extend our pupils by adding more technical and difficult teaching content. Flexible teaching methods are used to encourage investigation and experimentation. We aim to equip our pupils with a scientific, logic-based attitude, combined with the courage to raise different opinions and always pursue the truth. We also aim to help them develop a better understanding of the connections between technology, science and our evolving global society.
Led by an experienced and dedicated Western ICT teacher, pupils experience a rich and fast-paced curriculum, continuing to build on the wide range of skills acquired during their Primary school years to ensure they will excel in this digital world. Our first-class facilities provide all pupils with access to advanced technology, which is used across all subjects.