The Wycombe Abbey School curriculum has been specifically designed to provide primary age children with an approach to teaching and learning that combines all that is best in the British and Hong Kong primary education systems, ensuring that they are ideally prepared for the next steps in their lives and schooling. We want our pupils to enjoy an outstanding primary school experience during the years they are with us at Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong.
In recognition of the extraordinary city which is their home, our curriculum reflects the cultural, linguistic, geographical and historical significance of Hong Kong, China and the wider region. We aim to ensure that our pupils have a firm grounding in the Chinese language and culture, while developing total fluency in English and accessing a curriculum which is built around the core components of the internationally renowned National Curriculum for England.
There will be up to seven Chinese language classes per week at each level. Chinese will be taught as a discrete subject in every year group, with the same number of lessons allocated to Chinese, English and Maths each week.Putonghua will be the medium of instruction for all Chinese lessons and our pupils will be taught primarily to read and write simplified characters, with exposure to traditional characters through lessons in calligraphy, voluntary supplementary reading lessons and a variety of extra-curricular activities.
Mathematics will be taught in Year One and Year Two using a syllabus drawing heavily on the Chinese approach to teaching. Putonghua will be used by our Mathematics teachers in order both to support the Chinese approach to Mathematics and to further the practical use of Chinese. However, no child will be disadvantaged in their acquisition of core mathematical skills if their Chinese abilities do not yet allow this. During Year Three (7+), the teaching of Mathematics will transition to the UK style of Mathematics, taught in English, as the children start Key Stage Two and prepare for entry into secondary schools at eleven years old.
Wycombe Abbey School is focused on preparing children to be confident, happy, responsible, highly skilled and globally mobile. More than ever before, the children of today need to learn to be expert lifelong learners and creative, collaborative problem solvers in order to flourish in their future lives and careers.