What curriculum do you offer, and what are its strengths?
We offer the English National Curriculum (British Curriculum) with an international focus, and the International Baccalaureate.In our Primary School, students' learning is enhanced through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), making their learning more global, active and relevant, connecting them to where they are living now and giving them insight into other perspectives, whilst still meeting all of the objectives of the English National Curriculum.
The strength of the English National Curriculum lies in its formal structure. Divided into Key Stages of education, for students from 3 to 16 years of age, it develops the key skills students need to learn, with a rigorous focus on Literacy and Numeracy as well as a broad and balanced study of other subjects.
Key Stages at a glance:
Foundation Stage – Early Years – Nursery and Reception
Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2
Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9
Key Stage 4 – IGCSE – Years 10 and 11
From the Foundation Stage, our students study Mandarin and our curriculum reflects both our location in Shanghai and the diverse international membership of our school community.
The design of the curriculum is “spiral” so that students develop key skills in each subject as they move through the years, each time building upon and extending their previous skill level and knowledge.
The fourth Key Stage is Years 10 and 11 when students study towards the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), a series of externally set and marked examinations which are recognised by education systems around the world.
Students in Years 12 and 13 at Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme, the highly respected qualification recognised by the leading universities.
For a detailed insight into our curriculum, go to the Learning section of our website here. Please direct any specific questions to our Admissions team at email@example.com. We are happy to arrange for you to meet experts from subject areas during your visit.
English is not our family’s first language. How will my child be supported at your school?
We offer a comprehensive and proven English as an Additional Language programme for students from Year 1 to Year 11, as well as support beyond. Many of our students do not speak English at the level of their year group when they commence at the school, however our most recent results from externally administered examinations show that within a very short period of time, students are on track with their peers.
Our EAL team provides individualised support for students to assist them to fast-track into full participation in the classroom. Additionally, all of our teachers are trained to assist students to continually improve their English through immersion in the classroom, using a range of techniques to assist students to quickly develop their skills. Our bilingual Teacher Assistants provide additional support for native Mandarin-speaking students.
We have strong relationships with, and host on campus, the Dutch School and the Italian School which provide after-school language programmes for students to continue their native language studies. Students for whom Spanish and German are their native languages may also participate in afterschool native language programmes.
Our programme of Co-Curricular Activities also provides a range of activities for non-native English speaking students and their parents. (See below)
Do you provide afterschool activities?
Our Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) are designed to enhance student learning. We believe that every child benefits from having access to a broad range of activities across many disciplines. Our programme of CCAs covers Sport, Performance, Academics, Community and Expression. Students are encouraged to try new things, take risks and give back to the community; essential elements of becoming a life-long learner and leader. Activities include involvement in sporting teams and fixtures, musicals, dance, maths and science workshops, essay and article writing, art, designing your own computer, and many more.
We currently offer more than 150 CCAs, taught largely by our teaching staff. For some activities, expert coaching or teaching is brought in from outside the school and these do involve additional fees payable at the beginning of each term. The CCA programme runs from 3:15 – 4:15pm each school day, with some activities also scheduled before school and at weekends.
Take a look at the CCA programme guide here to find out more about how your child can expand the limits of their mental and physical abilities as well as discover and develop their talents with performance and creative pursuits.
Does my child need a laptop computer?
Students are not required to bring their personal computer equipment to school. Students are provided with computer equipment, including laptops and iPads for their use when required during the school day. These are kept on school premises and fully maintained and regularly upgraded by the school.
From August 2015, students in Year 5 to Year 11 will each be given an iPad mini for use at school and at home. These devices will be pre-loaded with programmes and Apps necessary for their learning.