Prep School

Our Preparatory School Curriculum follows the framework of the National Curriculum in England, with which content streams found in the Chinese Primary School curriculum are integrated,and seeks to build upon the foundation skills, knowledge and holistic development fostered in Pre-School to allow for a smooth transition for students as they move towards the Senior School.

Prep School

  • Curriculum Overview

    Our Preparatory School Curriculum seeks to build upon the foundation skills, knowledge and holistic development fostered in Pre School to allow for a smooth transition for students as they move towards the Senior School. Curriculum areas are realigned to facilitate this progression and expectations are structured with increasingly high levels of challenge and complexity to build students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, understanding, independence, creativity and service orientation as learners. The programme in place in the Prep School focuses on the development of the whole child - academically, socially and emotionally.

    The Prep School blends the framework of the National Curriculum in England with content streams integrated from the Chinese Primary School curriculum. Language is developed through bilingual cotaught (English and Mandarin) lessons as well as immersion Chinese and immersion English classes. Mathematics Specialists make use of the Beijing Normal University programme and integrate Western teaching pedagogies and resources to build dynamic learning opportunities. We aim to make meaningful connections in learning for our students and, as such, students learn through a Programme of Inquiry across the disciplines of Science, The Arts, Morality and Well-Being and Humanities through which we combine learning opportunities across subjects. The programme is standards-based and provides children with a broad range of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

  • The Learning Areas

    The Prep School Curriculum areas include:

    • English Language and Literacy
    • Chinese Language and Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Science and Technology
    • Humanities
    • The Arts
    • Physical Education
    • Morality, Well-being and Citizenship

    Information and Computer Technology (ICT) is taught throughout the Prep School as a fully-integrated approach to learning, allowing children to build a repertoire of skills to facilitate learning. Blooms Digital Taxonomy (Churches, A.2007) is referenced throughout planning documents and is explicitly taught in class to allow children to access levels of higher order thinking through a range of approaches, including through tech integration. The SAMR model (Puentedura, R. 2006) drives ongoing review of the efficacy of our ICT programme.

  • Chinese and English Mastery

    We believe that meaningful and early exposure to more than one language will provide our students with advanced cognitive development. All students will pursue a blended programme taught in both Chinese and English. Bilingual mastery of Chinese and English is the goal for every student. The time devoted to each language is dependent on the age of the student with a gradual shift as the student advances from the Early Childhood programme, to the Prep School and to the Senior School.

    In Prep School, students benefit from immersion English classes with their native English speaking teachers, the majority of which are streamed by English experience and attainment levels in order to best meet the needs of our students and ensure best outcomes for all. Chinese lessons are delivered by Chinese Class Teachers and Specialists, offering deep knowledge of and passion for the language. Many lessons are also delivered bilingually, such as Morality and Inquiry lessons, allowing students the opportunity to build ‘code switching’ abilities working alongside English and Chinese teachers and languages simultaneously.

    Beginner Level Chinese and English classes will be offered at various grade levels for students new to the school, and particularly as students progress through the Prep School. Therefore, students without prior knowledge or experience with Chinese or English language may apply.

  • Inquiry Approach

    Inquiry is a key pedagogical approach at BMH, aiding the development of children’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. In Prep Juniors (P1-3), students follow an Inquiry Programme, with inter-connected units of learning throughout the year that allow them to follow an inquiry cycle and use higher order thinking skills to explore a range of ideas and concepts. In Prep Seniors and beyond, Inquiry-Based approaches such as Visible Thinking Routines are used regularly across all subjects, ensuring that students are going beyond knowledge and embedding skills, conceptual understandings and personal viewpoints into their learning.

    Emphasis is placed on meaning and understanding. Inquiry moves the learner from his or her current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding. Inquiry can take the form of:

    • Exploring, wondering, and questioning
    • Experimenting, researching and playing with possibilities
    • Collecting data and reporting findings
    • Making predictions
    • Clarifying existing ideas and reappraising events
    • Making and testing theories
    • Elaborating on solutions to problems
  • Assessment and Reporting

    Assessment is an ongoing process and is integral to all teaching and learning with the prime objective to provide purposeful feedback on the learning process. It must inform instruction and allow teachers, students and parents to reflect upon learning as well as identify what students know, understand and demonstrate at different stages of the learning process.

    At Bromsgrove School Mission Hills, assessment is carried out against the appropriate Programme Expectations using a range of techniques including teacher observation, portfolios, tracking, rubrics, self- and peer-assessment and parental input.

    Pre-assessments, formative assessments and summative assessments are carried out within and across Inquiry Units with summative assessments used as the basis of formal reporting.

    Parents may expect formal written reports for both Term 1 and Term 2, as well as face to face discussions with teachers at the Two-Way (teachers and parents only) and Three-Way (students, teachers and parents) conferences.

  • Facilities

    The state-of-the-art facilities for the Prep School include large open-plan classrooms, an extensive library, atrium / multi-purpose room indoor hall, student cafeteria, dedicated art, dance, drama, and music rooms, science labs and workshops. For sports, students have access to large sports field, recreation and performance space quad, and rooftop basketball and tennis courts and play area.

  • Timetable

    Prep School Timetable

    • Full Day Programme: 8:00-16:00
    • Co-curricular Activities: 16:00-17:00

    Students arrive from 8am and Period 1 commences at 8:20am. The School Day ends at 16:00. Co-curricular activities are optional and offered from Monday to Friday.

  • Experiential Learning

    We believe in children being active, not passive, learners, engaging in the world around them and enhancing their natural curiosity. Our teaching and learning approaches in the classroom mirror this every day, with children provided meaningful opportunities for developing their skills and applying their knowledge. Rather than give our students endless worksheets or ask them to follow text books, page by laborious page, we will inspire them with real-life opportunities in the classroom; through role play, taking actions and offering service to the community based on their inquiry units and giving time to explore their own questions and wonderings about the world. This extends beyond the classroom as we want to make the most of the wonderful community and city in which we live. Here are a few of the trips our students take regularly, all within 10 minutes of our school:

    • Visit to the Mission Hills Sport and Eco Park to care for the farm animals
    • Visit the wonderful Art Exhibits and Arts Factory at our neighbouring Arts Centre
    • Attend workshops at the famous Guanlan Printing Factory
    • Go on local walks to assess traffic safety (our students designed their own traffic signs to help keep us safe!)
    • Use Mathematical skills to go on excursions to local shops and banks to investigate money
    • Pop down the road to the famous Mission Hills golf courses to hone their skills on the greens!