We pride ourselves in providing a challenging environment to stimulate and develop passionate and life-long learners. As children move from Preschool to Preparatory they will be asked to take a greater degree of responsibility for their work. Assessment becomes more formalised and children receive more specialist teaching, until they are taught only by specialist teachers in Year 5. Throughout this period we maintain a personalised approach to learning, aiming to nurture ‘curious minds’ and to create a fun and engaging environment.
In Years 3 and 4 children remain in mixed-ability Tutor Groups but more specialist teaching is gradually introduced. Art and Science are added as specialist subjects. In addition, children are streamed for some of the core subjects such as Maths and English.
Pupils in Years 5 and 6, unlike most other international schools, are taught by subject specialist teachers in all lessons – Maths, English, Science, Putonghua, Spanish, Geography, History, Computing, PE, Swimming, Music, Art, DT and PSHE. In addition children are streamed for all core subjects. In these years more formal forms of assessment are introduced, helping children to prepare for the Common Entrance syllabus.
In Years 7 and 8 the curriculum is designed to prepare children for the Common Entrance examinations. As in Years 5 and 6 all subject are taught by subject specialist teacher and pupils are streamed for the core subjects, including science. Form Tutors help pupils develop a strong learning ethic and pupils are encouraged to take greater ownership over their independent study. The final Common Entrance examinations take place in the final term of Year 8, with pupils receiving exam practice and regular revisions lesson throughout their final two years at MKSHK.
Responsibility for the oldest pupils in the Preparatory is hugely rewarding: entry into Years 7 and 8 draws a line under the children’s primary education and offers them an opportunity to build upon previous successes, or indeed the chance to reinvent themselves. The emphasis within these top two year-groups of the Preparatory marks a distinct shift in approach. Staff treat these pupils as young adolescents; in return, they are expected to give of their best in every sphere of school life and set an example to the rest MKSHK’s younger year groups.