Primary School (G2–5)
Welcome to Junior School
Primary School Principal
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your family. UWCSEA is a diverse and vibrant community and a very special place to learn and grow. We are confident that your family would feel settled and a valuable part of our community very quickly after joining us.
We are an international community with a diversity of experience, cultures and passions and our learning programme reflects this. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with such incredible children who love their time at school. They are very supportive of one another and make the most of the opportunities they are given to learn, explore and grow.
Junior School students (ages 7–11; Grades 2–5) participate fully in all five elements of the UWCSEA learning programme with abundant opportunities to explore and extend themselves beyond the challenging and inquiry-based academic programme. We encourage students to experience a breadth of exciting opportunities, so that as they progress through the school, they may discover a ‘passion' that they can nurture and actively engage in as they grow. The Primary School years are a truly exciting and crucial stage in their education and we aim, in partnership with parents, to make it a successful one for every individual.
The Primary School is made up of the Infant School and Junior School. Like the Infants, the Junior School is organised into smaller teams (grades) to ensure that students feel welcome and supported. Junior School students have access to an increased number of specialist teachers, with specialist lessons in Art in addition to Physical Education (PE), Music and Languages. The Junior School students begin the school day at 8am and finish at 3pm, one hour later than the Infant School.
We trust that you will enjoy learning more about the school and the UWCSEA learning programme through this website, our admissions materials and by visiting campus, if possible. We are excited to welcome your family to our wonderful community.
Primary School Principal
A day in our Junior School
Learning in Junior School
Each student is intentionally surrounded by a team of caring adults who know them personally and with whom they feel safe. We have carefully planned orientation and settling-in routines to help our new students adjust to their new environment and get to know their peers, and units of study at the start of the year are designed to help them settle into our community.
Students have access to an increased number of specialist teachers, with specialist lessons in Art in addition to Physical Education (PE), Music and Languages. Students stay in their class groups for lessons in specialist subjects, but are taught in dedicated classrooms and facilities by specialist teachers in Physical Education (PE), Music and Art.
The use of technology to enhance student learning is deeply embedded in the Junior School, and we provide an appropriate device for all primary aged students to use in the classroom. This is a tablet for the youngest students, moving to a laptop in the older primary grades. Students use individual iPads or laptops , which stay in the classroom and are not brought home.
We encourage parents to be as connected as possible to their child’s experience in school, and provide several opportunities to meet with the teacher through the course of the school year. A grade-level blog outlines the areas of focus and gives parents a window into their child’s learning, as do online portfolios created by each student during the year.
The day begins at 8am and lessons end at 3pm, although many students join activities until 4.30pm. While periods can vary in length according to the time of day and the day of the week, the average length is approximately 40 minutes per period.