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Junior School, Grades 2–5

The Junior School curriculum is structured around a holistic, inquiry-based approach to learning. Guided by the UWCSEA profile and learning principles, students study literacy, mathematics, languages, science, humanities (social studies), the Arts and PE. They also have time dedicated to exploring concepts through transdisciplinary units. In the Junior School, the academic curriculum is integrated with a Personal and Social Education programme that supports students in exploring issues such as friendships, family, personal identity and self-awareness.

Our programmes combine the best of traditional and innovative practices to achieve quality teaching and quality learning. Both campuses work together to develop the curriculum in tandem to ensure consistency. In all areas of the curriculum, the staff endeavour to provide students with a range of stimulating, challenging experiences and activities.

In the Junior School, a student's main contact is with the classroom teacher who is supported by a teacher assistant. In addition, specialists teach physical education, music, information technology, art and language. The languages available are Chinese, Spanish and French, though not all of these languages are available at all levels in all of the Junior School grades. 

In summary, UWCSEA's Junior School curriculum:

  • develops a child's natural curiosity
  • uses an integrated approach to learning
  • encourages an international perspective
  • extends learning beyond the classroom
  • uses specialist teachers for single subject areas
  • uses information technology and library resources to support learning
  • recognises parents as partners in a child's learning process
  • develops a child's awareness of the importance of service to others