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Junior School, Grades 2–5

Guided by the UWCSEA profile and learning principles the academic curriculum Junior School is structured around a holistic, inquiry-based approach to learning. This is integrated with a personal and social education programme that supports students in exploring topics such as friendships, family, personal identity and self-awareness.

A student’s main contact is with the classroom teacher who is supported by a teaching assistant who works across the grade-level. Specialist teachers provide lessons in Physical Education, Music, Art and Languages, and coaches work with classroom teachers to support Mathematics, Literacy and the integration of technology in their classroom practice.

The school week is divided into 40 periods, and while periods can vary in length according to the time of day and the day of the week, the average length is just under 40 minutes per period.

The table below outlines the subjects covered in each grade:

Junior School subject offerings Periods per week
  G2 G3 G4 G5
Literacy (Reading, Writing, Word Study and Library) 12 12 12 12
Mathematics 8 8 8 8
Unit of Study (Science and Humanities) 6 6 6 6
Language other than English (see below) 4 4 4 4
Physical Education 4 4 4 4
Music 2 2 2 2
visual Art 2 2 2 2
Personal and Social Education 2 2 2 2
Total 40 40 40 40

Languages other than English/English as an Additional Language

  • Grade 2: Chinese (beginner, continuation, advanced), French (beginner), Spanish (continuation), EAL (Dover Campus)
  • Grade 3: Chinese (beginner, continuation, advanced), French (continuation), Spanish (beginner, continuation), EAL (Dover Campus)
  • Grade 4: Chinese (beginner, continuation, advanced), French (beginner, continuation), Spanish (continuation), EAL (Dover Campus)
  • Grade 5: Chinese (beginner, continuation, advanced), French (continuation), Spanish (beginner, continuation), EAL (Dover Campus)

Some home language (mother tongue) classes are taught after school in small groups at additional cost. These are subject to demand, and therefore differ per campus.  EAL classes on Dover Campus at an additoinal cost.

More detail on the learning programme in our Junior School can be found in our overview brochures:

UWCSEA Dover Junior School brochure

Dover Campus Junior School overview
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UWCSEA East Junior School overview

East Campus Junior School overview
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