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English National Curriculum

Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong provides a Primary programme of study linked to the English National Curriculum. Developed especially to meet the needs of our talented, multi-lingual, international student body, it supports the achievement and successes of all children in the school.

The Curriculum is arranged into stages:

Age on the
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Year Group Curriculum Stage
3+ Nursery Early Years Foundation Stage
4+ Reception
5+ Year 1 Key Stage 1
6+ Year 2
7+ Year 3 Key Stage 2
8+ Year 4
9+ Year 5
10+ Year 6

Within each year group, children study thematically. Curriculum areas include Literacy, Mathematics, Mandarin, Computing, Science, History, Physical Education, Geography, Music, Drama, Citizenship, Art and Design. Subject strands and objectives are carefully woven together to create immersive and interconnected units of learning. Six units are studied during each academic year.

Early Years

The curriculum within Nursery and Reception classes is shaped by the Early Years and Foundation Stage framework. An integrated programme of learning and care, it is founded upon a series of developmental markers and split into Prime and Specific areas.

Accordion Prime Areas

Critical to the development of the whole child, prime areas form a significant focus of early childhood development. Within this area, children learn about:

Personal and Social Education

Children develop confidence and self-assurance. They learn how to share and take turns, discovering how to manage their feelings and behaviour.

Physical Development

Children develop coordination, control, manipulation and movement. They develop grow in confidence and activity, developing self help skills and greater independence.

Communication and Language

Children develop listening skills and increase their vocabulary, articulation and fluency. They learn to communicate verbally and non-verbally in order to successfully develop positive relationships.

Accordion Specific Areas

More familiar to many parents, specific areas shape the academic interests of children as they move through the Early Years. Within this area, children learn about:


Children will be exposed to a wide range of books, introduced to letter sounds and begin emergent writing.


Children will match, count, sort, spot patterns, make connections, recognise relationships and work with numbers, shapes and measures. They develop mathematical understanding through stories, songs, games and imaginative play.

Understanding of the World

Children will begin to develop the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding to help them comprehend the world around them. This forms the foundation for subjects of Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology and Computing taught through the Primary years.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children create and explore in order to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding. This area encompasses music, art, dance, role play and imaginative play.


Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong takes the learning of language seriously. Chinese is taught to every child every day.

In recognition that our students bring with them a range of different experiences, we have tailored our curriculum accordingly. With our specialist teaching team delivering programmes to advanced, intermediate and foundation groups, every child has the opportunity to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening at an appropriate pace and level.


We are pleased to offer an extensive range of ECAs, open to Primary students (Years 1 - 6) between the ages of 5 and 11. The programme is designed to allow them to explore interests and develop skills outside of the classroom. We understand that these opportunities can bring balance to a child’s life, serving to enhance their well being and in doing so, benefiting their social, physical and academic performance.

Primary students are encouraged to participate in at least one weekly ECA, however, many students may choose to be involved in more.

Accordion 1. Core Activities

Core activities will remain consistent from term to term and year to year. They are safeguarded and hold special status to guarantee a breadth of provision. Activities are classified in one of three ways:


Choir, Drumming, Drama, Dance and Art


Football, Rounders and Athletics


Chess, Book Club, Coding and Chinese Language

Accordion 2. Additional Activities:

Additional activities draw from the wider interests and expertise of our teaching staff and may vary from term to term. This term they include sessions under the titles STEM, Yoga, Mindfulness and Eco Warriors.

Accordion 3. Excellence Programme Activities:

Our Excellence Programmes aim to support students who are gifted and talented in a range of areas, including Music, Drama and Sport. These activities help our students to pursue their dreams and to reach their full potential. Excellence activities usually involve trial, audition or invitation to attend.


In common with Shrewsbury School in the UK, we are serious about sport. Regardless of previous experience and ability students can discover and develop their sporting passions in a variety of team games and individual disciplines such as football, athletics, gymnastics, dance and swimming.

Our teachers and coaches support and guide students towards participation in sports. Those who show outstanding talent and commitment to a particular sport may be invited to become part of a Shrewsbury team, a group of athletes working together to reach the fullest of their potential.

We are firm in our belief that sport for all should be a part of school life and is crucial in the development of personal qualities. As a community we share a commitment to exercise and healthy eating.  Many students will simply enjoy the fun of being part of PE lessons. Others will wish to push themselves beyond the school timetable and attend sporting ECA's or to achieve team selection. Students, if selected to represent the school, are required to demonstrate commitment, dedication and sportsmanship throughout the season.