Courses

Cambridge English Qualifications

Harrow Beijing Saturday School is a centre authorized by Cambridge Assessment English from 2007.

We offer full range of Cambridge English Qualifications to students from age 5 to 16. 

Our exam season is in June, every year the students take their exams at Harrow Beijing Saturday School. Parents only need to provide their children's identifications to register the exams.

Harrow Beijing Saturday School Featured Courses

These courses are adapted from Harrow curriculum to cater both Harrow and public students.

There are courses available for students from 3 years old to 14 years old with different focus including reading, writing and Mathematics.

Talk for Writing

What is ‘Talk for Writing’?

Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett supported by Julia Strong, is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage. It is a very popular teaching method across England and overseas.

How is it taught?

TheTalk for Writingmethod enables children to imitate orally the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing it. They move to the next stage from imitation to innovation and retell the story in their own words. The children will also expand their vocabulary in order to give greater depth and description to their work. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

Who is the teacher?

Margaret Conner

Ms. Conner has 20 years’ experience in teaching. Throughout her career, she has taught from EYFS to Year 4. She loves to develop creativity in classrooms and is particularly passionate about teaching through ‘Talk for Writing’, when children develop their language and creative writing skills, improve grammar and expand vocabulary. She is excited about the new creative writing class and looking forward to having fun with the children and developing their fantastic language skills.

Student age group: 6 – 7

Course time: 1.00 – 4.00 pm, Saturdays, 26 Oct. – 7 Dec. 

Course Outline

Week 1 –Handa’s Surprise- using senses to describe 

Week2 – Handa’s Surprise looking at settings of the story. Using descriptions to set the scene.

Week 3 –Handa’s surprise storymapping own story by using innovation.

Week 4 –Not now Bernard, describing feelings, characters and settings.

Week 5 – Looking in depth at illustrations to create own stories.

Week 6 –writing letters in characters, expressing emotions and suggesting solutions.

 

Persuasive Writing

What is ‘Persuasive Writing’? 

Persuasive writing intends to convince readers to believe in an idea or opinion. It’s a form of non-fiction writing the writer uses to develop logical arguments, making use of carefully chosen words and phrases. 

Why is it useful?

When writing persuasive essays, students need to be well versed in word selection, framing logical arguments and creating a strong cohesive closing argument. To be able to express their ideas and opinions in a constructive way on paper is something they’ll rely on in their professional and personal lives.

Who is the teacher?

Sean O’Shea

Having taught extensively in England, being a former Literacy coordinator, led debating clubs at Harrow Beijing and starting his third year of teaching here, Mr. O’Shea is well placed to support the growth and development of students through the application of persuasive writing techniques.  This course will be an exciting and interesting way to improve knowledge and skills through the use of the English language.

Student age group: 8 - 10

 Course time: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm, Saturdays, 26 Oct. - 7 Dec.

Course Outline

Week 1 – Understanding persuasion through reading texts.

Week2 – Develop personal persuasive techniques.

Week 3 – Debate and create arguments.

Week 4 – Research on a selected issue.

Week 5 - Writing an argument.

Week 6 - Present arguments using persuasive skills.

 

English for Mathematics

This course aimed at non-native English speakers who attend English Language mathematics lessons, to support those who find the language used in the lesson unfamiliar and challenging. 

What is “English for Mathematics”? 

Some of the language of mathematics is rarely used outside the classroom, so may be unfamiliar to those students who don’t speak English as their first language. In some cases words and phrases can have a different meaning in the mathematics classroom to their meaning in common usage. This can lead to confusion and frustration , and can hinder progress.

How is “English for Mathematics”taught?

The course is designed to focus on the areas of Key Stage 3 Mathematics which rely most heavily on literacy and language comprehension. Students will be encouraged to develop their language comprehension and literacy through group discussion, understanding and using key mathematical words and terminology, whilst preparing for the literary expectations future  examinations will bring.

student age group: 10-12 years old

Course time: 10:00am-12:00pm, Saturdays 2nd November- 22nd February

Course Outline

Week 1 – Mastery of Numbers

Week2 – Properties of 2D shapes.

Week 3 – Properties of 3D shapes.

Week 4 – Area and Perimeter of 2D shapes.

Week 5 – Angles in 2D shapes.

Week 6 – Angles in parallel lines.

Week 7 – Percentages .

Week 8 – Worded mathematical problems and problem solving.

Week 9 – End of course assessment.

Week 10 – End of course revision, summary and celebration of achievements.

 

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English For Maths

What is ‘English for Mathematics’?

Some of the language of mathematics is rarely used outside the classroom, so it may be unfamiliar to those students who don’t speak English as their first language. In some cases, words and phrases can have a different meaning in the mathematics classroom to their meaning in common usage. This can lead to confusion and frustration, and can hinder progress.

How is it taught? 

The course is designed to focus on the areas of Key Stage 3 Mathematics which rely most heavily on literacy and language comprehension. Students will be encouraged to develop their language comprehension and literacy through group discussion, understanding and using key mathematical words and terminology, whilst preparing for the literary expectations future examinations will bring.

With a combination of individual and collaborative working, students will use discussion and the resources provided to progress both their mathematical vocabulary and knowledge. Teachers will provide instant assessment for learning, and tailor the lesson to individual student needs

Who is the teacher?

Paul Gray 

With over 7 years teaching experience, Mr. Gray specializes in secondary mathematics. Having taught bilingual students from all over the world, such Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, Mr. Gray delivers internal trainings on effectively engaging EAL learners in the classroom. 

Mr. Gray has been working at Harrow Beijing since January 2018, teaching students from Year 6 through to Year 12. He enjoys working with new students and takes great pride in fostering a focused, fun, and engaging culture in his classrooms.  An advocate of collaborative group work, Mr. Gray uses a variety of techniques to promote articulation, comprehension, discussion and high level questioning within his classroom.

Student age group: 10 – 12

Course time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, Saturdays, 2 Nov. 2019 – 22 Feb. 2020

During the 10 weeks training, students will learn the properties of the 2D and 3D shapes, as well as to calculate their areas, perimeters and percentages. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to solve worded mathematical problems.

 

For more information please phone 64448900-6252/6851

email: harrowsaturdays@harrowbeijing.cn