A pathway to study in Harrow
Saturday School provides a pathway for prospective students to study in Harrow Beijing. Saturday School provides students with reference letters, most of which are written by Harrow teachers who teach at Saturday School. The excellent Saturday School students will be recommended to the Admissions team if there are vacancies in Harrow Beijing. Students who are going to apply to Harrow Beijing are encouraged to study in a series of Parallel Classes which are specifically designed for prospective students and follow the Harrow Beijing curriculum.
1.Harrow Parallel Classes
Harrow Parallel Classes aim to help prospective students follow a similar curriculum to that which is taught at Harrow Beijing, so that they may be fully prepared should opportunities to join the School arise.
Parallel English Classes (3 hours/ week)
The Parallel English Classes are designed for different age groups (3-12). Applicants must submit the application form of Harrow Beijing, and pass the entry test to get a place in the Parallel English Classes. The Lower School parallel courses focus on language acquisition and literacy, and the Upper School parallel courses focus on productive skills, including speaking and writing.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Parallel English Classes.
Parallel Maths Classes (2 hours/ week)
The Parallel Maths Classes, which follow the British National Curriculum, will enable the students with age 5-12 from local or bilingual schools to experience the British education and prepare for their future study at international schools. The non-Harrow students who are aged 9 or over by August 31st, 2018 must pass the entry test to apply for a place in the Parallel Maths Classes. The course will aim to get familiar with English vocabularies in maths, acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic simple areas covered by maths thereby gaining confidence in handling mathematical problems.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Parallel Maths Classes.
2.Cambridge English/ IELTS Classes (3 hours/ week)
IELTS and Cambridge English are both developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, and the Cambridge English levels take students step by step towards IELTS 7 and above.
As Saturday School’s core English course, Cambridge English has helped many Harrow and non-Harrow students reach their expected level of English and achieve IELTS 7 for when they apply to universities.
To meet the student’s request, IELTS training courses are designed for intermediate English students who are aiming for a satisfied IELTS scores to help gain access to university or college. The intention of the IELTS course is not only to help the students to practice examination techniques, but it will also help them to improve overall language competency.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Cambridge English Classes and Cambridge IELTS Classes here.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Cambridge English/ IELTS Classes.
3.Leadership and Service Classes
Students have the choice to study at Harrow Saturday School for half a day or a full day. The following featured courses are available in addition to the above courses:
Youth Leadership Classes (2 hours/ week)
At Harrow Beijing, we are committed to providing opportunities for your children to learn, lead and serve in order to fulfill our vision, Leadership for a better world. In order to continue to strive for excellence in all we offer at Harrow Beijing, the Leadership and Service courses for the Saturday School will be launched. The Leadership and Service curriculum will provide the Saturday School students with the opportunity to take part in Harrow Youth Leadership programme. These programmes will provide our students the opportunity to build a strong pathway to Harrow Beijing, and even to University and beyond.
Parenting Leadership Classes (2 hours/week)
Via the communication with parents, we were surprised to find that some of the parents showed their keen interests in parenting leadership course as well. The parenting leadership class allows parents to shift thinking from good and bad judgments to heartfelt connection with ourselves and our children through focusing on the universal human needs we are both seeking to meet.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Leadership Classes.
Parents’ English Classes (2 hours/ week)
Given the high demand for parent English classes, Saturday School is happy to offer these classes again from September 2018. The course aims to improve parents’ general spoken English ability and confidence. We will introduce aspects of British culture and also help parents to understand the direction of international education. We will explore also how parents can work in partnership with Harrow to support their child’s education and prepare them for exciting study and career opportunities - both in China and beyond - in the future.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Parents’ English Classes.
STEM Classes (2 hours/ week)
The acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in STEM. It is a vast academic and professional field that includes Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math and all its derivations. It is a very important part of K-12 education and is receiving great amounts of attention all over the world. The STEM programme we offer has been recognized by many American middle schools and put into use. It is also recognized by British Children 's University, and adopted by Australia's New South Wales Education Hall and already applied to many famous Australian schools.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the STEM Classes.
Children will learn programming fundamentals as they make their very own playable video games. They’ll create projects inspired by classic arcade games that can be programmed and played! By dragging together colourful blocks of code, kids quickly learn computer programming concepts and make cool games, quizzes and animations. Younger children will be able to colour and edit sprites and add music and sounds affects. Older children will use Audacity and graphics editor to make their own music and graphics to import into Scratch. Scratch improves problem-solving and thinking skills as well as developing the creative and logical parts of the brain.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Computer Classes.
LAMDA Classes (2 hours/ week)
For over 150 years, LAMDA has been promoting public speaking, developing Drama and nurturing talent and inspiring artists across the globe. The skills learnt in LAMDA are recognized worldwide and learners gain UCAS points from Grade 5. Pupils develop a clear speaking voice, positive body language and self-confidence by exploring different uses of spoken English, in addition to gaining UCAS points. At Harrow School Beijing, we believe that succeeding in LAMDA examinations demonstrates your child has met a rigorous assessment criteria, can public speak but also that they have grown as individuals through participating in a worthwhile activity that is respected as a global standard. Course lead by Danielle Byrne, Director of LAMDA at Harrow Beijing.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the LAMDA Classes.
Paper-Cutting Art Programme (2 hours/week)
Chinese paper cutting art was selected for the UNESCO World Heritage List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. Paper cutting is the most common artistic tradition in Chinese life and the art of the most auspicious festivities. As a handicraft, paper cutting is very useful in cultivating children’s sense of concentration. The practice of paper cutting is also an experience and practice of traditional Chinese art. The paper cutting programme offered by the Saturday School have designed different course content for children of different ages (from 5-12). The learning of these courses is a step-by step process of practice. The pleasure will be enhanced by experiencing the continuous paper cutting practice. It also gives a positive sense of art aesthetic and artistic achievement for young people. The course is led by young paper-cutting artist Ms. Qiao Cun. We are also honored to invite Professor Qiao Xiaoguang as the teaching consultant for the course. The course will be delivered in mandarin.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Paper Cutting Art Classes.
Creative English Writing Classes (2 hours/week)
Creative Writing course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of writers, stories, prose and poetic forms. It will help young people build confidence in expressing themselves through artistic writing, short stories and poems. Students will gain a deeper appreciation of recognized literary works. We will investigate the stories they wish to tell and the statements that they wish to make. Most importantly this is a dynamic activity that will improve written and spoken English in an exciting, valuable and fun way.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Creative Writing Classes.
Mandarin Classes (3 hours/week)
Mandarin course is designed to guide the lower grades students to remember Chinese Characters in three systems-“Characters with similar form”, “Characters with similar meaning”, “Characters with similar sound” It will cultivate students to observe, analyze and solve some problems. This course is based on the structure of Chinese characters, with songs, rhymes as the main form, with the analysis and understanding Characters as the core, with fairy tales as the aid to help students to understand the characters deeply, and expanding vocabulary, to make sentences, guide reading, to lay foundation for further learning.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Mandarin Classes.
Ballet and Modern/Tap Dancing Classes (3 hours/week)
Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s most renowned dance education organizations. RAD exams set standards in classical ballet. We teach the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Tap syllabus and ISTD Modern Theatre syllabus in our combined Modern and Tap classes. Students can learn good rhythm, style and foot techniques of tap, while at the same time, the natural movements and imaginative and rapid response of modern dance. The aim of the class is to train our students to become disciplined and versatile dancers. The ballet and Modern/Tap Programme offered by the Saturday School have designed different course content for children of different age (from 4-10). The learning of these courses is a step-by-step process of practice. The course will be delivered by the certified teachers from UK with many years teaching experience.
Please find the detailed course descriptions for the Dancing Classes.
4.Individualized Learning Plan
Some of our students at Saturday School wish to improve their English language ability to enter Harrow Beijing or other international schools within a short time frame. They each have different individual learning needs, and, therefore, the main Saturday School classes are not enough to help them to achieve their goals in the short-term. Saturday School will help these students to develop a personal learning plan with clearly stated outcomes by offering one-to-one tuition for students with such needs. Students and parents can decide if they would like to have two, four, or more hours of one-to-one tuition from Monday to Saturday, at appropriate times. For detailed information please contact Saturday School directly.