ABOUT WBS

About us

In 2014, Wahaha Bilingual School Hangzhou (WBS) was established as a nine-year school with approval from the Education Bureau of Zhejiang Province. From its inception, we have been committed to producing the next generation of ambassadors for China, global citizens who not only have a deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and values but are also able to engage with the international community, make the distinct Chinese voice heard, and facilitate cultural and intellectual dialog.

ACADEMICS

Academic profile

what we do

Curriculum Overview

With the nine-year national curriculum as our foundation, Wahaha Bilingual School integrates Chinese traditional culture, while introducing advanced internationalized education and teaching concepts and learning resources. We cultivate each student’s potential and independent learning skills to prepare them for their role as future leaders.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


MIDDLE SCHOOL


Chinese Calligraphy

Differentiated according to grade level, our Chinese calligraphy program includes hard pen calligraphy for Grades One and Two, and brush calligraphy for Grades Three and Four. It incorporates calligraphic techniques such as proper pen/brush grip, posture, stroke formation and stroke order, as well as an appreciation of the history and evolution of Chinese characters. Students learn the origins of Chinese characters, both pictograms and ideograms, develop an enjoyment of writing calligraphy, and further enhance their understanding of this important aspect of Chinese culture.

Chinese as First Language

At WBS, Chinese as a First Language encompasses the full scope of the national Chinese curriculum. The program is designed to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, to enhance comprehensive language competence, and to strengthen the understanding of Chinese culture. Essential to development of social skills and growth in a changing world, this program empowers learners to construct and apply knowledge of the language, and to develop thinking skills, aesthetic appreciation, and creativity. Students grow in their respect for cultural heritage and learn to contribute to its preservation.

Bilingual Math Teaching

WBS bilingual math seeks to combine Chinese and international mathematical thinking, concepts, modes and strategies of teaching. Comprehensive course planning yields a program that addresses students’ language and cognitive levels and is structured in combination with other curriculum. While valuing basic knowledge and skills in math, WBS math teaching attaches importance to inquiry-based project learning, math analytical and interpreting ability, problem solving skills, and innovation.

English Teaching with Emphasis on Thinking Skills and Language Use

In addition to developing students’ comprehensive language skills on the basic level with a special focus on reading ability, WBS English teaching promotes students’ cultural understanding and thinking skills, develops their character, and presents an international perspective.. The course is taught by Chinese and international teachers using domestic and global textbooks, and features cognitive reasoning, differentiated reading, theme activities, and English drama..

Physical Education

Physical education at WBS is a mandatory program promoting health, strength and athleticism. The course is co-taught by Chinese and international teachers, and combines the best of Chinese and western teaching styles. It features a wide range of western sports activities such as soccer, basketball, American football, and gymnastics as well as Chinese martial arts and other traditional sports. Students grow in physical ability, physical and emotional well-being and teamwork, and develop language competence, sportsmanship and cultural understanding.

Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts program develops students’ sense of aesthetics while developing technical arts skills which, when combined, enable them to express themselves creatively in different art forms. Students are introduced to the artistic traditions of China and the world, historical and modern art, and are encouraged to find art forms in the world around them. Students explore the correlation between art and other curricular subjects, and through their investigations develop independent learning skills.

Character Development

Character development (CD) upholds the school’s educational philosophy by helping students develop good character. Each year, a series of events are held for the promotion of essential qualities, and new qualities are added according to students’ developmental needs.

Comprehensive Interactive Activities

Comprehensive Interactive Activities (CIA) offers learning experiences in Chinese culture, drama, reading and subject hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning, guiding students to pay attention to themselves, their parents, peers, the under-privileged, their hometown and the environment they live in.

Creative Drama in Education

At WBS, Creative Drama in Education (CDIE) includes interactive theater games and improvised performance. Addressing humanistic qualities as the fundamental concept, the program features theater games, body language and facial expression training, role playing, mime, and improvisational acting of stories. Students take initiative and build connections to the world, allow full play to their imaginations, and give free expression to their thoughts and feelings while learning to create.

Math

This course is designed to develop students’ mathematical thinking skills, creativity, and skills to apply knowledge to real-world problems. We use the national math curriculum for the middle-year program in combination with the IGCSE math curriculum of Cambridge Assessment International Education. Teachers are encouraged to integrate merits of math textbooks and teaching methods, both local and international, learn from senior colleagues, closely study the Curriculum Standards for Middle-year Math and pedagogy, and relieve math teaching from the bore it often is, and make it “alive”.

Science

This course aims to prepare students for high school study in an international environment by helping them experience and understand the process of scientific research, build a comprehensive understanding of science and nature, and develop positive values and attitudes toward science. On the basis of teaching the Curriculum Standards for Middle-year Science of National Compulsory Education, we also incorporate other local and international materials, ideas and teaching methods. Students learn scientific knowledge in both languages and become familiar with different ways of thinking in both cultural contexts.

Social Studies

This course adopts the Curriculum Standards for Middle-year Social Studies of National Compulsory Education, with emphasis on critical thinking, a historical perspective, the historical development of China and the world, a scientific understanding of the society, and a positive attitude toward the individual’s place in relation to the world. A variety of reading materials will be used to provide students with a global understanding of different cultures and mores as well as improve their reading competence. Breaking the limits of classroom learning, students will engage in field trips in cities and the countryside where they learn by interacting with the real world. Field trips and social investigations are part of this course. Students work on projects and sometimes in groups, and their performance will be assessed by multiple criteria with greater emphasis on the process than on the final product of their work.

Chinese

In addition to the national curriculum of compulsory education, this course promotes comparative studies of Chinese and world literature of diverse genres including myth, fiction, drama and poetry. Students will acquire rich knowledge in Chinese culture, a deep understanding of Chinese values, and be able to tell the Chinese story to the international society. Meanwhile, they learn to understand and respect other nations with their distinct cultures and values, and contribute to cultural diversity. Through a large scope of subject activities such as debating, poetry workshops, drama performances and topic research, students improve their Chinese language and cultural proficiency and apply it to real-life situations. Teaching of writing includes literary texts and practical texts, with a focus on the writing purpose and readership.

English

Fulfilling and going beyond the requirements of the national curriculum of compulsory education, this course uses local and global textbooks and promotes collaborative teaching of both Chinese and international teachers. Students’ language proficiency will see a balanced development in all four language skills, with the “output” skills being the emphasis and a driving force for improving the “input” skills. Namely, students will find themselves making improvements in reading and listening, as a natural outcome of their endeavor to produce better writings and speeches. This course also improves students’ language use in real-life situations.

EAP

The English for Academic Preparation (EAP) course is designed to help students learn to think critically in order to prepare them for the TOEFL test. We use the Pathways 1 textbook to guide course themes and content. Students hone their listening and speaking skills by listening to or viewing interviews, speeches or lectures and responding to them by giving a presentation to the whole class or a smaller group. Students may give presentations as an individual or within a group and may have only a short time to prepare. They may also be part of a larger project which incorporates the other two primary skills, reading and writing. The reading and writing component of the course require students to respond to readings through comprehension exercises, oral presentations, group discussions, or written paragraphs. Paragraph structure and argumentative writing are key components of the course. Students learn how to write a paragraph that is able to examine a topic from many different angles while also including their opinions and examples. The EAP course aims to build confident critical thinkers who feel prepared to express their ideas in both spoken and written formats.

English Literature

The English Literature course is designed to develop student’s ability to critically analyze a text using their knowledge and understanding of the world. In the beginning of the course we complete a whole class novel study using the book《Wonder》. Students learn several different reading strategies which help them to understand details in the text. Students learn how to select important parts of the text and write a variety of paragraphs and essays that effectively examine those parts. Furthermore, student learn the creative thinking skills that are needed to understand fiction texts. As the course progresses, students study the effect that character development has on an overall text, and finally, students complete a novel study on an assigned book. Throughout the course, students are expected to share their ideas about their readings in class and parents are encouraged to ask students about what they are reading.

CAMPUS LIFE

Situated just one block away from the picturesque River, our 19,550 square meter campus boasts a spacious atrium, 30 classrooms, a science lab, library, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) room, and a multi-purpose sports field. In addition, we also have two art studios, two theaters, a music room with six individual practice rooms, choir room, dance studio and a gymnasium. Furthermore, we have installed in the playground a Corocord Spacenet, imported from Denmark, which is not only beneficial in developing students’ large muscles, spatial awareness, and eye-hand coordination, but also their imaginations. These high quality facilities are designed to ensure the happy and efficient learning of our students.

School life

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