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Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School

Main Campus

No. 56 Lane 101 Gui Lin Xi Road
Xuhui District, Shanghai, PRC 200233

The School

Total PYP Student Enrollment: 300
PYP Foreign Faculty: 20
PYP Student-Teacher Ratio: 14:1
Avg. PYP Class Size: 28

The Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School (WFLPS), established in 1993, is a private day school serving grades 1-5, located near Shanghai South Railway Station in the Xuhui District of Shanghai. The WFLPS currently consists of three departments: the Local Department, the Bilingual Department and the IB-PYP Department (International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme).

Directed by the school board, the principal takes full responsibility for school management. Wang Junjin, chairman of Juneyao Group, chairs the school board. Wang Xiao Ping, the founder of the school, serves as vice chairman, and is honored as a Model Worker by the Shanghai Municipal Government and as an Outstanding Educator by the State.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) authorized the WFLPS PYP Department in 2007, making it the first Chinese-led IB PYP World School in the world.

Curriculum & Mission

Taught bilingually, the PYP curriculum prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. The PYP curriculum contains three key components, which explain how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment within the program.

Characteristics of the PYP carry over to the other school departments. The school stresses on upgrading pupils’ moral standards, raising their international awareness and cultivating their potential for further development. Importance is attached to their basic knowledge and capability. The ultimate goal is to lay a good foundation for the pupils who are expected to become well-educated international citizens with competitive strengths.

School Departments

The IB Primary Years Programme focuses on the holistic development of the child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the outside world. Inquiry-based learning is a distinctive feature of the PYP, and the six trans-disciplinary themes are organized into Units of Inquiry where the central ideas are challenging, interesting, and relevant. Using the PYP Curriculum as a base, these Units are supplemented with local materials to ensure meaningful learning for the students. Formative and summative assessments provide guidance for teachers and students on competencies, knowledge and skills.

The Bilingual Department was established in 2000. It focuses on not only basic knowledge but also comprehensive skills. Though less pressure is placed on the students, high quality of learning is maintained. The Local Chinese curriculum is reinforced with a focus on the three main subjects (Mandarin, Math & Science, and English), and students undergo at least two lessons of foreign English teaching each day. These subjects are further fortified with the incorporation of international materials

English teaching is the main feature of the Local Department, with a focus on listening, reading, speaking, and writing. “Oxford,” “Joy of Learning,” and “Kids’ Stories” are the three main materials. They are theme-based and intergraded. Various teaching strategies and materials are formed using the In-School Curriculum System, and an “International Understanding” focuses on the students’ life-long development and raises their international awareness.

Staff

In PYP each class of students has two teachers (Chinese and English) who plan collaboratively and have shared responsibilities. All teachers are qualified, experienced in teaching, and undergo regular appraisal and professional development on teaching pedagogy. In the Bilingual Department, foreign teachers usually hold an ESL or EFL qualification as well as a degree (though not in Education) and are responsible for one year level. For our teachers’ model excellence in teaching, the Shanghai Government has recognized the WFLPS as a “Model School for teachers’ training and development in the Xuhui District.”

Extra-Curricular Activities

Based on the school’s mission and learner profile, moral education forms a system. The school has thereby formed a mode for developing good habits, which it calls, “One, Two, Three, Four, March On.” The aim is to develop good quality and personality. In this system, students participate in three modes of activities: regular mode, seasonal mode, and grade mode.

To learn more about WFLPS, visit their webpage at: http://www.wflps.com/wflps/pages/front/index/index.aspx