Dulwich College, Beijing, China ~ Day 1

| November 5, 2013 | 2 Comments 

The first of three days working alongside the staff, and children, of Dulwich College, British International School in Beijing, China.

Today, we set off on quests through virtual worlds capturing our experiences in wondrous words. A massive “Well done” to all those brave souls who did so well picking up those words, juggling them, and delighting in the sights and sounds they create within our minds. Simile, and metaphor, sprang alive.

To do so, in a variety of languages, takes courage, and style. Nice one folks.

Dulwich College first opened its doors to students, in Beijing, in August 2005. Since then, the College has grown and now has over 1300 students on roll ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years.

Holly wrote:

Our junior school focus is around writing, speaking and listening, motivation to write, accuracy of writing (sentences), making topics link to literacy, getting the kids to take more control, be active learners and creative thinkers. We have no issues with behaviour and the children’s ICT skills are pretty hot. We are now a Mac school – have been for the last year. We have green screen areas etc … and you could all us “ICT rich”! We are thinking about trying elements of big writing this coming year in the junior school but only as a way to get our children writing a sustained weekly piece ensuring they revise and reuse skills from other units/year groups.

We are also promoting the use of ‘Talk for Writing’ across the curriculum and are shifting towards a more focused approach to teaching grammar.

Dulwich College is a British International school, offering a curriculum based upon the English National Curriculum up to Year 9, IGCSE courses for students in Years 10 and 11, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma for senior students in Years 12 and 13. Their curriculum is adapted to reflect the needs of students in an international school and extends beyond the formal classroom with an emphasis on the development of the individual. All students study Mandarin Chinese up to the end of Year 9, with many continuing with this as an examination subject in the senior years.

The College’s main campus is at Legend Garden, next to the Wen Yu River, ten minutes from the airport, and just off the expressway leading downtown. Legend Garden has extensive sports grounds and state of the art facilities to support all aspects of our curriculum, and all students from Year 3 upwards attend school on this campus.

Dulwich College Beijing is a twenty-first century school, which has outstanding ICT facilities and an extremely modern approach.

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  1. Holly Edwards says:

    An absolutely ‘gorgeous’ first day. I couldn’t believe it when a little friend sitting next to me took the risk to speak out loud and share his idea with the room. He then went on to beam with delight when you acknowledged him. Aaawww…The power of positive encouragement, a simple tool so easily lost in teaching these days. Tim, you really are an inspiring teacher – thank you for giving us a gentle nudge, to remind us why we came into this amazing profession in the first place!

    I’m not the only one with dinner plate eyes now! Here’s to the next two days – how lucky we are.

  2. Tim says:

    Thank YOU so much Holly
    A truly magnificent day of wonderful responses from your children
    You all have the right to feel VERY proud of what they achieved
    We are SO looking forward to the next two days
    Thanks again Holly
    Tim and Sarah

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