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HD Ningbo School

Primary Curriculum

Scientific Spirit

Mathematics Curriculum

In order to cultivate our students’ mathematical thinking, we are working to change traditional teaching methods. We aim to provide students with a new model of learning through cooperation, teamwork and communication. Math classes at HD are interesting, challenging, inspiring and loved by students.

Math learning at HD is fun and engaging. The Math curriculum is designed to follow the structure and benchmarks of the national math curriculum, while incorporating Western pedagogy that is more innovative and interactive. Students learn a range of math skills through games and stories, through collaboration and small group work. They are encouraged to apply their theoretical knowledge to their daily lives. In addition. 

Science Curriculum

The HD Science curriculum closely aligned with the National Curriculum of the UK, blended with the requirements of the Education Bureau in China. This specially tailored Science curriculum designed for our bilingual students will ensure both breadth and depth of knowledge for every student.


The Science curriculum is split into two parts – curriculum knowledge and enquiry skills. The former focuses on fact-based learning, while the latter, hones investigative techniques, problem solving and critical thinking skills.


Our students examine areas such as Human Behaviour, Habitats, Plants, Materials, Light, Sound, Rocks and Space. As students learn about these interesting areas, they also master techniques to aid scientific thinking and discovery including questioning, measuring, recording, analysing, testing fairly and being objective. When these two elements of the curriculum combine, our children begin thinking and working like true scientists.

ICT Curriculum

ICT at HD Ningbo Primary School, follows the English National Curriculum, specifically adapted to the Chinese learners and the context in China. Topics progress each year beginning with basic computer operations and moving on to cover the full Office 365 suite, including Word and Excel. Important topics such as Online Safety are introduced, as well as how to communicate and collaborate with peers, and how to participate safely in the online environment. 

Understanding how to write code for computers is already becoming one of the most highly prized skill sets anyone can have in the global economy. Our ICT department inspire older pupils to delve in to the world of programming, including experimenting with creating games and applications. Students build a foundation for further training in this area and learn about the possibilities and potential uses of these creative and valuable abilities.


HD Ningbo benefits from a suite of PCs and iPads and are investing heavily in ICT facilities including 3D printers, robotics and shared facilities with the Design Thinking and Art Departments.


ICT is a really popular subject which is both practical and academic. It is also helpful to support learning in other subjects, as students learn to research topics and improve the quality as well as the presentation of their work. It is always wonderful to see the pupil’s reaction to the infinite opportunities of ICT, and the progress pupils make in their logic and problem-solving abilities.