Curriculum
Our Commitment
Language Arts
“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”

At Han Academy, we endeavor to break language barriers for our students and provide ample opportunities for them to experience the richness and beauty in languages. Interdisciplinary collaboration between Chinese and English, Bilingual Drama and Poetry Festival, HK Speech Competitions will all equip our students with Chinese base color and international glamor.

“I present, therefore I am.”
ICT
“Technology is the key to tomorrow's leaders for today's students.”

At Han Academy, technology is an integral part of not just our students’ education, but their lives. Students at Han Academy are, adept, and proficient experts always at ease in the use of technologies, to communicate, engage, collaborate and make better the lives of the people in the community and the world.
Creative Arts(Music, Dancing and Visual Arts)
Music is the key to open the human soul. At Han Academy we provide our students with this golden key so that they may fall in love with music, and through enjoying beautiful melodies, dynamic rhythm, sweet songs and the performance of various instruments, that they may be inspired on their journey of discovery in the wonderful world of music.
STEM Education
At Han Academy, we designed a unique STEM curriculum, by integrating organically the interdisciplinary educational philosophy, the real-world situation education pattern, and the innovative spirit. We create an inquiring learning environment to enable the students to have a deeper understanding of the scientific concepts and to maintain their interest and curiosity in learning. By establishing project-based teaching approach, we facilitate collaborative learning with students work in teams to learn and apply multidisciplinary knowledge to solve real life problems. By constructing innovator spaces, we encourage and guide students to perform innovative research. In our STEM curriculum, we not only impart knowledge, but also we aim at developing students in their scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical literacy.
Chinese Martial Arts and PE
At Han Academy, we wish to enhance students’ understanding of Chinese martial arts tradition, manners and sportsmanship spirit through our unique Chinese Martial Arts programme and other Physical Education Curriculum. Through our programme, our students could build physical fitness, fine self-discipline and self-control for a lifelong healthy life style. We hope such training would benefit our students in their growing up to become optimistic and resilient young men and women with mental toughness and sound personality.
Multi-sensory Development Training
At Han Academy, the physical education programme for lower primary students includes running, jumping and throwing - the traditional exercises - as well as airborne movement, gliding, massage, crawling and rolling, which are all forms of multi-limb sensory exercises. In these exercises, students will discover their balance, sensory capabilities, and learn about their own bodies, which will in turn provide them with a solid foundation for more sophisticated sporting in the future. Physical education lessons will also have role-playing sessions, where students can develop their understanding of rules, learn to deal with frustrations and establish self-confidence. We aim to encourage students to “play through learning, have fun through playing, learn from enjoyment, and grow through experiencing.”
Han Academy Primary Curriculum (Y1–Y6)
Based on China's National Curriculum and CAIE Curriculum, drawing on the essence of the IB Curriculum, and taking into account of Han students' needs, Han Academy develops an integrated primary curriculum for 5-10 year-old students, which is interesting, relevant, challenging, and exceptional.   We build a Putonghua/English bilingual immersion environment, where learning is student-centered, interests-oriented, and enquiry-based. In the learning process, we cultivate students' curiosity and motivate students' interests and initiatives. We lay a solid foundation for students in their subject areas and take responsible measures to develop students’ understanding of important concepts and help them master fundamental interdisciplinary skills.
2021-2022 Academic Year Primary Curriculum
Subjects
Curriculum Content
Language of Instruction
Chinese
National Curriculum + School-based Curriculum
Putonghua
English
CAIE Curriculum + School-based Curriculum
English
Mathematics
National Curriculum + CAIE Curriculum
Bilingual (Putonghua + English)
Science
CAIE Curriculum
English
UOI
School-based Curriculum
Putonghua/English
IT
CAIE Curriculum
Bilingual (Putonghua + English)
Music
CAIE Curriculum + School-based Curriculum
Putonghua/English
Opera
School-based Curriculum
Putonghua
Art
CAIE Curriculum + School-based Curriculum
Putonghua/English
PE
CAIE Curriculum + School-based Curriculum
Putonghua
Han Academy Lower Secondary Curriculum (Y7-Y9)
As a continuance of the Han Academy Primary Curriculum, TheHan Academy Lower Secondary Curriculum is a combination of School-based curricula and Cambridge Lower Secondary Curriculum. The Han Academy LowerSecondary Curriculum is suitable for pupils aged 11 to 14 years.

The school offers two different English learning pathways,Cambridge English Checkpoint and Cambridge English Global for Year 7-9 students based on their competency when they enter the secondary school, to ensure that each student can study in a challenging and appropriate environment. Students’ academic levels are evaluated every semester to see whether they should be transferred to the other pathway.  

The Cambridge Lower Secondary Science syllabus is constructed in a spiral pattern and can help students develop skills and understanding in science for their first three years of secondary education. We incorporated the school-based STEM curriculum into our Scientific education as well.

For mathematics, we construct our school-based curriculum by combining the high calibre and depth in mathematics education inMainland China and the broadness and mathematical thinking training from bothCambridge International and Pearson International syllabi.

 The Y7-9 School-based curricula for Chinese, Chinese History,Physical Education, Music, Art & Design, Drama, and Debate are speciallydesigned to fulfil effective and efficient teaching and learning and maintainthe outcome to a high standard.
Year 7 to 9 Major Curriculum Sources in Order of Relevance
Subject
Medium of Instruction
Curriculum
Chinese language
Chinese: All Year levels
School-based Curriculum with reference to theMainland China Chinese Curriculum
English language
English: All Year levels
Cambridge Lower Secondary English (Checkpoint& Global)
Mathematics
Bilingual: All Year levels
School-based Curriculum with reference to Mainland China Mathematics syllabus, Cambridge Lower Secondary Mathematics syllabus, and Pearson International Lower Secondary Mathematics syllabus
Science
English: All Year levels
Cambridge Lower Secondary Science
Chinese History
Chinese: All Year levels
School-based Curriculum
Physical Education
Bilingual: All Year levels
School-based Curriculum with reference to TheMainland and Hong Kong Curriculum Development Council PE Curriculum Guides
Music
English: All Year levels
School-based Curriculum with reference to TheCambridge Lower Secondary Music Syllabus
Art & Design
Bilingual: All Year levels
School-based Curriculum with reference to TheCambridge Lower Secondary Art and Design Syllabus
Drama
Chinese: All Year levels
School-based Curriculum
Debate
Chinese: All Year levels
School-based Curriculum
Cambridge IGCSE (Y10-Y11)
Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Han Academy is proud to offer this exceptional course to our students.

The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including those whose first languages not English. Starting from a foundation of core subjects, Cambridge allows us to add breadth and cross-curricular perspectives through other subjects.Encouraging learners to engage with a variety of subjects, and make connections between them, is fundamental to our approach. For learners, Cambridge IGCSE helps improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving. It is the perfect springboard to advanced study.

Han Academy offers a wide variety of Cambridge IGCSE subjectsand can offer them in any combination. Cambridge IGCSE develops learnerknowledge, understanding and skills in:
  • Subject content
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new or unfamiliar situations
  • Intellectual enquiry
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • Working and communicating in English
  • Influencing outcomes
  • Cultural awareness
Year 10 to 11 Cambridge IGCSE Courses
Group
Syllabus name
Syllabus code
Group 1: Language
Chinese - First Language
0509
English - First Language
0500
English as a Second Language (Speaking endorsement)
0510
Group 2: Humanities
Economics
0455
Global Perspectives
0457
World Literature
0408
Group 3: Science
Biology
0610
Chemistry
0620
Physics
0625
Group 4: Mathematics
Mathematics
0580
Mathematics - Additional
0606
Group 5: Creative and Vocational
Global Perspectives
0457
Art & Design
0400
Music
0410
Business Studies
0450
Cambridge IGCSE is widely recognised by highereducation institutions and employers around the world as evidence of academicachievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge InternationalA Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements.
Cambridge International A-Level
(Y12-Y13)
Cambridge International AS & A Level courses are typically for school-aged learners from 16 to 19 years who need advanced study to prepare for university and higher education in Hong Kong and beyond.Cambridge A levels build on the foundations of Cambridge IGCSE, although learners do not need to complete that stage before this one.

Cambridge International A Level is typically a two-year course, and Cambridge International AS Level schooling is typically one year in Hong Kong. Some subjects can be started as a Cambridge International ASLevel and extended to a Cambridge International A Level.

Cambridge International AS & A Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:
  • In-depth subject content
  • Independent thinking
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new or familiar situations
  • Handling and evaluating different types of information source
  • Thinking logically and presenting ordered and coherent arguments
  • Making judgements, recommendations and decisions
  • Presenting reasoned explanations, understanding implications and communicating them logically and clearly
  • Working and communicating in English
Han Academy offers a wide range of the Cambridge A & AS level subjects and can offer them in almost any combination available through schools in Hong Kong (HK). This flexibility allows us to build an individualised curriculum, and learners can choose to specialise in a particular subject area or study a range of subjects.
Group
Syllabus name
Syllabus code
Group 1: Language
Chinese
9715
English Language
9093
Literature in English
9695
Group 2: Humanities
Economics
9708
Business
9609
Geography
9696
Psychology
9900
Group 3: Science
Biology
9700
Chemistry
9701
Physics
9702
Group 4: Mathematics
Mathematics
9709
Further Mathematics
9231
Group 5: Creative and Vocational
Art & Design
9479
IB Diploma Programme (Y12-Y13)
Han Academy is a school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (IBDP) .  

IB World Schools throughout Hong Kong share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse, inclusive community of students. This is achieved by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16-19. The program aims to help students in Hong Kong develop an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – these are students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
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Curriculum
The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core. This comprises theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay. Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquisitive, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

This prestigious program in HK fosters independent learners with a strong initiative. Our IB teachers pride themselves on nurturing cultural awareness, teaching genuine engagement with the ever-changing world we live in. IB programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with all their unique differences, have an experience just as valid as their own.
Assessment and Exams
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) school program assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme (DP) courses in HK. To arrange admission into our IB programmes in Hong Kong, simply follow this link.
Experiential Education
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
——Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
What is Experiential Education?
Experiential education is a philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities.

As it is commonly said, “Learning by doing!”, experiential learning is a method of educating learners to understanding what they did, thought and felt during the experience that engages learners to develop their personal skills in creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making through reflection and the application of the successes or new skills to the future.
“Challenge and Experience followed by Reflection leading to Learning and Growth.”
——Association for Experiential Education
The Experiential Learning Model (Kolb), Source: https://www.simplypsychology.org/learning-kolb.html
“Challenge and Experience followed by Reflection leading to Learning and Growth.”
——David Kolb
According to Kolb (1974, 1976, 1984), effective learning is when a person progresses through a cycle of four stages:
  • Concrete Experience (feeling)Engaging directly in an authentic or new situation or a reinterpretation of an existing experience. This is followed by:
  • Reflective Observation (watching)Of the new experience, noticing what happened and relating to past experience and conceptual understandings, in particular noting any inconsistencies between the experience and understanding. This is followed by:
  • Abstract Conceptualization (thinking)A reflection stage which is about distilling perceptions and formation of abstract concepts, with analysis and generalizations taking place, giving rise to a new idea, or a modification of an existing abstract concept. This is followed by:
  • Active Experimentation (doing)The learner applies them to the world around them to see what results, eg. testing new hypotheses and ideas, honing skills in a new experience, etc.
Experiential Education at Han Academy
“Experience plus reflection equals learning.”
——John Dewey
At Han Academy, we subscribe to Kolb’s model of effective learning through experiences. We therefore aim to design learning experiences that contain the following elements:
  • Reflection, critical analysis and synthesis
  • Opportunities to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results
  • Opportunities to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically
  • A learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes
We believe that by engaging in formal, guided, authentic, real-world experiences, our students:
  • Deepen their knowledge through repeatedly acting and then reflecting on this action
  • Develop skills through practice and reflection
  • Support the construction of new understandings when placed in novel situations
  • Extend their learning as they bring their learning back to the classroom
At Han Academy, we offer students opportunities for personal growth and talent development to ensure the development of well-rounded individuals through all 13 years of student-life at our school.

Our younger students are exposed to a variety of activities to help identify their interests and talents, develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in the Primary school. While senior students learn to focus on one or two interests and skills as they continue to develop their passion in those areas with the aim of achieving excellence outside the classroom and make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world.

Teachers are the main individuals in-charged of the experiential program groups as facilitators and are assisted by external specialists who are recruited to run some of the courses. Being the group facilitators who participate actively in students' non-academic activities as mentors, as adults who share their expertise and experiences with students who have the same interests, also serves to create and strengthen the emotional and professional bond between teachers and students.

This allows students to view their teachers in a different light than just an adult standing in class, but also allow them the opportunity to know them as individuals who also have passion, interests, skills and knowledge in life. Likewise, this would give teachers the chance to know the likes, fears, ability to handle difficult situations, leadership, teamwork and other abilities of their students, allowing them to see that they too are individuals growing up special phase in their lives.Our guiding principles are:
  • To motivate students to learn, create, and act upon personal initiatives
  • To provide opportunities for language development, cultural awareness and exchange, communication, and diversity
  • To build students' respect for other people and cultures, and of nature
  • To equip students with the opportunity and ability to observe, reflect and act on their experiences
  • To provide students with the opportunity to apply their past experiences in new situations
  • To provide opportunities to practice democratic leadership and harmonious teamwork
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
——Xunzi, Confucianism
Contact US
G/F - 2/F, 33-35 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
+852 3998 6300
admission@hanacademy.edu.hk
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