Pre-Prep (Years 1-5)
The Pre-Prep curriculum is both fun and challenging. A bespoke plan is created by the Lower School teachers at the beginning of each year.
Broadly speaking, the year is divided into six half-termly ‘Themes’ that drive the focus of the curriculum. The class teacher teaches a vast majority of the curriculum. English and Mathematics are taught both as discrete subjects and as linked units to the half-termly Theme work.
Teachers ensure their teaching is exciting and engaging, using creative “Hooks to Learning” for themes which have included: Trips to a container ship, a visit to school from Rainforest animals, an African Drumming workshop, a Chinese Shadow Puppet theatre company, marmalade footprints left by Paddington Bear and the discovery of a giant dinosaur egg in the playground.
Each class in the Pre-Prep School receives specialist teaching in Music, Swimming, Chinese and a further language option of French or Spanish from Year 3.
Mrs. Kate Gower (Greenwich University) from The Pines School, England
Mrs. Gower holds a BSc. degree in Environmental Earth Science from the University of Greenwich, TEFLA from the British Council Hong Kong and PGCE from King Alfred's, Winchester. She gained her NPQH in 2008 from the NCL UK. Her teaching career to date has included posts in Hong Kong, the Middle East and England.
Mrs. Gower was appointed as Head of Lower School at Harrow Hong Kong in August 2015. She is the Deputy Designated Lead for Child Protection and Safeguarding at Harrow Hong Kong and sits on the Pastoral Support Committee.
She lives with her husband and two teenage children, who are pupils at the School.
Mrs. Anna Karacan (University of Manchester) from St. Margaret’s Prep School, England
Mrs. Karacan holds a BA (Hons) in European Theatre Arts from the University of Manchester and completed her PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. She gained EYPS in 2006 from Bath Spa University and moved to Harrow Hong Kong as Head of Early Years for the opening of the School in 2012. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she worked in both maintained and independent schools in the UK as a teacher and manager in the Foundation Stage and Key Stages One and Two.
Mrs. Karacan took on the role as Deputy Head of Lower School in 2015, and has responsibility for the operational runnings of the Lower School. She line manages the Lower School Teaching Assistants, the Year Group Leaders, the Lower School's ECA and Enrichment programmes. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two daughters who are both pupils at the School.