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.

Mr Brendan Shanahan (University of Liverpool) from St Barnabas’ CE Primary School & Nursery, England

Mr Shanahan took up his position as head of the Lower School at Harrow School Hong Kong on 17th August 2020.

Mr Shanahan graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA (Hons) degree in Social & Economic History in 2005. He then completed his PGCE at Leeds Beckett University before starting teaching in Kirklees. Mr Shanahan has help a range of posts in his career including leading on PE, Maths, English, Design Technology, Safeguarding, Curriculum, Standards and Assessment. He was a headteacher in Westminster before taking up the role as Head of Lower School at Harrow School Hong Kong.

He is a keen sportsman and represented his University at football, lacrosse, hockey and rugby league. He also represented Huddersfield and Yorkshire playing Gaelic Football.

Mr Shanahan is delighted to be joining the team at Harrow School Hong Kong and is committed to ensuring that every pupil reaches their full potential.

Year 1-5 Information Booklet