DUCKS Classes

Toddler          Foundation Stage                  2-3 years
Nursery         Foundation Stage                  3-4 years
Reception     Foundation Stage                  4-5 years
Year 1           Key Stage One (KS1)            5-6 years
Year 2           Key Stage One (KS1)            6-7 years 

DUCKS Puxi is an extremely welcoming, friendly and inspiring learning environment. All of our classrooms are light-filled and spacious. They are extremely well-resourced to ensure children are inspired in their learning. A huge benefit for our DUCKS students is the beautifully landscaped outdoor play areas - plentiful and perfect for explorative learning in nature – a rarity for many schools situated in Shanghai. 

DUCKS Curriculum

Our curriculum is based upon the English Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the English National Curriculum, adapted for the needs of international children. The curriculum follows seven areas of learning and our highly experienced teachers guide and facilitate a range of exciting and stimulating curricular activities that enable each child to achieve the goals and objectives appropriate to his or her individual stage of development.

The Prime Areas covered are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The Specific Areas covered are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

DUCKS Curriculum - Our Dual Language Approach 

The DUCKS language development approach values both English and Mandarin equally. We want children to acquire both languages concurrently. We therefore use a dual language approach in our classrooms. Our highly experienced English teachers will lead the curriculum using spoken English. The children’s learning will be supported by an Assistant Teacher who speaks Mandarin as a first language, but who speaks fluent English as well. The physical learning environment, including print, will be in both English and Mandarin.

The aim of the Dual Language approach in DUCKS is to develop fluent speakers in English and Mandarin by the end of Year 2 who can comfortably switch from one language to another, while always remaining secure in their first language.


Students from Nursery to Year 11 will wear the school uniform. School uniform isn't about conformity, but reflects a long-standing tradition from the founding school and is a badge of pride and school identity. See files below to see unifoms by school.