Welcome to Mandarin


If you work hard enough at it, you can grind even an iron rod down to a needle.

The MFL team aim to:

  • Broaden students' horizons to accept that our society/culture is not the only one and to consider the importance and relevance of other societies. We aim to develop a positive attitude to diversity within the British Isles, the European Community and the wider world.
  • Develop students' communicative skills and give them an awareness of the nature of language and to boost their literacy skills.
  • Give students a feeling of success with small, structured activities and thus to develop self confidence.
  • Help students to achieve skills and qualifications that will be of benefit when looking for employment, or that will enable them to study further.
  • Have a positive learning environment in classrooms, recognising different learning styles so that all students can achieve to the best of their ability.
  • Enable students to develop personalised learning and thinking skills such as memorising analysis, communication and research.

Key Stage 3:

Years 7 - 8 dual linguist students learn Mandarin and are taught aspects of Chinese language, culture, and heritage. The Year 7 course covers five modules: Module 1 Hi, Module 2 Family and home, Module 3 Hobbies, Module 4 School, Module 5 Food and drink. The Year 8 course covers five modules: Module 1 Holidays, Module 2 All about me, Module 3 Where do you live? Module 4 Shopping, Module 5 Travel in China. Students take assessments in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We extend and deepen grammar introduced in Year 7.

Key Stage 4:

One group of Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students are currently working towards GCSE Mandarin, focusing on four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They are offered a wide range of authentic and comprehensible Chinese language and culture learning materials, as well as intercultural opportunities to communicate with our link school language partners in Shanghai China. We are also planning to have exchange trips with Shanghai Shidong School in China bi-annually. The AQA GCSE Mandarin course covers in-depth learning of three main area of topics: Theme 1: Identity and culture; Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest; Theme 3: Current and future study and employment.

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