Mandarin at College Road!
Since 2011 commencing from foundation all the way through to Year 6 the children at College Road have had the exciting opportunity to learn Mandarin! As a school we have a close link with the Confucius Classroom based at DHSG, a school that specialises in languages. Our link has provided the children with the opportunity to be taught Mandarin on a weekly basis by a qualified teacher from China, Miss Li. This takes place across foundation, KS1 and KS2 and has allowed the children to make great progress in the speaking of Mandarin, Pinyin, Chinese writing and understanding of the Chinese culture and daily life. The children have a great time learning Mandarin and thoroughly enjoy their learning with Miss Li and Mrs Wong.
Successful Links and Goals!
As well as a qualified Mandarin teacher we have trained staff across the school who can deliver the teaching of Mandarin at an effective standard. Therefore as a school we aim to become a hub for the teaching of Mandarin for Plymouth and the south west- as of now ourselves are the only Primary Schools in Devon to teach the language Mandarin. As a school we aim to provide other schools with training days provided by our trained teachers and resources we currently have to offer. Schools interested will have the opportunity to come and observe the teaching of Mandarin in both KS1 and KS2 to support their development. We have the resources to provide schools with trained teachers from our school to go to other schools and teach their children for a session as well as bringing our own children to demonstrate their learning and enjoyment of the language. With all these resources, training opportunities and close links with vital international partnerships we aim to increase the teaching of Mandarin across Plymouth and the South West considerably.
We have a close partnership with another primary school-Stuart Road. Our partnership with this school began with our keen and common interest in the teaching of Mandarin across primary schools. We both visited china in 2009 and became part of the international partnership. Some of our children and Stuart Roads children took part in an exchange to China for a week. It is from here that we both became involved with the Confucius Classroom and now share the qualified Chinese speaking teacher, Miss Li; we stay in close contact through letters, personal visits and email. As a school we take part in joint projects and visits for both the staff and children.
As a school we have been recognised for our teaching of languages and have recently gained the International Schools Award for the 3rd time.
Recently the children have taken part in a Mandarin day. This included 7 different workshops for the children to take part in, including cooking a traditional Chinese dish, creating Chinese fans, learning about the history of the Chinese dragon, learning Chinese calligraphy, creating Chinese music and painting a Chinese blossom tree. The children were lucky enough to have a Chinese artist come in for the day and show the children how to paint their blossom trees. I’m sure you will agree that the results are astonishing! Take a look at some of the pictures taken from the day.