Languages are taught using practical, engaging and interactive methods including pair- and group-work, as well as traditional reading and writing activities. Where appropriate, teachers and students alike make use of technology to augment and accelerate students’ progress.
At NAISGZ, all EYFS and Primary students learn Mandarin Chinese from day one. This allows them to better relate to the life they see around them every day in China and to make the most of opportunities to interact with the host culture.
In Pre-Nursery and Nursery, our young learners have four Chinese lessons per week with native speakers with a strong emphasis on developing verbal fluency and confidence. In Reception, students have daily Chinese lessons.
In Years 1, 2 and 3 there are four Chinese lessons each week suitable for all learners, whether beginners or mother tongue speakers. As well as working on students’ speaking and listening skills, there is a gradual increase in time devoted to improving reading and writing in Chinese.
From Years 4 to Year 6, students have three one-hour lessons of Chinese per week. In the Summer Term of Year 6, we will begin asking students and parents to begin to consider which language they would like to pursue in the secondary school. The MFL department will support this process with key information so that an informed choice can be made.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pre-Nursery and Nursery: 4 x 40-minute Chinese lessons per week
Reception: Daily 40-minute Chinese lessons
Years 1 – 3: 4 x 40-minute Chinese lessons per week
Years 4 – 6: 3 x 60-minute Chinese lessons per week