Children at Monega Primary School learn Mandarin Chinese as their modern foreign language. In addition to learning the language, children learn about Chinese history and culture through their lessons, a variety of clubs and annual celebrations, such as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival.
We believe Mandarin Chinese and the Chinese culture is an excellent way of providing global links with a culture and language that is rich, varied and steeped in a long and interesting history that our children and staff can learn with and learn from. Mandarin is one of the ‘Languages for the Future’ and we teach it as part of the National Curriculum.
“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.” The National Curriculum in England Framework Document (DfE) 2014