We teach Mandarin to children in Years 3 to 6. There is a significant Chinese community in Greater Manchester and much of our country’s trade is with China. Learning to speak, read and write Mandarin confidently will provide children with important skills when they are older. Learning a foreign language can be a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.


Our teaching of Mandarin will deepen children’s understanding of the world they live in. It will 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.


Mandarin is taught by Mrs Ho, a native Mandarin speaker, who works for Bury’s Curriculum Language Access Service (CLAS).


Each Key Stage 2 class has a weekly 30 minute lesson which builds on previously learned skills and involves speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural aspects of Chinese life.

The detailed content of the curriculum can be found in the document below.


We want children to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and be given the skills to enable them to study and work in other countries.


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