At Perry Hall Primary School we have recently introduced Mandarin as part of our languages curriculum. Mandarin is famous for being the most natively spoken language in the world. A number of our feeder secondary schools now teach Mandarin as part of their offer to pupils. This enables our children to continue the progress made here and provide the foundation for learning further languages. We have developed successful links with a local Chinese school which has enabled our children to have access to high quality teachers who can not only deliver lessons relating to the language but also immerse children in the culture, which in turn will foster their curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
We began our journey during the summer when Chinese exchange students joined our school for the last term of the year. They stayed with our families and experienced life as a Perry Hall pupil. Both ourselves and our guests learnt many valuable lessons from one another and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This year, our focus will be on continuing to develop the curriculum as our children begin to gain knowledge. As the language is new, each year group has a similar starting point, but as the lessons are delivered, the progression of skills will become more evident.