At Rosendale, all children learn a modern foreign language during curriculum time. We have a two full-time Mandarin teachers and a part-time French teacher.
In Key Stage 1, children learn both foreign languages in alternating years. In Key Stage 2, children will learn one language for four consecutive years, allowing for progression and deeper understanding.
This year, 2016-17, Mandarin is taught in years 2, 4 and 5 every day. Reception have a weekly Mandarin class. Years 1, 3 and 6 have French lessons three times a week and nursery once a week.
We have partner schools in China and France.
We can practise our French at home using the linguascope website. Please make use of it for fun games, not only in French but also Spanish, German, Italian and Russian! Children can practise Mandarin during lunch time or at home using the link www.memrise.com.
We celebrate Chinese New Year as a whole school and have a languages celebration day during the summer term.
Rosendale is one of only three schools in the country to be awarded Confucius Classroom Status by Hanban for the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language. In December 2015 we were delighted to win the Confucius Classroom of the Year Award at the Confucius Institute Conference in Shanghai. In 2017 we were awarded the International Schools Award by the British Council.
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