Department Staff: Mrs S Hook
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
Knowledge of this increasingly important global language not only opens doors to employment opportunities but also gives students the intellectual challenge of learning a non-European language and widens their perspectives on world history and culture.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
Students can study Chinese on timetable from Year 7 and there are opportunities to begin the language in lunchtime club sessions. There is also a weekly lunchtime Mandarin club open to all students in Years 7 and 8. Students get the opportunity to learn some spoken and written Chinese. In the spring and summer terms, visiting students from China share insights into Chinese culture with Saint Gregory’s students, as well as leading hands-on activities such as brush painting and calligraphy.
Students can continue studying Chinese on timetable in Year 9. They will learn basic conversational Chinese around topics such as describing themselves and their families, talking about hobbies and school life, shopping and ordering food. They will learn to read and write about 150 Chinese characters. If they study Chinese in Year 9 they can choose Chinese as a GCSE option in Years 10 and 11.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
Students opting to do Chinese GCSE get the same timetabled lesson allocation as for other languages.
Course Code: AQA 8673
Note: GCSE Chinese is one of the final subjects to change to the new GCSE specifications. Students sitting GCSE examinations in summer 2017 and 2018 are doing the AQA specification: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/chinese/specifications/AQA-8673-SP-2017.PDF
As with other languages, the students will study a range of topics including school life, travel, food, sport, media, and work. They will do controlled assessments in writing and speaking during the course of Year 10 and 11 and exams in listening and reading at the end of Year 11.
My life; School; Leisure
Food and Drink; Media
Where I live
The World of work
Revision/ exam preparation
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)
The Mandarin Chinese course is not currently taught at Key Stage 5.
Enrichment and Links:
Saint Gregory’s has a long-running partnerships with schools across China. Saint Gregory’s hosts groups of Chinese students for week-long integration programmes in the spring and summer terms, with students attending curriculum lessons alongside class buddies. This enables enriching and beneficial language and cultural exchange between students, further enhancing Mandarin provision at Saint Gregory’s.
Last week Year 11 GCSE students sampled a little of the French festive spirit whilst consolidating their language skills at a special French carol service, organised by St Bart’s Church in Bath.
A group of 30 students, aged around 14 years, from Hangzhou Yuhang Pingyao Middle School, China, joined classes with Saint Gregory’s buddies last week
Last week, Year 7 students on the Mandarin Excellence Programme enjoyed a workshop led by Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art. Drawing from the Museum’s work on the history of Chinese migration to the UK, the workshop explored ideas of family history and personal treasures.