Department Staff: Dr T Munford
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth
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. Students can study Chinese on timetable from Y9, but before that there are opportunities to begin the language in lunchtime club sessions.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
There is 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 summer term, our visiting students from Suzhou join us in the club and share with St. Gregory’s students insights into Chinese culture as well as leading hands-on activities such as brush painting and calligraphy.
Students can begin studying Chinese on timetable. For one lesson a week, they can opt to come out of regular classes for a Chinese lesson. 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 Y9 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: Edexcel 2CN01
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 Edexcel specification 2CN01: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/chinese-2009.html
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)
Course Code: CIE Pre-U 9778
Exam Board Specification: http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-pre-u-mandarin-chinese-9778/
Terms 1 & 2
Language topics: Family; Education
History/culture: Overview of Chinese history
Terms 3 & 4
Language topics: Leisure
History/culture: The birth of the PRC; Love in a Fallen City (Literature)
Terms 5 & 6
Language topics: Young people
History/culture: The early years of the PRC; Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Film)
Terms 1 & 2
Language topics: Media
History/culture: Mao’s China
Terms 3 & 4
Language topics: The environment
History/culture: Review of history/culture topics
Terms 5 & 6
Review, exam preparation and revision
For more information on studying Chinese at KS5, click here.
Enrichment and Links:
Saint Gregory’s has a long-running exchange partnership with schools in Suzhou, China as part of the Bath Sino Educational Partnership. This gives students a unique opportunity to visit China and experience life there. In addition, every year Saint Gregory’s hosts a group of students and teachers from Suzhou and during their stay there are activities, sometimes structured, sometimes informal that allow students to learn from each other.
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.
After a delicious French breakfast of pains aux chocolat and a quick table tennis game, we set off to the market at St Hilaire du Harcouet where students had little tasks to perform.