Confucius Classroom Curriculum

madarinThe introduction of Mandarin at The Alderman White School will enable students to access a ancient and unique oriental language which is spoken by the largest population in the world.

The Confucius Classroom at The Alderman White School will play a major role in introducing Mandarin to the school curriculum as well as ensuring its sustainability. It will  also provide advice and support to the family of schools linked to The White Hills Park Federation with regard to the introduction of Mandarin classes either  as part of the normal school curriculum or as part of its extra-curricular provision.

To book a taster-session, cultural activity or course with one of our Mandarin teachers please click here.

We offer activitivies and courses to meet the needs of different age-groups.

Reception – Year 6

We offer Mandarin courses and taster-sessions which are inspiring and full of fun, suitable for primary school pupils who would like to explore and experience a very different language and culture. After one year of Mandarin (based on one session per week) pupils will be able to:

  • master Pinyin, the Mandarin phonetic system
  • exchange simple greetings
  • introduce themselves and others
  • ask and respond to simple questions such as dates, age, nationality etc.
  • participate in day-to-day routines
  • acquire an active vocabulary of 150 words as well as a range of frequently used phrases
  • acquire a written vocabulary of 50 characters
  • understand simple Chinese etiquette and customs related to the course content

Year 7 – Year 9

We offer Mandarin lessons which relate to real-life situations. Starting with a “flight” to China, students will embark on a fascinating tour of this country, acquiring both knowledge of its language and culture. Through a range of different tasks, the students will develop their language skills as well as expand their horizons. After one year of Mandarin (based on one session per week) students will be able to:

  • master Pinyin, the Mandarin phonetic system
  • exchange simple greetings
  • introduce themselves and others
  • ask and respond to simple questions such as dates, age, nationality etc.
  • participate in day-to-day routines
  • order food and drinks
  • discuss preferences and interests
  • ask for directions
  • communicate in daily conversations about weather, food, families etc.
  • acquire an active vocabulary of 250 words as well as a range of frequently used phrases
  • acquire a written vocabulary of 120 characters
  • understand simple Chinese etiquette and customs related to the course content

Year 10 & Year 11

Confucius Classroom at Alderman White School will introduce GCSE Mandarin lessons from Sep 2017.

Year 12 & Year 13

The Mandarin course designed for 6th Form students will enable them to communicate in Mandarin in contexts  more related to travel and international work.

After 2 years of Mandarin lessons (based on at least 1 session per week), the students will be able to:

  • acquire an active vocabulary of approximately 650 words as well as a range of frequently used phrases
  • acquire a written vocabulary of 400 characters
  • understand a range of Chinese etiquette and customs related to the course content