Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural and diverse society and provides an opening to other cultures. A language education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries. Thus preparing them for the future in this ever changing world.
Although learning an additional language is not compulsory at Key Stage 1, at Black Horse hill Infant School we feel that this is an integral part of the children's education.
At Black Horse Hill Infant School the children in Year 2 have weekly lessons in Mandarin which is taught by a specialist teacher. Areas covered include: numbers, colours,food and drink, celebrations, traditions and festivals.
It is intended that when children leave Black Horse Hill Infant School that they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning in Key Stage 2.