There is an after school Spanish club at St Christopher's.
Here are some good Spanish websites:
Introduction to Spanish http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/spanish/.
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/ - click on Español.
Mandarin was introduced in 2009 and has gone from strength to strength. It is wondeful to see the children enjoying themselves as they get to grips with the different tones and start to recognise, and later to write, the different characters. Study of Mandarin opens a completely new window for our children. A different culture - one of the oldest in the world - and a language unrelated to the European rainbow of languages widen their horizons.
Chinese is an exciting language to learn for several reasons; it is, on the one hand, a strategic language to learn: one fifth of the world speaks this language and they are an increasingly influential people group, with China now boasting the second highest Gross Domestic Product of any country in the world. Chinese is also a beautiful language to learn: most students really enjoy writing and recognising the characters and they also have fun tackling a tonal language, trying to avoid referring to one’s mother as a horse for example. An additional benefit to the students of learning Chinese is that they are introduced to China’s ancient and rich culture, with lessons, for example, focussing on festivals and customs, food and historical places of interest.
At St. Christopher’s, students receive one lesson a week of Chinese in Years 1 to 3, with the exception of Reception. We aim to make lessons interactive and fun, with language games a regular feature. Topics are relevant to the students’ lives: in the first year we aim to cover my name and age, my family, my home, my school bag, food and drink, parts of the body, my clothes, telling the time, my school, my hobbies, my holidays and sport. In subsequent years, we seek to consolidate and extend learning based on the key topic areas listed above.
If you would like to find out more about the Chinese language yourself, there is a good introduction on the BBC’s website at www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese.
Another excellent website resource is a free language website called memrise, which you can access via this weblink http://www.memrise.com/set/10012529/primary-school-chinese-book-1/.
We hope that direct contact with mainland China will be possible through Skype in the near future.
Language as we know it distinguishes us from all the other species on earth.
Communication is key to modern life - speech, Braille, sign language, semaphore, mime, letter writing, mobile phones, e-mail, Skype are some of the many ways we communicate with each other.
At St Christopher's we recognise the importance of good communication. Language Acquisition is an integral part of the curriculum. Our children are encouraged to develop their knowledge of language by deducing and then understanding the patterns in language. They recognise the value of communicating well whatever the field of study.
We enable the children at St Christopher's to tackle language with enthusiasm and confidence. This approach equips each child with the 'toolkit' necessary to decode any new language. Our pupils leave St Christopher's for their next school and, later, for the multi-cultural and multi-lingual world that we live in, secure in the knowledge that they will be ready to face the challenge of learning new languages.
At St Christopher's all pupils start French as early as Reception and continue through to the end of Year 8. Mandarin starts in Year 1. We teach Languages using a variety of resources including the interactive whiteboard. Pupils can use languages websites at both school and home. Some lessons are taught in the ICT room or using the Chrome books which allow students to prepare project work (e.g. PowerPoint presentations) or research about France or China. Year 7 and 8 pupils use a Chrome book in some language lessons to do listening activities with headphones, access languages websites or do a research project.
Learning a language is fun, stimulating and is an enjoyable experience for all pupils at St Christopher's.
French is fun. Reception children enjoy coming to the Languages Room for their weekly French session. They sing, learn finger rhymes and also play games.
Year 1 continues to build on the vocabulary learnt in reception through a variety of interactive activities and Year 2 have the opportunity to use their skills at a local French restaurant. By Year 4 children are more confident to take part in role plays and enjoy taking part in "Le petit déjeuner Français" our lovely French breakfast.
After some initial revision at the beginning of the Michaelmas term, Year 5 continue to build on the language taught in Year 4 and have many opportunities to use their French in varying role plays and speaking activities. By Year 7, pupils are more proficient in languages and start preparing for their Common Entrance or Scholarship Examinations. Year 8 have varied activities in class - cooking in French, looking at French artists and learning about the francophone world.
There is also the opportunity for children to go for a week to Le Chateau du Broutel in Year 7 in the Somme region.