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Modern Foreign Languages

As part of the new national curriculum, children Nursery to Year 6 are required to learn a Modern Foreign Language. Cleves has been including Mandarin in the curriculum for the last 4 years and has built up a bank of exciting resources to support the curriculum. We have made valuable links with schools and other organisations in China.

Nursery to Year 6 are timetabled for a dedicated Mandarin lesson each week by a specialist teacher. Children are given the opportunity to explore the Mandarin language both in speech and writing and also to look at Chinese culture both in China and other Mandarin speaking areas around the world.

Additionally, throughout the school year, Cleves focuses on a language of the term. Children as young as the early years are introduced to the language and the country of origin. Children are exposed to the language on a daily basis and get to explore the language and culture of the country of origin through workshops and other interactive classroom activities. 

At Cleves we believe that language competence and intercultural understanding are an essential part of being a good citizen. Children develop a better understanding of their own lives in the context of exploring the lives of others. During Cleves’ annual International Evening, children and parents are invited to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities. We are very fortunate here at Cleves that a large number of our students come from families where English is not their home language. During these evenings, children will be able to share their cultural traditions as well as be given insight into other student’s cultures and traditions. This is a great way to involve the wider community to celebrate our similarities and differences.