Modern Foreign Language

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Welcome to our Modern Foreign Language page.
Here, you'll find out about all of the MFL things that we do at St. Matthew's including events we have done and things which are coming up.
At St Matthew's we are very proud to learn the world's most spoken language 'Mandarin'.
Around the world Mandarin is spoken by 800 million people. 
For years UK schools have taught Modern foreign languages to their children as part of the National Curriculum. Most schools teach European languages, however at St Matthew's we believe in providing our children with the skills and knowledge they will need for later life. The British council have reported that the most important language for children to learn for the country’s future is Mandarin. This is because they believe with brexit our links to China will become closer and Mandarin will soon become the language of business, which the children will need for future careers.
Mandarin will be taught to all children from reception through to year 6 every week on either a Thursday or Friday. The lessons will be interactive, fun and engaging.
Please take a look at some of the exciting things that happen as part of our Mandarin learning.

As part of our MFL curriculum we are lucky enough to be able to plan a whole week focusing on Mandarin and the Chinese culture. This week will be taking place in early 2017 and will include a range of different activities, therefore we are looking for any Mandarin speaking parents to possibly help out that week. If you are interested in helping please contact Miss Connor.




Zuòwéi wǒmen MFL kèchéng de yībùfèn, wǒmen hěn xìngyùn nénggòu yī zhěnggè xīngqí zhuānzhù yú zhōngwén hé zhōngguó wénhuà de jìhuà. Běn zhōu jiāng jìnxíng 2017 nián niánchū jiāng bāokuò yī xìliè de huò bùtóng de huódòng, suǒyǐ wǒmen zài xúnzhǎo rènhé jiǎng pǔtōnghuà de fùmǔ zhè yīzhōu kěnéng zhùzhèn. Rúguǒ nǐ yǒu xìngqù bāngmáng, qǐng liánxì kāng nà xiǎojiě.



Many Thanks
Year 1 singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas in Mandarin".
Children in year 3 and 4 enjoying Mandarin lessons with Mrs Ahern.
5.7.17 - 7.7.17 - Chinese Student Visit
Over the last three days we have had a visit from 26 Chinese students from China. These children are all year six boys and girls and have travelled to England for 17 days. Over in China they had heard all about our school and wanted to come and see us.
We have had a lovely week and have made them all feel very welcome in our school and classes. Why they've been with us we have welcomed them into our classes and shown them normal lessons, we have played games, joined in with an after school drama session and had a celebration party with fish and chips. The children even helped our year 6 children get the set ready for our end of year 'Bugsy' performance and visited our church. What a fantastic week!
We hope they have all had a brilliant stay and wish them a safe flight back home.