Some Yr 2 children at Edmund Waller worked really hard at lunchtime to create this video showing you how to use www.languagenut.com on the internet. This will help everyone practise Mandarin and learn different languages if they want to.
Volunteers had to cooperate and use lots of other good teamwork skills to make the video. They also had to use their vocabulary and their Mandarin knowledge. In order to make this a great video, they used an ipad to shoot it. The people who have used www.languagenut.com have expanded their minds and are now able to connect to the outer world. The children who volunteered to make the video have also tried their best and worked really well.
At Edmund Waller, the children and teachers from years 1 – 6 learn to speak Mandarin. The weekly sessions are led by a specialist Mandarin teacher and new vocabulary is practised with class teachers in between sessions. During Mandarin classes, the teacher introduces and practises new vocabulary with the children using a variety of games, songs, videos and images. Actions and repetition encourage all children (and adults!) to participate in developing their Mandarin recall and pronunciation. The children in Years 4 – 6 also learn to write and read simplified Chinese characters.
During the Summer holiday, a small number of children moving up to Year 6 are chosen to attend a Mandarin residential school organised by the British Council. You can learn more about their experience on the Mandarin page on the school website.
Throughout Edmund Waller we have been learning to speak Mandarin. To show you exactly what we get up to in these lessons we have created some videos to show our work. As we know that not everyone who watches this speaks Mandarin, we have included subtitles in English so you can learn too.
At Edmund Waller, the children in Year 2 – 6 learn Mandarin in a lesson every week with Meier Lo. On the 15th July, they will be singing one of two Mandarin songs at the Broadway Theatre in Catford, as part of the Summer Concert.
You can help your child by using the lyrics that have been published below.
Clicking on the hyperlinks will take you to a Youtube version of each song.
In class we have weekly mandarin lessons. I learnt how to say what drink I wanted, in order to learn how to say and remember it we played a game where we had real juice, real water and real coke (even though we weren’t allowed to drink it). So I was the shopkeeper and people came up to me told me what they wanted and then I poured for them, but they were only allowed to say it mandarin. It was really fun when it was someone elses’ turn I got to have some of the juice.