“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, it goes to his heart.” - Nelson Mandela
The benefits of learning a language other than our mother tongue has wide-reaching benefits. Our ambition for the children in our care is that they do not just learn another language but that they love that process.
Which is why all our children in Pre-Prep (Pre-Nursery to Year 1) will be immersed in a dual-language programme of study. We believe that this form of instruction instils a greater level of confidence in the learner, as well as a greater level of meta-linguistic awareness (in understanding how language works) across both their mother tongue and the foreign language.
Our children graduate from this dual-language environment from Year 2 upwards, continuing with daily Mandarin as part of the core curriculum.
In Prep-Prep, from Pre-Nursery to Year 1 inclusive, Mandarin is taught through the use of our highly-qualified Teaching Assistant team, who are native mandarin speakers. This dual-language approach to teaching supports natural language acquisition by interchanging between Mandarin and English as the means of communication throughout the day.
In Year 1, in addition to the above model, daily Mandarin lessons are delivered by specialist Mandarin teachers.
In Year 2 to Year 6 inclusive, at the Prep School, teaching is delivered in the medium of English and the children enjoy a daily Mandarin lesson with a native speaker.
From Year 1 upwards, daily classes will be streamed by ability to cater for each child’s needs.
From Year 3 up, all children are exposed to a second additional language, through twice-weekly French classes, taught by a highly-qualified native speaker.