Learning a foreign language helps young people develop an appreciation of other cultures and deepens their understanding of the world. At Upton we aim to enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Above all, we aim to provide opportunities for our pupils to communicate for practical purposes, so that they can use these skills within real-life situations.
At Upton the Modern Foreign Language we study for the first time this year is Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin Chinese opens up a world of opportunity . As the most spoken language in the world, it can connect speakers with an exciting and dynamic culture. Mandarin has been identified as one of the most important languages for the UK’s future prosperity, but at this stage our aim is to open pupils' eyes to differing cultures that exist in their world.
Children become familiarised with the written word when each new item of vocabulary is introduced, and they are encouraged to make links between phonemes and graphemes as soon as possible. Pupils gradually extend their vocabulary and come to grips with using more complex language.
Upton also features a Language of the Term every term that links to ‘home’ languages of some of its pupils, while Year 6 prepare for their move to secondary education and more traditional MFL by linking to French pen-pals.
As well as multi-lingual displays around the school in corridors and classrooms, Upton features a greeting board outside the main reception welcoming pupils, families and visitors in ten different languages.
Click below to see what the school are covering in our first year of Mandarin