In Prep, from Y1 to Y6, Mandarin is taught by our Mandarin specialist teachers at least 3 times per week in discrete lessons.
Prep School Mandarin is divided into three major groups; beginner, intermediate and near-native Chinese. Children who have learned Mandarin before joining BCS will be assessed during their first few weeks in the school and placed into their appropriate group.
In the classroom, Mandarin is taught through themes and topics. The intensity of the task is modified according to age-appropriateness, readiness and language proficiency level.
Language is presented through songs, rhymes, language games and instructional activities.
The main goal of the Mandarin World Language Program is to help students move forward along the continuum of proficiency in Mandarin and is designed to ensure that a child who joined us at Reception, will pass a YCT (Youth Chinese Test) Level 1 when they are ready. We anticipate all pupils will achieve this grade by the end of Year 6.