Learning a new language at any age offers enormous opportunities and enjoyment. Children have the most to gain from this brilliant experience. The primary years are the best in which to learn a second language. Children know intuitively that language is an open invitation to exploration, a playground and a pleasure. Learning a new language can make their brain grow, improve their cognitive skills and develop a native like accent and pronunciation. It also gives children access to two cultures and makes them more tolerant and open to others. Our Mandarin Program here at Blackburn Primary School provides a respectful, interesting and interactive language learning environment. Our goal is to make our language learning experience much more FUN!

Mandarin Program – Level 1

Main Topic: Greeting, Numbers (1-10), Body Parts, Family Members
Chinese Songs: Happy New Year, The Magic Words, Numbers, Head Shoulders Knees & Toes, My Body, I love My Family

Mandarin Program – Level 2

Main Topic: Colours, 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals, Two Digit Numbers (10-99), Like & Dislike
Chinese Songs: Rainbow, Two Tigers, Jingle Bells

Mandarin Program – Level 3

Main Topic: Who Are You? (introduce people), How Much Is It? (three & four digit numbers), Supermarket War (money game), Me (describe a person)
Chinese Songs: Making Friends, Clay Doll, Congratulations

Mandarin Program – Level 4

Main Topic: Western Food, My Restaurant Rules, Restaurant Language
Chinese Songs: Jasmine Blossom

Classroom Activities

Chinese Games: Chopstick, Catch Me If You Can, Shuttlecock Kicking, Tai Chi Ball, Chinese Bingo Games, Numbers Game, The Number Circle, etc
Chinese Stories: Year, The Lantern Festival, Qu Yuan, The Story Of The Lady Living On The Moon, Three Monks, 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals, etc
Chinese Craft: Chinese Paper Cutting, Origami, Drawing, etc
Chinese Festival Celebration: Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, Qing Ming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid Autumn Festival, etc
Other Activities: Cooking Lesson, Films, Competitions, etc

Extra Curricular

Chinese Dance Club: Every lunch time in the School gym.