Modern Foreign Languages
At Dane Royd School we believe language learning is extremly important. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. We employ language specialists to teach languages in our school. Our language teachers are bi-lingual and have lived in or are native to the country of the languages taught.
We teach both French and Chinese Mandarin to Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils enabling pupils to make significant progress in both languages.
In Foundation Stage our class teachers use the Little Languages Scheme of Work to introduce children to language learning.
To support our language learning we believe it is important to have opportunity to develop intercultural understanding. To support this we have partner schools in both China and France.
We are linked to two primary schools and a nursery school in our link city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province in China. The international programme of joint curriculum projects has been recognised by the British Council as exceptional practice. Case studies of our work are on the British Council Website.
Furthermore in May 2017 we undertook our first international school visit with parents and pupils of a number of Year families spending nine days at Longfen Primary School in China. The visit was so successful we will be repeating the visit in May 2018.
Dane Royd School has achieved the Full International School Award from the British Council with full re-accreditation in 2016. The school is very active in its work support other schools to achieve full International School Award status. The school was runner up in the TES International School Award in 2017. We embed the teaching of inter-cultural understanding across the whole school curriculum. This can be seen through the very high quality work on display throughout school.
The school has been recognised on multiple occasions for the high quality international work by the British Council. Many blogs and case studies have been published. Please enjoy reading some of them below.
This is our Mandarin planning for 2017-18. This year Miss Zhong is our Chinese Language Assistant working with us in school. Miss Zhong is from Chengdu University and is employed with us via the British Council. We usually employ teachers directly from our partner district in Wuhou, Chengdu in Sichuan Province. We have been teaching Mandarin since September 2011. We have a very strong partnership with our link schools. Visits to each others schools by teaching staff, pupils and parents is a very popular feature of our school.