Chinese (Mandarin) at RHPS is about learning communicative skills through fun, engaging and challenging activities. Understanding Chinese culture and cultural diversity is also valued as an important part of our class learning.
We have a large, bright Chinese room. We have been developing learning spaces and a variety of learning resources including those to enhance ICT skills. As part of our sister school relationship, we introduced a program called "Air Time" for students at Level 3 to Skype their Level 3 peers at Kunshan Experimental Primary School in China. Our first communications were simple introductions and greetings.
What’s On …
We are learning about numbers, colours, greetings, self introduction, family, stationery, body parts, hobbies and activities, and festivals etc. through Foundation to Level 4. To develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and Chinese language, we are researching in topics as "Chinese migration", "Chinese ancient inventions" and "Chinese cuisine" for Levels 5 - 6.
Here are some links which you may find useful in learning Mandarin.
Grade 5 and 6 are currently learning fun Chinese characters.
Prior Achievements and Special Events...
We have introduced the following programs, many of which will be bi-annual programs:
* Parents' & staff dumpling workshops
* Chinese restaurant role-play movies files, and Fried Rice cooking classes.
* China Town excursion.
Visit to our sister school in China
A number of our teachers and Education Support staff visited our sister school in Kunshan (near Shanghai) and other cities of China, such as, Beijing and Xi'an. The purpose of the trip was to develop an understanding of the eduction system and some of the cultural differences. Learning about Chinese history was really fascinating.
Air Time with our sister school in China
We enjoy Air Time with our sister school in China. Our students have the opportunity to introduce themselves in Mandarin, and our sister school students introduce themselves in English! What an authentic learning opportunity!
Chinese New Year Lion Dance and workshop
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".
During Spring festival, there are lots of celebrating activities: lion dance, fireworks, making dumplings, making lanterns, giving out red package, New Year wall stickers, paper cutting etc.