Students at Norris Bank Park Primary School learn Chinese (Mandarin) from Prep throughout their primary school years.
The Chinese language program incorporates the Victorian Curriculum which aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:
communicate in the language they are learning
understand the relationship between language, culture and learning
develop intercultural capabilities
understand themselves as communicators
All lessons are taught by our specialist Mandarin teacher, Satoko Kuhlmann (Kuhlmann Laoshi). The students learn Mandarin for one hour each week.
The four skills of language learning (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be taught through games, songs and rhymes.
The students start to read and write Chinese characters from Prep years. Writing characters the correct way helps develop fine motor skills and encourage good concentration.
The students have many opportunities to explore Chinese culture in Mandarin lessons. They learn about key Chinese festivals including Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and Dragon boat festival. They also eat Chinese food, sing traditional and modern songs and dance. Once a year, we have a visit from teachers that work at the Confucius Institute from La Trobe University. This provides a wonderful opportunity to experience a variety of Chinese culture and activities.