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We have chosen to teach Spanish and Mandarin at Woodside as these are both spoken by more people than English worldwide and Spanish is a language with a close match between how it is spoken and written. As our teachers are not language specialists we use digital resources, including Language Nut  to teach Spanish and, for the last three years, have also had the support of a Spanish Language Assistant.  With the support of Chinese Language Assistants through the British Council we are now in our third year of teaching Mandarin. This is difficult language but important economically and is the most spoken language in the world. Besides the language itself we teacher children about Chinese culture including calligraphy and cooking. We also learn songs and words of other languages, especially the many languages now spoken within our school community. We have recently started an after school French club run by a parent. Much of our language teaching is integrated with other subjects as children learn things such as songs, art techniques, cooking and counting from a different culture. Teaching of Modern Foreign Languages at Woodside is coordinated by Miss Barr. We have given children to log in details to us at home and it can be used for learning both Spanish and Mandarin as well as other languages, include English for people for whom this is an additional language.

Chinese New Year lunch and cookery competition

Chinese New Year lunch and cookery competition 1
Chinese New Year lunch and cookery competition 2