We brightened our school with yellow for a great cause, Raising CF awareness!#HappyCFday!


You surely can't miss this great fun and oh the incredible raffle prizes!! See you all at the fair tomorrow! .


Amazing way to end the half term. Our jubilee celebration( tea party) was phenomenal! Incredible performance from HPAD orchestra and choir. Well hosted by our young leaders, pupil parliament, Rights leads,Eco and Charity Committe! We are so proud of you!


Year 1 RE workshop on Judaism! Proud of all the children they had so much knowledge to share!


We are ready for jubilee lunch before the tea party this afternoon! Congratulations to her Majesty The Queen.


Amazing time on residential trip in JCA! So well deserved after SATS! Have fun year 6


Year 4 music lesson! They absolutely loved their drumming session


Children in school during residential week having a great time in Alleyn school playing rounders! Thank you Alleyns' staff for having us


Thank you to older students from Alleyns who comes in weekly to read with some of our children! The children have loved it!


We wondered where all the roaring sounds came from! Happy dinosaurs day from Reception!!


Saying goodbye to year 4 this morning! They are in for a treat on their residential.


What a great end to the week and ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week next week… our parent Mental Health Workshop and ballet taster


And they have arrived safely! Let the fun begin!!


Such a great positive energy this morning saying goodbye to year 5 leaving to Kingswood!Have fun year 5 !!!


Basketball team ready for their first game with a local school! Go team!!


Congratulations to our governors on your long serving award at the governor's conference today! You all make such a difference to our school, thank you!


Well done to year 6 for the fantastic work in Easter school. We have enjoyed the revision sessions!


Year 3 trip to London Eye exploring land use in London! We loved the cruise and the beautiful scenery!


What an excellent way to start science week! Our very own Maria led a brilliant assembly on the digestive system and made a giant elephant toothpaste! We loved it!


Year 3 and 4 author session with Roderick O'Grady, the author of BIGFOOT Mountain.

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Modern Foreign Language - Mandarin

At Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich we believe it is important all children are given the opportunity to learn a foreign language.  Our chosen language is Mandarin.

The National Curriculum expectation for MFL is that all pupils learn one language from Year 3. Here at HPAD, pupils are given a head-start, with weekly Mandarin lessons beginning in Reception.

Although there are many stereotypes of Chinese being very difficult to learn, our students enjoy the challenge of writing characters and mastering pronunciation with the support of a Mandarin Specialist Teacher. Their Mandarin lessons not only equip them with the knowledge and understanding to communicate in the most widely-spoken world language, but also increase their intercultural understanding by seeing things from another’s perspective, giving them insight into the people and traditions of other cultures.  We believe that this is essential when developing global citizens.

In Reception, children have a short Mandarin lesson based around songs and rhymes.

In Key Stage 1, children’s learning is based around songs, rhymes and games. Through this, children start to hear the different sounds that occur in Mandarin and feel confident using key words and phrases. They begin to learn basic components of Chinese characters and start their journey towards reading and writing in another language.

In Key Stage 2, pupils are encouraged to practise writing characters regularly and will be given the opportunity to practise their speaking and listening. Pupils who begin Mandarin in Year 1, should be able to understand around 100 characters by Year 5 - in line with the internationally recognised Youth Chinese Test.

Children who have achieved the required standard in Mandarin in Year 5 will be entered for the internationally used Youth Chinese Test (YCT).