25 Jan 2019

Mandarin Monthly Update #5

Year 1 – Children in 1W are getting very excited about the Chinese New Year. They have been listening to CNY stories and learning about the customs and traditions of the Chinese New Year.  They’ve also had lots of fun learning songs such as He Nian Ge.

Year 2 – Students in Year Two have been busy sharing their own experiences of how CNY is celebrated at home. They have had opportunities to listen to stories and learn songs that are related to CNY. Please encourage them to practise singing the CNY songs at home.  

Year 3 – Students in Year Three have started the unit of “My body”.  In this unit, they will have opportunities to listen to stories, participate in role play activities and join in discussions about making sensible and balanced food choices to stay healthy.

Year 4 – Students in Year Four have enjoyed learning about the Chinese New Year. They have learned some CNY songs, listened to stories of the Nian Monster and the Kitchen God, and participated with various arts and crafts activities that are related to the Chinese culture.

Year 5 – Students in Year Five have completed the unit of “Countries, Nationalities and Languages”. They have now moved on to the unit of “Food and Drinks”. All students will be able to make links to the UOI “Big Business” during Mandarin lessons by applying their knowledge of Mandarin for various stages in the inquiry process.

Year 6 – Students in Year Six have completed the unit of “Sports and Hobbies”. Their next unit will be “Food and Drinks”. They are also learning to write a descriptive text about themselves which will be published in the BHS year book.

Y1 – They have been learning about colours. The children should be able to recognise some colour characters like 红,黄,蓝,etc, and sing a colour song in Mandarin. They have also been learning a lot about Chinese New year traditions through songs, stories and role plays.

Y2 – As a part of CNY celebrations, students in Year 2 have been learning a lot about Chinese New year traditions: customs, stories, songs and CNY related characters and good wish expressions.

Y3- We have finished the topic 你是哪国人? Now we are working on the body parts as our following topic.

Y4-  We are working onthe topic of Stationery 文具。

Y5-  We started 中文4 chapter eight 司马光和华盛顿的故事。

Y6- We started 中文6 chapter eight 望远镜和显微镜下的故事。

Y1 –  They have been learning about colours. The children should be able to recognise some colour characters like 红,黄,蓝,etc, and sing a colour song in Mandarin. They have also been learning a lot about Chinese New year traditions through songs, stories and role plays.

Y2- Students in Year 2 have been learning a lot about Chinese New year traditions: customs, stories, songs and CNY related characters and good wish expressions.

Y3-  Students in Year 3 have learned the texts of “小画家”,“讲礼貌”(中文2 第三,四课)。They have also been learning a lot about Chinese New year traditions through drama, role plays etc.

Y4-  Students in Year 4 have learned the texts of “鲁班与锯子”,“蔡伦造纸”,“古代的纸”(中文2第八,九课)。They have also been learning a lot about Chinese New year traditions through drama, role plays etc.

Y5-  Students in Year 5 have learned the texts of “过新年”,“年的传说”(小学华文2A 第三课)。They have also been learning a lot about Chinese New year traditions through drama, role plays etc.

Y6-  Students in Year 6 have reviewed the topics of “宠物”,“食物” and “职业”。They have also been learning a lot about Chinese New year traditions through drama, role plays etc.

Getting organised for Mandarin lessons

If your child has been given a Mandarin folder (including textbooks, activity books and exercise books), she/he needs to bring it to every Mandarin lesson.

Home Learning

  • All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.
  • Home learning is now given out in the year group weekly update under the heading Home Learning. It is the responsibility of the students to check the weekly update and make sure that they finish their home learning before the due date.
  • The amount of home learning varies from class to class. It usually includes reading aloud, copying Chinese characters, writing sentences, reading storybooks, writing book reports etc. Some classes will have weekly written tasks while other classes may be given oral practice only.
  • Please let your teacher know if you have trouble completing your home learning on time.

Taking Care of Books  

The replacement costs for books lost are as follows:

    • Chinese Made Easy textbook $250 each
    • Chinese Made Easy activity book $150 each
    • 小学华文 $100 each
    • 中文 $100 each
    • Other Chinese books $ 75 each
  • Mandarin folders $25 each
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