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Braehead Primary School Stirling - Getting to grips with languages!

15 June 2017 (SCILT/CISS/Braehead PS)

The children of Braehead Primary have been making languages come alive through a collaborative project with Historic Environment Scotland. This project involved all 55 Primary 5 pupils working in groups on a number of different tasks. The end result was a virtual tour of Stirling castle in Mandarin.

There are now six classes at Braehead learning Mandarin, from P4 to P6. The P5s are the trailblazers, however, as they have been learning the language for nearly two years. They have also produced a film in Mandarin within the castle walls, which you can see on the school’s BPS Live Learning YouTube channel. The film will be entered for the British Film Festival awards in London in October.

The school has recently launched a Chinese character challenge. This is a whole-school competition where one character a week is introduced on their Interactive Wall in the dining hall – highly visible to all. At the end of term, pupils and teachers will take part in a quiz based on these characters with Chinese-themed prizes up for the taking!

The Interactive Wall is also used for English and French.

Pupils also continue to produce language podcasts in Mandarin and other languages. The podcasts can be accessed via the Braehead Languages Café on the school’s website.

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