Our Curriculum Approach
We strive to celebrate difference. Tyndale Community School is committed to developing global citizens who are equipped for 21st century opportunities and challenges. We recognise that we live in an interconnected world, and foster an ethos of celebrating diversity. We are proud to have received our Foundation Certificate International Schools Award from the British Council. We achieved this award because we recognise individual’s backgrounds as a strength, take every chance to discover and learn about the world we inhabit, and equip our students with a love of languages.
We currently offer Mandarin lessons to pupils in Key Stage 2. At present, Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world. Moreover, it has been hailed as the new global language. Political leaders have recognised the need for Mandarin for employment, diplomacy, science and trade. Tyndale successfully applied for a native Mandarin speaker to teach our students this important language.
As a school, we choose to follow the National Curriculum for Languages.
Purpose of Study
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied