French is the main foreign language studied at Ormiston State School from Prep through to Year 6. Emphasis in the early grades is on oral/aural communication as students become familiar with the language through conversation, story, song, mime and games.
In the higher year levels, reading and writing skills are gradually developed. Lessons at all levels are highly interactive and performance is encouraged, instilling confidence in the students as they build their skills in and knowledge of French culture and language. We also celebrate French events across the year and look for opportunities to apply and extend the learning of French into the regular classroom environment.
Mandarin is provided and funded by Cleveland District State High School to cluster Redlands Primary Partnership Schools. At Ormiston State School, Mandarin is offered as an extension subject to students in Y3-6. Participation is by invitation only, based on the student’s results in English and Maths.
In Mandarin students learn both the written and spoken aspects of the language, with learning occurring through the study of culture, climate, business and other important elements. Students share their learning with their peers on a parade towards the end of the year.