MFL: First Year Pupils Learn Chinese Calligraphy
Our First Year pupils have been learning about Chinese culture by practicing the art of calligraphy.
Calligraphy, 书法，literally "the law of writing," has been appreciated as an art form in many different cultures throughout the world, but the stature of calligraphy in Chinese culture is unmatched. In China, calligraphy was considered not just a form of decorative art; rather, it was viewed as self-expression and cultivation. In fact, it is still very common to see people practicing calligraphy with a bucket of water and a sponge brush in the parks.
Commenting on the calligraphy lesson, Grace Tuson, First Year pupil, said, "'My favourite part was learning how to draw my name in Chinese, which are three very difficult characters."
Matthew Summer, First Year, adds, "It was really interesting and very different from writing in English, because you have to hold the brush straight."
Chinese is introduced in two ways in the First Year at Bede's: as a choice of Modern Foreign Language, and as part of the 21st Century Study. Chinese Study is also embedded in the 21st Century Studies, which is compulsory for all First Year pupils.