Mandarin Language Courses for Children and Parents/ Star Mandarin School
青少年部 / 星星中文学校

SS_class Affiliated to the Confucius Institute, the Star Mandarin School provides Mandarin Chinese language (simplified characters), Arts, Dance, Kung Fu and Maths courses to children and young people, aged 3.5-18 from all walks of life, in Sheffield and surrounding areas.

Open Saturdays during school term time, at Bartolome House, School of Law, University of Sheffield, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND

All levels and language backgrounds welcome! Children are grouped according to an assessment of their existing knowledge of Chinese.

Two streams of Mandarin courses for native and non-native Chinese-speaking children, respectively, are offered from Beginners to Advanced, at the affiliated Star Mandarin School.

Youtube: Sheffield Star Mandarin School

Course Structures

Programme for English-speaking children (enrolled at 4 -7 years old)

Programme for English-speaking children (enrolled at 8 years old and above)

Programme for Chinese heritage children.

All courses are linked with Chinese Proficiency Tests (YCT / HSK) and GCSE Chinese. Preparatory classes for GCSE Chinese and GCE (A-Level) Chinese are open every September for tests scheduled in May-June the following year.

Normally a language course lasts for 2hrs, at the following times:
Saturdays: 9:00 -11:00; 11:15 – 13:15; 14:00 – 16:00, 16:30-18:30

Arts and Drawing Classes

Arts and Drawing classes open at the same time as Mandarin courses, lasting for 1.5hrs, at the following times:    Saturdays: 9:15 -10:45; 11:15 – 12:45

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Foundation classes for children aged 3.5-5

We could accept as young as 3.5 years old, but the child should sit in for a trial session first, which is free. Held in a formal classroom, the class adapts a nursery setting, offering play group activities such as learning words, stories, singing and play games.

Foundation Classes last for 1.5hrs, at the following times:
Saturdays: 9:15 -10:45; 11:15 – 12:45

Dance, Kung Fu and Maths Classes

Folk Dance 1: for younger children at 1:45-2:45 pm, Saturdays

Folk Dance 2: for older children at 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Saturdays

Kung Fu course 1: for older children at 1:45 - 2:45 pm, Saturdays

Kung Fu course 2: for younger children at 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Saturdays

Maths for KS1: at 11:15-12:45pm; 1:45-2:45pm and 3-4pm

Maths for KS2 lower: at 11:15-12:45pm; 1:45-2:45pm and 3-4pm

Maths for KS2 upper: at 1:45-2:45pm

Beginners Mandarin Courses open in September every year

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New Beginners' Classes are offered every September, starting from Saturday 17th September 2016.

Bartolome House    For Chinese-heritage speakers 华裔儿童
幼儿班 (3.5 – 5岁): Foundation 09:15-10:45 or 11:15–12:45
学前班 (5岁以上): Reception 09:00-11:00 or 11:15-13:15

    For English-speaking children 说英语的孩子
Foundation (for 3.5-5 years old): 11:15–12:45
Reception (for English-Speaking children aged 5-7):2:00 – 4:00 pm
Beginners (for English-Speaking children aged >8): 11:15-13:15
Beginners for Parents/Guardians: 11:15-13:15

Course enrollments and registrations open via the University Online Store.

School Calendar

2016-2017 School Calendar2015-2016 School calendar. There are 39 weeks in a school year, we have 35 Saturdays a year.

Quality Framework Awards, NRCSE

The Star Mandarin School has won Bronze Award, Silver Award, Gold Award and Distinction Award, Quality Framework, endorsed by NRCSE (National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education).

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For more information, contact:

email : confucius@sheffield.ac.uk