Happy Chinese New Year... Gong Hey Fat Choy!

posted 18 Feb 2016, 04:46 by Georgina Bradley   [ updated 18 Feb 2016, 04:48 ]
This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We kicked off the week by listening to the story of the 12 Zodiac animals who competed in a race. We learnt about the characteristics of each animal and decided which one was most like us!

We have also been learning about Chinese food and have been serving lots of hungry customers in our Chinese restaurant. We had time to explore and discuss objects that had come all the way from China including lanterns, money envelopes, fortune cookies, rice, noodles, prawn crackers and we even tried using chop sticks!

In the provision this week we've had a go at being calligraphers, writing Chinese symbols with black paint and fine brushes. We have also decorated lanterns on the light box and played dress up in special Chinese outfits.

Finally, we had a special visit from Mrs Davis-Pang, who kindly told us all about how her family celebrate Chinese New Year (and their visit to Hong Kong) and also told the story of Nian, a scary Monster who was chased away with red ribbons and fire-crackers! This was followed by a morning full of craft activities where we made lanterns, money envelopes, dragon masks and puppets, and huge dragon heads out of boxes! We're looking forward to doing a dragon dance in the hall tomorrow to show off our work.