Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We heard the story of the 12 animals who had a race to have each year named after them. We learnt that the rat won the race and that this year is the year of the dragon. We will be doing some writing about dragons, making lanterns, creating artwork and lots of other exciting things.

On the tuff spot we have been exploring some chinese artefacts: a hand broom; chopsticks; money; lucky red envelopes; rice etc. We have taken home a lucky red envelope with a chinese coin in it for good luck.

The children observed that the chinese coin has its middle cut out in the shape of a square. One child pondered ‘I wonder if that’s so that when they pay for something the shopkeeper can put it on to a spike to keep all his money safe?’

Today we tasted a popular Chinese food – noodles! We had a go at using chopsticks to eat them. The chopsticks were tricky but the noodles were delicious! 😋

Children in reception will be learning to:
Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.

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