Chinese New Year

13 Feb

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Kung Hei Fat Choy!

P7b are celebrating Chinese New Year by learning about Chinese culture and language. We have been learning about the history of Chinese New Year and its customs and traditions, as well creating our own Chinese lanterns, puppet dragons and having a go at writing some Chinese characters. We were very interested to find out about Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, and his Terracotta Army which inspired us to make our own plasticine army. We have even found time to sample some Chinese green tea! See our photographs below.

Another thing we were interested in learning about was what life is like for school children in China. We watched a film about how hard students work for their final school exams called the Gaokao. We will never complain about homework again! Next week we will be  learning some basic Chinese words and Chinese numbers.

We have been using a special pack which is produced free by the British Council – which helps schools across the UK to bring the world into the classroom. The Snakes and Dragons education pack aims to encourage greater interest in Chinese culture and language – which is vital to the UK’s future prosperity. China overtook Japan to become the world’s second biggest economy in 2011 – and Mandarin Chinese is already spoken by more than 1.3 billion people worldwide.

Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council and a Chinese speaker, said: “The UK’s future prosperity depends in no small part on our ability to communicate, interact and build relationships with people from around the world. With China recently becoming the world’s second biggest economy – and set to continue that upward trajectory – there are few more important partners for us. A good understanding of Chinese culture and language will give our young people the advantage they need to live in a global society and compete in a global economy.”

Schools can find out about opportunities with China and beyond at www.britishcouncil.org/schoolsonline

News update: Congratulations P7B you were one of the winners in the British Council’s Chinese New Year competition.

“The standard of entries was exceptionally high but yours stood out for its creativity and its innovative approach to celebrating the Year of the Snake, promoting intercultural understanding at your school and really impressing the judges with the activities you undertook.”

You can see your winning entry at British Council Schools Online and find out how other schools across the UK joined in the celebrations.

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2 Responses to “Chinese New Year”

  1. lewis mcgregor February 20, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    hello

    • learning cloud February 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

      Hello Lewis, lovely to hear from you. I hope you are enjoying High School and doing your very best.

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