Chinese New Year

Friday 24 January 2020

This week, we began reading our new Literacy book called My Granny went to Market. We focused on her trip to China as this weekend it is Chinese New Year.

To begin, we looked at a map of the UK and how it is made up of four countries – England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. This children spoke about times they had visited these parts of the UK. We then looked at a map of the world. We found out that China is approximately 5000 miles away from the UK and it would taken 10 and half hours to travel there by aeroplane.

In the story, Granny visits China and buys a lantern with a Mandarin symbol which means double happiness. Some children had a go at drawing this symbol. We also learnt to say hello in Mandarin (Ni hao).

We challenged ourselves to write our names using the Mandarin alphabet and had a go at painting numbers in Mandarin.

Next, we looked at how Chinese New Year is celebrated and read the story about Jade Emperor to find out how the animals for Chinese New Year were chosen. We found out that this year is the year of the rat.

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Can your child tell you something they have learnt about China/ Chinese New Year?

Please email quotes from your child. This will support us in our assessment by providing evidence towards the understanding the World strand of the EYFS.

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.