Topic:

Chinese New Year

LT focus:

The child will be enabled to:

  • explain the origins of Chinese New Year
  • determine the date of the Chinese New Year
  • discuss Chinese tradition

Introduction

  • Tell students they will be learning about Chinese New Year, beginning with a history of the holiday and then learning about the symbols.
  • Read the story of the Chinese Emperor and his animal race with them on the interactive whiteboard
  • Have students create a Venn diagram or to compare and contrast Chinese New Year and Irish New Year traditions

Development

  • Hand out copies of our lesson Chinese New Year Signs & Symbols.
  • Read through the ‘Chinese Zodiac’ sections together as a class. Stop and discuss.
  • Allow students to read about the symbols. Direct them to locate the animal that represents their own birth year.
  • Have students decorate their New Year pictures with crayons and markers, then hang in the room

Plenary

Play traditional Chinese games, like Chinese dominoes

Recap on what we have learned using a KWL chart.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Powerpoint story on Chinese New Year

Digital images of Chinese Celebrations

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-4794-chinese-new-year-story-powerpoint

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-4795-how-chinese-new-year-is-celebrated-photo-powerpoint

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