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It’s the Year of the Rooster!

On Saturday 28th January it was the Chinese New Year 2017 – the year of the Rooster (the 10th animal in the cycle)! The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year and this year will run until 15th February 2018. The next Year of the Rooster will be in 2029.

The Reception children have had a great experience learning about the traditional customs and celebrations for Chinese New Year. They held two assemblies for parents and carers (and then for the rest of the school) during which they confidently shared some facts they had learnt, demonstrated how to use chopsticks, showed off their Chinese art work, lanterns and money pouches.

They also acted out the story of how the animals of the Chinese Zodiac were ordered after they participated in a race organised by the Jade Emperor. A great time was had by all, after recovering from the shock of three Chinese dragons entering the hall simultaneously from different directions!

If you want to find out more about Chinese New Year or see the dragon heads the children made for the dragon dance, please come in to the reception classes.