Chinese New Year!

In Onyx class we have loved learning about Chinese New Year. We have had a fantastic time trying new experiences and learning about another culture!

We are very lucky to have some experts in our class, Jamie and Hannah, who have been able to share lots of information with us about how they celebrate at home with their families!

Firstly we loved shared some delicious traditional chinese food, dumpings and noodles, cooked fresh for us by Jamie’s Mummy! Everyone agreed she is a fantastic cook!

After Hannah’s Mummy sent us some interesting pictures, including this one, where you can find out which animal represents the year you were born! Can you remember what your animal was?

The children loved learning about the Chinese Zodiac story, of how each animal came to have a year named after them. We had a great time having our own races outside as the charcters from the story. The children have been learning all about how the ordinal numbers 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc. are used to show which position they came in.

Then, we watched a video of the chinese Dragon dance in Hong Kong! Everone couldn’t believed how the dragon and the lion jumped and moved! We decided we could make our very own dragon to perform a dance with on Friday.

We had a great time performing our dance at the end, working as a team!

Finally, Hannah had told us about a tradition that we were really excited about. For Chinese New Year, children are given a special red envelope with some money inside as good luck for the year.

We all decided to write our own wish for the year and make our own envelopes to put them inside. Our teacher’s surprised us with something inside everyones envelopes on Friday! Can you remember what it was? Look at all of those excited faces!

What have we been learning about?

  • about other cultures and celebrations that ourt friend’s observe with their family.
  • to work together on a collaberative art project.
  • to write for purpose using our phonic knowledge.
  • to order numbers using language 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.

How can you carry on the learning at home?

  • talk about about special celebrations and show children videos of various celebrations.
  • Make some lantern crafts with your children.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

We had a funny week last week with the snow arriving. However, we managed to squeeze in some Chinese New Year celebrations before the snow got us and closed school for a day.

The children loved trying the different Chinese foods and some of them tried things they’d never had before. Not everyone was quite so sure at first but they gave it a go.


We we also decided that we wanted to make a dragon after seeing one on the Chinese New Year book in our classroom.

The children had clear ideas about what they wanted the dragon to look like.  They knew they wanted to dragon to have fire and to have red scales.


We loved learning about the story of the Chinese Zodiac and finding out which year we were born in.

Can you remember the story of the Chinese animals? Can you remember which year you were born in?