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Chinese New Year

We celebrated the Chinese New Year.  First we listened to the Zodiac story, learning how rat’s sneaky plan made cat furious and wet which is why cats and rats are forevermore the worst of enemies! 

We then talked about China, looking at photographs and comparing what we saw with what we know about Newport.  The children made some good comparisons and observations:  that London has a river as does Shanghai, as well as tall buildings. One child compared a Chinese pagoda to a ‘Ninja’ house. We looked at food and saw paddy fields where rice is grown.  We were also relieved that there is no chance that we’ll meet a tiger in Forest school here!  We looked at what it’s like to go to school in China and instead of using a thinking thumb, we raised our hand in the way that children there would.  We talked about the importance of exercise and how in China, they do a more formal ‘Wake and shake’ for the whole school every day.  We then tried to join in with a video of a whole school exercising.  We looked at where China is on the map and even registered for our flight by saying 'Hello' in mandarin.  We wished each other 'Kung Hey Fat Choy', (Happy New Year in Mandarin).

Children were given lots of opportunities to explore China for themselves during our themed ‘Explore and Learn’ time.  Take a look at some of the fun we had:

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