Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rooster
Over the last week the children have been learning about Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac. We listened to the story of the animal race and how the Jade Emperor named all the years. Then we acted out the story using masks. It was lots of fun. We looked at real Chinese lanterns, lucky envelopes, puppets of dragons and tigers. For our creative activities we made our own rooster using coloured feathers and then hung them on our tree. Miss May taught us how to dance like a Chinese Dragon. It was quite tricky staying close together! In China red is considered a lucky colour and gold brings wealth. We also tried creating our own lucky sayings using red paper and gold paint. Our role play area was turned into a Chinese home corner and we could use real woks and chopsticks! The most exciting part of the week was tasting Chinese food. The table was decorated with red cover and we had napkins with Roosters on them. We tasted rice noodles, bean shoots, carrots, cabbage and a small amount of chow mein sauce made into a stir fry and prawn crackers. We were all very keen to try the food. We even tried to use chopsticks!