Chinese New Year.
OUR RECEPTION CLASS went on a school trip to the Durham Oriental Museum on Thursday 29th January. To prepare for their trip, the class gave each other red envelopes with money inside them because the most special and lucky colour is red in China.
During the trip the children performed the Great Race which is the story behind Chinese New Year. They also became part of a Chinese Dragon and moved all over the museum. They dressed up as all the different characters and learned about the year of the Monkey. Then they made a monkey puppet each and then they got torches. After that hey turned off the light and made shadow puppets with their monkey puppets. They all listened carefully to the story of the race.
Around the museum they found out facts about Chinese New Year and different artefacts. Some of the facts they learned were that each year has a different animal and this year is the year of the monkey and that New Year is a huge celebration. Mrs Fox said they all had a wonderful time on the trip and that it had helped the class learn more about different cultures. We asked Sammy (from Reception) what he thought about the trip and he said: "I really enjoyed learning facts about Chinese New Year!" Finally, Reception Class enjoyed the trip so much that they decided to decorate their classroom with Chinese lanterns and make their role play corner into a Chinese restaurant. They even enjoyed Chinese food from a local take away in Chester-Le-Street so that they got to taste all the wonderful food. They also performed in assembly to show the rest of the school what they had learned. They even spoke some of the language!
By James, Harry, George and Hannah
Isaac and Amelia from Reception in their Chinese New Year role play area