We have had lots of fun in Reception this week celebrating Chinese New Year. The children have learnt all about how Chinese people prepare for Chinese New Year, how they celebrate Chinese New Year and why they celebrate. The children have loved the Chinese Zodiac story and they thought it was very funny that they were born in the year of the Rabbit or the year of the Dragon. The children have also learnt that this year it is the year of the Rooster. They have tried very hard to draw roosters!
The children have also enjoyed painting dragon masks. They have concentrated very well as they have selected their colours carefully and they have tried to stay within the lines.
The children have sequenced numbers to 10 and 20 to build a dragon picture using the Duplo Lego bricks, they have threaded numbers to 10 and 20 using coloured beads and they have sequenced numbers on the computers. They have also learnt to add numbers this week.
The children have also worked extremely hard making paper chain Chinese dragons. It was very tricky but the children worked independently and showed great perseverance.
This week the children have been fascinated by Chinese writing and they soon discovered that it was very difficult to write in Chinese! They did try to write the word rooster, the numbers 1-10 and Happy New Year in their own Chinese New Year cards.
The children have enjoyed following Chinese traditions this week and they prepared our Home Corner for Chinese New Year. They have swept and polished our Home Corner thoroughly!
The children have also put money in red Hong Bows, they have played with Chinese food and plates in the sand and made their name out of magnetic letters (once they had found them in the rice and picked them out using chopsticks!)
The children have also tried to eat tradition Chinese food such as prawn crackers, egg noodles and sweet and sour sauce using chopsticks. The children really enjoyed this activity!