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FREE KS2 Mandarin Chinese Scheme of Work Lesson Plans - Unit 3: Celebrations

Before looking at this unit or any other unit of this Scheme of Work, you are advised to read the teachers notes about the Scheme of Work that can be found HERE

Celebrating the Chinese New Year - Scheme of Work (No.1 in a series of 4 SoW)

This Scheme of Work (SoW) centres around a book that promotes language learning through inter-cultural understanding. The book is called ‘'Celebrating the Chinese New Year' available from CME Books. It is seen through the eyes of a modern Chinese child seeking the ‘proper’ explanation of why Chinese New Year is celebrated. Various explanations are provided by different members of the family.

Chinese New Year Workshop Material (Xiaoman Sun)

This resource has been created by Xiaoman Sun, from Seven Kings High School in the UK.

In her school, Sun has 5 workshops for her Year 7 & 8 students to decorate the school assembly hall and surrounding areas in preparation for the Chinese New Year. The workshops are:

1.Giant Painting for Assembly Hall
2. Making Chinese Lanterns
3. Chinese Origami
4. Design Year of Tiger Posters
5. Chinese Calligraphy experience-Chinese Lucky Symbols & write down students' Chinese name

Sun's 'action plan' is based on a 2 week programme, though this could obviously be adjusted depending on how much time you have available.

These activities would certainly work well with KS2/primary children too.

Chinese New Year - food, traditionals and songs

Teacher Pei-Shu Lin uses this presentation with her KS3 children to introduce them to Chinese New Year and familiarise them with some food, traditions and even songs associated with Chinese New Year.

If you have Chinese New Year resource that you would like to share or even sell to The Chinese Staffroom, please contact pete [at] bamboolearning [dot] co [dot] uk

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