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Chinese New Year – 7 of the best primary teaching resources

With the year of the ox due to be ushered in on Friday 12 February, here's a selection of resources to help with teaching the history and traditions of the biggest event in the Chinese lunar calendar…

Callum Fauser
by Callum Fauser
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When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year 2021 starts on Friday 12 February.

Which Chinese Zodiac animal is it this year?

2021 is the Year of the Ox.

1 | KS1 Chinese New Year: sequencing, adjectives and story retelling worksheets pack

This KS1 grammar and sequencing resource will teach KS1 children the story behind the Chinese Zodiac.

They will have the opportunity to become familiar with traditional tales and retelling these, sequencing events in a story, and using adjectives to create noun phrases.

The pack could be used over a series of lessons, or during a topic day linked to Chinese New Year.

Get this resource here.


2 | Chinese New Year – Primary Education Pack

Produced by the British Council, this 40-page document is available in English and Welsh, and contains eight lesson plans – including The ‘Story of the Monkey King’, ‘Give Simple Directions in Chinese’ and ‘Endangered Species – The Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey’ with supporting worksheets.

Download it here.


3 | Chinese Year – 1-Week KS1 Lesson Plan / Five 1-Hour Lessons for KS2

In Teachwire’s resource archive you’ll find these sample lesson plans from EducationCity. Both include slides, factsheets and background slides covering the event’s cultural traditions and their origins, and instructions for making a Chinese lantern.

The KS2 pack also includes an activity relating to that famous Chinese puzzle, the tangram.

1-Week Lesson Plan for KS1 Five 1-Hour Lessons for KS2.


4 | Chinese New Year activities

Activities provider Topmarks has a page dedicated to Chinese New Year activities at its website.

There’s background information on the animals that make up the Chinese Zodiac, and Chinese New Year customs, as well as instructions for making a monkey card and stick puppet and a sequencing/ordering numbers game with a Chinese Dragon theme.

Find it here.


5 | Year of Monkey Puzzles and Worksheets

If it’s themed puzzles and worksheets you’re after, you’ll find a number of examples over at Activity Village. The simian-styled downloads on offer include mazes, word searches and drawing grids, plus tracing sheets, a maths-based colouring-in activity

Puzzles Worksheets.


6 | Cross-curricular Chinese New Year activities for KS1/KS2

Also available in the Teachwire resource archive is this series of cross-curricular activities with a Chinese New Year theme by Sue Cowley, containing ideas that can be used within geography, art, PE, music, D&T and PSHE teaching.

Download it here.


7 | Chinese New Year recipes

No Chinese New Year festivities are complete without some kind of edible accompaniment.

The recipes available at Chopstix come across as the real deal – and somewhat involved to prepare, at least where this Chinese New Year cake and eight jewel rice pudding are concerned.

If your school’s cafeteria has deep-fry facilities and some catering staff willing to lend a hand, however, then this recipe for spring rolls could be just the thing for getting your pupils into the Chinese New Year spirit.

Find it here.

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