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Chinese New Year KS1 – One week of lessons

What's included?

Teacher's guide, slides, fact sheets and activity sheets

Key Stage



Years 1-2

This Chinese New Year KS1 resource aims to introduce students to Chinese New Year across the course of a week.

Children will learn about the legend of the Chinese Zodiac, recognising that China follows a lunar calendar and therefore does not share its New Year with Western cultures.

They’ll compare China to their own country, comparing similarities and differences. This involves tasting traditional Chinese food.

Students will also look at some of the celebrations involved in New Year, including the lion and dragon dance.

They will work collaboratively to make a dragon’s head and use this to develop and perform a dragon dance, developing an appreciation for dragons in Chinese culture.

Finally, pupils will create a Chinese lantern, understanding that the lantern festival marks the end of the New Year.

Chinese New Year KS1 resources

  • Teacher’s guide
  • Slides
  • Chinese New Year fact sheet
  • Celebrations and food fact sheet
  • Chinese zodiac fact sheet
  • Chinese zodiac reference sheet
  • ‘Make a Chinese lantern’ activity sheet
  • Lantern festival slides

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Chinese New Year KS1 resources
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