Pupils celebrate the Chinese New Year

PUBLISHED: 13:25 11 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:06 31 May 2010

Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

YOUNGSTERS celebrated the Chinese New Year a month early at Elsenham Primary School on Tuesday. Deputy head and Year One teacher Julie Puxley said the children enjoyed a wide range of activities. They had a fantastic time and loved doing dragon dances, m

YOUNGSTERS celebrated the Chinese New Year a month early at Elsenham Primary School on Tuesday.

Deputy head and Year One teacher Julie Puxley said the children enjoyed a wide range of activities.

"They had a fantastic time and loved doing dragon dances, making lanterns and sampling various Chinese foods such as prawn crackers and noodles.

"We wanted the celebrations to encompass the whole curriculum and so the theme has been used in all subject areas."

The Chinese New Year on February 18 will end the Year of the Dog and start the Year of the Boar.

"A former teacher at the school, Gail Phillips, visited China some years ago and brought back wonderful resources including chopsticks, and we put these to use as well," Mrs Puxley said.

"All the children got into the spirit of things and had to say hello in Chinese when the register was called in the morning."

The Chinese New Year is a 15-day festival that begins on the first day of the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

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