On 30th January Year 1 had a wonderful Chinese New Year Workshop led by Arnie. They learnt where China is and how to say a few greetings in Chinese. Then they heard a legend which explained why lions are important to the Chinese even though they are not native to the country. The Chinese New Year parade always has a lion (who scared away an evil beast in the legend) and a dragon. The dragon in Chinese legend is a helpful friendly creature with the head of a camel, the antlers of a stag, the ears of a cow, the eyes of a rabbit, the mouth of a crocodile and the scales of a fish. The children used drums, gongs and cymbals to wake up the lion and the dragons. They had to learn a special rhythm for this and another for the parade. At the end of the day, the children put on a performance of the parade to parents. Every child had a part to play. They thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and are learning more about Chinese New Year in their lessons.
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