Wrens have been busy making Chinese crafts, and participating in celebrations to ring in the year of the pig.
We came to school dressed in something red, as this in Chinese culture means good luck. The golden colour symbolises wealth and also happiness.
We found out that people who celebrate Chinese New Year, decorate their homes, with red and gold decorations, so here we are making Chinese lanterns and candle holders. We also made money packets, but the significance of red envelopes is the red paper, not the money inside. Wrapping lucky money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers. Hence, it is impolite to open a red envelope in front of the person who gives it to you.
We have also been learning how to write in Chinese too.
After all this work, we decided it was time to try some Chinese food. We sat in our restaurant, listening to lovely Chinese music, and some of us had a go at using chopsticks!
We learnt all about the Chinese Zodiac, and how the twelve animals were chosen. We then had our very own race, but we ran. We thought it was a safer option!
We all found out which Chinese Zodiac sign we were too!
We finished our celebrations off with a dragon dance. (Not Zog, we gave him a day off!!)
Five months ago some parents and staff started to attend our ‘Back to Netball’ sessions after school on a Thursday. This has progressed so much; that they are now playing competitively in the Bassetlaw netball league on a Monday night. After quite a lot of deliberation, and laughter, it was decided that they would be called ‘Elle Plates’. Their first game was Monday the 7th January, against Panthers, which was very challenging, but everyone came off the court brimming with pride. They all put 100% effort and are looking forward to their future games.
If anyone would like to get ‘Back to Netball’, we are still running training sessions every Thursday at 3.30pm on the junior yard. Please come along if you would like to meet new friends, and fancy a learning a new sport.
For further information, please speak to Mrs Baird or Mrs Rowlands