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Exploring the traditions of Chinese New Year in our Primary school
  • Primary Matters
Patricia Moon

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it's essential for children to develop a global perspective and appreciation for diverse cultures. With the help of our wider community, this is something we believe Mougins School excels in. Collaborative efforts with the PTA in organising events and activities throughout the year ensures our many represented cultures within the community are recognised and celebrated.

One exciting way the Primary School is fostering cultural understanding, is by incorporating celebrations like Chinese New Year into our curriculum. Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a vibrant and significant festival celebrated by millions around the world. 

Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the lunar new year and is a time of joy, family, and tradition in Chinese culture. February 10th saw the beginning of a 7 day festival celebrating the move into the Year of the Dragon as the Year of the Rabbit drew to a close. By introducing students to this celebration, we aim to broaden their cultural awareness, promote inclusivity, and instill respect for diversity. Understanding the customs and traditions associated with Chinese New Year not only enriches a child's education but also helps foster a sense of global citizenship.

Over the past two weeks and under the guidance of Wen Reutsch, classes within the Primary have enjoyed the following activities: 

Storytelling and Legends:

Students have been introduced  to the fascinating legends and myths associated with Chinese New Year. Tales such as the Nian Monster or the Zodiac Race captivate young minds and provide insights into the cultural values and beliefs of Chinese communities.

Art and Craft Activities:

Hands-on activities creating traditional Chinese lanterns, paper cutting, and crafting zodiac animals allow children to express their creativity while learning about the symbolism behind each element. These activities have also served as excellent conversation starters for discussing the cultural significance of the festival.

vibrant traditions of Chinese New Year at our  Mougins Primary school

How Parents Can Get Involved:

Family Traditions:

Share your family's traditions and customs related to the Lunar New Year. This helps create a connection between classroom learning and real-life experiences, fostering a deeper understanding for your child. Compare Chinese New Years traditions with those celebrated in your own family. Such as the use of fireworks, dances, food and clothes.

Visit Local Celebrations:

Attend local Chinese New Year events, parades, or celebrations as a family. Experiencing the festivities firsthand can provide a rich cultural experience and reinforce what your child is learning in school.

Cooking Together:

Explore traditional Chinese cuisine by cooking traditional dishes together at home. This hands-on approach allows children to engage with the culture through their taste buds and encourages a love for diverse foods.

In school, students have tasted traditional Chinese New Year dishes in our canteen. 

Library Exploration:

Visit your local library together to find books and resources about Chinese New Year. Reading together can be a fun and educational way to delve deeper into the history, traditions, and customs associated with the festival.

vibrant traditions of Chinese New Year at our Primary school

By incorporating Chinese New Year into our curriculum we are planting seeds of cultural appreciation and understanding in the minds of young learners. Parents play a crucial role in nurturing these seeds by actively engaging with their children, sharing family traditions, and participating in cultural experiences. Through this collective effort, we can foster a generation of children who appreciate the richness of diversity and carry this understanding into their future interactions with the global community.

Patricia Moon,
Head of Early Years and Primary Teacher

  • Primary