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Dalestorth celebrates Chinese New Year

Today saw Dalestorth donning outfits of lucky red and gold instead of the usual blue in order to celebrate Chinese New Year.

We began the day with an assembly all about Chinese New Year, it's history and background and traditions of the festival.

The children in mixed age groups then went onto enjoy activities that helped them experience and understand more about Chinese life and customs and the New Year festival itself.

All children enjoyed a fortune cookie and a Chinese inspired meal for lunch.

Activities throughout the day involved: Cookery, lantern making, dragon making, making money wallets, calligraphy, drama and story telling, lucky orange gifts and making this year's symbol of the monkey.

Please visit RE in the section of 'Our Curriculum' in 'Key Information' to find out more.  Below you can read what the children thought of the day....


Regan (Year 4) – ‘I have enjoyed wearing red today and all the activities we have done.’

Jessie (Year 5) – ‘Today has been amazing, I have really enjoyed the cookery.’

Sophie and Morgan (Year 6) ‘Today has been absolutely brilliant.  We have loved all the activities and it has been great to be with children of all ages that we are not normally in class with.’

Edward (Year 6) – ‘It has been fun wearing red for a change.’

Bobbie (Year 5) – ‘It has been fun learning all about Chinese Spring Festival – I wish we could celebrate for the whole 15 days like the Chinese do!’

Tyler (Year 6) – ‘I have loved the Chinese cookery and the lantern making.  We have learnt lots about Chinese New Year and how Chinese people prepare for the festival such as cleaning their houses.’

Nellie-Jo (Year 6) – ‘We also learned that red is a lucky colour and black unlucky.’

Annabel (Year 2)– ‘Kite Making has been my favourite activity.’

Ellie Smith (Year 1)– ‘I really enjoyed the lantern making.’

Eva Sweeting (Year 2) – ‘I have loved the painting and making the money envelopes that Chinese children are given.’

Evie (Year 4)– ‘It has been so much fun and different from a normal school day.  We have enjoyed wearing different clothes, working with different children and teachers and all the different activities.’

Katie (Year 4) – ‘I have loved it – it has been so much fun to make things and know how it all links to the Chinese New Year.’

Children in Mrs Debic’s room – ‘We have loved finding out why the years are named after all the different animals.’

Charlie  (Year 1)– ‘My favourite has been the Chinese calligraphy.’

Poppii (Year 1)–‘ The kite making has been brilliant!’

Jacob (Year 4)– ‘I have loved the food tasting.’

Hope (Year 6)–‘ It has been great as a different kind of day.  I have enjoyed the kites best.’