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TES Chinese New Year teaching resources

Resources | Published 6 January, 2012

Chinese New Year Horse

The Chinese New Year is a huge festival among Chinese communities across the world. Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the Chinese New Year falls on Friday 31 January in 2014. The Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2014 is the Year of the Horse. To help you celebrate the Chinese New Year with your pupils we’ve put together a collection of free teaching resources, shared by teachers, for teachers.

Chinese Zodiac

Find out which Chinese animal year you were born in with this lovely Chinese Zodiac.

General information on China

Great to introduce a China topic.

Chinese New Year

Most suitable for KS2, this illustrated PowerPoint presentation has detailed information about the traditions of Chinese New Year. Useful for school assembly or in class.

Chinese New Year Story

Chinese New Year story for EY using figures from the small world table

Barnaby Visits China

A PowerPoint showing Barnaby Bear’s visit to China, linking to Chinese New Year

Chinese zodiac flashcards and mini cards

A pack of flashcards featuring the animals of the Chinese zodiac and mini-cards, ideal for paired speaking and listening exercises.

Chinese greetings flashcards

Flashcards covering 19 basic words to enable pupils to greet each other in Chinese.

Living in Beijing video

BBC Class Clips: Two families talk about living in older, basic homes in Beijing.

Zodiac animals

Brief descriptions of the characteristics of each of the animals in the Chinese zodiac.

Naming of the Years

Three background scenes for pupils to add in characters, with an optional text area to re-tell the story or to write their own versions.

Chinese New Year presentation

Brief details of customs for the 15 festival days with photos. Suitable for KS1.

Chinese New Year display labels

For EY and KS1, images and words around the theme of Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year (iboard)

Add a bit of sparkle to your Chinese New Year lessons with the help of these free interactive games and activities from TES iboard.

Snakes and Dragons: Chinese New Year pack

This education pack from British Council Schools Online includes lesson plans, Chinese poems, assembly ideas and plenty of activities.

Activities: Resources to extend the topic of Chinese New Year into literacy, numeracy, ICT and art.

Lantern Festival

A beautiful screen where KS1 pupils can use on-screen tools to add and customise lanterns to create their own scene.

How to make a paper lantern

Make a paper lantern to celebrate New Year.

Paint a dragon

Outline of a traditional Chinese dragon for younger pupils to colour - either on-screen using the tools or to print off.

Chinese animal masks

Templates for animal masks, in colour or black and white.

How to make a Chinese dragon puppet

Clear instructions to make a simple but effective puppet.


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