In February we celebrated the Chinese New Year – the year of the monkey. Before assembly on Friday the pupils were very busy making monkey masks, dragons figures and lanterns. This helped us to explore key symbols from the Chinese culture. Assembly then began with a huge parade to celebrate the coming of the new year. We danced and paraded around to display the things we had made whilst fireworks exploded on the screen behind us.
As part of assembly we found out more about the year of the monkey. People born on this year are described as witty, intelligent and have a magnetic personality.
After all of that exercise we were hungry and needed to eat and taste some traditional Chinese food. We started with prawn crackers with sweet chilli and hoi sin dipping sauce. We then tried sweet and sour chicken, beef in black bean sauce and vegetable noodles. Chinese tradition says a long noodle equals a long life, so whilst trying different food we tried to keep our noodles long. In the background we listened to some beautiful Chinese music so we could fully immerse ourselves in Chinese culture.