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This is a simple story with accessible language and will be a brilliant introduction, for our Foundation Stage children to Chinese New Year.  It follows the story of a family celebrating Chinese New Year as they set off firecrackers, watch the dragon dancers and light beautiful lanterns.


Teaching children about celebrations around the world broadens their minds and increases their cultural awareness.


2020 is the year of the rat.  There are 12 zodiac signs/animals that represent years in Chinese culture.


Things the children can bring in each week to help us explore this book together.

The focus for Term 3 is based around the book Lanterns and Firecrackers: A Chinese New Year story by Jonny Zucker and Jan Barger Cohen



Week 1 (w/c Monday 6th January 2020)

Things to help us clean.  Silk blossom branches if you have any to decorate our role play


Week 2 (w/c Monday 13th January 2020)

Bubble wrap for our firecracker parade.  Kitchen roll middles


Week 3 (w/c Monday 20th January 2020)  

Items that are red to add to our good luck and happiness tub


Week 4 (w/c Monday 27th January 2020)

Any item of Chinese food or drink for the children to try in this, our feast week


Week 5 (w/c Monday 3rd February 2020)  

A dragon or lion puppet, cuddly toy


Week 6 (w/c Monday 10th February 2020)

A mandarin orange/tangerine or satsuma to give to a friend.  These are considered traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune.   During the two-week celebration, they are frequently displayed as decoration and presented as gifts to friends, relatives.


Term 3 ends - Friday 14th February 2020