The Chinese New Year has begun and will last until February 15, 2018. This festival is celebrated throughout the world, with the largest celebration outside China taking place in London.
Loders Primary School also celebrated the Chinese New Year on Monday 31st January. The school split into three multi-age groups who took turns to try out our Chinese-inspired activities: Texture painting (celebrating the Year of the Rooster), food preparation (and tasting) and making and decorating Chinese fans (see below).
Fans existed in China 3000 years ago, when giant fan-like constructions were used to keep carriage travellers out of the sun (a bit like big umbrellas). 2000 years ago the fans we recognise today, made from plant leaves, feathers or bamboo, were initially used by poor people to help keep them cool. Later on, they became fashion accessories for more wealthy people. Whilst our fans aren’t needed for temperature control, as least not in January, they do make fabulous fashion accessories…
Paul Kingston from Bride Valley Archers ran a taster day at school on Thursday 19th January for the whole school.
The weather stayed sunny and Paul set up a range of targets on the field. The children went down in small groups where they were shown how to hold the bow at eye level and he talked the children through the rules of handling the equipment and safety awareness before they had a go at shooting the arrows into the targets.
We are looking forward to Paul coming back to school soon, when he will be running archery lessons.
The Dolphins class had their first ever brass lesson this week. Imagine it – twenty-three eager 8 and 9 year olds with a trumpet, cornet or trombone in their hands! The children are allowed to take the instruments home so that they can ‘practice’ and the parents are no doubt delighted with their childrens’ brilliant efforts!
Next week Mrs McGrath will get her very own instrument so she can join in. We are all looking forward to it.