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Week 6 February 8th 2021

This week on Tuesday 9th February it is "Safer Internet Day". This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores reliability online. The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction? There is a general internet safety story that I use regularly with my class, "Smartie the Penguin".  Below there is also a link to the story "Dectective Digiduck" a specific  story related to the safer internet day on the theme of separating fact and fiction.
This week the maths is practical and based around shape.  We are going to follow the White Rose Maths website and Miss Cooper's lessons on 3D shape.  In addition as we are learning all about Chinese New Year you may like to have a look at playing with a tangram.  What shapes can you make?  Can you make a story about your shapes.  I have put a couple of links on for stories based on tangrams. Enjoy.
Pattern Fish is the story referred to in the daily maths lessons.

Pattern Fish

Grandfather Tang's Story

This is a great story that uses tangrams to create various shapes and animals.



Friday 12th February is Chinese New Year. Usually Chinese New Year Festival period lasts for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year's eve to the Lantern Festival. In 2021, it is from February 11th (New Year's Eve) to February 26th.  To introduce the festival to the children watch the videos below.



CBeebies: Preparing For Chinese New Year - Let's Celebrate

Abbie and her brother clean the house in preparation for the Chinese New Year celebrations.Visit CBeebies at to find even more ...

CBeebies: Celebrating Chinese New Year - Let's Celebrate

Abbie takes to the street with her family for a parade and firecracker display.Visit CBeebies at to find even more fun games an...

Below is a link to a PE lesson so you can dance like a dragon!


What do we already know about Chinese New Year? Give children a few minutes to think, pair, share
their ideas.
Read through the slides telling ‘The Story of Nian’ and describing the different customs throughout
Chinese New Year, stopping occasionally to ask children the questions on the slides as you go, e.g.
‘Why do you think Chinese New Year is such an important celebration for Chinese people across the
world?’ ‘How is Chinese New Year celebrated?’ Invite children to share their ideas.


Activity: Give your child the Lantern instruction Sheet and Chinese Sayings Card 1. Ask the children to use the instructions to create a lantern with support then choose a Chinese saying to decorate their lantern.  Alternatively they could make a chinese drum, instructions for both are on the sheet.




What did we learn about Chinese New Year in our previous lesson? Give your child a few minutes to
think, pair, share their ideas.
Watch the Chinese New Year story.  Ask the children if they can recall any of the animals from the story. ‘Why do they think they tell this story during Chinese New Year?’

The Chinese New Year calendar has 12 years in a cycle. Each cycle is named after an animal, in a particular order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. When the cycle is over, on the Year of the Pig, the Year of the Rat starts and so on. Use the image below to work out what Chinese animal each of your family was born under.


Challenge: Draw the animal you were born under and write it's name or make a puppet or a mask of the animal, or play the animal race game.


CBeebies | Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) | Zodiac Story

Learn how the Zodiac years were named by the Jade Emperor.Visit CBeebies at to find even more fun games and videos for your pre...


Today we are going to look at the different foods that are eaten at Chinese New Year.  Have you ever had food from a chinese restaurant or take away?  Have you ever eaten noodles? Have you ever tried to eat with chop sticks?

Challenge: Can you make your own fortune cookie?  You can make one out of paper or you could try and bake your own!  Perhaps you might like to try some other chinese cooking?

Creative Ideas




The tune and words to a Chinese New Year song, words in the image below