Getting taste for the east

Year six pupils at Shade School who celebrated Chinese New Year with an assembly
Year six pupils at Shade School who celebrated Chinese New Year with an assembly

CHILDREN at some of the town’s primary schools learned more about the east when they celebrated the Chinese New Year.

Todmorden High School chef Tony Mulgrew helped kitchen staff serve up Shade School pupils with a Chinese meal and children at St Joseph’s School also tucked in to spring rolls, noodles and prawn crackers as part of their project.

At Shade, not only did pupils sample culinary delights from the Far East at a special lunch, Year Six also put on a colourful assembly.

The two events were part of Year Six’s studies of Chinese culture and they showed their creative sides by designing special masks, a large dragon, special lanterns and more.

Teacher Mrs Clarkson said: “We’ve been doing a whole class topic on China and the Himalayas and so the assembly and the lunch were all part of that.

“We have been looking at schools in China and comparing them to ours, we’ve looked at the cultural differences between China and England, and also what life is like for children in Beijing.

“The kids also worked hard at making lanterns, a dragon and special masks. We incorporated it in to their homework and some of them made Chinese New Year cakes. Others made fortune cookies.

“It makes it easier for them to learn when it all comes to life and they’ve done really well and had lots of fun. The assembly also went really well and the parents really enjoyed it.”

At St Joseph’s the children, from the Foundation Year, also watched a video about the different traditions and celebrations.

They then used their craft skills to make paper dragons, lanterns and rabbit masks.