Wednesday 25 March 2015


Pupils at Ysgol Esgob Morgan in St Asaph have been learning about Chinese New Year with the help of education packs from the British Council and they have produced some Chinese dragons – which look a little different from Welsh dragons.

Richard Hatwood, humanities subject leader at the school said: “The children celebrated Chinese New Year as part of our People, Places, Planet Week and have really enjoyed the story of the race to find the animals to make up the Chinese zodiac. It's been fantastic to see the children putting such pride in their work and celebrating their achievements over the course of the week.”

Director of British Council Wales, Jenny Scott, said: “We supply schools with a variety of free education packs, focusing on subjects ranging from Chinese New Year to Dylan Thomas. We don’t often see the work that is created using the packs, so we we’re delighted when Ysgol Esgob Morgan shared their photos of the children’s work with us. Their dragons are first class.”  

This year’s ‘Year of the Sheep’ education pack introduces pupils to the differences and similarities between the lives of people in China and the UK while aiming to help children learn more about Chinese language and culture.

The pack contains classroom activities from creating shadow puppets - one of the most popular and widespread folk arts in China - to counting and playground games, as well as teaching resources, assembly and lesson plans.

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