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If you’re looking for some inspiration for your classroom, why not check out these education packs – they’re all available in English and Welsh.

Chinese Year of the rat 2020 

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we enter the Year of the Rat on 25 January 2020. The Chinese word and character for a rat is Shˇu 鼠. This education resource is packed full of information and activities from across the curriculum, helping you and your pupils learn more about this spring festival and explore Chinese language and culture.

Your pupils can read a traditional story about a pair of ambitious rat parents trying to find a husband for their rat daughter and discover how rats are regarded in China. Play the sound files and practice saying the names of different Chinese festivals and greetings in Mandarin. You can also try out a Tangram puzzle, learn about a number of Chinese festivals and how to write greetings in Chinese. Read letters from children in different parts of China about their favourite celebrations and get creative making finger puppets and steamed rice dumplings as a traditional celebration treat.

Age suitability: suitable for primary years and adaptable for early secondary years and older.

Curriculum links: art and design, design technology, drama, English, mathematics, modern languages.  

The Great Languages Challenge

Our Great Languages Challenge activity sheets are fun ways to learn about language and culture in your classroom. 

The activity sheets encourage pupils to find out facts about another country, learn new phrases in another language, and to learn about foods, sport, music, and songs in other cultures. 

There are activity sheets for French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Arabic and Welsh. 

  • Age suitability:  7 – 11 years, 11 – 14 years
  • Curriculum links:  Modern languages

Chinese Year of the Pig 2019

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we enter the Year of the Pig on 5 February 2019. This education pack for primary schools contains information and activities to help teachers and pupils learn more about this important Spring Festival and explore Chinese language and culture.

Your pupils can read a traditional story to find out how Pigsy became the companion of the Monkey King, and learn how Chinese children refer to animals and animal sounds by singing Old Macdonald’s Farm in Chinese. You can also find out about the importance of exercise in Chinese daily life, read letters from Chinese children about their favourite sports and get creative making piggy banks and cooking a traditional Chinese family recipe.

Please note: so that all of the interactive elements work, please download and open the pack, rather than use it in a web browser.

•  Age suitability: 7 – 11 years

•  Curriculum links: Art, PHSE/Citizenship, Modern languages

The Windrush and Migration 

This pack contains ideas for discussion around migration. It focuses on the Windrush migration in 1948, celebrating the contribution that Caribbean migrants have made to the prosperity of Britain.

  • Age suitability: 4 – 7 years,  7 – 11 years, 11 - 14 years
  • Curriculum links: Art, PHSE/Citizenship, English, History

Rivers of the World

This pack contains river themed cross-curricular lesson ideas, aimed at upper primary and lower secondary students.

Patagonia 150

The Patagonia 150 education resource will help schools teach their pupils about Wales and Y Wladfa, the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. The resource is designed for KS2 and KS3 pupils.

The resource was commissioned by the Welsh Government and produced by educational publishers Atebol Press.

* This resource is also available in Spanish.

Double Club Football themed language resources

Language teachers and their pupils will enjoy working with these football themed education packs. Developed by Welsh Government in partnership with the Welsh Football Association and supported by British Council Wales, the packs will catch the attention of football mad youngsters! 

*The football packs are also available in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.