Chinese New Year teaching resources
The Chinese New Year is a huge festival among Chinese communities across the world. Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the Chinese New Year falls on 8 February in 2016. The Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. To help you celebrate the Chinese New Year with your pupils we’ve put together a collection of free teaching resources, shared by teachers, for teachers.
Find out which Chinese animal year you were born in with this Chinese zodiac.
Images and information to introduce a topic on China
This illustrated PowerPoint presentation has detailed information about the traditions of Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year story for EY using figures from the small world table.
A PowerPoint showing Barnaby Bear’s visit to China, linking to Chinese New Year.
A pack of flashcards featuring the animals of the Chinese zodiac and mini-cards, ideal for paired speaking and listening exercises.
Flashcards covering 19 basic words to enable pupils to greet each other in Chinese.
BBC Class Clips: Two families talk about living in older, basic homes in Beijing.
Brief descriptions of the characteristics of each of the animals in the Chinese zodiac.
Three background scenes for pupils to add in characters, with an optional text area to re-tell the story or to write their own versions.
Brief details of customs for the 15 festival days with photos.
These images and words around the theme of Chinese New Year are ideal for young learners
Add a bit of sparkle to your Chinese New Year lessons with the help of these free interactive games and activities from TESiboard.
This education pack from British Council Schools Online includes lesson plans, Chinese poems, assembly ideas and plenty of activities.
Resources to extend the topic of Chinese New Year into other subjects
Pupils use on-screen tools to add and customise lanterns to create their own scene.
Outline of a traditional Chinese dragon for younger pupils to colour - either on-screen using the tools or to print off.
Templates for animal masks, in colour or black and white.