TES Chinese New Year teaching resources

Chinese New Year Snake

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 Sunday 10 February in 2013. The Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2013 is the Year of the Snake. To help you celebrate the Chinese New Year with your pupils we’ve put together a fabulous collection of free teaching resources, shared by teachers, for teachers.

Chinese Zodiac

  • Find out which Chinese animal year you were born in with this lovely Chinese Zodiac.

General information on China

  • Great to introduce a China topic.

Chinese New Year

  • Most suitable for KS2, this illustrated PowerPoint has detailed information about the traditions of Chinese New Year. Useful for school assembly or in class.

Chinese New Year Story

  • Chinese new year story for EY using figures from the small world table.

Barnaby Visits China

  • A PowerPoint showing Barnaby Bear’s visit to China, linking to Chinese New Year.

Chinese zodiac flashcards and mini cards

  • A pack of flashcards featuring the animals of the Chinese zodiac and mini-cards that are ideal for paired speaking and listening exercises.

Chinese Greetings Flashcards

  • Flashcards covering 19 basic words to enable pupils to greet each other in Chinese.

Living in Beijing video

  • BBC Class Clips: Two families talk about living in older, basic homes in Beijing.

Zodiac Animals

  • Brief descriptions of the characteristics of each of the animals in the Chinese zodiac.

Naming of the Years

  • 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.

Chinese New Year presentation

  • Brief details of customs for the 15 festival days with photos. Suitable for KS1.

Chinese New Year Display Labels

  • For EY and KS1, images and words around the theme of Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year (iboard)

  • Add a bit of sparkle to your Chinese New Year lessons with the help of these free interactive games and activities from TES iboard.

Snakes and Dragons: Chinese New Year pack

  • This education pack from British Council Schools Online includes lesson plans, Chinese poems, assembly ideas and plenty of activities.

Activities: Resources to extend the topic of Chinese New Year into literacy, numeracy, ICT and Art.

Lantern Festival

  • A beautiful screen where KS1 pupils can use on-screen tools to add and customise lanterns to create their own scene.

How to Make a Paper Lantern

  • Make a paper lantern to celebrate New Year.

Paint a Dragon

  • Outline of a traditional Chinese dragon for younger pupils to colour - either on-screen using the tools or to print off.

Chinese Animal Masks

  • Templates for animal masks, in colour or black and white.

How to make a Chinese Dragon Puppet

  • Clear instructions to make a simple but effective puppet.

Crafts and Activities

  • Recipes, fun facts and crafts.

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