生日快乐 Shēngrì kuàilè

We have been learning all about the similarities and differences of birthdays in China and the UK.

We have found out that in China, they also have birthday cakes, that often comes with a crown for the birthday boy or girl. We have been making crowns practicing how to say our age.

In China children and older people will often have longevity noodles 长寿面
Chángshòu miàn. This is to ensure a long life!

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Celebrating Chinese New Year with traditional kite flying at Robin Hood


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Robin Hood Primary School will be celebrating Chinese New Year by each child creating and flying a kite. China has an ancient tradition of flying kites and have created some spectacular kites.

You have the opportunity to create your own and you can decorate it with dragons and Chinese characters for Chinese New Year!

Here is a fabulous dragon kite!

The exact date and origin of the kite is not known but it is believed that they were flown in China more than two thousand years ago. One legend suggests that when a Chinese farmer tied a string to his hat to keep it from blowing away in a strong wind, the first kite was born.

The earliest written account of kite flying was about 200 B.C. when the Chinese General Han Hsin of the Han Dynasty flew a kite over the walls of a city he was attacking to measure how far his army would have to tunnel to reach past the defenses. Knowing this distance his troops reached the inside of the city, surprised their enemy, and were victorious. (http://www.gombergkites.com/nkm/hist1.html)

There are four categories of Chinese kites.

  1. Centipede-Kites
  2. Hard-Winged-Kites
  3. Soft-Winged-Kites and
  4. Flat-Kites

See this website;

http://chinakites.org/htm/wffz-gb.htm

Here are some of the kites in our school!

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Pandamonium

Here are some of the early contenders for the ‘Welcome the Pandas to Scotland’ Competition, created by Year 5.

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Apanel of judges will review all entries and choose 15 winning designs. The results will be announced in January 2012.
The winning entries will be credited online and displayed in an exhibition at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in London. Subject to sponsorship, winners of the top prize may make a 5-day trip to China with one of their parents to visit pandas in their nature reserve in Sichuan. Other winners could win tickets to the panda enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo. The schools of the 15 winning entries will also receive a package of resources for learning Chinese language and Chinese culture.