On Tuesday 1 February more than a billion people around the world celebrated the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, and bid farewell to the Year of the Ox and welcomed in the Year of the Tiger. At Godolphin and Latymer, students in their Mandarin lessons learnt about this important festival and the traditions and crafts associated with it and Year 7 pupils learnt the song ‘two tigers’ and then created their own song using similar grammar and vocabulary. They also learnt about why the Chinese New Year is not on the same day every year and discovered the story behind the invention of the Chinese Zodiac and learnt some key phrases, many of which are linked to food.
Year 8 Mandarin students are also studying the topic of food this term to coincide with Chinese New Year as food is so integral to the traditions and celebrations. Students were able to practise their food vocabulary in advance of their visit to China Town next week. They also got to practise using chopsticks whilst enjoying our specially themed Chinese lunch menu.