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Year of the Rat resource

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 and the Year of the Rat with our free education resource packed full of exciting ideas and activities for you and your pupils.

Play the sound files and practice saying the names of different Chinese festivals and greetings in Mandarin. Read a traditional story about a pair of ambitious rat parents trying to find a husband for their daughter. Get creative making rat finger puppets, Tangram puzzles and steamed rice dumplings. Learn together about Tomb Sweeping Day, the Spring, Moon and Dragon Boat Festivals and read letters from Chinese children about how they celebrate with their friends and families.

This resource is suitable for primary years and adaptable for early secondary years and older.

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Type of offer:

Classroom resource

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Nature of activity or art form:

Festival / event Hands on Literature Visual art

Subject or curriculum focus:

Art & design English Geography Languages

Outcomes for children & young people:

Global/international learning


Instructions to use the PDF and activate the sound files: Download and save the PDF to your computer. Open the PDF and select ‘Preferences’ from the ‘Edit’ menu. Select ‘3D and MultiMedia Options’ and tick the box ‘Enable playing of 3D content’ followed by ‘OK’. In some browsers a yellow bar at the top of the PDF page will also display providing two options: select option ‘Trust this document always’.