Category Archives: China Connects

Chinese New Year

rooster

Our Chinese friends celebrate the Chinese New Year on Jan 28th although celebrations go over a period of time. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

The Rooster traits include loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values. These can be shared by all. The celebrations go for approximately 2 weeks. This article from the London Telegraph shares what it is like.

Here are some of the sites that I may use with my students in learning all about the New Year.

Do you this special event for learning in your classroom? What do you do or what resources can you share? Please add as a comment below.

Day 2 at No 27 Beijing School

Day 2 spent at No 27 Beijing school was another day of learning about the Chinese culture and history. It started with breakfast in the Dining Hall, followed by formal classes in our allocated classroom.

Each class had a Chinese teacher and usually an interpreter. The interpreter was one of the Chinese teachers who taught English in the school. The first class of the day was a handicrafts class. Students were taught the importance of and history of Chinese knots. We were then provided with threads, pins, beads and a foam placemat and taught how to tie a variety of knots to produce a bracelet. Examples of beautiful handcrafted Chinese knotting were also displayed.

Martial arts in the playground followed. The weather was warm and humid and these were not easy skills to master. Whilst we were learning, other physical education groups were involved in marching activities in other corners of the playground. Lunch was then provided with a noon break for us. Paper cutting in the art room involved using stencils to cut out shapes. Students were then encouraged to create their own paper cutouts, then to cut out their Chinese birth year animal.

A favourite activity amongst some of the boys was the flight simulator. We were taken to a computer lab where impressive flight simulators were located, together with desktop computers with flight programs on. Most of us kept crashing our planes soon after take off!! One clever student had built his own drone and demonstrated its use.

After school we were treated to Chinese folk music in the auditorium, where we could listen to and see many of the traditional Chinese musical instruments. This was followed by an Evening Reception.

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Conversations

Julie and Katie

Julie and Katie

It has been with great interest that my students and I have followed the adventures of Julie Lindsay and Katie Grubby in China. They are the co-founders of the Connect with China Global Project. #chinaconnects Year 8 students are part of the project this term.

Katie with Madeline Brookes and Aussie student

Katie with Madeline Brookes and Aussie student

This morning we were fortunate to be able to skype with them as they visited WAB in Beijing. Students were treated to:

  • conversations in Chinese
  • meeting an Australian student who is touring China, learning of the highlights of her trip and listening her birthday experiences whilst in China and the special cake she had
  • learning from the Chinese teacher at WAB who helped correct their responses
  • conversations with the Chinese teachersaw the pollution app that everyone uses to determine pollution levels
  • IMG_3686a virtual tour of the school by teacher Madeline Brookes

This was an exciting part of the linkup where students:-

    • met year 12 students who were on their last day of school for the year and preparing for final exams
Last day for year 12 students

Last day for year 12 students

    • took a tour of the library
    • saw student artwork proudly featured on the walls
    • could read the posters on the walls including the food charts

Video call snapshot 129

    • spoke to students in various school spaces as Madeline Brookes paused to get them to say hello

Video call snapshot 130

  • met the physics teacher who was teaching students outside under umbrellas and at cafe style tables
  • saw koi swimming in the koi garden, complete with a grand piano for students to play See the official virtual tour

Challenges:

  • the shyness of my students and reluctance to come to the webcamera and ask questions
  • although they learn Chinese, their understanding of the language is limited.

The highlights

  • speaking Chinese with native speakers
  • touring an amazing  school in Beijing
  • speaking with an Australian student who was travelling in China
  • comparing school life between two countries