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Friday 27th January

AMAZINGLY!… we’re almost at the end of JANUARY, the first month of 2023!

In the slideshow below, you’ll see some of the past week’s highlights:

When I next update this BLOG we’ll already be in FEBRUARY; yes it’s still WINTER 🥶, but getting much closer to SPRING 🌷!

That’s all for this week, Mrs Dale

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Friday 20th January

It’s a special time of year for some people all over the world….. this year, on Sunday 22nd January, many people will celebrate the LUNAR NEW YEAR.

In Viet Nam, where I taught for several years, my former colleagues and friends will wish each other Happy New Year by saying: CHUC MUNG NAM MOI!

So, this week we’ve been learning more about what makes the LUNAR NEW YEAR special:

We heard that long, long ago in ancient China, there was a fierce beast called Nian. Its head looked like a lion, with a sharp horn which could be used to attack its prey. Nian lived at the bottom of the sea most of the time, but would go ashore on the last day of the lunar year to eat people and their animals!

Nian was afraid of the colour red, fire and loud noises so the people hung up red paper decorations, kept lanterns burning all night, and lit firecrackers to frighten the beast away.

Chinese dragons are believed to have control over water, rain, hurricanes and floods. Dragons, and lions, also represent power, strength and good luck. Chinese people believe that performing the dragon or lion dance during festivals and celebrations drives away evil spirits, and brings good luck and blessings to the community.

We also read and listened to poems and stories about the Chinese New Year:

Families celebrating the Lunar New Year love to come together, and they enjoy special meals; some of the food eaten has particular significance, such as noodles which symbolise ‘long life’. Have you ever tried eating noodles with chopsticks?

We practised our reading, listening and comprehension skills while finding out about the Chinese Zodiac 12-year cycle – each year is represented by a different animal. In China, 2023 is the year of the RABBIT, but in Viet Nam it is the year of the CAT. The last time it was the year of the RABBIT or CAT was in 2011, the year in which most of our P7 pupils were born!

In Viet Nam, special red envelopes containing ‘lucky money’ are a traditional part of Vietnamese culture; they’re considered to bring good wishes and luck for the year ahead. They are usually given to children by adults; in return the child should wish the adult good health and a long life. We enjoyed making our own ‘Bao Li Xi/Lucky Money’ envelopes:

Other highlights this week:

Spelling some words is never easy, but several of us have been trying to remember mnemonic stories to help us spell these five words:

Fred Frog has enjoyed listening to the adventures of some pirates, including one called Black Hat Bob! … we prepared ourselves for some pirate role play (coming soon!), by making some treasure island maps and pirate hats:

Fred Frog was also delighted to hear some of us reading or reciting the Scots Language poems we’ve been learning – well done everyone! Now we’re all looking forward to our Scots Assembly next Tuesday afternoon:

We watered the amaryllis bulb which we planted last week – the tiny white shoot is starting to look green. Next we planted some daffodil bulbs and updated our Microsoft SWAY presentation:

This week’s CKPS Growth Mindset Superheroes were proud to present our hardworking pupils with these certificates:

That’s all for now… Skye the Scarecrow doesn’t mind these cold WINTER days, but she’s hoping that next week will be a bit warmer than the past one.

I hope everyone has a good weekend. I’m looking forward to sharing a special meal with my family to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year! Mrs Dale 🙂