Welcome back to Mrs Jerram’s Chinese Room! Learning Chinese is Fun!
This is our first blog post for 2015. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and 谢谢（xiexie-thank you) to all of you who left comments on our blog during the school holidays. The Year of the Goat began yesterday and will be a great year for learning about Chinese language 中文 （zhongwen) and culture. However, before we move into the Year of the Goat, we are going to reflect upon our Chinese learning in 2014 Year of the Horse. Last year I asked Zaf to write down what she could remember about learning 中文 at Ararat Primary School during the 2014 school year. Let’s read what Zaf wrote before we start our Chinese New Year celebrations. Here it is:
“By looking at my book you can see that we’ve been learning 8 different subjects this year.
The first subject was “The Year of the Horse”. We learnt character writing about the “Year of the Horse” after that we also coloured in a 10 horse picture for our own front page in our Chinese lesson workbook.
Our subjects in between were the following: Numbers, Peking Opera, Primary and Secondary colours, Simple Phrases, Spring, and the second last topic was Family Members.
The very last thing as lots of people love it was Christmas. In Chinese we have learnt how to say “Merry Christmas” which is “Sheng dan kuai le! 圣诞快乐!”.We were given Christmas worksheets, you could choose an angel or a tree!
Now that we have talked about what our learning topics for 2015, let’s talk about Year of the Goat 2015.
What an exciting year we are going to have in Mrs Jerram’s Chinese Room in 2015.
We’ve started the 2015 school year with a Chinese room makeover, thanks to Ellouise for her blog comment about the new chevron stripes. Now that it’s 2015 we are also learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year and Chinese cultural symbols, characters and items.
Dragon Body Project
At Ararat PS we have an amazing dragon head made by past and present students and teachers. Towards the end of Term One, students at Ararat PS 800 will be designing their own dragon body panel. Then in Term Two and Three students will decorate a cotton panel in their weekly Art lessons with Miss Sharp, by using their own design and art and craft materials. When finished the individual panels will then be joined together and sewn into a body for our dragon.
The theme for this year’s China Challenge competition is one of our favourite topics-“The 12 Symbolic Animals”. More information to come about this competition in Term Two.
Chinese Learning Leaders
For the first time, 5/6 students have this year been given the opportunity to take a leadership role to help support our Chinese Program at APS 800. In our next student co- authored blog you’ll get to meet our Chinese Leaders. Meanwhile enjoy the first few days of Year of the Goat.
Thanks for reading our first blog entry for 2015. Zaijian! 再见！