Schools in Liverpool, home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe, have been celebrating Chinese New Year. The pupils and staff at St Gerard’s Catholic Primary School in particular, have embraced the spirit and traditions of the exciting culture and ancient traditions.

Emma Tickle, EYFS Lead and Nursery Class Teacher at St. Gerard’s said the children have shown a keen interest in learning about the culture and experimenting with the festive-themed activities.

In Nursery, Emma implemented a continuous provision plan for Chinese New Year, providing pupils with a stimulating environment to experiment, learn, and develop essential skills throughout the month. One of their pupils’ highlights was the enchanting role-play Chinese Restaurant, where they relished the chance to step into a world of make-believe and experience the wonders of Chinese cuisine.

Reception to Year 6 also had the opportunity to partake in dance workshops – channelling the energy and excitement that resonate with Chinese New Year celebrations.

Paper cutting is one of the most popular and oldest forms of folk art in China. The pupils at St Gerard’s enjoyed crafting their own festive decorations and Chinese New Year lanterns using the auspicious colours of red and gold – they learnt that red brings luck in Chinese culture!

At Lunar New Year, it’s tradition to give the gift of a red envelope (known as 紅包, hóngbāo) to your friends and family. Each child gave and received a red money envelope with a lucky Chinese coin inside and discovered its symbolic meaning of good luck for the new year ahead.

As this enriching celebration came to a close, the children enjoyed a much-anticipated Chinese food-tasting session; embarking on a delicious journey, and deepening their understanding and appreciation for the diverse culinary customs of the world.