Students were looking refreshed and ready for the new Term. This week, Grade 3 & 4 students learnt to use the measure word 'Zhi' to count animals. They enjoyed singing this song 'The Ten Little Dinosaurs' while practising counting.
Grade 5 & 6 students have started learning to read Chinese characters that are symmetrical, such as 十， 中，草，田. They learnt to fold a piece of square paper in half, draw half of the character, cut and unfold the paper to view the whole character. They then used the cutouts to make a poster.
The Grade 3 and 4 students have learnt about the Chinese Zodiac animal signs. They listened to the Zodiac story and practised reading the words through various language games.
The Grade 5 & 6 students are very interested in learning about China. Through various reading activities, they learnt facts such as how long the Great Wall of China is and what the Chinese flag represents.
We had a lot of fun celebrating Chinese New Year on 26 February. Mr Wang from Cultural Infusions came to TPPS and had Music workshops with the students. He showed the students different kinds of Chinese musical instruments and told them stories related to the music. Some students also had a turn to play the drums and cymbals to accompany Mr Wang when he was playing the bamboo flute.
Prep - 2 students also made a dog puppet each and Grade 3 - 6 students made a Jianzi (Kikbo) to celebrate the day.
This year Grade 3 – 6 students are learning Chinese during Terms 1 & 2, followed by the Prep - 2 students during Terms 3 & 4.
There will be a whole school event on Monday, 26 February to celebrate Chinese New Year. Students will participate in a Chinese music performance/workshop and they will also take part in craft activities to learn about the significance of the celebration.
As there will be three music performances/workshops for different year levels, please check the times below. If any parents would like to join us, they are more than welcome to do so.
Times for the performances are:
Prep - 2
9:00 – 9:45 am
Grade 3 & 4
9:55 – 10:40 am
Grade 5 & 6
11:10 – 12:00 midday
Details of the event has been published on your Compass newsfeed. Please note that the payment and parental consent need to be finalised by 19 February. Students are encouraged to wear red on the day as it is a symbolic colour for Chinese New Year.
The Grade 1 & 2 students have been studying the book 'The Hungry Caterpillar' in Chinese. They played a speaking game 'Roll, Say and Colour' to describe the life cycle of a butterfly. They took turns to roll a die, say and colour in the corresponding pictures. The first person coloured in all the pictures is the winner of the game.
Year 1 -4 students have been learning about how the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated. They made lanterns and had a taste of moon cakes with the flavour of lotus seed paste and salty duck eggs. There were mixed reactions from the students: some absolutely loved it whereas others found it difficult to swallow. It was great to see the students being adventurous enough to try something new.
The Year 3 & 4 students have been practising words and phrases on the topic of Family. They learnt to say Nǐ yǒu méi yǒu .....? (Do you have...?) to find out whether someone has any brothers or sisters. They found it engaging to sing along with the Groovi Pauli song - I love my family. Here is the link to the song.
The Year 1 & 2 students are learning to name the characters in the story ‘The Giant Turnip’ in Chinese. They listened to the story read to them and had fun doing the actions associated with the meaning of the phrases, such as 快点来 kuài diǎn lái (Come quickly.) and 来了，来了 lái le lái le (Coming, coming). The students also made mini books to share with others.