PICTURES: Kids become culture vultures

L-R: Keira Howarth, Elle McIver and Caitlin Hornsby
L-R: Keira Howarth, Elle McIver and Caitlin Hornsby
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Youngsters at Anchorsholme Academy have been experiencing different aspects of Asian culture to celebrate Chinese New Year.

They include kung fu demonstrations, eating Chinese food, and performances in front of parents for each year group.

Briony Singer (left) and Ellie Brook pose with a Giant Panda

Briony Singer (left) and Ellie Brook pose with a Giant Panda

They also learnt how to sing the Chinese New Year song.

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The school, in East Pines Drive, is one of the only schools in the region to teach its pupils Mandarin.

In 2015, it opened a Confucius Classroom, a designated room to teach the language.

Pupils at Anchorsholme Primary Academy celebrated Chinese New Year with traditional costumes and dance. Year 3 pupils who put on a play about two Chinese families meeting for new year

Pupils at Anchorsholme Primary Academy celebrated Chinese New Year with traditional costumes and dance. Year 3 pupils who put on a play about two Chinese families meeting for new year

“It all started with an educational visit to China five years ago.

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“We were moved by the work being done over there and we thought we could develop the teaching of Mandarin here,” headteacher Graeme Dow said at the time.

“We started the Dragons in Europe programme to teach Mandarin in school and then with the support of Lancaster University we applied to become a Confucius Classroom – and we were successful.

Year Two pupils perform a unicorn dance

Year Two pupils perform a unicorn dance

“These classrooms are supported financially by the Chinese government – they provide the resources and teaching staff.”