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Youngsters at a south east Northumberland school have been getting into the party spirit by celebrating the Chinese New Year.

Children at Cragside Church of England Primary School in Cramlington, have been learning about the customs of the Chinese celebration with special dance lessons .

Earlier on in the term, Year 4 children led a family collective worship which retold the story of the Chinese New Year and the 2015 Year of the Sheep, and a special menu was created including sweet and sour chicken, vegetable chow mein and pancake rolls.

Headteacher Paul Rusby said: “The children have really enjoyed learning about the Chinese traditions associated with the new year celebrations.

“It is so important that we take time to learn about the many different cultures which come together to make up the multi-cultural society that we live in today.

“Our celebration of the Chinese New Year was filled with colour, drama, a wonderful dragon mask, expressive dancing and the smell of oriental cookery.”

Cragside was awarded the British Council’s Full International Award this year in recognition of the importance placed on global learning.