Kung Hei Fat Choy from county’s youngsters

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Youngsters at a Cramlington school have been celebrating Chinese New Year with a difference.

Pupils at Cragside Church of England Primary School were given the chance to experience something a bit different, when sports development dance and fitness coach from Make-a-Move Leisure Inclusion Team, Jemma Halliday, called in to teach the youngsters some dance moves.

Jemma developed a plan which included Chinese animal movement with brightly coloured scarves for the younger children and a more challenging routine and dragon dance for the older children.

International schools coordinator Joanne Pringle said: “The children have had a fantastic time and a great, energetic experience.

“The teaching staff in school also planned a variety of exciting lessons to teach the children about the origins of Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated in China and across the world.”

Headteacher Paul Rusby added: “We have always celebrated Chinese New Year in our school but this year we wanted the children to experience something lively, energetic and a bit different.

“It has been wonderful to see our children enjoying the colour, sounds and dramatic dance associated with the Chinese New Year.

“I am extremely grateful to Jo for organisting such an exciting opportunity for our children which is part of our creative learning programme helping children to develop a deeper knowledge of other cultures, a love of learning and passion for creativity.”




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