Welcome the New Year丨Inquiry-based learning on Chinese Tradition at CKWA Primary School
In the last week of the semester, Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy Primary School carefully planned a unique inquiry-based learning activities focusing on Chinese Traditional Culture. Teachers of each grade leads children to travel through history and gain a deeper understanding of the vast and profound Chinese culture in the classroom.
The reception children, in the form of group cooperation, integrate the customs of the Spring Festival into four subjects, including mathematics, Chinese, English, and science. While explaining the origin, customs, and celebration methods of the Spring Festival, the kids have developed their thinking skills and hands-on abilities.
In the Year of the Dragon, one must understand China’s dragon culture. The image, symbolism, and origin of dragons deeply captivate children. In class, the children and the teacher worked together to make dragon pendants, dragon lanterns, and learned simple paper cutting techniques to create paper cutting works related to dragons.
Teachers of Grade Two prepared a “Chinese Mythology” themed activity for the students. The children wore their own handmade dragon headgears, performed plays in English, hung New Year’s peach wood charms, and learned about the mysteries of mathematics from the Hetu Luoshu… During the inquiry-based learning week, it was the “Career Shadowing Week” for the IB DP students. Many big brothers and sisters came to the primary school and participated into the class and experienced the daily work of a primary school teacher.
The theme for Grade three was “Chinese Opera”. The students listened to the teacher’s explanation of the development history of Chinese Opera and DIYed head wears that symbolized different identities and positions in Chinese Opera. They also learned that different colors in facial masks represented different character personalities, and selected and outlined their favorite character facial masks.
Under the guidance of the teacher, Grade Four students learned about great figures and stories in Chinese history. The students are divided into groups to create PPTs and posters related to “Historical Figures”, showcasing their achievements through mind maps or speeches. At the same time, they integrated knowledge from other disciplines such as music, martial arts, and art. These activities allow students to gain a multidimensional understanding of ancient instruments, musicians, and martial artists.
Ethnic minorities are a unique color of the Chinese nation. During this week, fifth grade students explored the traditional cuisine, clothing, customs, major festivals, and other distinctive ethnic cultures of ethnic minorities.
The week spent on inquiry-based learning on Chinese Tradition allows children to have a deeper understanding of Chinese traditional culture in lively and interesting classes. Through hands-on activities in traditional handicraft making, children have shown their infinite creativity in creation.