Last week in maths, we explored tangrams and Chinese money wallets.
We started celebrating Chinese New Year week by exploring tangrams. Tangrams are the most popular Chinese puzzle. It is a kind of puzzle that was invented in China the fourth century BC and it is made up of seven flat shapes known in Chinese as “tans”. These shapes are then moved and are fitted together to make particular images. We started by trying to make a square shape using all the tans and then progressed to making different shapes before exploring our own!
On Friday, we made Chinese money wallets. We started by discussing the history of this Chinese tradition before using red paper to make the envelopes. After, we discussed what could be placed in them before writing the names of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac in Mandarin on the front.