Year of the Horse


Introduce pupils to the differences and similarities between the lives, languages and cultures of people in China and the UK with the Year of the Horse education pack.

On 31 January 2014, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we entered the Year of the Horse.


Our education pack for UK primary schools educates young people about the world around them and gives them an understanding of other countries and cultures in preparation for life as global citizens.

Familiarity with China and Chinese will become increasingly important for the UK’s prosperity. Prime Minister David Cameron made this clear during a visit to China, when he pledged to double the number of Mandarin learners in the UK.
Prepared with input from the IOE Confucius Institute for Schools, these resources help pupils and teachers celebrate and explore Chinese culture and language.

Download the pack  

You can also download and print individual lesson plans and activities.

  Accompanying resources

Geography lesson presentation (English)  (2.7 MB)

Geography lesson presentation (Welsh)  (2.3 MB)

Year of the Horse activities certificate (English)  (70 KB)

Year of the Horse activities certificate (Welsh)  (70 KB)


Jun Jie's film below accompanies some of the lesson plans in the pack and is part of a series created by the Ragdoll Foundation.


Junjie's Film, China from British Council Schools Online on Vimeo.


'What makes me happy' video by Ragdoll Foundation



'Gaokao – the world's hardest test' is part of a series by BBC World Class and the British Council. View more videos in the series and access the accompanying classroom resources. 

Gaokao Fever - Primary from British Council Schools Online on Vimeo.