Welcome to Scottish Opera’s new musical and theatrical experience designed for second level pupils.

How the Dragon Was Made is a learning project linked to a key date in the Chinese calendar: the Chinese New Year 2024! This will be the year of the Dragon.

Designed for one class of P6 or P7 pupils, How the Dragon Was Made aims to improve pupils’ comprehension of Mandarin vocabulary, as well as provide a creative opportunity for performance and an element of peer-to-peer learning. It includes online resources to facilitate a class of pupils to perform their own 20-minute musical show in class, which can be performed for Primary 1-3 classes in school but also families and other guests.

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Karen MacIver

Allan Dunn

Illustrator & Visual Arts Resource Designer
Iain Piercy

Stop Motion Graphics Editor
Viola Madau

Sound Engineer
Alan Penman

Shengzhi Ren

Activity Pack
Christine Defty

Children from Jordanhill Primary
Feargal Pettigrew, Katie McGawn, Jessica-MayPayne, Molly McLaughlin, Mhairi McCulloch and Sophie Fleming

Additional vocals
Daniel Przyborski


With thanks to

Richard Buchan and all at Jordanhill Primary School
Wendy Green, Calum Gibb, Hanshu Dong,
and all at Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools
Kevin Burleigh
at Gorbals Sounds

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