The Confucius institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) offers Mandarin teaching to 41 schools across London. To couple with the language teaching, CITCM provides culture workshops to schools, including: Chinese martial arts, dance, music, song, calligraphy, paper cutting, painting, Chinese dragon crafts, Taiji, and five animal movements.
CITCM’s Confucius Classrooms and partner schools are celebrating 2013 the Chinese New Year–the Year of the Snake by singing and dancing. Please see below the CITCM Chinese New Year Celebration Online Gala.
To mark the launch of Confucius Institute Online in the UK, the London Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine organised Mandarin competitions in primary and secondary schools in the London region. Students learning Mandarin, who were taught by Hanban Chinese teachers, had a wonderful time participating in the internal Mandarin competitions at their various schools in London.
During the period of 22nd to 31st March, nearly 300 students in South London took part in the four internal competitions at St. James the Great Primary School, St. Helen’s Primary School, St. Chads Primary School and St. Anselm’s Primary School.
These were handwriting, paper-cutting, speaking and singing competitions. In the Handwriting Competition, students
wrote Chinese sentences as beautifully as they could – “Study hard and make progress every day.” “Welcome to 2010 London Olympics.” In the Paper-cutting Competition, they cut out rabbits, lanterns and a Chinese character meaning “Happiness” to express their good wishes for the year of the Rabbit. In the Speaking Competition, the students demonstrated their Mandarin learning outcomes, i.e. daily greetings, counting numbers 1-10, asking and telling ages, Chinese zodiac signs and colours, as well as reciting Chinese nursery rhymes. The Singing Competition had the largest number of entries. Many students formed themselves into groups and incorporated additional elements, such as dancing, human pyramid and side-splits into their singing.
The teachers and head teachers of these schools welcomed the Mandarin competitions. Mr. S. Beck, head teacher of St. James the Great Primary School, was glad that the students participated in the competitions and agreed to send their best pupils to attend an interschool competition which is to be held at a later date. Miss Gayle of St. Chads Primary School thanked Ms. Han who was the organiser of the competitions. She said that the students absolutely enjoyed the competitions, and have learned and achieved so much in such a short time in the Mandarin lessons. Mrs. Cox of St. Helen’s Primary School commented, “Our pupils thoroughly enjoy the mandarin experience. We find the lessons stimulating and enjoyable. I try to attend when I have a few spare moments and enjoy the opportunity of sharing the experience with the pupils … The competition was stimulating for the pupils.” Mrs. Macauley of St. Anselm’s Primary School remarked, “Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 enjoy every lesson and were particularly inspired by the competition challenges. We now have a beautiful display of pupil’s work (all completed at home) by pupils who have become more engaged in their learning and are evidently enjoying creative challenges.”
At these schools, Mandarin has been included into the school curriculum through the Confucius Classroom at St. Joseph’s College. SJC Confucius Classroom has been active in reaching out to the local feed schools and has enabled 8 primary schools to offer Mandarin classes. SJC Confucius Classroom is affiliated to the London Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine which is based at London South Bank University. CI for TCM is a base for approximately 20 teachers who teach Mandarin, Chinese kung fu and dancing in the London region.
Confucius Institute Online, a comprehensive and authoritative portal website sponsored by Hanban / Confucius Institute Headquarters, has been introduced to Chinese enthusiasts, including teachers and students of the Confucius Institute in the UK since mid-March.
(Yang Han, London Confucius Institute for TCM)
After the tenth “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign
Students in London, London Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine
(CI for TCM) started organizing a number of schools to launch Confucius Institute
Ernest Bevin College, partner school of London Confucius Institute for
Traditional Chinese Medicine, held the Mandarin Singing Contest with the theme
of “I Sing Chinese Song”.
More than 120 students from 4 Mandarin classes participated in the Mandarin
Singing Contest on March 24th and 25th. It is worth mentioning that all Chinese songs
were learnt by students themselves from Confucius Institute Online. It was very
competitive and Marcell Cathan of Year-7 finally won the first prize with Chinese
popular song friends. Warm applaud arose from students and teachers for his accuracy
in pitch, standard pronunciation and excellent performance.
According to this activity, students knew Confucius Institute Online very well
and they were attracted deeply by its comprehensive learning resources. Because of
the Chinese teachers from Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine at
London South Bank University, students got to know how to use this website, how to
register, and where to find the music resources online. Some popular Chinese songs
such as Friends and the Moon Represents My Heart are recommended to students
with printed Pinyin Lyrics in order to encourage self-study.
Confucius Institute Online supplies an effective learning platform for Chinese
learners. As a bridge, it brings students many colorful resources and these resources
online just like some good friends will accompany them forever on the way of
(Chunguang Li from the CI for TCM at London South Bank University)
On 18th February 2011, students, parents and teachers from Greenside Primary School enjoyed a
fantastic assembly about the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit. With the performance presented by the
volunteer teachers from the Confucius for Traditional Chinese Medicine at London south Bank University,
the Chinese New Year assembly turned out to be a huge success.
The Chinese New Year assembly was held in the morning and before it started the hall was decorated
with beautiful traditional Chinese Knots, paper cutting, lanterns and Chinese couplets. This made
everyone felt a very traditional Chinese New Year atmosphere. In the assembly the first performance
was the show of the work of the Chinese Writing brush from the Year five students. They got the
warmest welcome when wearing the traditional Chinese clothes and holding their own work which meant
happy Chinese New Year. Then the lion dance brought a highlight again; The traditional Chinese dance,
the five animals movements, the playing of traditional Chinese musical instrument and the show of the
Kung fu left audiences a deep impression. All the audience had a great time in the Chinese New Year
After the assembly the headmaster of Greenside Primary School expressed his thanks to the Confucius
Institute and spoke very highly of the Chinese volunteer teachers’ professional performance and
Confucius Institute TCM celebrated the Year of Rabbit with Ernest Bevin College
On 16th February 2011, Chinese New Year Celebration was successfully jointly hosted by Confucius
Institute TCM at London South Bank University and Ernest Bevin College, the day before Chinese
traditional festival, Lantern Festival.
More than 300 students and staff paid a visit to the show organized by the Chinese Confucius
Institute for TCM, London South Bank University. Ernest Bevin College, named after
Ernest Bevin (1881 – 1951), a British labour leader, was established in 1970. It was a
specialist college for Sport and Mathematics and has offered Chinese classes for more than 3 years.
The road show team staged two performances and audiences were all immersed in the Chinese culture.
They were not only moved by the actors’ professionalism and enthusiasm but also amazed by
Chinese kung fu and folk dance. Cheers arose from audience as they saw the handkerchief
skill in Yanger dance. During the Kung fu interaction, boys were excited and carefully
imitated each gesture and motion they were shown. Some of them even luckily experienced the
lion dance with costume.
After the excellent performances, nearly 450 students enjoyed the workshop including calligraphy,
paper cutting, Martial arts, five-animal exercises and tea ceremony. Most students showed great interest in
Chinese calligraphy as they meticulously studied how to hold brush,
make ink and write. When finished writing, they were eager to show and felt happy to be encouraged.
When all activities finished, students and teachers expressed their gratitude to the performers and
hoped to have more Chinese culture events and Chinese classes in the nearest future. Some
students from Chinese class expressed New Year wishes to actors with rabbit mask and
popular hand gesture. The British children seem to have taken Chinese language and culture to
their hearts. To these children, China is no longer distant.
Chinese culture has much to offer children, Chinese Wellbeing is one area that is good for the mind and the body for all ages.
Here at the Confucius Institute for TCM we are all about inspiring children to adopt Chinese Wellbeing into their lives whilst learning about Chinese culture,
and most importantly, getting active and having some fun!
We can offer teaching resources and workshops on all the aspects of Chinese Wellbeing, workshops can be tailored to suit your needs.
We have collected a range of teaching resources that you are welcome to share with your school.
Please let us know if you would like to share any of your resources with us and we will upload for all to share.
Our teaching team is made up of academics and students from our partner Universities, local teachers, for further information
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In partnership with Kung Fu Schools we can offer workshops on Kung Fu for children which have an emphasis on respect, self confidence
and improving concentration.
Taiji, otherwise know as Tai Chi in the west, we teach children a simple form of taiji called Yi Yin Ying,
which is 12 movements all with wonderful titles, for the children to image Crouching Tigers, pulling nine cows tails.
Movements are slow and work on improving flexibility and co-ordination in the body in addition to relaxing the mind.
Taiji is the basis of Kung Fu and was practiced thousands of years ago by Chinese warriors.
Dragon Dancing. Dragons in China are loved for being friendly, wise and caring.
We introduce the wonderful world of the Chinese Dragons to children and get them active with Dragon Dancing,
great for building on those teamworking skills.
Our Dragon Dancing workshops offer children a treat with specially sized dragons for children and trained martial arts dancers to
demonstrate how to do it. Colourful powerpoint presentations and art activities are also included in the workshop to
include making their own dragon puppets.
Dragon Boat Racing (on land). Build your own Dragon Boat, think about the use of colours and symbols and their meaning in Chinese culture.
Work as a team in the design, build and racing of your boat. The Dragon Boat Racing workshop explores the Dragon Boat Festival
and its traditions in addition to get children creative and active.
Kite Workshops offers children an introduction to the wonderful world of Chinese kites. A beautiful presentation introduces children to huge variety of Chinese kites, explains the history, use, designs and colours used. A simple kite template is given to children to design and the of course, fly (inside or outside) The Confucius Institute for TCM also brings along some examples of Chinese kites to inspire the children. Kite flying in China is consider to be a healthy pastime which requires a great deal of hand and eye co-ordination.
Chinese puppet workshop. This workshop explores the different forms of Chinese puppets from shadow, rod, string to human
puppets such as the Lion and Dragon. Examples of puppets are shared with the children followed by a chance for the children
to do their own puppet show with simple puppet templates provided by the Confucius Institute for TCM. There are a variety of different of stories
ranging from the Story of the Zodiac to the Four Dragons for the children to have fun acting out.
Our Fan Dancing workshop inspires both boys and girls to get fan dancing! The history, design and the forms of fan
dancing are explored in this workshop and children get an opportunity to design their own fan.
Trained folk dancers and martial artists demonstrate some beautiful dancing with fans and taiji fan, the
martial art of using fans to improve co-ordination. The taiji fan makes a louding cracking noise which is always a
great hit with the children. Children are invited to join in and participate.
The Ribbon Dancing workshop works with all ages, and even pre-schoolers can get an immediate result from working with ribbons.
This workshop explores the history of ribbon dancing which originated from a man saving the Emperor with his sleeve.
Colours and symbols are explored and trained folk dancers and martial artists demostrate moves for the children to follow.