London South Bank University’s Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) organised a “China Day” at Fortismere School Confucius Classroom on 16th June 2015. The event included four theme activities: Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting, martial arts, and lantern-making. These activities showcased various aspects of Chinese culture and were well-received by the teachers and students.
During the calligraphy class, Ms He Dan organised the students to “write down your Chinese name with a writing brush”. It greatly inspired the students’ enthusiasm to participate. They eagerly learned how to hold the brush by imitating the teacher’s posture. They were delighted when they could write their names with the brush.
In the paper-cutting class, Ms Guo Hongyu presented how to cut the Chinese character of “Xi” with scissors. Meanwhile, she explained the connotation of the character of “Xi” in traditional Chinese culture. Through this pattern, students not only developed their practical ability, but also mastered Chinese culture vividly.
During the martial arts class, Mr Liu Tao firstly gave a martial arts performance, which fascinated the students and aroused their interest to participate. He then taught some basic martial arts moves and offered individual guidance.
In the lantern-making class, Ms Li You accounted for the history and cultural implications of Chinese lanterns. She also showed the basic way of making a lantern. Then the students carefully followed Ms Li and succeeded in making their own red lanterns. Looking at the “fruit of their work”, the students were filled with a strong sense of accomplishment.
The “China Day” event organised by CITCM of LSBU not only enabled students at Fortismere School to learn more about Chinese culture but also increased their interest in it.