Online Mandarin Chinese language and culture resources
- Available on request
These online mandarin Chinese language and culture resources have been brought together to specifically support teaching the four purposes of the new curriculum in Wales.
The focus of the Wales China Schools Forum on 25 March 2021 was on Mandarin Chinese and the four purposes of the new curriculum for Wales. The event took a particularly practical approach and included resources and suggested lesson plans for primary and secondary school pupils.
The first section is specific to the fourth purpose of the new curriculum, and relates to children as ‘healthy, confident individuals ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.’ It focuses specifically on Chinese health and wellbeing.
The second part gives an overview of other online resources provided by the Wales China Schools Project.
Chinese health and wellbeing
Chinese schools have been using eye exercises to help protect vision and prevent myopia since the 1960s. Children perform the five-minute exercises in class alongside music once or twice a day.
They are based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and said to stimulate the flow of energy or ‘qi’, relieving eye strain and aiding function.
In terms of Western medicine, the exercises increase blood circulation and relax muscles around the eyes, helping with fatigue in this area.
Song and dance routine
Teach your pupils to sing and dance like Chinese children with this song and dance routine. Once they know how to do it, they can practice together during break-time and even perform a talent show!
- Children learn the song When Smiling You Are Really Nice through a YouTube video including Chinese characters, Pinyin, English and hand gestures.
- Pupils practice the accompanying dance using this detailed step by step demonstration or this video, which starts at a slower pace before moving onto normal speed. Both videos are from YouTube.
The Yin and Yang of Chinese food
The duality of Yin and Yang is one of the key principles of Chinese thought. Stemming from Taoist philosophy, this principle is embedded in many aspects of Chinese culture, so what does it mean when it comes to Chinese food?
When we talk about Yin and Yang we mean it in relative terms, and it is believed that everything has both yin and yang aspects. So how do Chinese people divide food into these two kinds? How is Yin and Yang philosophy applied to an authentic Chinese meal, to the balance of flavours, ingredients and cooking techniques? Why is it so important to maintain a balance of Yin and Yang in the diet?
- Children learn about the Yin and Yang of foods and the benefits of Chinese Cooking (Yin-Yang) (both YouTube videos). They can also read this article on the importance of Yin-Yang Philosophy in Chinese Food.
- Pupils practice through cooking tasty Chinese cuisine with these how-to YouTube videos and PDF recipes:
Tai chi - Chinese martial art
Tai chi (or Tàijí quán in Chinese), also known as "Shadowboxing", is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for defence training, health benefits and meditation.
The term taiji is a Chinese cosmological concept for the flux of yin and yang, and 'quan' means fist.
- Introduce children to Tai Chi using the YouTube video Charm Of Oriental Heritage: Tai Chi.
- Watch a Tai Chi performance by Yang Hongshun in the 2019 Men’s National Kungfu Routine Championship through YouTube.
- Show pupils the 24 forms from modern simplified Tai Chi:
- Pupils try Tai chi with Learn Tai Chi Online with Jet Li's Online Academy:
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson one
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson two
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson three
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson four
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson five
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson six
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson seven
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson eight
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson nine
- Jet Li's Online Academy: lesson ten
Other primary and secondary school online resources
The Wales China Schools Project is a collaboration of the three Welsh Confucius Institutes at Cardiff, Bangor and UWTSD Universities.
We provide support for Confucius Classrooms and Associate schools that teach, or are interested in teaching, Chinese language and culture.
The following is a list of online courses and resources currently provided by the Wales China Schools Project.
Bangor University’s Confucius Institute provides a range of online HSK courses on their website, and a series of cultural activities including videos, calligraphy and paper-cutting on their Facebook page.
They also offer Chinese language lessons and workshops on their YouTube channel.
Primary and Secondary school teachers can attend Cardiff Confucius Institute’s free Mandarin for Teachers’ courses and progress, fully funded, onto the University’s Professional Education Chinese courses.
University of Wales Trinity St. David (UWTSD)
The Confucius Institute at the University of Wales Trinity St. David offers weekly Chinese language courses via Zoom, which includes one hour of weekly tuition and access to resources for home-study.
About the organiser
This activity is organised by Cardiff Confucius Institute. Contact Victoria Ucele at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Teacher supervision is required.