LOTE - Japanese

In 2019, our LOTE (Japanese) program is now offered to students from Prep to Year 6 with weekly lessons taught by a specialist teacher. 

Students at St Agatha's will learn and engage in the following fun activities:

Prep to Year 2 

This term we will be looking at the traditional Japanese tale "Kintaro".   It is a story of a strong but gentle boy who is friends with the animals.  The story is set in the mountains of Japan.   May  5th marks Children's Day in Japan - a day to pray for the children that they grow up healthy and strong, with a caring attitude.  The figure of Kintaro is often used around Children's Day in Japan as the character is what we'd like children to be.   Apart from this, the students will be learning songs, origami and games linked to the story. 

 

Year 3 to 4

Our focus in Japanese this term will continue to be numbers - however the students will be introduced to the Japanese writing systems.   Japanese children learn to write in three different ways - Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.  Term 2 will see the children reading and writing kanji numbers.   On a cultural note, May 5th marks Children's Day in Japan - a day to pray for the children that they grow up healthy and strong, with a caring attitude.  The students will explore this festival of Japan - how it is celebrated, the meaning behind, food eaten etc.   Children's Day will also lead us to the Japanese tale "Kintaro".  

 

Year 5

Our focus in Japanese this term will be Schools in Japan.  The children will learn classroom language (teacher requests), classroom supplies(location of and asking for objects) and subjects (likes and dislikes).   The students will continue learning the hiragana alphabet throughout this unit.   On a cultural note, May 5th marks Children's Day in Japan - a day to pray for the children that they grow up healthy and strong, with a caring attitude.  The students will explore this festival of Japan - how it is celebrated, the meaning behind, food eaten etc.   Children's Day will also lead us to the Japanese tale "Kintaro".  

 

Year 6

Throughout this term, the students will be focusing on Families and Living in Japan.   The students by the end of term will be drawing a family tree, labelling different family members and writing a little about each.   Our lessons will also look at how people typically live in Japan.  Similarities and differences in Australian and Japanese Houses will be a focus.  

On a cultural note, May 5th marks Children's Day in Japan - a day to pray for the children that they grow up healthy and strong, with a caring attitude.  The students will explore this festival of Japan - how it is celebrated, the meaning behind, food eaten etc.   Children's Day will also lead us to the Japanese tale "Kintaro".