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Kamishibai: Lesson 2

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Kamishibai: Lesson 2

In this lesson, students will learn about traditional rural Japan and use mind-maps as a tool to summarise and present key information. 

Kamishibai: Lesson 1

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Kamishibai: Lesson 1

Students will be introduced to kamishibai and make their own story plate, gathering the most important elements of the story all in one place. It can be used as a standalone lesson for those who don’t have time to follow the whole scheme of work, or for KS1 students.

Kamishibai: Japanese Storytelling

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Kamishibai: Japanese Storytelling

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese street theatre in the form of picture card storytelling. As creating and using Kamishibai hones speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, they have many cross-curricular applications.

Obon Festival (August)

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Obon Festival (August)

Obon is one of the most important annual festivals in Japan and takes place in the summer. It is based on the Buddhist belief that the spirits of ancestors return to their family home at this time of year.

The Atomic Bombings of Japan: External Resource List

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The Atomic Bombings of Japan: External Resource List

A list of external resources about the atomic bombings to help educators find information and content to teach young people about the bombings and their impact.

Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 6

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Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 6

The Sports Day combines all the elements of the individual lessons, allowing students to experience an authentic Japanese undokai (Sports Day). Use the sample timetable including in the lesson plan as a guide to planning your own event. 

Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 5

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Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 5

Students are introduced to two Japanese characters which make up the word kaizen, meaning ‘to improve’ in Japanese. Students will then complete elements of an obstacle course and reflect on their own performance and identify areas where they can make small tangible improvements. 

Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 4

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Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 4

Students look at the importance of working with others and how effective teamwork can improve performance. The students will take part in several physical activities which test and strengthen their ability to work well in teams.

Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 3

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Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 3

This lesson highlights the importance of humour and having fun at a Japanese sports day. Students must think creatively and work collaboratively with their team to devise an activity for the opposing team that meets the criteria they have been given.

Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 2

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Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 2

In this lesson, students will realise the importance of effective communication in pair work as they take part in physical activities which test and strengthen their ability to work well in pairs.