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Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 1

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Undokai - Japanese Sports Day: Lesson 1

In the first lesson, students are introduced to the Radio Taiso exercises that are performed by the whole school as a warm-up before sports day. At the end of the lesson, the students’ own Radio Taiso performance can be recorded and played back at sports day in the future. 

Undokai - Japanese Sports Day

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Undokai - Japanese Sports Day

The Japanese Sports Day (undokai in Japanese) is a popular event in the school calendar; it’s a fun-filled day with an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration. Hold a Japanese Sports Day at school or at home using one of our specially created packs.

Kamishibai: The Story of Tanabata (Star Festival)

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Kamishibai: The Story of Tanabata (Star Festival)

This story tells of the annual reunion of two lovers in the Milky Way and is the inspiration for the Tanabata Festival.

Tanabata Festival (July)

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Tanabata Festival (July)

Tanabata is a summer festival based on an old story which tells of the annual reunion of two lovers in the Milky Way.

Tsuyu - The Rainy Season (June)

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Tsuyu - The Rainy Season (June)

In this lesson, students learn about the weather of Japan and compare it with the UK or their local area. They also find out about the common sights and customs associated with the rainy season.

Radio Taiso: Lesson 3

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Radio Taiso: Lesson 3

Evaluate and Improve Performance - In the final lesson in the Radio Taiso scheme of work, students will evaluate and refine their own performance.

Radio Taiso: Lesson 2

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Radio Taiso: Lesson 2

The Benefits of Radio Taiso - This lesson allows students to continue working on their radio taiso routine in small groups and culminates in a class performance.

Radio Taiso: Lesson 1

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Radio Taiso: Lesson 1

Understand and Experience Radio Taiso - The first lesson introduces the Radio Taiso routine and allows students to experience it for themselves.

Radio Taiso

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Radio Taiso

Radio Taiso is a 3 minute exercise routine that has been practised for nearly 100 years in Japan. Fun for children and adults alike, Radio Taiso is commonly used for group warm-ups in Japan.

O Hanami (April)

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O Hanami (April)

In this lesson, students will learn about the customs and activities associated with O Hanami and compose haiku poems using their own thoughts about spring and nature.