The Japan Society
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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing

Subject: Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 2
Age: 7-11 years
Resource Type: Schemes of Work / Other

These resources have been designed for teachers to promote positive mental health and wellbeing through the exploration of Japanese culture. Using the NHS ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ (Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give) pupils will explore the concept of wellbeing and how it might be improved through engagement with the events, customs and celebrations of Japan. This scheme of work promotes increased cultural awareness, as well as highlighting features of Japanese culture which promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

The Scheme of Work is available to download here: Japanese Culture and Wellbeing Scheme of Work - PDF (167 KB)

Visit the individual lesson pages for more information on the content of each lesson and to download the lesson plans and lesson resources.

The suggested age group is Upper Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6) but these activities can be easily adapted for KS1 or KS3. Each lesson includes a detailed lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation and accompanying resources for the activities. Teachers do not need any prior knowledge of Japanese culture or language. The lesson plans may be supported by the loan resources provided by the Japan Society; you may also refer to the Festivals and Seasonal Events resources for further extension activities. 

Note: This is a new resource and some sections may be revised or updated.

Individual Lessons

Lesson 1 - Health & Happiness - What is Wellbeing?

Lesson 2 - Friends, Families & Festivals - Connect

Lesson 3 - Feeling Good, Moving More - Be Active

Lesson 4 - Being Mindful with Cherry Blossoms - Take Notice

Lesson 5 - Magnificent Manga - Keep Learning

Lesson 6 - Giving to Others - Give