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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 3

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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 3

Focusing on being active in the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', Lesson 3 explores the links between physical and mental health and the importance of staying active through the Japanese concept of Radio Taiso.

Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 2

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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 2

Focusing on connection in the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', Lesson 2 explores the importance of connecting with other people. Using the Japanese festival of Obon, students will learn to describe what home and family means and why connecting with others improves our wellbeing.

Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 1

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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 1

Lesson 1 introduces the concept of wellbeing. Students will learn about the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' as well as the country of Japan. The learning objectives of the lesson is for students to learn to discuss and explain how they feel and understand what wellbeing is.

Japanese Culture and Wellbeing

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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing

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 will not only promote increased cultural awareness, but also highlight features of Japanese culture, which promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

Valentine's Day Origami Ideas

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Valentine's Day Origami Ideas

Looking for some craft activities to do for Valentine's Day this year? Why not try making your own origami decorations, a gift box for Valentine's Day sweets, or a secret message envelope?

Video: How to Make An Origami Box

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Video: How to Make An Origami Box

An origami box is unique and very useful. It is also very easy to make. All you need is a square piece of paper!

7-5-3 (November)

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7-5-3 (November)

The 7-5-3 Festival (Shichi-Go-San 七五三) is an annual celebration held on November 15. In this lesson, students will learn about the customs, foods and beliefs associated with the 7-5-3 festival in Japan.

Kamishibai: The Moon Rabbit

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Kamishibai: The Moon Rabbit

In Japan, it is said that a rabbit lives on the moon and this folktale explains how that came to be. This kamishibai can be used to teach about Otsukimi, the autumn moon viewing festival. Visit the O Tsukimi page for more teaching resources.

Otsukimi (September/October)

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Otsukimi (September/October)

Otsukimi literally means “Moon Viewing” and is an autumn festival in Japan celebrating the Harvest Moon.

Video: How to Make an Origami Rabbit for Tsukimi

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Video: How to Make an Origami Rabbit for Tsukimi

According to an old Japanese folktale, rabbits are associated with the Tsukimi festival in autumn. Follow this video to make your own moon rabbit!