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.
DownloadKamishibai: 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.
DownloadVideo: 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!
DownloadJourneys with Haiku: Lesson 3
In this lesson, students will explore the impact of different tenses in creative writing by writing prose about their journey to school and editing their own work.
DownloadJourneys with Haiku: Lesson 2
In this lesson, students will learn about the key elements of haiku: that they are seasonal poems which contain a ‘phrase’ and a ‘fragment’. Students will also have a chance to write their own haiku and read it aloud.
DownloadJourneys with Haiku: Lesson 1
In Lesson 1, students will respond creatively to images of Japan, using sensory language to write a description of a scene and will reflect on the concept of journeys.
DownloadJourneys with Haiku: Beyond 5-7-5
Haiku are a part of Japanese culture. Often mistakenly taught as just a three-line, 5-7-5 syllable poems, these lessons introduce students to the true essence of haiku.
DownloadKamishibai: Additional Resources
For students at KS 1, or those who do not have time to pursue the whole Scheme of Work, these resources can be used to make Kamishibai using a story completely made up by the students.