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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. 

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.

Video: How to Make a Tanzaku

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Video: How to Make a Tanzaku

Tanzaku are coloured strips of paper which make during the Tanabata Festival. People usually write a personal wish on tanzaku and hung it up on bamboo. Make your own tanzaku with coloured paper/card by following our instructions.

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.