DownloadKamishibai: Lesson 1
Students will be introduced to kamishibai and make their own story plate, gathering the most important elements of the story all in one place. It can be used as a standalone lesson for those who don’t have time to follow the whole scheme of work, or for KS1 students.
DownloadKamishibai: Japanese Storytelling
Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese street theatre in the form of picture card storytelling. As creating and using Kamishibai hones speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, they have many cross-curricular applications.
DownloadSoroban: Lesson 5
In the final lesson in the scheme of work, students practice what they have learnt so far by using the soroban to tackle multi-stage problems involving both addition and subtraction.
DownloadSoroban: Lesson 3
Lesson 3 starts with a greater or less than activity to revise numbers on the soroban, before introducing addition. Using the soroban as a calculation tool students will add one and two-digit numbers.
DownloadSoroban: Lesson 2
In this lesson, students apply what they learnt in the previous lessons to larger numbers. By the end of the lesson they will know how to read numbers up to 99 on the soroban.
DownloadSoroban: The Japanese Abacus
Soroban, the Japanese abacus, provides a visual and tangible tool which allows students to see and manipulate a physical representation of abstract numbers.
DownloadObon Festival (August)
Obon is one of the most important annual festivals in Japan and takes place in the summer. It is based on the Buddhist belief that the spirits of ancestors return to their family home at this time of year.