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Kamishibai: The Spider's Thread

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Kamishibai: The Spider's Thread

The Spider’s thread is a well-known story in Japan. It is a moral fable inspired by Buddhist beliefs about good, evil and redemption, written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and published in 1918. This kamishibai is suitable for KS3 and above. 

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!

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!

Kamishibai: Additional Resources

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Kamishibai: 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. 

Kamishibai: Lesson 10

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Kamishibai: Lesson 10

In this lesson, students will practice how to read and write their kamishibai story.

Kamishibai: Lesson 9

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Kamishibai: Lesson 9

Students will practice their public speaking skills by using the illustrated cards they produced in the previous lesson to perform their own kamishibai. They will also give constructive feedback to peers and improve their performance based on feedback they receive.

Kamishibai: Lesson 8

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Kamishibai: Lesson 8

In this lesson students illustrate their kamishibai cards, in preparation for their performance. The work is divided up between the class so that all students are working together to create a complete kamishibai set.

Kamishibai: Lesson 7

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Kamishibai: Lesson 7

This optional art class combines Kamishibai with Manga, giving students a basic introduction to this popular artistic style and allowing them to experiment and create their own manga characters which can be included in their kamishibai. 

Kamishibai: Lesson 5 & 6

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Kamishibai: Lesson 5 & 6

In Lesson 5 and 6, students will learn how to summarise key information by making a ‘skeleton story’ and then will create an illustrated storyboard.