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Origami & Crafts

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Origami & Crafts

A collection of origami and craft activities

Festivals & Seasonal Activity Packs

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Festivals & Seasonal Activity Packs

A complete collection of activity packs and lesson links for festivals and seasonal celebrations taking place throughout the year.

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. 

Japan and the Tokyo Olympics

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Japan and the Tokyo Olympics

This lesson introduces Japan, Japanese culture, and the Tokyo Olympic games to KS2 students. It includes many fun facts and a short quiz at the end.

Japanese Sports Quiz

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Japanese Sports Quiz

Introduce students to six traditional Japanese sports and martial arts (Karate, Judo, Kendo, Kyudo, Yabusame, and Sumo) using this short and fun interactive quiz.

Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 6

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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 6

Focusing on giving in the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', Lesson 5 explores the links between giving to others and its impact on positive wellbeing through the customs and culture of Japan.

Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 5

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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 5

Focusing on learning in the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', Lesson 5 explores the links between positive wellbeing and the development of new skills and knowledge through the Japanese art of manga.

Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 4

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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing - Lesson 4

Focusing on taking notice in the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', Lesson 4 explores the links between nature, mindfulness and mental health through Japan’s symbolic cherry blossom.

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.