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Ready Steady NihonGO!

Subject: Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 2
Age: 7-11 years
Resource Type: Activities / Presentations / Lesson Plans / Schemes of Work / Worksheets / Videos / Other
Ready Steady NihonGO!

Ready Steady NihonGO! is an interactive primary language project. Working together, the Japan Society and the Japan Foundation London Language Centre (JFLLC) have produced a unique scheme of work for teaching Japanese at KS2 level.

We are working on a new website version of Ready Steady NihonGO! which will be available here soon. In the meantime, primary and secondary school teachers and parents in the UK can contact us at to request the CD version of Ready Steady NihonGO! free of charge.

You can also visit our online shop if you want to purchase a copy of the CD to help support our education programme.

The scheme comprises ten 45 minute lessons designed to be delivered by a Japanese native speaker working with the class teacher. Each lesson is clearly structured, with comprehensive teachers’ notes, National Curriculum Links and a set of accompanying Culture Notes.

This course has been designed:

  • To link Japan and the Japanese language to the National Curriculum to form a complete unit of work that will complement and enrich other subjects studied within the classroom.
  • To create a model for primary Japanese that can easily be replicated in schools across the UK using locally available expertise.
  • To provide children with a valuable cultural insight into Japan which will allow them to develop a sensitivity towards a less familiar culture, while encouraging them to stand back and view their own way of life from a different perspective.
  • To introduce children to the Japanese language through a series of well-structured lessons comprising a range of activities, forming a sound basis for any future study of the language.