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Japanese Culture and Wellbeing

Subject: Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 2
Age: 7-11 years
Resource Type: Schemes of Work / Other

These resources have been designed for teachers to promote positive mental health and wellbeing through the exploration of Japanese culture. Using the NHS ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ (Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give) pupils will explore the concept of wellbeing and how it might be improved through engagement with the events, customs and celebrations of Japan. No prior knowledge of Japanese culture or language is needed.

Download the Japanese Culture and Wellbeing Scheme of Work - PDF (167 KB) and All Lesson Resources (Zip File 18.1MB) or visit the lesson pages for more detailed information, additional resources, or to download individual resources. 

The suggested age group is Upper Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6) but these activities can be easily adapted for KS1 or KS3. Visit the individual lesson pages for more information on the content of each lesson and to download the lesson plans and lesson resources.

Note: This is a new resource and some sections may be revised or updated.


Individual Lessons

Each lesson includes a detailed lesson plan, a presentation and accompanying resources for the activities. The lessons may be supported by loan resources provided by the Japan Society. You may also refer to the Festivals and Seasonal Events resources for further extension activities. 

Lesson 1 - Health & Happiness - What is Wellbeing?

Lesson 2 - Friends, Families & Festivals - Connect

Lesson 3 - Feeling Good, Moving More - Be Active

Lesson 4 - Being Mindful with Cherry Blossoms - Take Notice

Lesson 5 - Magnificent Manga - Keep Learning

Lesson 6 - Giving to Others - Give