Languages (日本語: Japanese)

All students at Ashburton Primary School attend a 50 minute Japanese session once a week. The lessons take place in the Japanese room. Ueno Sensei, the full-time Japanese teacher, gives classes with fun activities.

The Languages curriculum aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:

  • communicate in the language they are learning
  • understand the relationship between language, culture and learning
  • develop intercultural capabilities
  • understand themselves as communicators.

At Ashburton Primary School, the students mainly focus on four macro skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as on cultural understanding. There are three types of characters in Japanese such as Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. The students learn all the types with various activities. As inter-cultural understanding, they develop ideas of cultural similarities and differences between Australia and Japan throughout the study.

The Japanese program is varied using songs, stories, games, arts and crafts. Multimedia tools are also used in the program in order to create fun and interactive learning environment.

Five lunchtime programs are held in the Japanese room in order to have a rich cultural experience.

Monday: Dobutsu Shogi Club for Years 1-6

Tuesday: Karuta Club for Years 5 and 6

Wednesday: Origami Club for Years 4-6

Thursday: Japanese Club for Years 1-3

Friday: Kendama Club for Years 5 and 6

上野先生 (Ueno Sensei)