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. A full-time Japanese teacher gives classes with his assistant.

There are two areas in the Japanese curriculum – Communicating in Japanese and Intercultural Knowledge. In Communicating in Japanese, the students focus on four macro skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing. There are three types of characters in Japanese such as Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. The students learn all the types with various activities. In Intercultural Knowledge, 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.

Two lunchtime programs are held in the Japanese room. Students in Years One to Three can join the weekly Japanese Club in order to have a rich cultural experience. Students in Years Four to Six can join the weekly Origami Club in order to develop their hands skills and geometry skills with Origami.

The students participate in cultural events such as Japanese Incursion and Japanese Lunch.

上野先生 (Ueno Sensei)