Japanese (or as your children should be able to tell you : Nihongo)
Japanese classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All children in years 3-6 take part in a one-hour class every week.
During the year students will be exposed to some cultural and geographical aspects of Japan, along with the language. Emphasis is on oral work, but senior classes will also begin to learn the Hiragana script for both reading and writing. For the junior classes, only Romaji (our alphabet) will be used.
While there is no set homework for the Japanese classes, regular revision is advised. With lessons only once a week, retention of learnt words and phrases is almost impossible without revision during the week. This is especially so when more than one week passes between lessons (public holidays, school holidays, staff PD days). A suggestion is for children to take home their Japanese folders, copy new words to paper that is kept at home, and take the folders back to class immediately, so they aren't forgotten for the next lesson. The more often new words are written and read aloud, the better the chance of remembering them.
The motto for the Japanese classes: Ganbarimashoo (Let’s all give it our best)!!