Learning another language broadens a student’s horizons. Understandings grow with regards to their relationships with the rest of the world. St Jude’s students are exposed to new ways of thinking and discover new concepts and ideas as well as different cultures and histories. By providing opportunities to communicate with, and about others, students are able to make links to define themselves, to understand and to use their own language better. Japanese is offered to students from Pre-Primary to year 6.

Students learn to interact with others and exchange information about themselves, family, friends, events in the days and their interests etc. They practise speaking, reading and writing Japanese through various activities in a positive and supportive environment.

This year, we have started ‘hiragana karate belts’.  Hiragana is one of the Japanese writing systems.  Students who want to improve their reading skills come to the library every Tuesday at recess and practise reading hiragana using the hiragana cards. When they are ready, I test each student.  Lots of keen students come and practise reading hiragana and I am very impressed with their effort and progress.  Keep up the good work!

Year 1 learnt numbers as well as kanji.  They enjoyed making Japanese numbers with pipe cleaners. They also practised singing Japanese songs.

Year 2 practised reading and copying hiragana characters.  They started learning how to read words written in hiragana.

Year 3 learnt about Japan’s girl’s festival.  They had lots of fun making ‘hina dolls’ for this celebration.

Year 4 practised talking about their daily life.  They memorised various verbs to go with a song and actions.

Year 5 learnt how to describe people, animals and items.  They loved playing an online quiz to revise what they have learnt.

Year 6 students have just learnt how to format a Japanese letter.  They are now practising reading letters.

I hope everyone will have a good holiday and I look forward to seeing you all work hard again next term!

Mrs Waghorn