Minasan Konnichiwa

This term in Japanese classes (Years 4-7) students will finish working on their hiragana reading and writing skills. Those that have completed their hiragana are working on their katakana or learning some Kanji characters. Following on from this the classes will be working on individual projects. This will include learning the kanji or katakana they are working on using a variety of experiences as well as choosing a Japanese topic of their choice learning some of the vocabulary and then sharing this with their classmates. The project will also include some experiences to continue practise of hiragana both reading and writing. The year 5 students will also be introduced to Edmodo in preparation for next year’s classes.

Davey sensei yori (from)

Japanese Program TERM 3 2017

Minasan Konnichiwa

This term in Japanese classes (Years 4-7) students will be working on improving their hiragana reading and writing skills. Students from Year 5-7 were given a pre test at the start of the term to see how much hiragana they remembered and each student will be working on improving their initial test score. Some students are also working on their katakana writing system skills after getting full marks on their pre- test. As I have mentioned to the students in the class if they are unhappy with their pre-test marks hiragana and Japanese language learning in general requires practise. If you don’t use it you lose it. The students have Education Perfect, the Edmodo learning site and most have devices that could easily have hiragana apps loaded onto them. A few minutes a week on top of the two lessons they have in class would make a huge difference to their retaining the writing system. Not to mention its a brilliant way to exercise the brain!
During classes students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities each geared for different types of learners. Each fortnight there will be a test on the hiragana that the students are working on.
Happy hiragana learning Flagstaff Hill R-7 students!

Helpful hints to learn hiragana

Both the junior Japanese and Japanese classes are working on hiragana this term. Over the years what has proved very effective for the students to remember their hiragana is using mnemonics. Here is a useful one that may help your child. Practising at home also helps even just 5 minutes a week can help keep those characters at the front of their minds. If your child has an ipad or similar there are many free hiragana apps that are useful in learning hiragana and keeping it fun for them.


Brushing off the dust in Term 3

みんなさん 今日は。
minnasan konnichiwa.

Welcome back to Term 3!

In the Junior Japanese room we have already begun literally brushing off the dust- chalk dust that is! Our year 1 and 2 students today began their learning exploration into the basic Japanese characters known as ひらがな (Hiragana). After learning that there are 3 different types of Japanese characters; Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji which are sound-based characters, the students were introduced to the Japanese vowel sounds which are the first 5 Hiragana:

あ pronounced ‘ahh’

い pronounced ‘ee’

う pronounced ‘oo’

え    pronounced ‘eh’

お    pronounced ‘oh’

We then took to the pavement outside the Junior Japanese room which makes for perfect genkouyoushi (Japanese writing squares), and had a go at writing our Japanese vowel sounds with some chalk.

Students had a fantastic time and some brilliant Hiragana can been seen! It was a tremendous first effort.


Coghlan 先生より。

Term 2 Overview for Junior Japanese

日本語 Term Overview: Junior Japanese- Term 2 2017

minnasan konnichiwa!
ようこそ (youkoso) to term 2 for 2017. Throughout this term reception students will be consolidating their knowledge of numbers 1-10 before moving into learning their colours in Japanese; and how they can apply this knowledge to other classes outside of the Junior Japanese room. This unit is supported through greetings, songs, gestures, games, and group activities which are all supportive of the Australian Japanese curriculum.

Year 1-4 students will be continuing their learning of weathers and seasons with basic sentence structures until half way through the term. Students will be creating a season kanji calligraphy booklet as part of their learning, as well as presenting a basic weather report to the class. The recognition of the kanji, as well as basic sentences is covered within the F-2 and the 3/4 curriculum.

In the second half of the term, students in years 1-3 will be focusing on the basic Japanese alphabet known as hiragana, while the year 3/4 class will also be learning about families. These units will continue through until half way through term 3 to help with consolidation of learning. Hiragana is highly important within Japanese learning as it allows students the ability to begin to read and write in the language and is covered in all curriculum brackets.

I look forward to having a fun and rewarding term 2!
Coghlan 先生 より.

Getting Crafty in Junior Japanese!

Minasan Konnichiwa!

We have started this y ear off with so many crafty hands on activities in the Junior Japanese room to celebrate Oshougatsu (New Year), Hinamatsuri (Girls Day), as well as the Toridoshi (year of the rooster) colouring in competition.

The winners from the colouring in competition are:
Reception- Lewis from Mrs. Walker’s class.
Year 1– Zahra from Mrs. Carey and Miss Hinton’s class,
Year 2– Kristal from Ms. Polley’s class,
Year 3– Ashley from Mrs. Barbary’s class, and
Year 4– Alexander from Mrs. Tsagouris and Mrs. Fleming’s class.

Well done to everyone that entered, it was tricky picking the winners!

For Oshougatsu our year 2,3, and 3/4 classes made Ema which are wooden wishing plaques which are bought, written on, and hung at a shrine in Japan. We made some of our own Ema to hang outside of the classroom using balsa wood and some textas with the theme of toridoshi.

The receptions created some gorgeous chickens by using the fork painting method and they look so fluffy and gorgeous. Our year 1’s practiced their cutting skills to cut out a mirrored rooster to then stick on some coloured card before writing toridoshi in hiragana. You can see some of them hanging in the room in the picture below.

To celebrate Hinamatsuri our receptions and year 1’s made some cute little hinacards which folded to stand up on their own which they took home to share with their families, while the year 2, 3, and 3/4’s worked in pairs to make a little hinadoll display which they are super proud of!

We have now started looking at the seasons and weather for our years 1-3/4’s while our receptions are learning to count to 10!

Coghlan Sensei より。

Year of the Rooster Colouring in Competition!


Welcome back to 2017!

To kick off the year, and to celebrate the year of the rooster, I am holding a year of the rooster colouring in competition. Students have the choice of 3 different images of roosters to colour in and submit before the end of week 3.

The images can be downloaded to print at home if you wish:


There will be prizes for the best coloured in Rooster from each year level! BUT students need to remember to put their name and class on the entries so we know who they belong to.

Happy colouring!

Coghlan Sensei より。

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