Year 3 and 4 students have spent first semester revising the basic vocabulary previously taught, plus learning some new phrases. They have conducted a survey to see what nationalities are students are. Despite the various backgrounds of many parents and ancestors, most children declared that they are Australian themselves. What an interesting image of what is an Australian.
Year 4 students have been nicknamed the "Sumo group" and completed a Sumo handprint with their own autograph in Japanese. (Photos to be posted shortly). They will learn more about Sumo wrestling as the year progresses.
Both the Year 3 and 4 students have been very impressive with their Japanese reading skills. They can recognise many of the 46 characters and are beginning to read simple, familiar words. Congratulations!
Middle primary students can name several animals in Japanese, especially the 12 animals of the Oriental Zodiac. These students really enjoyed using traditional ink and brushes to copy the calligraphy for the "Year of the Sheep" and learning about the traits of each animal. They have conducted a survey on popular pets and have lovingly described their own pet in Japanese. Their favourite videos are below.