For the remainder of 2017, preps will be investigating the basic needs of plants and animals and learning the Japanese vocabulary to match. Students will also learn how to talk about the weather in Japanese and the effects of different types of weather. The focus in Term 4 will be on investigating what things are made of and why? For example, why milk bottles are plastic and why a saucepan is metal.
During term 3 students will learn about sound and light; how we can sense and measure it and its sources. In Chemical Science, students will describe how some things change over time and will use time expressions in Japanese to construct simple sentences. We will also consider how living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves.
During term 3 students will be learning about the parts of plants and becoming fluent in describing the external features of plants in Japanese. We will study the life cycle of plants including the role of bees and will explore how all living things depend on each other and the environment to survive. In Term 4 students will conduct a range of experiments to measure the physical properties of a range of materials and use results to help decide the best material for a particular task.
In Term 3, students will learn about adaptations of plants and animals that help them to survive in their environment. We will revise grammatical structures used in previous years to describe the features of plants and animals and extend these sentences to include more information. In Term 4, students will investigate reversible changes, such as melting or freezing and irreversible changes, such as burning and rusting. They will again extend Japanese sentence structures learned previously about describing changes, to include more details.
Preps this term will finish learning about their senses and then commence a unit on physical science and the way objects move. They are currently learning how to say parts of the body in Japanese and are familiar with classroom instructions and greetings in Japanese.
Year 1/2s are investigating the external features of plant and animals and will learn a vocabulary list to describe these features in Japanese. Students will learn how to construct Japanese sentences using the structures “This is a ~.” and “There is/It has ~.”
Year 3/4s will conduct experiments around forces, in particular friction, gravity and magnetic forces. They will connect nouns to verbs to describe actions taking place in the experiments and will consolidate Japanese numbers up to 100 to take measurements.
Year 5/6s are focussing on electrical circuits. The first half of the term will be devoted to learning the fundamentals of constructing simple circuits then students will use their knowledge to design an electrical device in the second half of the term. The language focus will be on describing what circuits can do using nouns and verbs and students will write a short description in Japanese on their design to conclude.
The Preps will be getting used to Japanese greetings and classroom instructions and learning language through games, songs and stories. They will be using their senses to conduct science experiments and activities.
Year 1/2s are learning about how materials can be combined for particular purposes and different types of mixtures. They can ask for things in Japanese and are fluent in all greetings and niceties associated with Japanese especially in a shop situation.
Year 3/4s are investigating the Earth, Moon and Sun system and how day and night are created. They will learn how to combine nouns and verbs to make simple sentences in Japanese as well as extending their vocabulary.
Year 5/6s will study solids, liquids and gases and learn how to construct sentences that describe a change taking place.
With our visit from our Japanese exchange students and their participation in the classroom, the relevance for the Japanese language will become more apparent for students. Our relationship with our Japanese sister school will also be maintained.