June Japanese class JNL Newsletter

Dear Parents of Grade 2 B

Finally, we finished this academic year! I can tell every student made an effort to improve their Kokugo ability. Students will take a Japanese file home, please look over it and praise them the result of the Japanese learning of this year. I would like to thank you for your support and cooperation for learning Japanese.
During the summer break, all the JNL students have Japanese homework.  Please check it with your children. I hope everyone has a nice summer break.                                                                            Ms. Hayashi
 The Grade2 students read the story “Onigokko”. It is an expository writing. They understand various ways of how to play tag by reading sentences carefully. We tried to play a tag for real, it was really fun! In the topic of “Minnade kimeyou”, they imitated class meeting and they learned how to show their opinion. About learning Kanji, they classified some kanjis into categories like family, subject, weather and color. And…

Term 3 Week 8 Update

This week in maths we have been learning about time. We made our own analogue clocks and started looking at units of time. We used calendars to help us with dates and months. We also learnt that you can use 24 hour time to tell whether it is am or pm, day or night.

For inquiry we have been learning about waste. we have been learning about where waste comes from and how long it takes to biodegrade. We created timelines to show different waste and decomposition times.

In PSPE we have been learning about Volleyball. The first skill we learnt was serving. To serve you have to put the ball in one hand and make a fist with the other then hit the ball up from the bottom. We also learnt how to hit and set the ball.

In language arts we have been reading non fiction texts about our world. We have been learning more about trees and water and using diagrams to get information.

We are also trying to finish our narrative writing and checking we have used figurative language. We are looking forward…

Term 3 Week 7 Update

Yesterday we went to Tokyo Water Science Museum. It is a place that you visit to learn about water. We learnt that water is important because one cup of fresh water takes a lot of time to make. We also learnt that water can we used in different ways, but first it has to be treated.

In language arts we have been reading fictional stories and learning to write narrative stories. Our goal has been to write a clear introduction by describing the setting and characters well. We are also trying to add in figurative language to make our stories interesting.

For ICT we have been learning more about community facilities. We have been using a game to create and manage a city.

In PSPE we have been learning about gymnastics. We have learnt may simple jumps. Like star jump, river jump, rabbit jump and straddle jump. One activity we have also been doing is vault box. We have been rolling on the vault box and jumping over. To jump over it you have to hold on to the edges, push off with you hands and…

May Japanese class JNL Newsletter

Dear Parents of Grade 2 B

Time passes fast. The end of this academic year is getting approaching.
I would like to further to complete the kokugo curriculum steadily.

Here is monthly Japanese class newsletter.
Please enjoy reading it. 
                      Ms. Hayashi

 This month Grade 2 students studied words of the similar meanings and words of the opposite meanings.
Then they read a story “Watashi wa oneesan”. They enjoyed the song appeard in the story and thinking about the feelings of an elder sister. Also we enjoyed reading poems “ Tenohira o taiyouni” from their textbook. There is a well known song of that poem, we sang that song lively. The next topic was “Yousu o arawasu kotoba”. They learned about onomatopoeia and mimetic words. It is one of the Japanese characteristics. At the topic “Mitakoto Kanjitakoto”, they enjoyed reading poems from their textbook and thinking poems frankly. We have a short time for practice kanji every class. They worked hard to practice kanji, try to get the h…

Term 3 Week 5 Update

This week in ICT we have been making our own communities. We chose a map and we added facilities the residents would need. We also set a tax price and got taxes from the residents. When we ran out of money we had to restart. One interesting thing we could do was create natural disasters. For example floods, earthquakes, wild fires and more.

In inquiry we have been writing about the jobs we have done in school. We first chose a job, then did the job and later this week we will present them to the class. For example being a librarian or teaching the Year 1 students.

In math some of us have been using our fractions knowledge to answer word problems. We had to read the question carefully, look for the key words and numbers and write equations to solve the problem. For example we used division and multiplication.

For Japanese some of us have been learning about families. We learned to name the members, Kanji and describe their likes and interests. We then posted our reflection on Seesaw. I…

Term 3 Week 4 Update

For music we began preparing for the showcase at the end of the year. We plan to learn three songs and just started learning two. The songs are about keeping the environment safe. For example one is called "A Bad Situation" the other is called "Protect Our Rainforests".

In inquiry we are learning about communities and ways we can help in our school. We thought of ways to help and chose a job to do around the school. For example helping the ELC students or school nurse.

In PSPE we have been learning about basketball. We learnt the skills needed to play basketball. For example passing different ways, shooting and dribbling.

For math we have learning about fractions. Fractions are parts of a whole and link to division and multiplication. We have been shading shapes and finding fractions of a set. We also learnt some new vocabulary. For example half, third, quarter, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth.

In language arts we are getting better at inferring and …

April Japanese class JNL Newsletter

Dear Parents of Grade 2 B
We started term 3 at new school building excitedly! Fortunately we have a Japanese classroom again.  Every students are so happy!! I appreciate your continuedunderstanding and cooperation. And now, we have a Golden Week! I hope everyone will have a nice break. (JNL students have a kanji practice as usual homework.)
Here is monthly Japanese class newsletter.  Please enjoy reading it.                                      Ms. Hayashi

 Continued from last term, the Grade 2 students made a story at the topic of “Ohanashi no sakusha ni narou”. They wrote their story thinking each scene. Their story was funny for example, a bug go to school for the first time or a bug visit grandma’s house to celebrate birthday or a bug got angry because the tree stared at him. It was fun to think about own story! They also enjoyed drawing illustrations for their story and reading them each other. Every student made a great effort to finish this work and their work looks pretty good. They alre…