Japan Foundation Scheme of Work for Primary Schools

Since September 2014, it has become compulsory for maintained primary schools in England to teach a foreign language of their choosing to Key Stage 2 pupils. In response to this, the Japan Foundation launched the Primary Japanese Campaign, in order to support primary schools and teachers offering, or aspiring to offer, Japanese language lessons for their pupils. One part of this support has been the creation of Japan Foundation Scheme of Work (JFSOW) for Key Stage 2.

JSOW’s language tasks are based on tangible ‘Can-do’ activities rather than an analytical approach. As the teaching methodology is different to secondary education, this scheme of work will provide a good base for further language study, whether pupils carry on studying Japanese in secondary school, or even if they start studying a new language from scratch as part of their secondary education. The teaching resources also include authentic materials and lots of cultural items.

The portfolio provides assessment and aims to promote autonomous learning among pupils.

Have you used the JFSOW for Y3, either as a whole, or just some sections? We would love to know what you thought about it, so we have made this short questionnaire to hear your feedback...

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