Japanese

Subject Intent: 

The Japanese department seeks to develop ambitious and resilient linguists who recognise their common humanity and strive to gain inter-cultural understanding and respect. We aim to provide an understanding of Japanese characters in a range of themes (Identities, Education, Town, Holidays, Leisure, Healthy living) which enables students to communicate effectively in authentic situations on their exchange visits and prepared for the challenges of developing the language at a higher level in KS4 and the Sixth Form. We intend develop our students to be inquisitive and curious about the culture, knowledgeable and understanding, open-minded and courageous as they personally develop through their learning of Japanese.

Subject Implementation: 

The Japanese department uses an array of strategies to engage students and tackle the five key skills of Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Translation in KS3. Through the different themes, students will be exposed gradually to different grammatical elements and a range of characters. We use regular 10 point testing and mini tests to build memory, flipped learning to give students ownership, interactive competitions to engage, and group and pair work to build team work and communication skills. Our implementation goes beyond the classroom walls and is enriched through a wealth of extracurricular activities both in school through clinics and enrichment days and overseas through our extensive visits programme connecting communities in Japan. 

Subject Impact: 

We strive for our students to be able to demonstrate a broad vocabulary in the topics we have studied, an understanding of key Kanji characters. Students will show progress in the 5 skills, Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Translation through their individual flight paths. However, our impact goes far beyond data as our students will show intercultural understanding and build relationships with peers overseas. 

The percentage of students in KS3 meeting expected targets in 2018 were 28% working on track for their target and 17% were on track to exceed their target. 

 

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