Masae-sensei (Ms. Masae) is the Japanese teacher at Tecoma Primary School. Students from Foundation to Grade 6 participate in a 45-minute session each week. Our Japanese program encourages students to learn the language through a wide range of activities such as songs, games, speaking sessions, reading quizzes, cooking, cultural demonstrations, writing hiragana, origami, artistic expression, listening games and collaborative activities.

Term 3

In term 3, students are going to learn the Japanese language through two units. All Tecoma students are invited to watch the short videos created by year 6 students in Tokyo.  Year 5 and 6 students will have an authentic opportunity to interact with those Japanese students both in Japanese and English!   


Unit ‘Weather Report’ – Students are going to learn words related to weather and feel-like temperature through singing and actions. They are to continue to develop their reading skills of Kanji numbers.  

Unit ‘Days of the week’ – This unit is to help the students learn about Kanji characters that convey meaning through the shapes related to real-life objects. 

Year 1 and 2

Unit ‘Cafe’ – Students are going to learn a dialogue involving shop-specific phrases, ordering food and drinks, and Japanese currency.   

Unit ‘Vending Machine’ – This unit is to help students learn about the unique Japanese culture around vending machines. They will have an opportunity to design their own vending machine using Japanese writing!

Year 3 and 4

Unit ‘Sports KURABU’ – Students are to learn about popular sports in Japan and compare those with Australia. They are going to make an inquiry about the sports clubs they are interested in and respond to the answers (reactions) in Japanese.   

Unit ‘Hiragana Belt Challenge’ – This fun and intensive Hiragana recognition challenge aims to help students earn their belt certificates in Hiragana Dojo!

Year 5 and 6

Unit ‘School Events’ – Students are going to have a language exchange with Year 6 students who live in Tokyo. They can revise comments for praise and encouragement. The students are also going to learn typing in Japanese and how to use Japanese dictionaries. 

Unit ‘Japanese Amazing Race’ – Students are to brush up on their problem-solving skills and Japanese skills through the weekly missions. Those missions involve all the macro skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking in Japanese.