In 2009 French was the focus and now 2010 students are learning Japanese.
Year 7/8 students are working to develop learning Japanese as a Second Language within the school. Each week the Year 7/8 students have had a one hour session that incorporates oral discussions, listening exercises, writing using the Japanese script.
During this time we have also been looking at cultural links that have highlighted some of the differences and similarities between the Japanese culture and other cultures and languages around the world.
The children are enjoying learning an Asian language especially learning to write using the Japanese script (Hiragana). Learning a Second language has enormous benefits to children at the Y7/8 level, it can help strengthen first language learning, it helps develop an appreciation for other languages and cultures around the world as well as developing an enthusiasm for learning a language in later years at college and university.