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1 IX Japanese School life and Culture The course of study defines five types of school events.
‡@Ceremonial events ‡AEvents concerned with arts ‡BEvents concerned with health/safety/physical education
‡CEvents such as a school trip/collective lodging
‡DEvents concerned with labor service or volunteer
iSpecial activities ¨‡W|49j
2 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Primary school entrance ceremony (admission of new 1st grade students), April 2004
‡APrimary school entrance ceremony (principalfs speech) , April 2004
‡BPrimary school entrance ceremony (the introduction of homeroom teachers) , April 2004
‡CLower secondary school entrance ceremony, April 2005
The school draws a line between the beginning and the ending of events, activities, and classes, etc.
3 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@The start of an opening ceremony for the new term ‡ASinging the school song
‡B‡CA speech from the principal
In the beginning of ceremonies students usually sing a school song and the national anthem, and the principal or vice makes a speech.
4 IX Japanese School life and Culture The morning assembly and vice-principalfs speech
5 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@‡A Departure from the school
‡B Aquarium, ‡C Prefectural office, ‡D Eating lunch, ‡E Returning to school, ‡F‡G‡H Aquarium (Students in a group are moving and watching during the school excursion), ‡I Prefectural office, ‡J Prefectural office (an explanation with video), ‡K Prefectural office (prefectural parliament)
The students are asked to be punctual during assemblies and departures. Though school excursions students deepen their understanding of community characteristics and modern society.
6 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@School gate
‡AOpening ceremony for Sports Dayi1st gradej
‡BCheering performance
‡CTeam sports
All the students join in Sports Day activities (Undokai).
7 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Footrace (1st grade)
‡ALunch with students and their family in the school yard
‡BPlaying a tug of war joined by studentsf parents (5-6th grade students and their parents)
‡CClosing ceremony
Not only students but also parents and members of the community (including kindergarten infants) and senior citizens participate in the sports activities.
8 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Students are divided into male/female groups in each grade. Students race in this groups.
‡AThe race course extends to areas outside of the school premises.
‡BParents are cheering on and supporting their children.
‡CTeachers are recording the time and place at the finish line.
‡DStudents are practicing in recess before the marathon race.
9 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Departure from the school
‡AClimbing a mountain
‡BArrival at a Youth House (a Youth House ¨‡V|25,26,27,28,29)
‡CMeeting to introduce the rules for the use of the Youth House
‡DCandle fire ceremony
Youth houses (for teenagers) and juvenile houses (for children) set up as social educational facilities are often used for school activities.
10 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Departure from the school, ‡AVisitation at the Diet building, ‡BVisitation at the Ship Museum
‡CArrival at an inn, ‡DEating dinner at the inn
‡EPreparation for sleep
Students are taught group discipline while they inspect social facilities and equipment.
11 IX Japanese School life and Culture A medical check-up is carried out every year for all students. These pictures show the medical check-up for children who are entering this primary school next Spring.
‡@Explanation at gymnasium
‡AOphthalmology checkup
‡BDental checkup
Daily health consultations and care for the injured and ill are carried out in health care rooms.
12 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@At the end of an evening meeting, there is an announcement that a big earthquake has occurred. Students place themselves under desks, and begin to flee after the earthquake subsides. 6th grade
‡A‡Bhomeroom teachers lead students to the schoolyard. ‡C A homeroom teacher is doing a roll call.
‡DSwimming with cloths on
Teachers pay close attention to student safety in their school life.
13 IX Japanese School life and Culture A primary and lower secondary concert is held by the Municipal Board of Education.
14 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@A speech by the principal
‡AA farewell speech to a teacher who is taking maternity leave
15 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@‡AGraduation ceremony at a primary school
‡B‡CGraduation ceremony at a lower secondary schoolb
The graduation ceremony is the biggest all school events. It illustrates the characteristics of school life by encouraging studentsf parents to participate in the event.
16 IX Japanese School life and Culture Teachers are responsible not only for instruction of subjects, but also for various types of student guidance.
17 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@The time schedule for a morning meeting, ‡AMorning song sung by the students, 4th grade
‡BA hygiene check up, 4th grade, ‡CA hygiene check note
‡DA one minute speech by the students, 4th grade
‡EA hygiene check up, 6th grade
18 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@A science class at the science room
‡APreparation for a science class
Before teaching a class teachers prepare well with teaching aids and experimental equipment.
19 IX Japanese School life and Culture Teachers devise their teaching approach. Teachers teach students in a friendly manner. A teacher prepares a lesson plan.
‡@Arithmetic, 5th grade, January 2005
‡AArithmetic, 1st grade, December 2003
20 IX Japanese School life and Culture It is necessary for teachers to utilize various teaching aids and a computer. Teachers prepare various devices for use as teaching aids.
‡@Blackboard, science, 6th grade, December 2003
‡AScissors, drawing & handcraft, 3rd grade, December 2003
‡BComputer, the period of integrated study, 6th grade, December 2003
‡CMusical instrument, Music, 6th grade, December 2003
21 IX Japanese School life and Culture A long recess (between 2nd and 3rd periods) and a recess after lunch is usually 20 minutes long, so students can play in the school-yard. Teachers will participate with the playing groups and are vigilant about safety.
‡@The teacher is playing with students.
‡AThe teacher is watching studentsf play.
22 IX Japanese School life and Culture In the course of study it is explained that desirable habits should be developed among students through and during the school lunch programs.
‡@The teacher is helping students serve meals. ‡AThe teacher is checking clearing.
23 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@‡AHaving lunch with students
‡BBrushing teeth with students
At lunch time the teachers take their meals together with the students of their classes. School lunch periods are regarded as an educational activity.
24 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@‡ATeachers are helping students with cleaning.
25 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Time schedule for an evening meeting
‡AInformation from a student responsible for tasks
‡BGreeting
26 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Student guidance meeting, February 2004
‡AClass hour, December 2003
‡BA teacher at her own desk in the teacherfs room, February 2005
‡CTeachers still at school. December 2003
In each Japanese school there are teacherfs rooms where teachersf desks are arranged. At their desks teachers prepare for teaching subjects and other educational programs. Educational counseling is also conducted in these rooms. Teachersf meetings are also held in the teachers rooms.
27 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@‡A July 2004 ‡BTeachersf desks in classrooms, 4th grade February 2005
‡CChecking studentsf notebooks at at a teacherfs desk in her classroom, Arithmetic 2nd grade, December 2003
28 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@A homeroom teacher is cautioning a student who is talking with his friend in class.. 2nd grade, November 2004
‡ATeachers are examining the cause of trouble between students from different grades. 1st and 4th grade, January 2005
‡BTeachers are directing students in the teachersf room. 6th grade, February 2005
iGuidance meeting ¨‡X|38j
A home room teacher takes charge of educational counseling. For students guidance teachers provide academic and life guidance.
29 IX Japanese School life and Culture Teachers and students share the same time table in a class room. Students not only study and perform tasks given by teachers, but also derive their own pleasure and meaning from the activities.
30 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Going to school in a group, November 2004, ‡A Going to school in a group, December 2003, ‡B Going to school in a group, February 2005,
‡CStoring their own bags in a fixed place, 5th grade, November 2004
‡DA list of students who will go to school together made by gKodomokaih
Students learn about group discipline and safety by going to school in a group.
31 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@A pair of students are chairing a morning meeting, 4th grade, January 2005
‡AInformation from a student responsible for tasks, 4th grade, February 2005
‡BOne minute speech by students, 4th grade, February 2005
‡CCollecting money for gthe Children Bankh, December 2003
‡D6th grade students handing a birthday card to their homeroom teacher, 4th grade, February 2005
iClass activities, Group activities, Day duty ¨‡X|7`9j
32 IX Japanese School life and Culture A student is responsible for checking the hygiene of classmates
‡@A student who is responsible for hygiene takes a hygiene check note from a nursefs office before the morning meeting.
‡AHygiene check in the morning meeting
‡BReturning the health check note to nursefs office
i Class activities, Group activities, Day duty ¨‡X|7`9j
33 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Preparation for a Physical Education class, 5th grade, Physical education, December 2003
‡AMoving from a homeroom to aScience room, 6th grade, December 2003
34 IX Japanese School life and Culture Students sometimes show a relaxed attitude during class hour.
‡@Going up to the shelf (in the cleaning time), 3rd grade, December 2003
‡AA thread is tangled in a sewing machine (in the home Economics class), 5th grade, November 2004
‡BWhat is he thinking about ? (in a meeting before going home) , 6th grade, September 2004
‡C Writing graffiti (in handcraft class), 3rd grade, December 2003
35 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Dodge ball, December 2003
‡AJungle gym, December 2003
In addition to a scheduled lengthy recess, students also have five minute intervals between classes.
36 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Making use of recycled tires and a horizontal bar, December 2003
‡ARecycle cans, December 2003
37 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Hula-Hoop, December 2003
‡AHorizontal bar with an assisting tool (left side) & Unicycle, December 2003
‡BUnicycles are equipped at school
38 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@On a school outing involving a mixed age group activity, November 2004 ( ¨V|15-19)
‡A During the school lunch hour, 6th grade, December 2003
‡B During the morning, February 2005
‡C During an outdoor study hour, November 2004
‡D After a discussion to decide what mixed age group activity will be planned for a school trip.
39 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Laying tablemats, 1st grade, December 2003
‡AWearing a mask and washing hands, 1st grade, December 2003
‡BBrushing teeth after lunch, 1st grade, December 2003
‡CSticking a lunch seal for lunch participation after lunch, 1st grade, December 2003
40 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Taking an Assistant English Teacher to a class, 1st grade, November 2004
‡ARemoving a speck of dust from the eye, November 2004
‡BReturning to teaching facilities after a class, January 2005
41 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@ Preparation for going home, 1st grade, December 2003
‡A Putting on a jacket, 6th grade, December 2003
‡B The class leader for the day is announcing some information, 6th grade, December 2003
‡C Homeroom teacherfs speech, 1st grade, December 2003
42 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Wearing a yellow hat for safety, December 2003
‡ATaking craft work back home, December 2003
‡BGoing home in a group, December 2003
43 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@‡A‡BJuku (supplementary private school/cram school)
‡A Play dodge ball games organized by the dodge ball club.
After school many students commute to a cram school (Juku) and learn such skills as playing the piano and the violin, dancing and writing calligraphy. Some students learn such sports as soccer, baseball, kendo and judo in a youth sports club on weekends. (The five-day week system was fully implemented from2002. )
44 IX Japanese School life and Culture In school life, students are trained to develop social behavioral skills, particularly group discipline and a sense of solidarity to the community and the state. On the other hand, they also taught to recognize their own individuality through assuming individual roles and responsibilities.
45 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Physical education class, 4th grade, November 2003
‡ADrawing & handcraft class, 3rd grade, December 2003
‡BScience class, 4th grade, December 2003
‡CPerformance after school lunch, 6th grade, December 2003
‡DEntrance ceremony, April 2004
46 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Line up before the opening ceremony, 3rd grade, September 2004
‡ASchool excursion at an inn where the students stayed, 6th grade, November 2004
‡BOutdoor study (the period of integrated study), 4th grade, October 2004
‡CAfter closing ceremony, 3rd grade, July 2004 /td>
47 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Desk, chair and school bag, 4th grade, January 2005
‡APrivate bag, 4th grade, January 2005
‡BSchool lunch bag, 4th grade, January 2005
‡CSubmission of homework, 4th grade, January 2005
48 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Preparation for Physical Education, 5th grade, December 2003
‡APreparation for school lunch, 6th grade, December 2003
‡BClearing in Physical Education, 4th grade, November 2003
‡CClearing at Entrance Ceremony, April 2004
All the students help with preparations and clearing-up during and after class and school events.
49 IX Japanese School life and Culture School lunch bags with an apron and coif are hung on the wall. Students wear an apron and a coif when itfs their turn to serve lunch. When they finish their task for the week, they wash their apron and coif, and hand them to the next students who will be responsible for the task.
‡@Going to school with a school lunch bag on Monday morning
‡A‡BSchool lunch bags on the wall, ‡C Going home with a school lunch bag on Friday
50 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Checking reading homework, ‡AStudents are recording their assigned jobs anytime after they finish them, 4th grade, January 2005, ‡BStudents responsible for hygiene check ups for a class record student attendance every morning, 4th grade, February 2005,
‡CStudents responsible for hygiene check ups for a class record attendance of students for every morning, 3rd grade, November 2004
Students record in turn student names for reading books, job assignments and attendance. They are accustomed to such responsibilities for record keeping. Students are responsible for attendance and general hygiene checks.
51 IX Japanese School life and Culture Students usually change their shoes inside and outside of school.
‡@In school students wear indoor shoes.
‡A‡CComputer room
‡B‡DMusic room
52 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Eating lunch sitting in a chair, 1st grade, December 2003
‡AUsing chopsticks, 6th grade, December 2003
‡BDrinking a bowl of soup, 6th grade, December 2003
53 IX Japanese School life and Culture The division of tasks between students at school lunch time makes it possible for students to have lunch regularly: a group of students are responsible for serving lunch, while another group arranges desks and chairs for lunch. They take turns for these tasks.
‡@Putting on a apron and a coif. ‡ACarrying school lunch container to the homeroom. ‡BDistributing the school lunch. ‡CReturning the school lunch containers to the school lunch room.
Students who are not involved in the tasks.
‡DArranging desks. ‡EWashing hands. ‡FLining up to receive school lunch. ‡GReturning the dishes.
54 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@School lunch menus for a month, ‡ASchool lunch with bread, ‡BSchool lunch with rice
‡CSchool lunch is delivered from the school lunch center by truck everyday.
‡D Students who by exception are permitted to bring a box lunch from home. (left side), 1st grade
The nutritional balance and calories are considered in the lunch contents.
ithe school lunch law ¨‡U|43j
55 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Moving desks and chairs.
‡AStudents are sweeping the homeroom with a broom and students are wiping the floor with a damp cloth.
Cleaning the school is done by all the students. It is considered to be one of the educational activities.
56 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@A homeroom teacher is helping with homeroom cleaning. 1st grade, ‡ACorridor, ‡BGymnasium, ‡CSchool yard, ‡DLavatory, ‡EEntrance, ‡F‡GTurn table of cleaning areas.
57 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Planting flower seedlings in a planter, 1-6th grade, November 2004
‡ARoof gardens on top of the school building, June 2005
‡BSmall salmon will be later released at the mouth of the river, May 2005
‡CSnails, July 2004 ‡DChickens
All the programs are related to life and the natural environment.
58 IX Japanese School life and Culture Around the blackboard: These are pictures of the blackboard in front of class and around the blackboard. The date and the names of students who have duties on that day are written at the bottom right corner of the blackboard and are updated daily (‡A). Posters of monthly goals, the slogan of the class (‡@), time schedule (‡@), the names of students in charge of retrieving and serving lunch from the kitchen, and the lunch menu are posted on the right side of the blackboard (‡C), these are ways to communicate with the students. Cards for a morning meeting (‡@‡B), the meeting at the end of the day, and the names of the students who have duties on that day enable students to know what their roles are for the day. The posters around the blackboard are mainly about what students need to do in their daily school life, and what the teachers want to let the students know, and therefore the space is used more as a bulletin boardas compared with other spaces in the classroom.
It is also one of students cooperative responsibilities to make notice, to make notices, posters and attach these to the blackboard.
59 IX Japanese School life and Culture The side walls and back walls in the homeroom: A rotary figure with the name of the students and pictures shows who is in charge of particular class tasks. Students take turns in cleaning different areas in their classrooms and school s(‡C). The school lunch newsletter, the grade newsletter, and the school newsletter are made by non homeroom teachers.
In addition to these, there are special student creations in the classes (Japanese calligraphy (‡@), drawing (‡A‡B), handcraft (‡A‡B), and compositions), and the contents relate to the students individually.
60 IX Japanese School life and Culture Hallway: There are signs at the entrance of each classroom. The grade, classroom number and name of home room teacher are written on the sign(‡B). Signs for emergency exits and emergency goods are also visible(‡C). Social topics are written on posters, lunch news and childrenfs newspapers on the wall. In addition to grade news and health news, notices and introduction of activities at grade units, such as the period of integrated study and (international understanding, welfare activities) school trip are visible.
‡@5th grade June 2004 ‡A6th grade November 2004
‡B,‡CDecember 2003
61 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@A nurse treats a studentfs injury, December 2003
‡AA nurse counsels a student, December 2003
‡BA bed with curtains, February 2005
‡CHealth check records, February 2005
‡DBulletin board on the side of the nursefs office door
Every school has a nursefs office.
62 IX Japanese School life and Culture At school events, both boys and girls serve as student representatives. In classrooms boys and girls sit side by side. In a group study activity boys and girls do the same work.
‡@Entrance ceremony for new 1st grade students, April 2004, ‡AAthletic Meeting, 1st grade, September 2004
‡BHome Economics, 5th grade, November 2004, ‡CMoral Education, 4th grade November 2004
‡DSchool Lunch, 1st grade, July 2004
63 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Team teaching by a homeroom teacher and nurse teacher, 4th grade, November 2004, ‡AStudy with students work, 4th grade, November 2004, ‡BWatching a video program, 4th grade, November 2004, ‡CRemarks, 4th grade, November 2004, ‡DA notice from the principal to the studentsf parents. <>br 1st grade ¢Clean body£(1st semester), 2nd grade ¢The secret of the navel£(3rd semester), 3rd grade ¢My birth£(3rd semester), 4th grade ¢Changes into an adult body£(2nd semester), 5th grade ¢Birth of new life£(1st semester), 6th grade ¢Letfs learn about AIDS£(2nd semester), (based on ga guide book for sex educationhiPrefectural Board of Education))
64 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Posters: A survey of studentsf favorite game and color
‡APosters: A survey of studentsf favorite subject and lesson
‡BPosters: gWhat will you do in the summer vacation?h
‡CPosters: gDo you have a meal three times a day?h and gDo you play outside?h
‡DPosters: A survey of studentsf favorite sports and animals
65 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@Gym suits (in primary school, September 2004)
‡AStudents wear school uniforms (in an elementary school attached to a national university, March 2005)
‡BStudents wear school uniforms (in a lower secondary school, April 2005)
‡CStudents wear school uniforms (in a six-year secondary school, October 2004)
66 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@School emblem (primary school)
‡ASchool emblem and school song (school pamphlet, primary schoolj
‡B‡CSchool song (primary school)
‡DPrefectural flag, National flag and School emblem (six-year secondary school)
Every school has its own emblem and song. By using the school emblem and song, students nurture their love for and attachment to their school.
67 IX Japanese School life and Culture
68 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@‡AThe national flag and the school emblem flag
‡ASchool clock
69 IX Japanese School life and Culture Graduates donate memorials to their school.
‡@The lyrics of the school song are carved on a stone monument
‡ATiles made by the graduates
70 IX Japanese School life and Culture An English lesson by an AET (Assistant English Teacher): AETs are employed by the Board of Education in each city.
‡@‡AAn AET reviews the last lesson
‡BAn AET employs an English card game.
‡CWith an AET after class
71 IX Japanese School life and Culture Posters and newspapers which are sent by various external organizations are posted in school areas .
72 IX Japanese School life and Culture ‡@In-service training within own schoolFclass visit by teachers and reflection meeting (Physical education, 4th grade, November 2003)
‡AIn-service training within own schoolFclass visit by teachers and reflection meeting (Moral education, 1st grade, March 2005)
‡BIn-service training within own schoolFTeachers from several schools gather with lesson plans and discuss them. A guidance director from prefectural training center joins in at the request of teachers. (Japanese language teachers of several elementary schools and lower secondary schools November 2004)
In-service training and study meetings for teachers are conducted quite often.
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