Contact Us Sitemap

JFL Japanese Scheme of Work for primary schools - JSOW

JFL Japanese Scheme of Work for primary schools

JSOW is based on The National Curriculum in England, 2013 and consists of tasks of A1 level, provided by JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education, which was developed by the Japan Foundation in 2010, based on the concept Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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.

Feedback for JSOW:

"I just wanted to let you know that I taught my first Japanese lesson yesterday to Year 5 children. They loved it and so did I! I used the Japan Foundation Scheme of Work and it was really easy to use. The sound files were such a help to me and the children." - Catherine Rodrigues, St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary

"It looks fantastic as do all the other resources online from the Japan Foundation.Thank you so much." – Caroline Buxton, MFL Teacher

"The lesson was really amazing and fab!" – Pupil, St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary

How to Download: Click the title of each Section to download the relevant files. Files include Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and Smart Notebook files.

Please note: This resource is still in its draft phase. Updates will be made periodically

If you encounter any technical issues using these resources, or wish to give any other feedback, please contact and let us know.

Year 3

Section Content
Introduction Acknowledgements, Introduction, Glossary
Unit1 - Konnichiwa! (Hi!) Greetings, Japanese alphabet, saying your name, numbers, saying your age
Unit 2 Omedetoo! (Congratulations!) Reading/writing names in Japanese, making greetings cards with origami
Unit 3 Uta to Geemu(Songs and games) Japanese songs, games, numbers and abacus
Unit 4 Iro to Karada (Colours and Body) Colours in Japanese, Ukiyo-e, “Head, shoulders, knees and toes”, fukuwarai
Unit 5 Ookii Kabu (The Enormous Turnip) Animals in Japanese, colours and sizes, action words in Japanese, performing a play
Unit 6 Tabemono to Kenkoo (Food and Health) Vegetables in Japanese, the life cycle of plants, Japanese breakfast, healthy eating Obentoo.

Year 4

Section Content
Introduction Acknowledgements, Introduction, Glossary
Unit 7 Trip to Japan Japanese cities, weather and transportation
Unit 8 Red Demon Cried (Japanese story) Japanese stories, feelings
Unit 9 Suupaamaaketto (Supermarket) Food, Money, Numbers
Unit 10 Supootsu (Sport) Japanese sports, Verbs
Unit 11 Doobutsu (Animals) Animals (Animals in Japanese, Onomatopoeia, Habitat)
Unit 12 Nihon no Tenki (Climate in Japan) Japanese climate, Adjectives
Text Size: | A | A | A | A

Nihongo Corner