Getting to school Many children walk to school with a walking bus. This means that they meet at the same place everyday and all walk to school together. The children often wave and say hello to people they know on their way to school. They wear helmets and carry their things in small rucksacks on their backs. Many children cycle to school as bikes are very popular in Japan. How do you get to school? Do you see anyone you know on the way?
Primary School At the start of every lesson a child makes a special announcement. They announce the beginning of the lesson, and then everybody bows to the teacher. The teacher bows back, then the class is ready to start. Bowing is a very polite thing to do in Japan. It is a way of showing respect for other people.
Reading and Writing Japanese children have a lot to learn when it comes to reading and writing – they use three alphabets! Kanji is a beautiful but very complicated form of writing. There are over 2000 symbols! Hiragana is a more simple alphabet and Katakana is used only for foreign words. Would you like to learn to read or write Japanese? Could you write your name?
School Dinners anyone? School children in Japan serve lunch to each other. Children take it in turns to serve their friends at school. Would you like to do this for your friends? Where do you eat lunch? The children in the photos that are wearing facemasks are doing so because they have a cold. These facemasks are used to stop spreading illnesses like colds and flu.
Cleaning!These children are cleaning the school after lunch. The children work together in groups to keep their school clean. Do you think this looks like hard work, or does it look fun? Would you like to clean your school? Do you think that if you did clean the school building, that would change the way you treat it?