Curriculum

Makuhari International School follows the objectives from the Japanese Curriculum. However this is only our basis. In reality we expand upon these as well as supplement them with objectives and content from various other curricula. This makes our curriculum extremely rich and diverse, and very international in flavour. It is also important to realise that what we teach and how we teach it are separate concepts. We not only follow the recommend number of 'minimum hours' from the Japanese Ministry of Education, but suppliment this with extra periods to ensure time for consolidation and extension. Extra sessions are also allocated for English and Maths, ensuring that children are taught these key subjects at least once a day. And in Grades 5 and 6 we teach Social Studies not only in English, but repeat this in Japanese. This helps consolidate a subject rich in content and concepts.

All other subjects are taught in English except for Japanese or Japanese Studies. Japanese tends to be studied usually by Japanese Returnee Students whilst Japanese Studies is often a subject for non Japanese children; which covers some Japanese language studies as well as understanding about Japanese culture and traditions. Dual nationality children have the choice (if their spoken Japanese is strong enough) of taking either Japanese or Japanese Studies.

KINDERGARTEN


For the Japanese version of Kindergarten areas of study, please click HERE.

Early Learning Goals Kindergarten Comparisons

Kindergarten includes Kindergarten 1, Kindergarten 2 and Kindergarten 3 classes, with children of ages 3 to 6. We also have a lively Pre-School which runs twice a week for our two year olds. Children in regular Kindergarten have a slightly more flexible curriculum than those in Elementary. Kindergarten 1  finishes at 1.30pm whilst Kindergarten 2 and 3 finish at 3.20pm. The curriculum covers all the Japanese objectives as well as teaching a lot more in addition. These extra  areas are covered under the Early Learning Goals of the U.K. which is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. In this we focus on six key areas, in addition to the objectives taken from the Japanese Kindergarten Curriculum.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development To learn about emotional well- being, knowing who are are, where you fit and and to feel good about yourself. It develops respect for others, social competence and a positive disposition to learn.
Communication, language and literacy This area of learning includes communication, speaking and listening in different situations and for different purposes, being read a wide range of books and reading simple tests and writing for a wide variety of purposes.
Mathematical Development This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shapes, space amd measures. Mathematical understanding should be developed through stories, songs, games and imaginative play, so that children enjoy using and experimenting with numbers, including numbers larger than 10.
Knowledge and Understanding of the world In this area of learning , children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them make sense of the world.This forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, history, geography, and Information and communication technology (ICT).
Physical Development Physical Development in the foundation stage is about improving skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. Physical development has two other very important aspects. It helps children develop confidence in what they do and enables them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active. Effective physical development helps children develop a positive sense of well-being.
Creative Development Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding. This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.

GRADES 1-6


For an official English translation of most Elementary subjects, please click HERE.

Japanese for Native Japanese children OR Japanese Studies for Non-Native children. (Japanese Studies includes simpler Japanese language development as well as learning about Japanese Culture and Traditions.)

Children develop their skills in all the key areas of language development. This includes Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.Children learn book skills through studying and reading a wide range of fiction and non fiction texts including 'Big Books', playscripts and working through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

Mathematics develops the full range of numeracy skills through covering the Japanese objectives through the National Numeracy Framework from the U.K. These focus on the key areas of Number, Shape and Space, Algebra, Measures and Data Handling. Lessons develop strong mental arithmetic skills and compliment these through practical and written acitivities.  

Science includes the properties of materials, energy, nature, light, forces, electricity, life and earth, weather, plants, the body and the solar system. Lessons cover important areas how to work safely and how to perform a 'Fair Test.'  and include a wide  range of practical and written activities using specialist  materials in the Science Room. 

Information Communication Technology help develop the children's skills and understanding in this ever evolving area. Lessons teach basic keyboard skills, the use of key programmes such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint and how to effectively, appropriately and safely use the internet. In full class lessons, we make use of our ICT Room. Children practise their computer skills during the week using class computers.

Personal, Social and Nature Studies include (only for 1st and 2nd grade students) learning about school, their local surroundings, people who help help them, and how to care for nature and living things.

Home Economics (for children in Grades 5-6) develop the children's knowledge and practical skills in dealing with real life situations. This includes the areas of their role in the family, the community, cooking basic daily meals, how to care for clothes and their posessions, and the importance of financial planning and the function of money.

Social Studies develop the childrens understanding of social life, how a peaceful and democratic society works and their responsibility within it. It helps the children foster a love and understanding of this country and the need to help preserve and protect the environment in which they live.

The children develop an understanding of the formative arts through using a wide range of materials. They build an understanding of line, colour, texture and design through studying natural objects and record these observations through first hand observation and design ideas. They consider how one can communicate through art and experiment making creations through various processes including pencil drawing and their control of various tools and techniques. They consider the properties of and importance of using the correct matierials in constructing meaningful objects and how to appropriately evaluate their own and the work of others. 

Physical Education helps develop the children's confidence and abilities in using their bodies. They learn how to move safely in their own and general space and have an awareness for others. Through a wide range of gymnastic skills the children learn how to link actions, body shapes and balances with control and precision. They develop the skills of how to use and move a wide range of PE equipment appropriately appreciate the benefits of teamwork is useful in structured lessons and as a life skill in general. They improve their individual performances through observing, listening and investigating the work of others and understand the importance of maintaining a healthy body through excercise and diet. By involving them in various games they understand the importance and need for rules and tactics for games to be played properly and to a good standard. 

This subject incorporates cross curricular and general learning. It gives children the opportunity to extend and develop further an area or subject in school linking it to work as a group or independent study with people of different ages. Learning takes place through teaching, volunteering, reflection, making presentations, debates, experiments, observations and through research and visits to various public facilities. Typical areas may include International culture, the environment, health, the community, Information Technology and Japanese Culture.

In music our aim (among other things) is to create and build upon a love and sensitivity for music from within Japan but also from around the world.We also cultivate basic musical ability to be able to play various instruments and sing songs skillfully. We expect the children to be able to appreciate and understand the musical elements of tone, rhythm, pace, melody, strength and weakness of stress, rhythm, flow, phrases, etc. that shape music, and become able to understand and explain what one has felt when listening to music.

We look in detail at music from all over the world (as well as Japan), instruments and their characteristics, learning how to play instruments (percussion, harmonicas, recorders, keyboards, guitars and Japanese instruments) as well as understanding more about the elements of harmony and scales. We explore and improve our singing techniques as well as understand and use musical notations.

Creative Studies lessons is a lesson dedicated to the preparation of upcoming school events with a special emphasis on creative thinking and practical development.The children can explore areas including shape, colour, texture and design. At times, this may also include student council activities, elective clubs or even 'house' activities which can provide interesting and competitive activities for students.

Ethics covers both discussion and work on moral issues and how children can contribute and understand more the society in which they live. Children learn the importance of rules and their social responsibility in both the school and wider community.

For more detailed infomation, please contact the school.No school can give complete details of its curriculum via a web site. The school holds a 'Curriculum Evening' every term to inform parents of what school does to educate their children.

Curriculum Hours