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Teaching about Japan

Discussion in 'Primary' started by CB123, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. CB123

    CB123 New commenter

    I am just wondering if anyone has done any teaching on what has happened in Japan. I teach year 4 and they are interesting in what has happened so I am thinking of spending a week on this issue. Just wondering if anyone has found any good, child friendly resources
     
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    Have a look at the newsround site. This has a special report about the disaster in Japan:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_9420000/newsid_9422000/9422065.stm?scope=global&survey=no&surveyname=cbbcnewsround_2010q2&site=cbbcnewsround&url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_9420000/newsid_9422000/9422065.stm&js=no&uid=842ced01c76c111ff82c5e649070e0551b6e35c4f0e070fc7229d3af29b2ec4f
    If you search the teachers section of the Newsround site you'll find other useful resources too.
    Have a look at the geographical Association. It has info for you as well as resources added by teachers and useful weblinks:
    http://www.geography.org.uk/resources/japantsunami/
    These before and after pictures show the devastation:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

    BTW - there was a thread about this topic at the time and a lot of concerns were raised about how the subject is approached with the children. It was, and still is, is a truly distressing event - I'm sure you will handle it sensitively.
     
  3. CB123

    CB123 New commenter

    Thanks
    Ill certainly be looking at the sites you recommend.
    Obviously, sensitivity is vital.
     
  4. ROSIEGIRL

    ROSIEGIRL Established commenter

    I was in the middle of a year 5 unit about Earthquakes when the Christchurch one hit, swiftly followed by the one in Japan.
    I found that the children were initially quite excited - it was as if they suddenly realized that what they'd learned was true!
    When we looked at some of the news photos of what happenened (on the Newsround website for example) they swiftly realized the reality of the situation and they became much quieter and more sensitive in their thoughts and questions.They were also very concerned about whether earthqukes happen in England.
    I think it was valuable for them to see the consequences of what they'd probably thought of as something that only happens in films



     

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