Year 1 Japanese - Celebrating the Days of the Week

Our Year 1 students have been studying the unit Peko Peko Watashi (Hungry Me) this term in Japanese. In the spirit of Book Week, students have been learning about a particular mini beast, a world-famous caterpillar well-known to young readers called The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric CarleStudents have been reading the book in the Japanese language, learning about what our caterpillar friend likes to eat on particular days of the week, and reflecting on how the transition from caterpillar to butterfly in the story relates to their own transition from Prep to Year 1 this year.

In terms of the days of the week, the Japanese days of the week are quite different from English:

They are written the same in the Chinese language however are pronounced differently. The first character in the name of each day is a simple concept linked with an elemental force of nature such as fire, wood, water, etc. Each element is also equated to a planet.

The Japanese way is about respecting all non-living and living things. Students have been learning to pay respect and give thanks to the element featured for each day of the week.

Students have learned that:

  • On Sundays, we give thanks to the Sun for providing light and warmth from its rays.
  • On Mondays, we give thanks to the Moon for watching over us as we sleep soundly in our beds.
  • On Tuesdays, we give thanks to Fire for keeping us warm and providing a means for us to cook yummy treats.
  • On Wednesdays, we give thanks to Water, for keeping us clean, hydrated and for allowing us to swim.
  • On Thursdays, we give thanks to Wood, for providing shelter, cool tree houses and a place for our furry friends to rest.
  • On Fridays, we give thanks to Gold, for our Olympic medallists to wear proud and for the jewellery that adorns us.
  • Lastly, on Saturdays, we give thanks to the Earth, for the ground that we play on and for the place where all magical things grow.

The Languages Department is excited to share that for the first time ever in A.B. Paterson College history our Year 1 students were able to cross live to our Honjo-Higashi Senior High School friends in Japan where we shared songs and stories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar via Zoom. Our students could not believe their eyes when they saw so many excited Japanese faces looking back at them in real time! On top of this, our Japanese friends sent us photos on how they celebrate the element of each weekday.

Please enjoy the photos of how Honjo-Higashi students and A.B. Paterson College students celebrate from Sunday – Saturday! 

A massive thank you to Honjo-Higashi Senior High School teachers and students for sharing your passion for languages with us.

Barriga Sensei | Languages Teacher