INTERNATIONAL SATURDAY SCHOOL
10am - 4pm
At International School Hamamatsu UCAN2, our Saturday program is designed to emulate a school day in America or Australia or any English-speaking school. It is immersion in English. Our program is an IMMERSION program. In Japan where English is not the main language in which classes are taught at school, it makes it very difficult for those who have been overseas to keep the English level they have attained. We aim to not only allow them to keep the level they have achieved, but to improve on it in the most natural way possible. That is to teach to their level in English using great resources and great teachers. We have five levels of classes.
Our youngest class is designed for very young learners, from 3 years old to about 7. Some of the students have been overseas or learned English from an International kindergarten elsewhere or have had some experience through English learning. It focuses on whole language learning while giving emphasis to the sounds of language using phonics teaching. Interesting passages, songs, games and activities help our students learn about the world in English. All subjects are taught, English, drama, math, science, social studies and more.
Our two intermediate classes are for those who are young and have spent time overseas or for those who have never been overseas but have studied English for a few years and are at an Eiken level of 4 or above.
We have two Advanced level classes, one for those who are still in upper elementary school or early junior high school and the other for those at upper junior high and above. Many of our students in these classes have attained Eiken level 2, Pre 1 and 1. We cater to their level.
4歳 ～ １8歳まで
From 2020, we have incorporated the fantastic all-encompassing National Geographic texts, Reach Higher and Reach for the Stars. Each class has their level and appropriate content fit just for them. All these texts have an ONLINE component which allows students to listen and practice at home during the week. It also allows the teachers to see how they are progressing.
Social Studies 社会
Global Studies 国際理解
Arts and Crafts 美術
Library and literature 本の読み聞かせ
We have a private Facebook page only by invitation where videos of presentations and other class activities are uploaded for parents to see their children in action, almost in real time! These are uploaded almost each week.
Communicating With Parents and Students
Each student has a Zoom Chat group with teachers as well as the whole class. Each week the homework is uploaded on to the chat group, so students and parents know what to do.
Students also upload and send a photo of their diary or other written homework, privately to the teacher for correction.
Once a month, there is an oral reading test which students upload audio recordings of.
There is always a good flow of communication between students and teachers.
Our curriculum encourages students to think for themselves, but with particular emphasis on asking questions, forming hypotheses and researching and trying to find their own answers.
The next block of photos depicts our students deep in such a conundrum and trying yo use their critical thinking skills as well as excellent teamwork to find the solution to a conservation math problem posed to them. One of the teams did succeed in finding the correct answer and it was not by chance, but by mathematical calculation once they figured out how!
Oral presentations are encouraged each week from all class levels.
Such practice gives children the skills to develop confidence in both speaking in front of others as well as in the English language itself.
Show & Tell
At the beginning of each Saturday lesson, students have the opportunity to show and explain something they treasure or are interested in at the time. It’s a very popular time of the lesson!
Zoom lessons during Coronavirus lockdown
Our students were not only enthusiastic participants in 6 hour Zoom lesson weeks, but came out with even more confidence than before!
Our Daily Schedule
10.00 We go to our classroom. There are 5 classes this year in 2022:
Koalas K-Gr1 level
Dolphins Gr 2-3 level
Redback Spiders (yes, they are dangerous!) Gr3-5 level
Bluebottle Jellyfish Gr 5-6 Level
Irukandji Junior High and above and using secondary level texts
12.00 International lunch
13:00 Games and interaction
13:30 Presentations; performances; sports at Naruko Kindy gym
14:45 Return to classroom for another study session and homework correction
16.00 Song and farewell greeting and off back to Japan
Masterpieces on Display
The following are from our advanced classes where they made and presented brochures on destinations and Posters depicting the need to be aware of the dangers of microorganisms in food and general health of the individual.
Italy - pizza, pasta, risotto
Mexico - burritos, tacos, guacamole
Australia - pies, BBQ, make own sandwiches
USA - hamburgers, fries
India - curry, naan
Thailand - pad thai noodles
Great Britain - fish & chips
Brazil - coxinhas, Portuguese chicken
Asian - fried rice, chicken and cashew nuts, dumplings
Mediterranean - kebabs, felafel, pita
Greece - fried calamari, moussaka
Austria - schnitzel
Kenya - karanga
Hungary - goulash
Latvia - seasoned meatballs in gravy
France - mustard chicken with potato gratin, quiche
Switzerland - cheese fondue followed by a delicious chocolate fountain
Christmas - roast chicken, gravy and veges
Halloween - black and orange food!
and much more
Ball and Co-ordination games
and more recently with COVID -19 restrictions having to wear masks, we are gaining flexibility and strength through Yoga. Arne is a true master!