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The new school term has started! 新学期が始まりました!

It's winter time and the students at Nishi Elementary School are finally back to school! Having spent 2 weeks of winter vacation, they are all recharged and ready for the last term of this school year! The English teachers prepared their much-needed icebreaker class to start the term. Students were able to share about how they spent their winter vacation.  The ALTs were amazed at the Japanese culture and traditions that were shared by the students. 
They also played games like Karuta, Memory game and Pyramid Cup game. 
Finally, the students listed down their hopes for this year. This activity made them feel hopeful and positive for this year ahead.
As this school year approaches its end, we, teachers at Nishi Elementary School commit ourselves to continue nurturing the growth of our students in all aspects. Happy new year everyone!

冬も深まり、ようやく西小学校の子どもたちが学校に帰ってきました。2週間という冬休みですが、子どもたちは3学期に向けてしっかり休み、準備ができている様子です。英語の先生達は新学期のアイスブレイクの授業を準備しました。子どもたちは、それぞれどのように冬休みを過ごしたか共有することができました。ALTの先生達は、子どもたちの話しを聞いて、日本の文化や伝統を知ることができて驚いていました。

子どもたちは、カルタ、メモリーゲーム、ピラミッドカップゲームをししました。

さらに、今年の抱負を書きました。この活動は子どもたちに、希望や前向きな考えを感じさせるものとなりました。

今年度も終わりに近づき、西小学校の先生は、あらゆる面で児童を育んでいきたいと考えています。あけましておめでとうございます!

The ICT Lessons

    In today’s world, it is necessary and a lot helpful to use technology especially when it comes to education. That is why the students at Nishi Elementary School embraced the technological advancements that are made available to them like their tablets/Chromebook. The students have been using their tablets/Chromebooks in their different subjects including English.
    The English team (JTE, 2 ALTs and Japanese teacher aide) have made their classes even more fun by integrating technology in their lessons. Students have been enjoying playing educational online games that make them master English concepts all the more. In the initial stage of using the tablets, the students used them for their reading activities and final output presentation. For the reading activities, they use their tablets to check and improve their pronunciation of English words and sentences. It was challenging and a great learning activity for the grade six students. The grades five and six students also make use of the Powerpoint application to present their final outputs in front of their classmates. They learned more about changing the font styles and animations through this activity and just recently, the English team has introduced educational online games that the students truly love. They compete with each other online by answering different English questions related to their lessons. They also do some QR code activities that let them scan QR codes scattered in and around the classroom using the camera of their chromebooks to acquire information and English concepts that they need. This make their mastery level higher while at the same time have fun in their English classes.

    Students’ life is undoubtedly challenging. However, with the help of technology like the internet and tablets, their learning journey is made easier and more profound. Having these in mind, the English team of Nishi Elementary School commit themselves to making their English classes ever exciting and never boring!

Happy Halloween

Nishi Elementary School’s “Spooktacular” Halloween!


Nishi Elementary School students celebrated Halloween with fun and interesting activities last Friday, October 29, 2021. The JTE, ALTs and Japanese English Support prepared exciting games that the students enjoyed.

Upon entering the English classroom, students were in awe of the colorful Halloween decorations that made them feel the happy Halloween vibes. They sang and danced Halloween songs as a fun warmup. They learned different Halloween-related words backed with illustrations. Surprisingly, a lot of students are familiar with some words already! The students played Memory Game, “What’s In The Box?”, and Frog VS. Spider Game. Classes were divided into groups so they can all enjoy the activities simultaneously. Students had a great time playing the games and they were very happy to get cute and colorful stickers as prizes!

As for the schoolwide activity, all students made and drew on their own origami pumpkin in various colors. They were taught to say the popular expression during Halloween season, "Trick or Treat!". As a treat, each student was given cute Halloween cards!

To cap off the Halloween special class, the students showed their creativity and artistic side by drawing their own monsters and coloring Halloween posters. The Halloween celebration was filled with fun and laughter and the students along with their teachers felt so happy about the opportunity to celebrate this spectacular event together!