Monday, 28 September 2015

FAST FACTS: Junior High School in Japan

Junior high schools in Japan teach students from Year 7 to Year 9 who are approximately 12-15 years of age. Teachers generally teach only one of the three grade levels. Thus both students and teachers acquire a sense of community in their grade, and students view themselves as part of a home-room class. The teachers, not the students, move between classrooms. This helps maximize learning time.

During Year 7, students study the properties of substances and their reactions, characteristics and measurement of force, plant and animal ecology, and the solar system. During Year 8, the curriculum covers atoms and molecules and their influence on chemical reactions, electrical circuits, cellular processes and microscopic organisms, and the mechanisms involved in weather changes. By the end of Year 9, students have studied the interrelationship of motion, energy and work, ions and ionic substances, ecology, photosynthesis and big-organic processes, and rock types and geologic formations. Scientific observation, laboratory experiments, and fieldwork are part of the curriculum at all levels.

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