Aims and our philosophy:

In Japanese we aim to equip our students with the means to excel in a global society where the understanding of another language and of another culture is of paramount importance.  We want our students to be able to form lasting relationships with those from other countries and to understand that international links are invaluable to us in business and in friendship.  In our lessons, we strive to challenge our students, to engage them in stimulating dialogues, to peak their interest and to help them become independent learners.  With our very successful and popular Japanese exchange and our strong links with Japan, we hope to help our students to become global citizens.

KS3 Curriculum:


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Year 7 Carousel





Classroom Objects

Days of the Week




Food and Drink



Leisure Activities



Fee Time and Social Activities


Parts of the Body & Appearances


Adjectives and Opinions


Daily Routine





Over the course of our three year key stage 3 course, our students learn to read and write the hiragana alphabet. They carry out simple conversations in Japanese and they read and write kanji numbers. They explore the world of classroom language and begin building up their vocabulary through topics such as animals, days of the week and birthdays. In Year 8 our students continue to become fluent in hiragana whilst simultaneously learning to recognise katakana and kanji. The students will investigate various Japanese sentence patterns and learn how to use them independently.  In Year 9 our students are formally introduced to katakana and additional kanji. Through such topics as free time, health, daily routine, clothes and shopping, our students develop a deeper understanding of Japanese grammar and sentence structures enabling them to understand and write extended pieces of writing and express their opinions in detail.

KS4 Curriculum:




Controlled assessment:


Paper 1: Listening 23%     Paper 2: Speaking 27%     Paper 3: Reading 23%    Paper 4: Writing 27%


There is no controlled assessment ; this is an exam based subject


Year 10

Year 11


The Natural Environment

Last Weekend

Daily Life


My Home Town

Asking Directions


In the Home

Custom and Special Events

My Future

School Life

Dealing with Problems

Fitness and Health Issues


Students study the GCSE Edexcel specification.  This builds on their knowledge gained in KS3 and enables them to meet new and exciting topics alongside familiar topics which are then explored further and in more depth.  Students continue to gain confidence in all four language skills, increasing their vocabulary base and enabling them to write long essays and read extended texts. We aim to develop a deeper understanding of grammar and the structures that underpin the language as well as learning more kanji and continuing to practise hiragana and katakana.  Our teaching and learning continues to involve a wide range of challenging, fun and engaging activities.  Students are expected to consolidate their learning at home by independently reviewing each lesson and completing all homework.

KS5 curriculum:








AS: 2 hour 45 minute exam which includes a comprehension section, a translation section (Japanese into English) and an essay.

A2: 3 hour exam which includes a comprehension section, a translation section (English into Japanese) and 2 essays (one base on a short story and one based on a city).


There is no coursework option; this is an exam based subject


Year 12

Year 13


Food and Diet

Sport and Exercise

Health Issues

Tourist Information, travel & transport


Pollution and Environmental Activities


Education Policy and Student Issues

The World of Work



Music and Fashion

The same topics taught during Year 12


Customs, Traditions, beliefs and religions

National and international events: past, present and future

Literature and the arts


In our highly challenging AS course we target such areas as grammar, kanji, essay writing, translation and comprehension in great depth. Students are expected to work independently outside the classroom to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of these key areas.  In Year 13 our students focus on the areas such as politics, worldwide issues and religion, customs and traditions. They complete a detailed research project on a Japanese city of their choice and on a novel from Japanese literature. The students are given the opportunity to organise their own trip to Japan to support their research into their chosen Japanese city.

Japanese outside the Classroom:

Hendon students studying GCSE Japanese are offered the chance to participate in our Japanese exchange.  In Year 10, 20 of our students spend nearly 2 weeks in Japan, visiting Tokyo and then spending time with host families in the city of Hamamatsu and attending our sister school, Konan High School.  In March, 20 of the Konan students visit Hendon and our students from Year 9 upwards get a chance to act as hosts.  Our Year 13 students are also given a chance to organise their own trip to Hiroshima in Japan to support their A2 exam. We are furthermore launching new opportunities for independent study outside the classroom through our KS3 independent homework projects.

Members of the Japanese  department:

Ms H. Langsam (Head of Japanese) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms Y. Kidoguchi - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr G. Hall (Head of Year 9) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Miss K. Corso (Head of MFL Faculty) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information, including trip enquiries for current students, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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