Back To School

For more details on how we are preparing for a safe return to school this September, read our Back to School Guide.

During this period of online learning, we are as keen as ever to ensure that pupils receive as broad an experience as possible, accepting the given limitations. With a potential increase in the amount of time spent on screens and devices, it will be even more vital to build time into the day for fresh air, exercise and other enriching activities. With this in mind, we plan to enable all pupils to strike a healthy balance, by giving overtime each week to a range of types of learning. These will be led by their normal teachers and will continue to cover the curriculum required by these subjects, although in a more collaborative and creative format.

The arts

The Creative Arts Team have created a series of interlinked assignments incorporating Art, Design & Technology, Music and Drama. Year 3 will be working on a timeline project, Year 4 will be working with puppets, Year 5 will have a Wind in the Willows focus and Years 6 to 8 will be looking at film making.

The tasks will be set using Microsoft Teams and evidence throughout the project collected and uploaded by the pupils. Any making activities have been designed so that they can use everyday items you may have around the house (eg. Recycling junk) or have alternatives so there will be no need for extra materials/tools to be purchased. Each task will progress through research, design and making, with corresponding compilation and performance stages. Each programme also incorporates the development of IT skills and will link to other wider academic and co-curricular aspects of school life.

Performing arts lessons

My Lycett and Mr Walker are continuing to offer their guitar and piano lessons. They will be in touch with relevant parents regarding the opportunities for these lessons within the working week. These lessons will occur through Microsoft Teams.

In the event of a clash with other lessons or activities, your child’s one-to-one lesson should take priority.

Games and PE

During the Summer Term, our committed Games and PE staff team will offer a broad and balanced curriculum. They will encourage pupils to complete their recommended daily exercise time, as well as imparting knowledge and a greater understanding of these sports alongside an appreciation of the wider sporting world. Many of you will already have seen the videos being produced and undertaken the Challenges involved. Feel free to share your successes with us!

Cognita Home Olympics

In the absence of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Cognita Home Olympics will be a great way of connecting, competing and celebrating through physical endeavour. All schools will be invited to participate in these games in the week of May 18th – 22nd. The Games will start with an opening ceremony and the Cognita Creed. Each day will include one fitness and one skill event for every age group (including parents!) for 4 days, with the closing ceremony and results announced on the 5th day. The standards will be circulated at the end of April giving pupils and families the chance to train for their selected events, and examples might include things like the plank or juggling! It will be an opportunity to represent themselves, their schools and their countries with passion and pride and enjoy the way sport can bring our global community together to be happier and healthier. Each school will send out further details about how to enter by the beginning of May.

Activity sessions

For those pupils missing their regular chess sessions, we are looking at options with Mr Ghasi. Please let Mr Honey know if your child would be keen to re-commence the regular chess club. In a similar way, if there is a desire from parents to keep the elocution sessions going, we can discuss options with Miss Fahey.

Competitions

With every Cognita school in the family now educating their pupils online, Cognita Competitions are a series of optional pupil competitions, designed to provide our pupils with an opportunity to connect and share their creative flair across the organisation. We want to celebrate their work and use it to reinforce the importance of our global perspective and relationships. There will be a series of four competitions based on the following titles:

  1. From my window
  2. Sunshine after the rain
  3. Thank you

Results of each competition will be shared on the Cognita Online Community and the school/pupil will be contacted directly to present their prize from the individual competition judge. More information will be provided as the term progresses.

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