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 allocating time each day to a variety of learning activities. These will be initiated by their class teachers and will continue to cover the curriculum, although in a more collaborative and creative format. These activities may include projects, cross-curricular activities, independent research and art.
All Forms will be including art based activities and assignments either as a separate lesson, cross-curricular or project based. Form V and Form VI will continue to receive their specialist weekly art lessons led by Mrs Morton-Hart through MST live. The arts are crucial in providing an outlet to creativity and will also be used to explore wellbeing and mental health.
Pupils who receive peripatetic lessons can contact the school to continue their learning with Mr Abbott or contact Miss Brooks directly. In the event of a clash with other lessons or activities, your child’s one-to-one lesson should take priority.
Music & Drama
We are ever hopeful we will return to school before the end of term and therefore will continue to learn songs for the production with the older pupils revising scripts. Mrs Roome will create performance skills activities for pupils to engage with during the lockdown period.
Games and PE
During the Summer Term, staff will continue to plan and suggest activities that will encourage pupils to complete their recommended daily exercise either as a family or individually. These activities may include an activity in the garden, following a suggested link or an activity to be completed inside. It is perfectly acceptable to include a daily dog walk or a family initiated activity such as a bike ride. We are proud to be able to offer some Zumba sessions led by Miss Fox-Hammond and yoga sessions led by Miss Tobin.
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 18-22nd. 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. We will send out further details about how to enter by the beginning of May.
‘Our House’ will be coming soon, offering a collection of extracurricular activities that the pupils may wish to access. This will include a range of activities suitable for all ages such as story-telling, outside activities/nature trails, cookery sessions, Zumba sessions, yoga, science experiments, maths challenges and many more, all led by Oxford House Staff. These will be found on the school webpage.
Oxford House 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 school community. 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:
- From my window
- Sunshine after the rain
- Thank you
- Recycling for a better world
The launch date, further details and results of each competition will be shared on the school newsletter; as well as within the wider Cognita community.
More information will be provided as the term progresses.