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 over time each day 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.
In the Prep School there will be a range of learning opportunities where pupils will be able to engage in creative tasks linked to their topic curriculum. Art lessons, which are based on specific teaching of skills will also be delivered.
The planning of Art and Design topics has been adapted so as to ensure that everyday items that may be around the house, such as recycling materials, may be used. There should be no need for extra materials or tools to be purchased. Each learning task will progress through the research, design and creating process.
In the Senior School, the tasks for Art will be assigned via Microsoft Teams and the students will be asked to evidence their work and upload it after each lesson. The content has been revised to be easily accessible from home without needing to purchase any extra materials or equipment. However, if students already have access to art supplies at home, they are more than welcome to use these in their artwork.
The main focus for all year groups will be exploration through observational drawing and developing their understanding of the formal elements in art. Students will research artists and respond with their own interpretation of the work.
In the Senior School, the tasks for DT will be assigned via Microsoft Teams and the students will be asked to evidence their work and upload it after each lesson. Design Technology will have a focus on key aspects of the design process – market research, analysing products, writing design briefs and specifications as well as developing initial ideas.
The content has been revised to be easily accessible from home without needing to purchase any extra materials or equipment. Students will develop their IT skills through creating a mini portfolio of their work and uploading to Microsoft Teams on a weekly basis. They will also be using a fantastic online programme called TinkerCAD which enables them to create 3D models (some students will need authorisation from parents when setting up their accounts).
Select peripatetic music lessons will continue to be offered through the period of Online Learning. All peripatetic staff that are able to offer online learning will deliver sessions on Microsoft Teams. Sessions will be recorded on Microsoft Teams, both to safeguard the child, and the member of staff. Sessions will only take place during normal school hours and not at weekends.
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 which is usually dedicated to cricket, rounders and athletics, we will continue to cover the core skills linked to each of these sports. Our committed Games and PE staff team will offer a broad and balanced curriculum. It 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.
Daily challenges will be set for the different key stages, allowing all pupils of different ages to remain as active as possible while at home. There will be a weekly lesson that will include a video tutorial guiding the pupils through an activity and the opportunity to feedback with comments, videos or images and group discussions through the PE Channel on Teams.
Pupils will be given a daily log to monitor and track their activity each week while at home and this can be shared with PE staff at the end of each week. Each Key stage will also be given access to a Padlet, which will contain different links, workouts, daily challenges, video tutorials and much more to provide families with different ideas on how to stay active. This will be added to on a regular basis throughout the week.
PE staff will be available during the working day through the PE Teams channel to give guidance and ideas and to respond to any feedback from pupils. The staff are looking forward to seeing how everyone gets on with their daily activity. Staff aim to respond to any questions within 24 hours.
Cognita Home Games
In the absence of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Cognita Home Games 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. Each school will send out further details about how to enter by the beginning of May.
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 three competitions based on the following titles:
- From my window
- Sunshine after the rain
- 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.