During this period of online learning we are as keen as ever to ensure that students receive as broad an experience as possible, accepting of the given limitations.
With an inrease 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 students 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.
For Preparatory students, this will be delivered through regular timetables and through specific projects which will be on the students’ homework grids.
Games and P.E
During the Summer Term which is usually dedicated to Athletics and Cricket, our committed Games and PE team will offer a broad and balanced curriculum.
It will encourage students 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.
The PE and games lessons will not only look at the skills required to compete in athletic events but look to enhance the physical attributes of our students to enable them to run faster, jump higher and throw further.
Cricket skills and drills will also be on offer as we introduce, coach and develop the students remotely.
Cognita Home Games
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 students 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.
Inspiring Futures Programme
Designed for Year 11 students, this is a brand new Summer term programme designed to develop and deliver a unique curriculum experience. It is stimulating, challenging and purposeful and can be delivered using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous teaching
- To frame it around the research and information that exists about the knowledge, skills and understanding that employers are looking for from our students.
- To take advantage of being a schools’ group both in the UK and beyond.
- To be bold and ambitious and draw on the expertise of external partners.
- To include opportunities for experiencing the next stages of learning via A level taster sessions.
The Year 11 programme is made up of three mandatory strands and four optional strands.
• As part of our Inspiring Futures programme we have sourced an online careers platform called Xello
• Designed to help students from Year 7 through to Year 13 to explore career options in a systematic and creative way
2) Communication: Debate Mate
• The purpose of this work will be to help students develop their communication skills, as well as gain the confidence to present and speak in public. The final session will be an online live debate amongst schools within the group
3) A-Level Taster
• The purpose of this programme is to allow students to experience the content of an A-Level subject at introductory standard
• A Level taster subjects will be led by one expert per subject across the UK schools
• The exact subjects to be available will be determined by student feedback
• Each student will choose 3 subjects to sample over a 4 week period
• Each subject will be delivered over 3 sessions per week. Therefore each student will undertake 9 sessions of taster sessions each week.
• At the end of the four weeks, each student will be able to either choose up to another 3 subjects to sample or stay with the same 3 subjects or carry on with a mixture of both.
• All students opting for this strand will select a creativity project area from one of the following areas:
- Art (Sculpture/Painting/Drawing)
- Film (Animation/Documentary
- Theatre (Written & Filmed Monologue
- Music (Composition/Performance
- Creative Writing (Fiction/Script)Mixed Media (select a group from the list above that is the best fit)
The programme will be launched via video and supported by subject specialists (mentors).
Students can work individually or can collaborate with others to produce a piece of work that they are willing to share with others online. If working collaboratively this should be no more than three students.
2) Emotional Intelligence
The purpose of this strand is to enable students to develop their sense of responsibility, empathy, self-awareness and resilience. Students will be supported to reflect on a variety of life skills linked to Emotional Intelligence, including:
• Self-management and self- awareness – How can I recognise my own emotions and control impulsive feelings and behaviours? How can I manage my emotions in healthy ways, take initiative, follow through on commitments, and adapt to changing circumstances?
• Social awareness – How can I develop my capacity for empathy? How can I pick up on emotional cues, feel comfortable socially, and recognise the power dynamics in a group?
• Relationship management – How can enhanced emotional intelligence help me maintain strong and
healthy relationships? How can self-awareness and social awareness help me communicate more effectively? Students will create an Emotional Intelligence journal, reflecting on their emotional well-being and setting their own goals to enhance their capacity of empathy, their ability to control impulsive reactions, or their flexibility and resilience.
3) Leadership: Professional social networking
Students will work at creating an on-line portfolio including a Twitter handle, set up and manage a LinkedIn profile and will create a professional quality blog about their time on the programme.
4) Leadership: Women in Leadership
The purpose of this work will be to help students develop their communication skills, as well as gain the confidence to present and speak in public. The final session will be an on-line live debate amongst schools within the group