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 will begin each day with a “Wake Up / Shake Up”. There will also be other opportunities for PE during the course of the week.
In Art, each week students are set a series of activities that are connected week-to-week and continue to improve their skills in Art & Design. In Year 3, students are using their creative skills to experiment and play with art materials in a variety of innovative and interesting ways. In Year 4, students will be using nature as a stimulus to research artists and adapt their observational drawing skills. In Year 5, students are adapting their understanding of perspective and architecture. In Year 6, students will practice and refine their portraiture drawing skills. In Year 7 and 8, students will be exploring a topic or theme by collecting ideas, researching artists and creating art pieces inspired by what they have found. These will be set via Teams, with all demonstrations and details accessible through a single document. Opportunities to touch base with their teacher will be available and the opportunity to take their time to create high-quality pieces will be available. We’ll also have competitions and links available to further art activities students can complete at home.
In Drama, during this summer term, the show will go on! Children are going to look, at all levels, at the work of a certain William Shakespeare. There are so many rich resources for students to work on relating to Shakespeare and the work will support the key stage 2 and 3 national curriculum standards relating to speaking and listening, as well as foster a greater understanding of the themes found in Shakespeare’s plays.
I hope that we can create a practical/creative outcome as well as more online learning outcomes, which include understanding the plot of a play, gaining an insight into the characters in the stories and also the themes that can be found across the three plays.
- Year 3 and 4 will be studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- Year 5 and 6 will be studying Romeo and Juliet.
- Year 7 and 8 will be studying The Tempest.
In Music lessons this term;
- Years 3 and 4 will be continuing their rhythm work this term. They will be able to access pre-recorded lessons guiding them through making their own instruments from household items, learning new rhythms utilising their notation skills with Year 4 looking at aspects of both African Drumming and Samba Music.
- Year 5 will continue with their notation work on the recorder. They will be learning new songs each week and will have a live lesson on rotation every three weeks. For the weeks that they don’t have a live lesson, Year 5 can access pre-recorded lessons in their Music Teams. We will also be looking at programme music, in particular The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and studying how to create a story within music.
- Year 6 will be continuing with their live music lessons, learning the clarinet/flute/trombone or trumpet. Each week pupils will be introduced to a new note/rhythm/piece and will be asked to practise each day in between lessons to help make progress and enjoy practical music-making.
Years 7 and 8 will explore how different composers manage to paint vivid pictures of different landscapes and environments through their music. A focus on the different musical elements will allow pupils to discover the musical tricks behind successful programmatic writing and put these into practice in their own original compositions. The lessons will utilise a mixture of listening tasks, workshop ideas, research and individualised feedback on a rotational basis.
Children will receive these 1:1 sessions via Microsoft Teams during normal school hours. You will be sent an email from your peripatetic teacher with an invite to join the Microsoft Teams session at an agreed time. You/your named adult carer will then join the session with your child at the start of the allotted time. Your child’s peripatetic teacher will email you a document outlining our guidance which you must read prior to any lessons taking place.
- Sessions must only take place if you/your named adult carer are present and sighted with your child.
- Sessions will be recorded on Microsoft Teams, both to safeguard your child, you/your named adult carer, and the session facilitator. By agreeing to participate in each session, you give your consent to the recording of the session.
- Your child’s peri teacher will notify your child’s class teacher the day of your child’s planned session, including time and duration at the beginning of each week. You will be required to email confirmation to the peri teacher that you ‘have read and understood this protocol’ prior to taking part in the first session.
During the Summer Term, which is usually dedicated to cricket, athletics and tennis, our committed PE and Games staff 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, as well as an appreciation of the wider sporting world.
Each year group will be invited to join either a morning “wake up – shake up” session on an afternoon activity session led by a member of the PE team. We’ll also be taking a close look at the technical and tactical aspects of our chosen sports. Each week we’ll be breaking skills down to their fundamentals and how we can fine-tune our technique from the comfort of our own home.
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.