During this period of online learning, we are as keen as ever to ensure that students 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 students to strike a healthy balance, by giving over time each day to a range of types of learning.
Our committed Games and PE staff 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 Department will be asking students to create vlogs of how they are keeping healthy during lockdown. Further, PE staff are available during regular PE lessons for students to drop-in and discuss any concerns they have with their online learning.
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 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. We will send out further details about how to enter by the beginning of May.
The Friday Enrichment programme is still operational but has been adapted to a virtual environment. Students will be provided with a link to sign up to the various activities on offer – this will take place on the first Friday back, with the programme starting the following week. During enrichment time, students are to attend MS Teams as normal and the teacher running the enrichment will direct them to relevant activities and sites etc.
With every Cognita school in the family now educating their students online, Cognita Competitions are a series of optional pupil competitions, designed to provide our students 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
- Thank you
- Recycling for a better world
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.