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. We will post these challenges on Seesaw for the children to collect.
We are proud of our music and art departments at St Margaret’s and know that these subjects are very popular with many of our children. Mrs Morgan, Mrs Howells and the Class Teachers are keen for the children to continue their art and music education. Tasks will be set using Seesaw or Tapestry depending on the school year and evidence collected through photographs and feedback. Any making activities have been designed so that they can use everyday items you may have around the house (eg. recycling junk) or have alternatives so there will be no need for extra materials/tools to be purchased.
Performing arts lessons
Peripatetic lessons will continue as arranged between parents and peri teachers and these will be delivered on Teams at a mutually agreed time. In the event of a clash with other lessons or activities, your child’s one-to-one lesson should take priority.
Mrs Morgan is keen to ensure that all the children continue to enjoy their music making and the first music task is to make their own instrument! If the technology allows, she would like to see if some music ensembles can be created and this is an aspect that she is working on with the peri teachers.
Games and PE
During this term, our Games staff will offer a weekly challenge to the Prep children that will encourage them to develop a particular skill. Details of this will be posted on Seesaw and there will be plenty of merits for enthusiastic participants. We also encourage them to walk, bike or run daily and to develop their ball skills if space allows.
Pre-Prep and Early Years children are encouraged to continue with the Joe Wicks PE each morning or an equivalent regime if they prefer.
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 18th – 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
- 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.