WIDE AWAKE LEARNING

Classes, tutorials, workshops for 7-11yrs

our 7-11yrs timetable

7 to 11 timetable
Scroll down for individual class details. Download a pdf of our TIMETABLE

Flexible learning. 

Students choose which days they wish to study with us. They can choose full days or half days.

Click on one of the days below to find out more. 

What, no Fridays? Nope. We think Fridays are best enjoyed wandering in the woods, having picnics, making music, riding horses,  going to the cinema, skateboarding, peering in rock pools, trampolining, lazing in a field, making jam… What do your Fridays look like? 

meet our teachers

Angie has a MA in Later Medieval Studies and has worked for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London as a teacher in their pioneering therapeutic educational provision. In home-ed circles she’s known as Asteroid Angie for her fun, hands-on science sessions. 

Sean is a BA (Hons) graduate in Psychology & Sociology with Media and Cultural Studies. He taught English in South Korea before studying a MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at the University of Leeds. He has taught in three primary schools in North Lincolnshire.

Mexico-based artist and teacher. Verity studied fine art in London, then studied dance and narrative therapy, and led experimental drawing workshops in Mexico. Currently studying art therapy and focused on alternative education and learning difficulties. In her free time, enjoys walking, birdwatching, drawing and dancing.

Hannah is an English Literature graduate from Oxford Brookes University with a passion for writing. She has volunteered at Gatehouse Soup Kitchen and raised funds for schools with Childreach International, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Hannah now lives in Ludlow enjoys attending a local writing group and activities such as yoga and theater.

Lindsay loves the outdoors and has practiced and taught yoga for many years. She has a PGCE in English and Drama, and has taught in Northumbria, Kendal, Leeds, Guatemala, and Portugal. Lindsay is also a trained birth and postnatal Doula, and created Birth Positively and Mindful Mamas to support new mothers. She lives on the wild coastline of the Costa Vicentina natural park in Portugal and enjoys cold water dips and trekking.

Alice was homeschooled from age five, excelled in creative arts, and obtained GCSE-level qualifications by age thirteen. She is two-thirds through a BA in English Literature and plans to complete a Musical Theatre diploma. Alice champions hands-on and youth-led activities and hosted a virtual creative writing course for 11-16-year-olds with over 500 applicants per session.

Mondays

10-10:25am. Start the day gently with yoga and other fun exercises followed by a short meditation. The check-in gives everyone the opportunity to share how they are feeling and any news they may have.  

10:25-11:20am. Developing reading and writing skills is really important at this age. We make it fun and creative by embedding it into Humanities Classes based on the topic chosen by the children. Each topic lasts for a half-term. 

11:35-12:30pm.  Maths is such an important skill that we make sure we have two teachers in this class to help the students get lots of one-to-one support. Each child learns at a pace that suits them with plenty of help when needed. 

1:55-2:50pm. Our Crafts and Wellness Class on Mondays is a space for children to learn creative tools for wellbeing. Using craft-based and meditative exercises that allow time for reflection and a space to express thoughts and feelings.

3:05-4pm.  Our cooking classes are often student-led, with plenty of support from the teacher. Ingredients lists are sent out the week before and often we get time to eat our delicious food together at the end of the class.  This class is a joint class (at the student’s request) with the 11-14yrs group.

3:05-4pm.  Visual Arts with our Mexico-City resident artist Verity. We’re inspired by the topic and each child is supported to find their unique expression. This class is a joint class (at the student’s request) with the 11-14yrs group.

Tuesdays

10-10:25am. Start the day gently with yoga and other fun exercises followed by a short meditation. The check-in gives everyone the opportunity to share how they are feeling and any news they may have. 

10:25-11:20am.  Developing reading and writing skills is really important at this age. We make it fun and creative by embedding it into our learning about the topic chosen by the children. Each topic lasts for a half-term. 

11:35-12:30pm. Maths is such an important skill that we make sure we have two teachers in this class to help the students get lots of one-to-one support. Each child learns at a pace that suits them with plenty of help when needed. 

1:30-1:55pm. We come back together after lunch with gentle, fun exercises followed by a short meditation. The check-in gives everyone the opportunity to come back together and have a chat before getting back to work. 

1:55-2:50pm. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). We all process information differently and using an arts-based teaching format can help to engage visual, auditory, kinesthetic learners. STEAM is all about sparking learning with hands-on activities and allowing the freedom of creativity in often rigidly hard science fields.
STEAM education is not about hand-holding. In a STEAM curriculum, kids are given room to think, evaluate, and determine how to best achieve their goals and complete projects. The results are not to be measured simply by success or failure; instead it’s the way of thinking that they learned while completing the projects that matters most. By working in learning environments that offer minimal risk, the idea that making mistakes is okay and that failure can be productive is encourage and reinforced. Along the way, learners go at their own pace and skill level; they can spend time with beginning foundations or challenge themselves by working with complex concepts.

3:05-4pm. We link our art sessions to the topic that the children have chosen, experimenting with a variety of art forms: sculpture, sketching, modelling, painting and printing whilst using a variety of media. We also look at the work of famous artists from different genres, art in nature and traditional art forms of cultures around the world as we learn about and appreciate other traditions and beliefs, express our understanding of the world around us, and educate and share with others what we know and what we have learned in our topics.

Wednesdays

Wednesdays are fun and enjoyable. I think Students Decide is brilliant as we get to decide as a group what we'd like to do and work together to achieve it.
Connor
Student

10-10:25am. Start the day gently with yoga and other fun exercises followed by a short meditation. The check-in gives everyone the opportunity to share how they are feeling and any news they may have. 

10:25-11:20am. Developing reading and writing skills is really important at this age. We make it fun and creative by embedding it into our learning about the topic chosen by the children. Each topic lasts for a half-term. 

11:35-12:30pm. Students experiment with performance, role-play and many fun aspects of Drama.  This links with Film and Photography where they learn about different genres, composition, lighting, styles and techniques and are supported to find their own way. We also look learn about editing images and videos. 

own way. They also learn about editing images and videos. 

1:30-1:55pm. We come back together after lunch with gentle, fun exercises followed by a short meditation. The check-in gives everyone the opportunity to come back together and have a chat before getting back to work. 

1:55-2:50pm.

The students decide together which books to study in Literature. They submit options, we read the first three pages together and then decide on a book to read over the following weeks. We pre-read pages at home and in class we discuss the themes, characters, and events and connect to our own lives and the world we live in. A beautiful element of this class are the stories that students share about themselves that relate to the book we are reading.

*Our homework is usually optional, however the reading at home is a necessary part of this class. 

3:05-4pm. Our ‘students decide’ sessions are an opportunity for students to study something different. Students receive a budget and are supported to decide together what they want to learn about and, if necessary, to find qualified, experienced people to work with them. 

Thursdays

10-10:25am. Start the day gently with yoga and other fun exercises followed by a short meditation. The check-in gives everyone the opportunity to share how they are feeling and any news they may have. 

10:25-11:20am. The creative arts not only cultivate children’s imaginations, so that they become more flexible and inventive thinkers, but also help to develop their physical, emotional, and mental capabilities.
During these sessions we have been learning to become more creative and visual thinkers, using our inventive minds and tapping into our imaginations as we think about the world around us.

We link our art sessions to the topic that the children have chosen, experimenting with a variety of art forms: sculpture, sketching, modelling, painting and printing whilst using a variety of media. We also look at the work of famous artists from different genres, art in nature and traditional art forms of cultures around the world as we learn about and appreciate other traditions and beliefs, express our understanding of the world around us, and educate and share with others what we know and what we have learned in our topics.

11:35-12:30pm. Developing reading and writing skills is really important at this age. We make it fun and creative by embedding it into our learning about the topic chosen by the children. Each topic lasts for a half-term. 

1:30-1:55pm. We come back together after lunch with gentle, fun exercises followed by a short meditation. The check-in gives everyone the opportunity to come back together and have a chat before getting back to work. 

1:55-2:50pm. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). We all process information differently and using an arts-based teaching format can help to engage visual, auditory, kinesthetic learners. STEAM is all about sparking learning with hands-on activities and allowing the freedom of creativity in often rigidly hard science fields.

3:05-4pm. We decide together what to learn about from the worlds of Music, Drama, Theatre, Craft and Dance. We create solo and group performances, use technology to record and edit our work. We study the history of the performing arts, make our own instruments, learn vocal skills and much more…

Democratic Meeting

The whole community is invited to participate in the weekly democratic meeting. 

This is currently held on Mondays, 5 to 5:30pm.

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