WIDE AWAKE LEARNING

Classes, tutorials, workshops for 7-11yrs

timetable overview

Scroll down for individual class details. Download a pdf of our TIMETABLE here.

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. 

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 our learning about the topic chosen by the children. Each topic lasts for a half-term. 

11:35-12:30pm. The students can chose either French or Spanish. We use a playful, practical approach to learning languages that includes learning about culture. Students are more motivated to learn the language when they learn about the culture too as it brings the language to life and celebrates diversity. They also learn grammar step-by-step and develop their listening, speaking and writing skills.

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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. We learn about culture, history, philosophy, religion, and geography, all rooted in the topic chosen by the children. 

3:05-4pm. A combination of Visual Arts and Drama/Finding Your Voice. Inspired by the topic with support for each child to find their unique expression. 

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. Everyone has something unique to say and when encouraged to write about that, writing flows from even the most reticent writer. The students can write about whatever they like in the form of poems, magazines, stories, diary entries or articles. The class begins with an introduction exploring an aspect of storytelling, e.g. how to make readers laugh, how to build a character, plot construction, different genres of fiction…
Then the students write about something connected to this or not, as it is their choice! Feedback is always given on work handed in, and it is always positive and encouraging!

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.
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 study different genres, composition, lighting, and many styles and techniques and are supported to find their 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. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) 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.

Fridays

We aren’t running any 7-11yrs classes on Friday at the moment. 

Democratic Meeting

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

This is currently held on Mondays, 6-7pm.

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