WIDE AWAKE LEARNING

Classes, tutorials, workshops for 7-11yrs

timetable overview

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Flexible learning. 

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

 

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. They will be developing their skills in observing, measuring, and communicating as we move through the chosen topics. So far we have been on a journey through the Solar System, found out what our own planet is made of, watched the effect of gravity and air resistance on Earth and then on the Moon – and we saved an Eggnaut from a perilous landing on Mars!

Our Science sessions have also taken us on a journey into our past to look at inheritance and variation, following Darwin on his fantastical voyage around the world, collecting our own specimens and creating herbariums that would impress even Attenborough, recreating fossils and dinosaur footprints, becoming fossil hunters, looking at the rock cycle and building an erupting volcano, eating edible meteorites, and using lego creations as we continue our work on evolution and adaptation. We cannot wait to get hands on and start finding out with you all as we start our next topics. Where might we end up next?

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

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. They will be developing their skills in observing, measuring, and communicating as we move through the chosen topics. So far we have been on a journey through the Solar System, found out what our own planet is made of, watched the effect of gravity and air resistance on Earth and then on the Moon – and we saved an Eggnaut from a perilous landing on Mars!

3:05-4pm. Our Science sessions have also taken us on a journey into our past to look at inheritance and variation, following Darwin on his fantastical voyage around the world, collecting our own specimens and creating herbariums that would impress even Attenborough, recreating fossils and dinosaur footprints, becoming fossil hunters, looking at the rock cycle and building an erupting volcano, eating edible meteorites, and using lego creations as we continue our work on evolution and adaptation. We cannot wait to get hands on and start finding out with you all as we start our next topics. Where might we end up next?

Fridays

We’re cooking up new exciting classes for Fridays, starting after Easter 2021. Watch this space…

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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