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.
Good News stories
Ms Bath has set up a section within Online Learning on the VLE dedicated to sharing Good News stories. In uncertain and anxious times these are uplifting stories of people going the extra mile, cheering on the NHS and generally trying to make the best of this bizarre situation. This global pandemic has brought out the best and worst in people and this section of the VLE is dedicated to celebrating the best with the hope that sharing these stories will encourage and boost the morale of those who read them.
While choir cannot meet together (and online choral singing does not work!), the choir members can continue to practise their songs which can be found in the usual place on the VLE.
Miss Law has created a resource to encourage pupils to complete their recommended daily exercise time, as well as setting challenges to complete, and access to recommended exercise videos. These can be found via the Padlet link on the Sports sections for each class on Online Learning on the VLE.
Cognita Home Olympics
In the absence of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Cognita Home Olympics 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 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. We will send out further details about how to enter by the beginning of May.