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 overtime 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.
Our staff will continue to provide Spanish, Languages, Music and Art provision which will be built into the timetable over a period of time. The tasks will be set either using Microsoft Teams or Seesaw depending on the school year group.
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.
Tasks may include research, design and making, with corresponding compilation and performances where deemed necessary by teaching staff. There will be some cross-curricular links and skills involved in some tasks.
The following Peripatetic Music Teachers will be continuing to provide Individual Music Lessons via the Microsoft Teams platform from the second week of the summer term:
•Emma Robinson –Piano & Violin
•Sam Durham -Drums
•Jerry Harrison -Guitar
•Craig Patterson -Brass
•Caroline Patterson -Voice
•Jane McNeill -Flute
•Joanna Davis -Piano
You will receive a notification via Microsoft Teams that a lesson has been scheduled which will also appear in the calendar within the Teams App.
In the event of a clash with other lessons or activities, your child’s one-to-one lesson should take priority.
During the Summer Term, our committed Games and PE staff team will offer a broad and balanced curriculum. It will encourage pupils to complete their recommended daily exercise time, as well as imparting knowledge and a greater understanding of these sports alongside an appreciation of the wider sporting world.
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 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. Each school will send out further details about how to enter by the beginning of May.
The Spirit of Duncombe is an exclusive enrichment programme developed and created by Team Duncombe.
The programme consists a range of masterclasses, including creative writing sessions, with our Patron of Reading Alice Hemming, children’s author Mo O’Hara reading from her series of books, testing your sporting skills with our talented PE and Games team and baking alongside Cynthia Stroud BEM, a professional baker and a parent at Duncombe.
Visit the webpage for more details and find out how to take part in the Spirit of Duncombe Exhibition.