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Programme Summary

 

There is no ceiling on what we can offer at The Academy.     At present, we’re offering the following topics but perhaps your children have a passion and they’re bursting to learn more about it.     Please let us know!    

 
 

Marvellous Magnetism

In this programme, we will use physics skills to examine magnets, magnetism, compasses and electromagnetism. Undertaking a range of investigations using new physics resources, the students will also write up their work and use videos to learn new concepts. We will identify and describe the distinctive properties of various metals and materials. We will begin by learning to ask scientific questions, to hypothesise, handle equipment and structure and write up investigations.  Students will have the opportunity to follow their own interests in electromagnetism and conduct a practical research project of their choosing.


Sherlock Holmes - Novel Study

“Upon the ground around the body were the footprints of a gigantic hound…”

“I find myself in a very strange and mysterious situation…”

How will Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson solve these fascinating cases?

Use your reading detective skills to solve the mysteries!

Build analytical reading and writing skills through an in-depth novel study based on the stories of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. The children will read the novel, watch movie versions, discuss, compare, research, role-play, analyse and write.


Using a range of STEAM projects chosen for our Academy students, the children will: Research, design, learn about the properties of materials and how to test them, construct, adapt and evaluate to solve real life problems. Having learnt a range of techniques, the children will identify personal topics of interest for their own puppet projects. New topics for Term 2, so returning students are welcome.


In this programme, we will be further developing mental agility through a range of teaching approaches.  Using concrete materials, small groups of children will be taught different strategies to solve mathematical problems.   Children will be taught the five strands in teaching number – number word sequences, numerals, number structures, addition/subtraction and multiplication/division.  We will use hands-on materials such as counting sticks, dice, tens frames, counters, dominos and blank number lines. Programme suitable for new and returning students.


Active Algebra

Over the 8 weeks we will be unpicking the skills needed to really understand and enjoy algebra. We’ll examine how algebra can be useful for practical problem solving and enhance understanding of symbols to represent unknown numbers. There will be many opportunities to ask questions, to think creatively about patterns, graphs and equations.  


Fully French

We will learn high frequency vocabulary and sentences in a fun environment, with the visual support of the teacher's gestures to help with memorising. We will focus on speaking skills and also start writing in French. The other aspect of the course introduces French culture to children, with its famous monuments in Paris, the amazing Châteaux of the Loire Valley, French food and songs. We will prepare basic recipes like crêpes, vinaigrette for salads, all of this while speaking exclusively in French.

 


Building Blocks for Building Buddies is a social development programme which helps children with autism spectrum disorders and related social communication difficulties or other impulsive behaviours or social communication issues . The programme is based on the highly structured, systematic and predictable nature of LEGO play which makes it appealing to children with social communication difficulties who are particularly attracted to systems. In this respect it is also ideal for any children who need help to develop friendships.

This course has a very specific structure, tailored to the particular needs of students.  Programme runs on request.


Super Scientists Strike Again

Do you have an inquisitive child whose vocabulary is mainly made us of ‘who, what, where, why and how’? We are diving into the biological world this term discovering the different habitats, food chains, plants, animals and much more. With a very hands on focus, we do a different investigation each week and learn how to hypothesise, record observations, draw diagrams and form conclusions.

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Write into the Wild too

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Do you LOVE animals? Do you want to learn more about some of the different species? We want to explore the world and find out about all the different types of wildlife and where are their habitats. Will you come on the adventure? We will be heading deep into the jungle or down under the sea to discover all the indigenous creatures where they live! Your job as an explorer is to write and report what you find…

There are many ways in which we write; for instruction, description, work, play and in everyday life. This programme is designed to go back to basics – HOW to write. In this tremendously technological age, the art of writing is being lost. This programme will provide children with the skills to manually write and to develop their vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation by engaging them with a common and popular interest…animals!


Write into History

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Building historical knowledge and developing writing skills on how ancient civilisations lived. Bringing history & inquiry alive through writing with fascinating artefacts, books & e-learning.

In this programme we will discover the hidden secrets of Ancient Egypt/Greece/Rome, the Aztecs or the Vikings through easy to access books, stories, hands-on artefacts, videos, websites and articles. We will learn about the history of the pyramids, temples, tombs, mummification, rituals, gods and religion, food and drink, fashion, music and entertainment, building techniques, pharaohs, slaves, the hierarchy of society, inventions, gender diversity and of course read and write in in ancient symbols and runes. There is even an opportunity to email an expert and send your questions to an Egyptologist and research librarian in a London museum.


Academy Brainery

If your child is home-schooled, travels a lot, is here for the season, has missed school due to injury or sickness, or would generally benefit from some smaller personalised group work, please join The Academy Brainery. Our 'think outside the box' course is designed specifically to each individual's learning needs and learning styles. With a mix of Maths and English for different age groups, three mornings per week, and inspired by the curriculum, there is something for everyone. It's a very flexible course with the ability to do any number of sessions.

For more information, please contact us.

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And our future ideas include:

Asian Cultures / Languages   /  Landscape Design  /    Photography  /  Music theory  /  Samba drumming  /  Girls’ Talk (self-esteem, health and safety)  /    Ancient Civilisations / Philosophy for Young Teens  /  Journalism  /   Robotics and Coding  /  Art History  /  Mental Warriors (strategic games)   /     Computer Literacy  /  Adult Ed and U3A courses...