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Virtual Learning

Endaze British International School Virtual Learning Plan describes how we will ensure that learning continues during the time school will be closed.

At Endaze, we are all aware that teaching in regular lessons cannot be simply replicated through distance learning – especially the social interactions and mediation between teachers and students. Nevertheless, we do our best to create a school atmosphere that is as real as possible.

At Endaze British International School, teachers expand their competencies from a two-dimensional model (pedagogical and subject specific) to a three dimensional one. Digital competence, the third dimension, becomes the vehicle to create the environment that enables learning to continue.

By embracing the challenge of distance learning and seeing it as an opportunity for adults to enter our students’ digital world, we become ourselves better teachers and better learners.

Endaze International School parents are involved, dedicated parents who will support their children through this new experience. However, transition to distance learning will be challenging for families. Parents will need to think how to create structures and routines that allow their children to be successful and how to monitor and support their children’s learning.

Some students will adapt quick to virtual learning while some students will need some time to get used to the virtual learning system. The guidelines provided below are intended to help parents think about what they can do to help their children.

 

Establish routines

We encourage parents to set regular hours for their children’s school work. Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children and expect the same from your Middle School and High School children, too. Your children should move regularly and take periodic breaks as they study. It is important that parents set these expectations for how their children will spend their days starting as soon as the virtual learning is implemented.

Define the learning space for your child

The space that you usually use for homework may need adjustments if it will host your child’s learning for a long time. We encourage families to extend the area from the child’s room to other places (outside of his bedroom). It should be a place that can be quiet at times and have a strong wireless internet signal. It should be a space where parents or relatives are present and monitoring the child. (Depending on the age)

 

Take an active role in helping your child learning

Your child will mostly miss social interaction during the time the school is closed. While some of these social interactions will be re-created on virtual platforms, others will not. Human beings learn best when they have opportunities to process their learning with others. Parents should regularly engage with their children about what they’re learning. However, it’s important that your children own their work; don’t complete assignments for them, even when they are struggling.

Encourage physical activity

Make sure your children remember to move and exercise. This is vitally important to their health, wellbeing, and to their learning. Think also about how your children can contribute more around the house with chores or other responsibilities.

General Guidelines:

– Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences

– Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully

– Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work

– Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support

Students are expected to:

– Be punctual, available online when the teachers start the lessons

– Be prepared with all the materials (notebooks, textbooks, all the resources)

– Follow the instructions of the teachers

– Do their homework and submit their projects on time

Secondary

Year 7

Maths:  In this last term we will complete the scheme of work by looking at Probability and Transformation of shapes.

English: We are kicking off Term 3 by studying ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by author John Boyne. Students are excited to learn more about the period of history surrounding World War II, and to explore the adventures of Bruno as he discovers more about his father’s job as Commandant of Auschwitz. This is the second novel of the year for our Year 7s, who are becoming experienced readers.

Music:  This term we will be exploring Caribbean music and its influences in Reggae music. Students will be learning about syncopation, chords and bass line developing skills such as listening, singing and performing. As a final project, the whole class will be recording a reggae song.

Art: This term, students will be learning a range of different crafting skills, starting with weaving! We will be looking at different types of weaving techniques, using a variety of media found in the home.

History: This term we will be learning about The Black Death, The Peasant´s Revolt and their effect on Feudalism. We will also study the importance of religion and the Crusades in the Middle Ages.

Geography: This term will focus on a Case Study of Kenya where we will look at both physical, human and cultural aspects of Kenya and Africa.

Cultura Española: En este trimestre repasaremos los modelos políticos en el S. XIX y XX. Para ello seguiremos las presentaciones de PowerPoint dedicadas a cada sesión, así como la realización de las actividades propuestas: proyectos de carácter didácticos para los estudiantes, así como ejercicios y cuestionarios de repaso.

También avanzaremos en los contenidos de carácter geográfico mediante el uso de mapas interactivos y actividades transversales.

Computing & Computer Science: We will continue exploring the creation of print media through the design of a magazine cover and then move onto web design and authoring.

Drama: We are currently finishing off a unit where the students write their own scripts about Heroes and Villains, which they will hopefully be able to perform at some point. Once we have finished that, the students will be doing a research project on the history of the theatre, starting with the Ancient Greeks and looking at all the different styles around the world.

German: This term, we will deal with the chapters 6, 7 and 8 in the Logisch 1 Kursbuch. After chapter 6, you will possess a more expanded vocab knowledge about school, and we will also learn the strong verbs. In chapter 7, you will be introduced to modal verbs and the imperative with separable verbs. After finishing chapter 7, you will be able to have a conversation about an appointment with a friend (“sich verabreden”). Towards the end of the year, we will speak about languages all over the world. The grammar focus will be on the Dative case and possessive pronouns.

PE: This term we will start with online PE-lessons and the students will work on their daily workout routines during the lockdown. 

PSHE: Year 7 are studying Healthy Living, Puberty and Emotional Health and Wellbeing.

Year 8

Maths: We will finish the chapter of Ratio and Proportion and complete the Chapter of transformation of shapes. We will use some lessons to develop problem solving skills as well as consolidate the topics learnt during the year.

English: This term, Year 8 will have the pleasure of reading best-selling author Michael Morpurgo’s (of ‘War Horse’ fame) novel ‘Private Peaceful’. Their most challenging read to date, the novel uses some advanced literary techniques (including a framed flashback narrative) to relate the story of two brothers sent to fight on the frontlines of World War I.

Music: This term we will be focussed on videogames music. Students will learn about ground and character theme, chromaticism and the use of the elements of music such as pitch, tempo, dynamics, articulation and texture to enhance a videogame scene. As a final project, they will compose a character theme and record it using an 8-Bit sequencer.

Art: Students will be exploring visual arts by indigenous peoples of the Americas. They will start off by learning about the totem pole and their meanings. Students will then design their own native American inspired artwork. Indigenous American visual arts include portable arts, such as painting, basketry, textiles, or photography, as well as monumental works, such as totem poles.

History: This term will focus on the French Revolution! We will learn about the causes of the revolution, the attack on Bastille, the execution of the monarchy and the Reign of Terror.

Geography: This term we will complete the Case Study on China. We will learn about the One Child Policy, population problems and compare rural and urban aspects in China.

Cultura Española: Revisaremos los contenidos concernientes a las etapas de Grecia. Así como los temas de Geografía (el relieve terrestre y la hidrografía).

Por último, se abordarán los contenidos de Roma, así como la importancia de la romanización en la Península Ibérica.

Computing & Computer Science: We will begin a new topic ‘Animal Rescue Centre’ which will allow us to explore many different aspects of ICT and Computing.

Drama: Year 8 are devising a script based on photos of refugees and immigrants and are beginning to look at the backstage processes in more depth. When they have finished this they will be studying monologues, both learning an existing one and then having a go at writing their own.

German: The aim of this term will be finishing the A1 Level. Therefore, we will deal with three different topics: Holidays (chapter 13), health (chapter 14) and at home (Chapter 15). We will also expand our grammar knowledge and we will learn about the difference between Dative & Accusative prepositions, personal pronouns with accusative, imperfect tense, among others.

PE: This term we will start with online PE-lessons and the students will work on their daily workout routines during the lockdown.

PSHE: Year 8 are studying Health, Prejudice and Discrimination.

Year 9

Maths: We will practice exam style questions and will learn how to model real-life problems using graphs. We will also start the following KS4 topics: factorising quadratics, solving quadratics, simplifying algebraic fractions.

English: Having studied hard to take their B2 First qualification in English in May 2020, Year 9 continue to practise their reading, use of English (grammar), writing, speaking and listening skills. They aim to be as prepared as possible to take the exams on their return to school.

Music: This term, our topic will be rock and roll music. Students will learn about the development of this style and its main influences, chords and walking bass. As a final project, the whole class will play and record a rock and roll song.

Art: Year 9 will be looking at the abstract graphic artist, Josh Bryan. They will do some artist research to gain a better understanding of him and his work and then the students will respond to his work.

History: This term will focus on the rise of Hitler and the outbreak of WW2.

Geography: In the third term we will complete the Case Study on India and consider world issues such as Climate Change, Energy, Water Problems and Poverty.

Cultura Española: En el tercer trimestre se realizará una revisión de la Edad Media en la Península Ibérica. Comparando los cambios políticos producidos en Al-Ándalus y los reinos cristianos. Se realizarán proyectos que permitan el estudio del periodo histórico mediante el uso de recursos atractivos para el alumnado como: fuentes escritas (crónicas medievales), el uso de la heráldica, el estudio de personajes históricos (el Cid y el Cantar del Mio Cid), el análisis de los mapas y su evolución en el tiempo.

En segundo lugar se estudiarán las ciudades: su estructura, funciones y diferentes características.

Computing & Computer Science: We will continue to explore the design and production of vector images through the creation of a logo and advertising literature.

Drama: Year 9 are devising a script based on photos of refugees and immigrants. They are focussing on the backstage processes in more depth and the theory behind costumes, LFX and SFX in preparation for IGCSE.

German: Group 1: In this term, we will be progressing with A2-Level topics. Therefore, we will deal with the following content: Freunde und Freizeit 

(chapter 3), Erklär mal (chapter 4) and Sport (chapter 5). 

You will learn to speak about problems, give recommendations, the use of wenn-sentences, the continuation of dative prepositions, modal verbs in the “Präteritum” tense and different forms of adjectives (comparative vs superlative) among others.

Group 2: We will be almost finishing the book Logisch A1 in this academic year, which includes the chapters 12-15. We will be learning about clothing, shops, storytelling, speaking about the holidays, describing the way, the weather, sickness and body and public transport. The main grammar focus will be on dative case, W-questions and genitive.

PE: This term we will start with online PE-lessons and the students will continue with their workout logs and set up a fitness goal for May.

PSHE: Year 9 are studying Finance and Rights and Responsibilities.

Year 10

Maths: In this term year 10 will learn about function notation, sets and Venn diagrams, practical application of quadratic and cubic graphs and acquire the ability to solve problems which involve average speed. 

We will alternate these lessons with some revision sessions to consolidate all the skills learnt.

English: Year 10 have worked phenomenally hard during this time of distance-learning. This term, they pick up the challenge of working on their IGCSE English First Language qualification, specifically looking at how writers use figurative language to achieve effect. Practise of past-paper examinations is key to their success. At the end of the term, they will transition to a study of the poems for their IGCSE English Literature qualification.

Science: This term Year 10 will be working hard on a variety of topics; Coordination and Homeostasis, Moles, Inorganic Chemistry and Thermal Physics. We will be exploring these themes and preparing to review the year as a whole. We will also be building on our exam preparation by exploring Paper 6- Alternative to Practical questions.

Art: This term, Year 10 students will be continuing to work on their ‘Beauty in the disregarded’ project. Students will be improving their painting skills, working from their own photographs. They will also be doing some initial artist research annotation.

History: In the third term we will consider who was to blame for the Cold War by looking at topics such as the Iron Curtain, the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Blockade.

Geography: This term we will finish the topic of Population and start on a new topic, Settlement in which we will complete Case Studies such as Rural Western Ireland and Land Use in New York.

Cultura Española: A lo largo del trimestre se abordarán los contenidos geográfico-concernientes al Sector terciario, ofreciendo una comparativa con el resto de los sectores económicos y haciendo un análisis entre países desarrollados y en vía de desarrollo. Para ello se ha optado por el análisis de mapas, así como proyectos transversales que permitan la comparativa entre sectores económicos.

En un segundo lugar se estudiará el Barroco y los Austrias menores, así como un repaso del curso.

Lengua & Literatura: Este trimestre profundizaremos en el Renacimiento y realizarán un trabajo en grupos sobre El Lazarillo de Tormes. También explicaremos una clase a través del “Quijote Digital” de la Biblioteca Nacional sobre Cervantes y Don Quijote de la Mancha

Computing & Computer Science: We will explore the aspects of security and ethics and their relationship to Computer Science.

Drama: Year 10 are continuing to learn their monologue performances, ready to be recorded for their first piece of coursework when we return to school. They are also looking at an extract of an adaptation of Oliver Twist from a theory perspective. We are treating the extract like pre-release for their IGCSE and are learning how to answer different exam style questions on it.

German: At the beginning of this term we will be finishing part 2/5 of the IGCSE Cambridge book, which includes the main part of the Area Social Life. Our target will be to finish Part 3/5 for this academic year including main topics like city life, shopping, weather forecast, environmental problems, public transport, public services and communication. We will be focusing on our speaking and writing skills more in detail in order to get prepared for next year.

PE: This term we will start with online PE-lessons and the students will continue with their workout logs and set up a fitness goal for May.

PSHE: Year 10 are studying Relationships.

Year 11

Maths: Year 11 will be practicing exam-style questions, especially the ones that are non-standard and require the student to a variety of mathematical skills.

English: Year 11 were supposed to be taking their IGCSEs this term and so we now face an unprecedented situation. We are continuing to hone both our reading and writing skills in Language as we carry on with completing past exam papers, ensuring that the students really strengthen those skills and focus even more on improving their grammar and vocabulary, ready for A Level. In Literature, we are still finishing off our final novel and will continue to practice writing essays and analysing the text. With the absence of the exams though, we now have the opportunity to branch out and look at the novel in a wider context and begin to bring in more critical theory in preparation for English Literature A Level and also to broaden their analytical skills in general.

Science: Year 11 continues to work as hard as ever, putting in an impressive amount of effort into everything they do. This truly demonstrates their resilience in the face of these unexpected events. We are reviewing our more difficult units in Science with a big focus on past exam practice and technical skills. We are also preparing an extremely strong foundation for A Level courses next year.

Art: Year 11 are now coming to the end of their two-year Art & Design course. They will all be finishing off their second project, ensuring that their work is polished and ready for submission.

History: We will revise topics and consolidate learning by completing past papers and practice questions.

Geography: We will revise topics and consolidate learning by completing past papers and practice questions.

Cultura Española: Este trimestre trataremos los cambios políticos y principales acontecimientos de la España del S. XX. Para ello se presentarán temas/tópicos de trabajo que pretenden estudiar el periodo desde un punto de vista político, social y artístico.

Lengua & Literatura: Estudiaremos el contexto histórico de la Generación del 98, compartiremos sus ideas y pensamientos filosóficos, centrándonos en sus obras literarias y haremos una comparativa con las épocas anteriores.

Computing & Computer Science: We will revise and consolidate prior learning in the first part of the term and then explore more complex programming techniques.

Drama: Year 11 should have been sitting their IGCSE this June, in lieu of that, we are continuing to practice our essay writing and analytical skills, focussing both on analysing an existing play and evaluating the devised pieces that the students wrote themselves.

German: We will look at different ways to continue improving your language skills. For those who are interested in expanding their knowledge outside the school, there will be provided some methods and ways to do that. In class, we will watch some specific videos and analyze its content which will be based on the B1 language level.

PE: This term we will start with online PE lessons and the students will continue with their workout logs and set up a fitness goal for May. They need to evaluate their goal and see if they reached it.

PSHE: Year 11 are studying the Wider World.

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