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Virtual Shakespeare Helps Students’ Readiness for High School

Zoom presentations have become a normal part of the day following pandemic lockdowns. But imagine cooking up some popcorn and sitting down with your family to a polished Shakespearean performance via Zoom, starring your child and their talented classmates… A Virtual Shakespeare Festival via Zoom is just one of the many innovative ways John Colet School (JCS) has continued to provide exceptional education, and ensure their upper primary students are instilled with the skills and confidence they need in preparation for high school. Headmaster Julian Wilcock said students often tell him that the Shakespeare component is one of their favourite parts about JCS. “Learning about Shakespeare and immersing themselves in that world is something that extends and excites students. …

The Power of the Pause in Promoting Productivity and Purpose

Om Paramatmane Nama… These words might sound a bit foreign, but to the John Colet School community, this little phrase represents a big part of their daily life. Throughout the day, students and staff Pause for at least five seconds before starting a new activity. The result? A more grounded, more present and more attentive approach to their learnings, and life. This practice of mindfulness is not a new concept – perhaps you already incorporate an element of it in your life at home, or at work? But it’s something that John Colet School embedded in their values since the school’s inception over 35 years ago. Headmaster Julian Wilcock says the school’s unique Pause philosophy continues to garner positive …

Straight back into the work

When you have the same class teacher for two or three years, there is no downtime at the start of the year.  Our 4th Class are really working hard right off the bat. Writing: The children are enjoying beginning to learn about the Odyssey. This week they have written great dialogues from inside the Trojan horse; they are working on making their writing engaging for the reader with rich vocabulary and on using the correct punctuation and spacing for direct speech. Dictation:  We have begun a weekly program of dictation to help children practise giving their full attention with a focus on handwriting and spelling. Each week, using our spelling focus, the children will copy text (using their cursive script …

The Beach Is More Fun Than The Pool!

PERSUASIVE WRITING It is certain that the beach is more fun than the pool. I think the beach is the best because there are waves, sand, shells and fish. Firstly, there are no waves in swimming pools. Waves are absolutely fantastic for swimming through, and on, as when you go body surfing. Moreover, you can use a boogie board or surfboard to ride the waves. Secondly and surely you can enjoy the sand by using it and walking on it. There are many ways you can use the sand, make sandcastles and dig holes. Definitely, the sand dunes are perfect for riding and surfing down on a board. You could dig holes to make mini pools to play in. …

Drama – a resource beneficial for all children to prepare them for a successful life

During my time teaching drama to children for the past 17 years, I have witnessed so many incredible stories of growth in self-esteem, confidence and expression in my students. I have taught pre-schoolers and helped them to hone their already vivid imaginations so that they can explore further and bring to life their creative ideas, using costumes, props, and their blossoming young voices. I have taught primary-aged children as the Shakespeare Director of John Colet School and also my own Drama and Singing School, Brightsparks Performing Arts School. I have been astounded and humbled by the many emails, letters and conversations with parents, expressing their gratitude for the growth in their child due to (what they believe) is their …

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