Back To School

For more details on how we are beginning our safe, orderly and effective transition back to school from 1 June, please see our Back To School page for more information and guides for each site.

Broader Curriculum

During this period of online learning, we are as keen as ever to ensure that pupils receive as broad an experience as possible

Broader Curriculum

During this period of online learning, we are as keen as ever to ensure that pupils receive as broad an experience as possible

Downsend’s approach to enrichment will continue undeterred over the Summer Term, albeit delivered in alternative formats. We will continue to provide pupils with a variety of opportunities to be active, creative and to stretch themselves and learn new skills.

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 5thday. The standards will be circulated at the end of April, giving pupils and families the chance to train for their selected events – 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.


With every school in the Cognita family now educating their pupils online, Cognita Competitions are a series of optional pupil competitions, designed to provide our pupils with an opportunity to connect and share their creative flair across the organisation. We want to celebrate their work and use it to reinforce the importance of our global perspective and relationships. There will be a series of three competitions based on the following titles:

1.    From my window
2.    Thank you
3.    Recycling for a better world

Results of each competition will be shared on the Cognita Online Community and the school or pupil will be contacted directly to be presented with their prize from the individual competition judge. More information will be provided as the term progresses.

The Creative Arts

You will see from your child’s timetable that daily practical slots have been allocated for Art, Music and Drama. A great deal of thought has been given to the breadth of activities that will be provided for practical sessions, as well as a range of live music ensembles throughout the day, including rock bands, chamber choir and jazz ensemble.

Food and Design Technology

Each week we will offer a choice between Food Technology and Product Design. Food Tech lessons will see pupils learn to cook a basic recipe from pitta bread to scones, as well as exploring the nutritional background of the ingredients. DT lessons will involve lots of creativity to make game or product from Top Trumps, to the ‘Don’t be bored’ board game or a product to help with life in lockdown.

PE and Games

In addition to Fitness Live and Yoga Live sessions, the PE and Games Department will be delivering a range of sporting opportunities for pupils throughout the week. Each week, we will focus on a different sport, isolating one individual skill and improving it through a progressive drill before finishing with a skill challenge.

Upper School – Mr Lawrence’s fun physical Fitness Live session

At 9am, we will start with Mr Lawrence’s fun physical Fitness Live sessions, sing along with Mrs Allison, a daily doodle with Ms Aylen or Yoga Live with Ms Hawes. The creative and practical subjects will deliver sessions at 3.30pm. Details of these will be shared the day before to allow pupils to have the correct equipment or resources available. These are considered optional and pupils are able to choose the sessions that they are most interested in.

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