At ACE we believe a love of learning is developed through a curriculum that excites and challenges our students. Our teachers create an environment that ensures academic skills are mastered whilst providing opportunities for our pupils to develop their particular interests and strengths and to explore new horizons.
The Cambridge Primary curriculum is topic-based and ensures that the children have access to a variety of areas of interest. The teaching is supported by class trips and expert visitors.
The Cambridge Lower, Upper and Advanced Secondary curriculum, prepares our students for their exam choices and courses. Project-based learning underpins study of the core subjects and allows our students to explore their burgeoning talents and skills.
At ACE, we believe developing the character of our students is just as important as developing their academic abilities.
Both the Primary and Secondary school curricula are designed to address the social and emotional needs of our students. We believe that self-confidence and resilience are fundamental to success. Our curriculum is designed to develop students who have the self-assurance and strength of character to pursue their ambitions in life and to be successful in whatever they choose.
We have recently included Yoga as part of our PE curriculum. It builds self awareness and flexibility of mind and body, and is a discipline that we actively promote. It allows pupils to experience and benefit from an activity that can be enjoyed throughtout life. Our trained Yoga teacher shares techniques that assist concentration and composure.
Below you will find some of the activities that Ms Analida includes in her lessons.
ACE Start and Lower Juniors:
Lessons start with breathing (helped by guided imagery), followed by singing and dancing to our-warm up song. At the moment the children are learning some animal poses using the book 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?' by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle. As the children do the poses they try to become the animals by moving around like them and making their different sounds. The children also tell learn interesting facts or sing a short song about the animal. The children learn individual and partner poses.
The lessons end with our Goodbye song, breathing and Namaste.
Middle and Upper Juniors:
Lessons start with relaxing music and breathing to calm down agitated minds. The children learn about mandalas: circular forms that represent wholeness and life that can be found everywhere - flowers, fruits, seashells, snowflakes, our eyes, etc. The children sit in a circle and create beautiful mandalas as they move their bodies in different ways and positions. They stretch, twist, sit, stand up, etc. and learn about the body parts that are being exercised or massaged in every group pose.
The lessons finish with relaxation where the children are helped, with guided imagery, to relax and absorb the benefits of the poses done. When they come back we breathe and say "Namaste".
Lessons start with relaxing music ,followed by controlled-tempo breathing to focus the mind, relax and centre the body. The idea is to extend exhalation, little by little and with practice. Students learn the Sun Salutation, a sequence of movements. Students look at each movement in detail they learn about body alignment, the benefits of the pose and the body parts/muscles engaged. Students talk about inversion (when the head is below the heart) and learn how useful inverted poses are when they feel stressed. The lesson ends with relaxation through guided imagery.
Last but not least, we breathe and say "Namaste".