Five Time

Launched this year, Five Time has brought a brand new look to Saturday mornings with an exciting and wide-ranging programme of stimulating skills-based activities to enrich the curriculum on offer and provide an alternative for both our day and boarding pupils in years 6, 7 and 8. This restructuring of our Saturdays means less curriculum time will be lost, a skill-building programme can be introduced, and families will be given greater flexibility.

In our ever-changing world, we have an increasing focus on the skills required to flourish in the workplace of the future. This programme develops these skills through a range of interdisciplinary activities that are distinctively different from the regular academic routine of weekday lessons.  The five skills for the future on which we are focused are:  

Critical Thinking - to develop problem-solving and analytical abilities, to learn what makes a good argument and develop the capacity to make good decisions. Activities include philosophy and ancient civilisation. 

Creativity - to develop a mindset that looks for new and innovative approaches in a variety of contexts, including, but not limited to, the creative, expressive and performing arts. Activities include stop animation and plastic bag fusing.

Collaboration - learning to understand their own strengths and weaknesses as well as those of other team members, working together towards shared goals and employing the skills of each to enhance the success of the group. Activities include murder mystery and bushcraft.

Compassion - to teach empathy, encouraging pupils to show respect, care and understanding towards others. To promote an ethical approach to work and civic responsibility. Activities include conservation and baking. 

Communication - to practise articulating their ideas and sharing information in a variety of contexts, learning the importance of context, audience and purpose. Activities include drama and recording.