Clubs

Visual Art (3–5 year-olds)

Teacher: Olga Linova

The syllabus for the youngest learners is especially designed to help them develop their creativity, and encourage good, positive feelings!

Topics include: nature and seasons; decorative patterns; Russian fairy tales, etc.

Aims: we shall extend and consolidate the children’s idea of colour, shape and size.

Materials:

  • paint (watercolour, gouache), coloured pencils, felt-tip pens, coloured chalk;
  • coloured paper, relief paper (for collages);
  • clay, play-dough, plasticine.

Tasks are chosen to take into account the age and also individual strengths of every child.

Visual Art (5–15 year-olds)

Teacher: Lyudmila Sikhosana

These sessions will help children develop their artistic talents, and will give them an opportunity to express themselves and create their own paintings from start to finish.

Main parts of the course:

  • We shall start with drawings of simple objects (we learn to depict an object, and explore the laws of perspective);
  • Drawings of more complex objects (still life, depiction of fabric);
  • Mastering soft drawing tools (sanguine chalk, pastel);
  • Try our hand at painting (watercolour, gouache, acrylic);
  • Individual creative tasks and varied assignments, depending on the students’ success and inclinations.

Students will:

  • have a chance to participate in the School’s exhibitions;
  • enjoy a friendly and supportive atmosphere in the classroom.

Group discussions of everyone’s artwork at the end of each session will offer a great opportunity for the students to learn to express their views and also to accept healthy criticism.

Theatre for Young Actors

Teacher: Tatyana Lavrentyeva

If your child has a desire to act and develop their creative side, in order to succeed in life, then the theatre is for them!

The syllabus includes speech training, pronunciation and articulation, work on coordination and harmony of movements, building up self-confidence, relaxed demeanour and artistic zest.

The following will be used during these sessions:

  • special techniques and exercises to improve acting skills and the art of speech on stage, which have been developed in theatre schools and colleges of Moscow and London;
  • materials for working with texts and mini-shows, based on classic Russian literature, i.e. by such authors as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Gogol, and Pushkin – including prose, poems, fables, and fairy tales.

Chess Club

Teacher: TBC

From September, a new Chess Club will open its doors at the Russian School. We welcome players of any level – from beginners to those who have already tried their hand at tournaments. We will enjoy solving chess problems, engage in friendly combat with each other, and explore together the basics of chess strategies.

Science Club “Pochemuchka” (5–9 year-olds)

Teacher: Alyona Samarova

The main aim of these sessions is to inspire children’s interest in scientific enquiry, to develop their logical and creative thinking, to build up concentration, and also to practise and advance Russian conversation, including some scientific vocabulary, and to elaborate fine motor movements.

There sessions will be interactive, based on the mottos “do it yourself” and “we are learning through play”. During each session we shall carry out experiments to explore the laws of Physics, Chemistry or Biology. We shall do Chemistry practicals (which are both safe and fun); study laws of Physics through building moving devices (e.g. a toy car, a boat, and a helicopter) with no motor (!); immerse ourselves in Biology whilst discussing the structure of DNA, bacteria and viruses, and the human brain; observe electric phenomena (e.g. creating an electromagnet) and the way electric circuits work (e.g. the principle of the traffic lights, learnt through an example of LED lamps joined together via a special circuit board); and many other fun experiments, examples and applications!

The budget is fairly low, i.e. all the practicals can be carried out in a home environment. Our motto is “Less theory and more practice!” which feeds the children’s enthusiasm about studying everything new and interesting.

Piano Lessons

Teacher: Svetlana Boutwood

These are one-to-one lessons for which a proper piano is used. Please see the teacher with any individual queries.

Cost: £14 per 30 min.

“Fun Maths” Club

Teachers: Olga Kalugina and Tatiana Yurasova

From the new academic year, there will be two “Fun Maths Clubs” in the Russian School, for two different age groups: 5–9 year-olds, and 9–13 year-olds, with the potential to also welcome older children if there is enough interest.

The aim of the club is to develop the children’s interest in Maths, introduce them to different “faces” of Mathematics, that are sometimes unfamiliar and surprising, and encourage them to think logically and to tackle skilfully problems that may initially look confusing and even impossible!

In a fun, interactive form, every Saturday we shall set off on an amazing journey – into the mysterious world of numbers, shapes, dimensions, solids, formulae and puzzles. Children will explore Maths around us, and will learn to make up their own Maths problems.

The syllabus will be designed in a flexible way, to reflect the children’s age, interests and potential.

Fun Maths Club

Teacher: Tatiana Ustinova

At the beginning of the new academic year  Fun Maths Club opens at the Russian School, to which  all children of  4–6 years of age  are welcome. The main focus  of the club is to develop the children’s interest in Maths, improve their concentration and basic mathematical skills. In a fun, interactive form  children will explore Maths around us, and will learn to make up their own Maths problems.

Film Club

Teacher: Suzy Brandes

The main aim of this club is to study Russian language and culture through great works of cinema, from Soviet classics to contemporary films.

Sessions will include viewing selected films, preceded by a short introduction about the film, and followed by discussion. The selection of particular films (from a long list) will be based on children’s interests and priorities.

Japanese language and culture

Teacher: Inessa Agnew

This offer is delivered by one of our parents Inessa Agnew – the holder of MA in linguistics and Japanese language teaching from Tokyo’s GRIPS (Graduate Institute for Policy Studies). It includes elements of the Japanese language for beginners, Japanese culture lectures and presentations, as well as hands-on activities, suitable for all ages and broad range of interests. The course aims to establish a firm knowledge of Japanese alphabets (HIRAGANA and KATAKANA), first steps in understanding of the pictograms and how they work, and, of course, surviving base course designed to make you more comfortable when you visit Japan or communicate with Japanese speaking people elsewhere. Our aim is to take you out of your comfort zone, bring up topics and notions you never heard about, as well as attune the attendees brains towards a better and more receptive language acquisition. In the context of our Russian school, we aim to establish better learning patterns and strategies for language learning, and this, we believe, will ultimately help with any language, including, and crucially, with Russian. The sessions will be taught in a mixture of English and Russian – Russian as a main language of instruction and English – for illustration or comparative purposes. 

What to expect by the end of one term:
– Hiragana and Katakana alphabets fully covered
– Basic understanding of how pictograms (Kanji) work, with added bonus of a calligraphy session and regular Japanese handwriting home-work sheets
– Two creative food sessions with food making, recipe exchange and a light conversation in Japanese (mastering like and dislike discussions, as well as names of food and drinks)
– Survival dialogues techniques (applicable to any other language learning), vocabulary notes inclusive
– Ikebana (flower arrangement) session – with real Japanese instructor and tools
– Several sessions on Japanese culture, art, sports and traditions, putting many things in context, and aiming to raise your curiosity and further learning
– Writing sessions accompanying your self-introduction dialogues: know how to write your own names, nationalities, places of origin
– Origami and history of traditional Japanese paper making – active session and with samples and things to take back home
– Codes of conduct, politeness and manners in Japanese society – more knowledge and practical exercises. 

These and many others will make up one term’s course. Sessions will last 45 min each, and for some of them a small contribution (£3-5 per person)may be needed in order to provide all necessary tools and materials. We will be able to come back to you on further details at later stage, whilst at this point, we would like you to let us know whether this is something you or your children might be interested in.

You can find further information on Inessa on her LinkedIn profile, or please don’t hesitate sending us your questions, comments and suggestions.

Robotics Club (9-13 year-olds)

Teacher: Nikolay Kolesnikov

Let’s learn programming with Lego Mindstorms!

Pupils will understand how to build models with Lego, how to use sensors to add interactivity and how to control their behaviour. Everyone will get a chance to bring their first robot alive.