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: Tatiana Lavrentieva

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.

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.