#LaudeInFocus October 2020

Message from the Principal

Dear families,

I expect that all of the children are looking forward to a well-deserved rest, whether that is long weekend or the half term holiday (British system) as the start of the school year has been extremely busy.

At the beginning of September we concentrated our efforts on establishing the health and safety protocols for Covid and this has been very successful. Unfortunately, some members of our school community have become unwell, but they have been making a good recovery to date for which we are all truly grateful. The systems we have in place at school to track and trace all close contacts and the excellent working relationship we have with the local health service, have enabled us to contain and manage each of these cases successfully.

I would like to thank all of the staff for their incredible commitment and hard work this half term. They are all coming in early to help manage the safe start of day for the children and they are all undertaking a huge number of supervision duties so that we can operate the different “villages” and break time zones. All of this support has helped us to keep our community safe – I simply cannot thank them enough for everything that they have done.

I would also like to thank you all for working alongside us all. Helping the children to understand that if we want to keep our community on the school campus and learning we all have to follow the protocols of good hand hygiene, wearing masks properly and keeping our distance.

I expect that we will all be having a very quiet half term holiday due to the restrictions that are in place and I have added the most up to date version here for you. Whilst it will be very disappointing when plans have been altered or cancelled, the reduced activities will mean that we can bring the whole school to campus on 9 November in a safe manner, as they will have had fewer social inter actions outside school.

The students and staff have really enjoyed some of the activities that we have been able to include this half term.

Today we celebrated Halloween and this was very exciting for the children – there were some wonderful costumes which was a delight to see.

Ms Davies and Ms Beato, along with their teams were very happy that they were able to celebrate the Prize Giving for the Year 12 and 13 students online. The children did achieve some wonderful results last year and this has enabled them to make exciting plans for the future. It is wonderful to hear about the degree courses and careers that they want to follow in the future – everything from medicine to theatre.

We have celebrated the awards for the International Dance competition, and the Sur in English Writing Prizes for English. We have hosted Onda Cero Radio as they learned more about the ESO and Bachillerato programmes and school. The Eco-Council has been established and we hope to work towards the Green Schools award over the next two years. There are many things to look forward to and we hope that everyone will rest during the holiday/long weekend so that we can enjoy the next half term together.

Fond regards to you all

Amanda Hughes

Early Years & Primary School

In our EYFS setting we value the role that festivals and celebrations play in supporting our children’s learning and development in every area of learning, through this we can support our children in beginning to understand the commonalities of human values that are shared by all cultures and religions. These different celebrations bring welcoming discussions within our carpet times and our Reception children enjoyed sharing their stories of their own experiences within their cultures.

This term both Nursery and Reception have started learning about different traditions and celebrations. We celebrated the October San Pedro Feria by coming to school dressed in traditional Feria clothes, we listened and danced to flamenco music and also took part in popular feria games. The children found this very interesting and took pride in learning about the country they live in.

Key Stage 1

‘Creativity is now as important in education as literacy’ - Ken Robinson

Last month we explained how we were trying to rebuild our garden and show the children how to be resilient. We are very pleased to say that the garden is growing beautifully alongside the children and is also providing an interesting learning experience for them to enjoy.

This last month we have been thinking about the school personal goal of creativity. To be successful in the 21st century the children will need more than good grades. The situation recently has highlighted the need for flexibility and resilience but most of all creativity. We have all had to find creative solutions to problems and encouraging creativity in our learning at school is a priority in KS1. It is not possible to ‘teach’ creativity but we can provide opportunities, experiences and a positive risk-taking environment to encourage its development.

'Creativity takes courage’ -- Henri Matisse

In year 2, we have been providing creative opportunities in art by mixing tints and shades and experimenting with shape and space to create Paul Klee style fish image paintings. We have been innovating stories with our own ideas and using drama to express what we have imagined.

In year 1 we have been exploring creative ideas in art by drawing and painting trees and flowers and making a forest of evergreen and deciduous trees. We have created autumn style art and been using our creativity by making our own music with a steady beat. We have also written stories based on Jack and the Beanstalk.

“The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense." -- Pablo Picasso

The mathematics curriculum that we follow also pushes the children to think in different ways and be more creative in their approach to problem solving which can be very challenging, however it is this approach that will develop deeper understanding for the future.

Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way." -- Edward de Bono

We are always looking for new ways to develop creativity during lessons but the time when the children are at their most creative is at play. It is wonderful to watch them as they make up games to play, invent rules and refine and adapt old ideas to create new activities. There is no end to the uses they find for a picnic bench or a climbing frame. They love to build and invent new models, make drawings and cards and write messages. This is just one of the reasons that play is such an important part of children's development at this age.

Key Stage 2

As the end of the most unusual half term draws to a close, we can see just how well all of Year 3 and 4 have done. They’ve managed to continue to smile (under their masks), maintain a safe distance and work their hardest all the way through! October for us has seen the introduction of playground equipment. The children were taught how to select and use the equipment safely, and have demonstrated how well they can share and play together. This has made a big difference to our playtimes and it has been so rewarding to see the children enjoying new games. Another reintroduction this month was assemblies! It has proved to be very exciting to see other classes as well as ourselves online and we look forward to continuing to develop our live assembly techniques next half term! Happy well deserved holidays everyone!

Laude Leaders

On Tuesday 27th October the Primary School council 2020/21 - Laude Leaders - had their first meeting. This year the council is split into three groups: Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4, and Year 5 and 6. The leaders discussed their roles and responsibilities and created the code of conduct which will help them to make the Laude Leaders´ meetings efficient, purposeful and fruitful. All children were enthusiastic and looking forward to working together as this year's Primary Council.

Secondary & Sixth Form

Across the World Languages department students are getting used to a new homework activity which revolves around understanding and knowing ´”core language” which can be manipulated across different topics and scenarios.

The Knowledge Organiser (KO) is now quite common in schools. Simply put, a knowledge organiser sets out the important, useful and powerful knowledge on a topic on a single page.

Students at Laude are being tasked with learning different sections of the KO each week and then they are being quizzed on it in class. The different sections will be repeated and recalled over the academic year to facilitate memory retention. Therefore, it is important to remember that we are looking for progress over time with students’ results - we want students to improve their score each time they do a new quiz.

What is the best way to learn new words?

Simply looking and copying words doesn’t help much; instead students should use the Look, Cover, Write, Check method to make the most progress. To do this, simply follow the steps below:

Write the words down the left hand side of a piece of paper.

  • Look and repeat verbally the first word.
  • Fold the paper vertically to cover the word.
  • Write the word down.
  • Unfold the word and check your answer - correct it in purple if it is incorrect.
  • Complete the steps again, on the same word 3 more times.

Please find below the links to the relevant Knowledge Organiser:

KS3 - Spanish

KS3 - French

KS3 - German

KS4 - Spanish

KS4 - French

KS4 - German

We are currently in the process of creating these for Chinese which is really exciting as we feel they will really benefit our students learning Chinese.

Year 7 - ICT

The United Nations has launched a new initiative to foster behaviour change and counter the spread of misinformation regarding COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign, called Pause, asks digital users to take the time to think about what they share before posting it online.

Year 7 Austen looked at the spread of misinformation on social media in conjunction with United nations backed #pledgetopauseday on the 21st October.

For all its benefits, social media has become a vehicle for misinformation. Stories are skewed, quotes are misremembered and facts are twisted.

Before sharing any information the students were asked to please pause and THINK:

  • Who made it?
  • Where did it come from?
  • What is the source?

The initiative encourages people and students to take a breath before they share something on line.


Geographers in years 7-9 have been busily working away on their projects for this half term, the theme for key stage 3 is working on Geographical skills. Year 7 are focusing on taking and annotating photos, year 8 are developing their field sketching skills and year 9 are using google earth to compare development around the world.

In the photo, Y8 students are learning how to draw field sketches in Geography.

Whilst key stage 3 are busy developing their skills, year 11s have been putting their Geographical skills into practice and are writing up their iGCSE coursework, based around the impact of tourism in Estepona.

We would like to wish them the best of luck in their final year of key stage 4.

2 students in Global Perspectives were set a challenge to play the Geoguessr game, the game uses Google maps and randomly drops them somewhere in the world, they have to investigate and explore and guess where they are in the world. Cosme L. and Jean-Michel M. have hit the exact spot 4 times and have made it to the number one leader board spot against players from all around the world. It has been wonderful to see the boys take the challenge on and use their Geographical skills to do so well.

Year 7 Mathematics in Action

This month the Mathematics Department has been busy working on the Geometrical properties of 2 dimensional shapes with the year 7 classes. But rather than just explain why certain properties of triangles exist and are fundamental to understanding more complicated shapes, sometimes even compound ones. The students and teachers have been busy creating and recalling their own versions of the universal mathematical proof that:

“ the sum of all interior angles in any triangle is 180º”

Some have chosen to use algebra to explain their thinking, whilst others have cut out triangles and used these to explain their approach to learning this proof.

Below are but a few examples of some of the amazing learning to have taken place in lessons over the past few weeks.

Once learned the students will then use this piece of information to solve more demanding questions in Geometry.

These have taken many hours or work and the department is very impressed with the students’ efforts. These will adorn the display spaces in our classrooms as they serve as a learning reminder for other students.

There are many outstanding examples of student work but this month Eva K, Sofia O and Roberto Q receive a special mention for their brilliant examples of this proof and their problem solving abilities..

Keep up the good work!

Year 8 Physical Theatre Project

The Year 8 students were instructed to create power point projects based on their research on the physical theatre practitioner Rudolph Laban.

The students researched the “The Theory of Movement” by Rudolph Laban and tried to apply it to their practical physical theatre class. They also learned and used the “Eight moves of Laban” which determines the way a human body can move and travel.

The students produced power points of an excellent quality both in structure and visual information.

The students also experimented with movement in space, levels and range.

Cultura española - Year 10

En el departamento de Estudios Españoles, los alumnos de Year 10 han estado trabajando este mes en torno al tema de los paisajes agrarios. Estos jóvenes geógrafos han tenido que enfrentarse a un caso práctico a resolver. Debían hacerse cargo de una finca y explotarla para conseguir el mayor beneficio y productividad posible, sin obviar la necesidad de utilizar técnicas sostenibles en sus cosechas y el mantenimiento de sus campos.

Gracias a su afán de investigación y a su creatividad, han conseguido ofrecer diversas alternativas a este proyecto. El uso de las nuevas tecnologías (SIGs, entre otras) les ha facilitado el acceso a una ingente cantidad de información que ellos han sabido interpretar y elegir en función de sus objetivos.

¡Enhorabuena a todos por el gran trabajo realizado!

Mateo Yr8L - Laude’s Environmentalist

Mateo with great determination and hard work has successfully managed to get the ball rolling in sorting out a pollution problem in the Marbella area. Mateo noticed that sewage was running from a huge pipe inland straight into the sea, this health hazard prompted him into action. He started a campaign, got hundreds of signatures in 2 days and his project grew tremendously. With this in hand Mateo made an appointment with Angeles Muñoz the Mayoress of Marbella and together discussed the problem. Angeles Muñoz promised Mateo that this would be promptly solved, fortunately it was. Mateo will not be back knocking on her door, unless he finds another environmental problem to solve.

Laude Art Space

Year 7 Portraits

Year 7 art students have been creating correctly proportioned self portraits with pencil and oil pastels. As a finished piece of work they also created unusual backgrounds.

Super Talented Sixth Form Art Students

Laude Sixth Form artists are working hard on their A Level projects. The cohort is super talented and dedicated. Their work is highly original and sophisticated.

ESO y Bachillerato

1º ESO - Asignatura de 'Public Speaking'

Los alumnos de Primero de la ESO han estado trabajando en la asignatura de Public Speaking una modalidad de discurso llamada “Instructional talk”, que consiste en enseñar a la audiencia como hacer algo, dando instrucciones claras y concisas.

A lo largo de las distintas presentaciones los alumnos no solo han puesto de manifiesto el dominio y la facilidad que tienen a la hora de utilizar el Inglés como lengua de comunicación; sino que también, nos han enseñado a hacer trucos de cartas, nos han mostrado cómo preparar una mascarilla facial casera, tocar el ukulele y hasta cómo dibujar ojos siguiendo técnicas de dibujo profesionales.

Ha sido un verdadero placer verlos en acción así como comprobar lo involucrados que se han mostrado en esta actividad.

4º ESO - Historia Contemporánea

Los alumnos de 4ºESO en la asignatura de Historia Contemporánea han realizado un trabajo de investigación sobre la Independencia de Estados Unidos. Por grupos han trabajado, en los orígenes de EE.UU. como 13 colonias británicas; Causas de la independencia de tipo económico, político y social; Declaración de Independencia el 4 de julio de 1776 y Guerra de Independencia; y por último en las consecuencias políticas, sociales y económicas que tuvo dicho proceso. De esta manera, hemos aprendido de forma práctica, como surge el primera Constitución de la historia, que sigue vigente hasta el día de hoy, y la primera Declaración de Derechos del Hombre, todo ello antes de la Revolución Francesa de 1789. ¡Enhorabuena 4ºESO hemos aprendido mucho más sobre los orígenes de la historia contemporánea de nuestro mundo!

Laude Fitness Challenge

It was more important than ever to keep exercising during the COVID 19 lockdown, so the PE Department decided to step up and introduced a Fitness Challenge for the whole school. A detailed programme was formulated, shared online and the students eagerly took up the challenges. There were many Fitness challenges to choose from and several students opted to do them all. The students presented videos showing their challenges and the distances achieved, it was commendable to see what the students had achieved considering the circumstances imposed on them.

There were no prizes for first place, so the students weren't able to put their Fitbit on the dog!!!

Certificates were awarded to the students from a very proud PE Department.