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The benefits of extra-curricular activities
Coruña British International School

The school year is already in full swing, the children are more than adapted to the classes, to their school calendar, to their extracurricular activities...in short, the routine is more than established. However, sometimes as parents we doubt whether we are overdoing it with the number of activities. Are we overloading our children with too many extracurricular classes? Which are more beneficial, academic or sports activities? How many hours a week is positive and how many is too many?  Today we are going to reinforce the idea of why they are important.

At Coruña British International School "we believe that extracurricular activities are an essential complement to curricular education. We believe that activities should be structured and purposeful as well as having a fun and enjoyable component which encourages students to explore areas of life other than academics".

We are also aware that children need time to play, to awaken their curiosity and to promote their own interests. That is why the school offers after-school activities from 4 to 4 to 5pm.

 

A walk through the extracurricular activities

As a British and international school, one of the school's main pillars is the promotion of languages. They play a fundamental role in students' education because of their importance in an increasingly globalised world and because they allow them to experience other cultures first hand. All the languages taught at the school are designed so that, in a playful way, the children can expand their knowledge of the language. The school also promotes membership of the English Language Homework Club, where they can put on a play or read great books in Shakespeare's language.

One of our star extracurricular activities is Nenoos 360, a programme aimed at working on specific skills and personal development. Through a MIND approach, the children will become familiar with the Soroban abacus and other games of high pedagogical value, but they will also acquire knowledge about relaxation and emotional intelligence. The aim of this activity is to enhance social and discussion skills.

Our extracurricular activities are designed to prepare students for the technological future ahead, following the guidelines of the new digital and technology skills. Students of all ages will be able to enjoy a different kind of learning experience. They will put their theoretical knowledge into practice but in a playful way, working on the concepts of robotics and programming, but also mathematics and physics amongst others, with all the creative possibilities offered by LEGO sets, systems and tools. We even have a new technologies club to continue learning whilst having a good time! Feeling part of "something", with their classmates and friends, will awaken their curiosity and they will create more fluently.

Chess is an extracurricular activity designed to attend tournaments or school leagues with the aim of competing in a healthy and positive way. The aim is to perfect the game, to stimulate the child's capacity for analysis, logic and decision-making, an essential soft skill for the future.

Neuroscience has found a clear link between music and language acquisition. Straightforward: learning music in the early years of schooling can help children learn to read. That is why music and movement, ballet, dance, guitar or piano are taught at school. A curiosity: learning language and learning music are activities that share an overlapping network in the brain. From an evolutionary perspective, the human brain developed music acquisition long before language acquisition and then used that ability to create and learn language. At birth, babies understand language as if it were music. They respond to the rhythm and melody of language before they understand what the words mean.

Without deviating from extracurricular activities, we continue to encourage curiosity and activities outside the curriculum such as little chefs or film club for those who love the seventh art.

What about sports classes?

As a British school, sport is a pillar for physical and emotional health but also a good opportunity to reinforce healthy habits. The latest scientific research shows that sports outside of school hours, far from taking time away from children, and therefore detracting from their academic curriculum, participation in extra-curricular sporting activities may contribute to academic success.

For this reason, we offer a long list of sporting possibilities such as judo, basketball, multisports, swimming, rubgy or football.  In all of them, you learn the game, improve your skills but also work on concentration and companionship, coordination, discipline and responsibility.

One last piece of information. In Spain, a study that analysed the activities of children and adolescents detected positive associations between out-of-school physical activity and academic success. Those who played sport had a higher academic level than the rest of their classmates. With an added benefit. Students who play sport spend fewer hours of screen time (less sedentary) and feel healthier.

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