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Learning modules and Co-curricular activities generally refer to the activities, programmes, and learning experiences that complement what students are learning in school. Essentially, such activities are experiences that are connected to, reinforce, or mirror the main academic curriculum or syllabi activities.

At Alpha Core, these activities are considered to be significant for enriching students on an emotional, cognitive, physical, and social level. The enrichment of the curriculum can come in the shape of the hidden curriculum (i.e., unwritten, unofficial, and often unintended lessons, values, and perspectives that students learn in school) or be structured as additional activities that are aimed at enriching the existing curriculum in alignment with learning outcomes and pedagogic activities. We will also make sure that these activities act as a catalyst for the promotion of national integration, coexistence, cultural values, and general health and well-being of our children. Whether they focus upon sports, arts, music, science or other areas, these modules and CCA play a significant role in students’ overall holistic development, as well as screening talents and giftedness among children and young learners.

Students at Core will be offered the following modules

Increasingly the power of drama is being recognised as one of the most effective ways to develop soft skills and emotional intelligence in children and young people, skills that are often not developed through the traditional education system. Drama promotes communication skills, teamwork, dialogue, negotiation and socialization. It stimulates the imagination and creativity; it develops a better understanding of human behaviour and empathy with situations that might seem distant. It allows the development of critical thinking and allows us to make better and more conscious decisions; it encourages us to use our bodies and our voices, it encourages and inspires us to say “no”, to stand for, to speak up.

Through this module, we aim to provide our students with a platform where they can get professional guidance to develop and hone their creative expression, and appreciate drama as an art form.

Teaching children the basics of cooking is a great way to broaden their knowledge of nutritious food and nutrition in a practical way. Eating patterns that begin in childhood affect health and wellbeing throughout life, so early education is an important step in starting children with a positive relationship with food, and this begins with cooking classes from primary school.

At Alpha Core, we will make sure that culinary education naturally cultivates teamwork in children, has strong curriculum links across key learning areas and helps develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of the land and our communities. When children are involved in hands-on learning through digging and picking, mixing and chopping, and sitting together sharing a meal together, the impact is multi-faceted.

Children appreciate the concept of living sustainably, show willingness to experiment with foods, a heightened self-confidence, readiness to absorb and recall related information and display an appetite for learning more.

We believe that schools are a sensible and popular setting to implement programmes for equipping children with cooking skills because they offer continuous, intensive contact with children during their formative years.

Fostering creativity in children helps them develop mentally, socially, and emotionally. Creating art may boost young children's ability to analyze and problem-solve in myriad ways. As kids manipulate a paintbrush, their fine motor skills improve. By counting pieces and colors, they learn the basics of Math.

When children experiment with materials, they dabble in science. Most important perhaps, when kids feel good while they are creating, art helps boost self-confidence. And children who feel able to experiment and to make mistakes feel free to invent new ways of thinking, which extends well beyond the craft room.

We believe that when kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.

Aerobics for children is a complete activity that can help children learn to love sports in general. It also brings other benefits, such as the value of effort and teamwork.

Along with its main benefits that include psychomotor development, motor coordination, social integration and agility, aerobics is helpful in letting the children develop their abilities to the fullest while they are still enjoying the activity.

At Alpha Core, we aim to make sure that the children utilize this opportunity to increase control, resistance and dexterity, and be aware of their bodies. As aerobics requires synchronization, the children must develop concentration and attention for each step, time and repetition. Lastly, since it is a group activity, the children get to increase their social capital in an environment that is conducive to meaningful, holistic learning.

Swimming is an excellent cardiovascular workout that promotes heart and lung health, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture. Swimming stimulates young children’s senses and is thought to improve brain and emotional development. Children can often be fearful of water if they are not sensitised to it. Overcoming this fear can be extremely empowering, boosting confidence and self-esteem. This newfound confidence can extend to social situations, which allows your child to interact with peers, developing their social skills and providing another self-esteem boost. Improving self-esteem instils a positive attitude towards physical activity which assists later in life.

We believe that swimming, while fantastic for physical health and wellbeing, has invaluable mental health benefits. As children grow and develop, the positive mental effects of swimming begin to align, if not exceed the physical benefits of swimming.

Coding or computer programming is the act of using languages to instruct a computer to perform functions and more schools are seeing the importance of teaching this skill to young students all over the world.

Learning to code calls for mastery of a problem-solving skill known as computational thinking: breaking down tasks into a logical sequence of smaller steps, discarding unnecessary elements, diagnosing errors, and inventing new approaches when the first inevitably fails. Coding provides techniques to attack a problem and creates logical connections which help kids to learn how to properly analyses different situations and problems.

We trust that this skill provides kids with the tools to create a world of limitless possibilities, one where they can build their own paths and solutions in their own way.

Clay, and its necessity to be touched, is at once familiar to children. The sensory experiences they encounter in our pottery studio are numerous and as they experience the texture and feel of the clay, the students express what they are sensing with uninhibited enthusiasm; “It’s cold, it’s wet and squishy, and it’s so heavy!” Clay asks to be poked, pinched, twisted and rolled and as they handle it, children develop both fine and major motor skills and realize that they have an effect on the clay as it responds to their manipulation. Children visually inspect the clay’s surface and color, they smell it and they laugh at the sounds it makes when it’s wet. For many, it’s perhaps the first time they’ve been encouraged to get wet and dirty in a classroom environment and there is an instinctive and uplifting response to the freedom they feel. Even when the finished product is ready to take home, the children hold and cradle their work, smoothing their fingers over the now colorfully glazed surface as they turn it around and around for inspection.

As soon as children are given clay, they immediately begin to mold and shape it. The feeling that they are in command of the clay gives the students the confidence to attempt any project which opens the door to greater self-expression and imagination. In our programmes, we often encourage the children to work on spinning decorating wheels or to get up from their seats and walk to the other side of the table so they can see their creation from all sides. They begin to understand shape, form, and perspective, and therefore get a first lesson in geometry. The child learns to really look and see the world around them and discovers their place in that world. They gain knowledge of planning methods and problem solving as they map out their three dimensional project. While there are rules and procedures that need to be followed when working with clay, we find that children are very good about understanding guidelines and respecting procedures. Through this understanding they learn something that is very important: discipline yields success.

Photography is so much more than clicking a button and taking a picture. Many of the skills children learn as a photographer can be transferred into real life. As a visual art, photography teaches kids how to analyze and observe situations. When taking a picture, they need to be aware of the environment around them and what would look good in a shot and what wouldn’t. This ability to analyze allows for a photographer to become observant. Being able to decide what goes in frame and out of frame teaches quick decision making skills as well.

Hobbies such as photography help children develop their fine motor and visual spatial skills. Being involved with the arts has also been scientifically proven to obtaining more academic achievements than a student who is not involved. This has shown to be the case because the arts instills an ability to focus in the participants with an attention to detail. Artistic activities have also led to an increase in self-confidence and high self-esteem which can lead to higher academic achievements.

Photography like every other visual art is a great outlet to express creativity. Creativity is a key component to entrepreneurial ventures and the creation of new ideas. By being creative on the regular, new ideas are easier to formulate and allow for children to think of the box with ease.

Art also teaches children that making mistakes can often lead to something better or at least how to resolve problems in a variety of different ways. Art is often the perfect outlet for communicating ideas and feelings that children would ordinarily struggle with. Though creativity also inspires imagination, it encourages resiliency and is a great way to establish a work ethic. Most importantly, creating art allows children to work on things they love and be creative without consequences.

Overall, the arts and even photography specifically provides life long transferable skills that will be helpful in the job force but also life in general. Every job needs someone who is a skilled problem solver or a creative thinker. Art just encourages those qualities to come through

Taekwondo is so much more than just kicking and punching. The life skills we teach as a daily part of our classes help children grow into responsible young adults. Here are just a few of the many benefits the children receive as part of our taekwondo programme.

  1. A Boost in Self Esteem –Each child is judged against their own ability level and not of their training partner or classmates.
  2. Learning Self-Discipline –Today’s children are immersed in a culture that provides instant gratification. Students at Alpha Core Taekwondo class learn to discipline themselves toward achieving objectives.
  3. Socialization Skills –children learn to work together to accomplish a common goal. Partner drills and sparring teach students to communicate and observe other people.
  4. Physical Activity –our classes give a structured physical activity that he or she will enjoy and wish to continue to be a part of.
  5. Learning the ability to fail –Students in taekwondo will fail at some time. They may get kicked in the head gear by a sparring partner, drop a weapon,or lose at a tournament. Allowing children to fail in a safe environment lets them see that failure is not an end, but the beginning of a great story.
  6. Respect – At Core we teach that Respect is not what you know, but it’s what you do. Students are taught from the first class to stand straight, to answer with manners and to respect those around them.
  7. Increased Communication Skills –As the child gains the confidence to answer up, he shows an increase in overall communication
  8. Self-control – Students are taught that the hardest move in all of martial arts is to stand still and control themselves. As a child gains physical control, they will learn control over their mind as well.

The enhancement of physical and mental development of children is certainly the most important contribution of sports for children. Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is definitely one of the greatest things man has ever created. It’s also a powerful tool that breaks down all the barriers and helps us feel good about ourselves, both physically and mentally. Sport is quite beneficial for children too: by playing sports children develop physical skills, exercise, make new friends, have fun, learn to be a team member, learn about play fair, improve self-esteem, etc.

The enhancement of physical and mental development of children is certainly the most important contribution of sports, but the list of values the children may learn and acquire through sports does not end here. Other positive aspects are numerous, which reveals the true beauty of sport.

No other thing in life affords children such opportunity to develop positive character traits and to soak up many quality values as sports does. Here are some benefits that may come from playing sports:

  • Kids’ character and moral principles are formed through fair play.
  • Playing sports enables them to create friendships they otherwise might not have formed.
  • Sports bring people together from all over the world, regardless of their nationality, religion, culture, or skin color.
  • Teamwork and benefits of social interaction among children are best seen in sports.
  • They view competitions on and off the field as opportunities to learn from their success and failure. In addition, losing often motivates kids to work even harder for next time.
  • They learn to respect authority, rules, team colleagues and opponents.
  • Sport is an important learning environment for children. Numerous studies have shown that children who play sports perform better at school. It is also within sport that peer status and peer acceptance is established and developed.
  • Sports experiences help building positive self- esteem in children.
  • Participating in sports can be a helpful way of reducing stress and increasing feelings of physical and mental well-being, as well as fighting against juvenile delinquency, conflict and aggressive outbursts.
  • When children learn positive life lessons through sports, there is no doubt they will become honest, reliable adults who will try to help others in need at any moment.