On Friday afternoons at John Lyon all pupils put their Academic timetables to one side and participate in the School’s broad, engaging and fascinating Co-Curricular Programme.
The Co-Curricular Programme offers something different to pupils beyond the classroom and is aimed at developing a sense of achievement, wellbeing and enjoyment, while gaining practical skills and engaging with the eight School Values.
The John Lyon Co-Curricular Programme is an important and integral part of the School timetable and wider School life, designed to add to pupil learning and introduce pupils to exciting new ideas and opportunities, which will help them in School, outside School and beyond into higher education and the workplace.
Pupils in all years take part in a number of activities, both required and optional, with many being student led, designed to complement their learning, increase confidence and give back to the School and wider community.
This page gives details of the structure of the programme in each School year, followed by details of each of the activities on offer.
A ‘rounded’ education given a firm emphasis, with a timetabled programme of ‘skills-based’ activities including everything from cooking to changing a tyre. Plenty of trips and societies, from computing to chess. ‘It’s a very broad ranging education,’ commented one contented father.The Good Schools Guide
|Autumn Term and Summer Term|
|2.00 – 4.00pm||Carousel: Archery | Cycling | Fives | Golf | Kayaking | Learning Skills | Photography | Public Speaking and Culture|
|2.00 – 4.00pm||Drama Festival|
|Autumn Term and Spring Term|
|2.00 – 4.00pm||Carousel: Cooking | Critical Thinking | Karate | Music Performance | Rugby | Typing | Wellbeing|
|2.00 – 4.00pm||Bronze CREST Award|
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Animation | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
Using imagination and planning to tell a story, as well as the chance for work to be seen around School will be the rewards for pupils during Animation.
Animation has come a long way from simple flip-books and is now box office. In this course pupils will make a short animation that can tell a story, sell a product or promote a point of view. Beginning on a paper-based storyboard it will then be animated using Adobe Animate. Once all animations are collected, the best will be shown on screens around School and on the School website.
Archery | Y7 | Autumn, Summer
Resilience, self-discipline, personal safety and numeracy skills will be the rewards for pupils during Archery.
Suitable for complete beginners, this introduction to the traditional Olympic sport will see pupils learn how to hone their bow and arrow skills, in competition with themselves and each other. Archery is fully supervised by experienced staff to ensure maximum safety for all pupils, with pupils expected to behave in an exemplary manner and follow all instructions to the letter.
Astronomy | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
An understanding of our universe, gravity and the planetary systems through research and idea sharing will be the rewards for pupils during Astronomy.
Pupils will support each other to research some of the most up-to-date information about the world and universe in which we live. With the knowledge that our solar system has a finite lifetime, pupils will also focus on the idea of finding new habitable planets and the physics theory required to enable us to attempt this. Pupils will learn about telescopes and how to carry out research and present their ideas to each other. Visits to other schools and universities to access observatory data will be arranged.
Board Games | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
Enhanced strategy, memory, critical thinking, verbal skills and teamwork will be the rewards for pupils during Board Games.
Can you conjure up an obscure word in Scrabble? Or hold your nerve as the Jenga tower starts to lean? In this activity pupils will get to play a wide variety of games – old and new – all designed to develop transferable skills and to test strategy, knowledge and competitive instinct. The benefits of Monopoly, Chess, Trivial Pursuit, Connect Four and Battleships are myriad, from motor skills and concentration to lowered blood pressure and support of mental health.
Brainteaser and Puzzle Club | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Spring
The skills needed to solve problems at School, in interviews and in the workplace will be the rewards for pupils during Brainteaser and Puzzle Club.
Working both individually and in groups, pupils will be given the opportunity to tackle and complete a range of set tasks designed to test their problem solving skills, while also developing their numerical and verbal reasoning and gaining a broader general knowledge. Pupils will be exposed to the kind of problems they might come across at future interviews for a range of professions. Gaining an awareness of how one might tackle these problems will set them up well for later life.
Bronze CREST Award | Y8 | Summer
Enhanced enquiry, problem solving skills, communication and a CREST certificate will be the rewards for boys during Bronze CREST Award.
The Bronze CREST Award is a STEM-based challenge designed to introduce pupils to project work empowering them to work like real scientists, technologists, engineers or mathematicians by choosing their own topics with the freedom to work as they think best. With the support of a supervising teacher to help decide the project they want to spend the term working on, the options are huge, from identifying the best way to throw a paper aeroplane, to investigating whether listening to music has an effect on the level of success in completing a task, finding the best material for a coat by testing insulating materials, or optimising how high a model rocket can go. By choosing a project they are passionate about, boys will have ownership of their project and work hard to find a solution to the identified problem. They will develop their abilities to think for themselves by making a hypothesis and designing a scientific investigation. After collecting various sets of results, they will learn how to analyse data to form a logical conclusion before writing a scientific report of their project including a reflection on the knowledge gained.
Charity Event Planning | L6, U6 | Autumn
Improved communication, collaboration and organisational skills alongside enhanced empathy will be the rewards for students during Charity Event Planning.
Given the opportunity to manage School charity events, this activity will enable students to work on behalf of good causes and raise significant amounts of money for various School-supported charities. This will help students complete elements of their Goldhawk Diplomas, and will enhance their UCAS personal statements and CVs.
Chess | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
Enhanced problem solving and a more strategic mindset will be the rewards for pupils during Chess.
Ever thought of yourself as a strategic genius or are you possibly aspiring to be one? In this course, designed for players of all abilities, alongside playing the game in an ongoing tournament, pupils will learn specific Chess techniques every week – from basic opening moves to advanced strategy – and have the opportunity to play alongside and develop connections with pupils from other year groups. There are numerous well-documented benefits to playing Chess, both for a pupil’s academic study and their health, including improved memory, increased planning and foresight, and creativity.
Combined Cadet Force (CCF) | Y9, Y10, Y11, L6 | Autumn, Spring, Summer
Enhanced personal discipline and resilience as well as the opportunity to lead other cadets will be the rewards for pupils during CCF.
Within the newly revived John Lyon CCF Contingent, pupils will have the chance to take part in the host of activities and opportunities offered by the CCF.
In Years 9 and 10, pupils will begin to learn the skills covered in the CCF basic syllabus, including drill, skill at arms and shooting, map and compass, fieldcraft and first aid, working to achieve the CCF Red Star. New cadets will have to adapt to the new environment of the CCF as well as the perseverance and self-discipline that it requires. It will test each cadet’s skills and teach them to be adaptive in their application of taught skills, while learning to accept responsibility for their own behaviour as well as collaborating with others.
From Year 11, pupils will refine these skills and continue to the CCF advanced syllabus exploring many different opportunities including STEAM-based learning skills whilst working with the Royal Engineers. Additionally, pupils will begin to learn or continue to hone their method of instruction skills and have the chance to practise leading a unit of cadets. Completion of the advanced syllabus is rewarded with the CCF Gold Star. Older cadets will become more self-confident as they lead groups of cadets and will have to display notable resilience when learning how to achieve this. Additionally, they will have to make decisions as they will be teaching elements of the training programme. Pupils will have to challenge the behaviour of pupils within the different sections that they lead, setting a high example to those cadets ranking below them.
Community Partnership: Drama | L6 | Autumn, Spring
A feeling of personal achievement through contribution and dedication to the community will be the rewards for students during Community Partnership: Drama.
A series of bespoke workshops delivered by John Lyon students will see students gain experience working with children from a number of primary schools, teaching, acting and directing a play in an ambitious project that will culminate in a large scale community performance in front of a large audience. This is a valuable opportunity to gain the skills required to organise a project, work alongside education professionals and contribute to the lives of local children.
Composition | Y11, L6, U6 | Autumn
Enhanced musical creativity as well as greater knowledge of important music theory will be the rewards for students during Composition.
Working with the School’s professional musicians and using powerful software including Sibelius and GarageBand, pupils will be mentored in the art of musical composition, creating original musical works for solo and group performers.
Cooking | Y8 | Autumn, Spring
Leadership skills, time management, lifelong kitchen knowledge and the ability to be creative with food will be the rewards for pupils during Cooking.
Based in the well-equipped School kitchens, this course will see pupils learn about food nutrition, balanced diet, food hygiene, cross-contamination and allergens in theory lessons before learning different cooking techniques including bread making, baking, knife skills and food presentation, working in teams with each member given the opportunity to be the group leader making sure the dishes are completed on time. In cooking various dishes, pupils will understand that cooking is an important life skill that can be enhanced by taking an active role in their home kitchens. They are also encouraged to be creative in their presentation.
Creative Writing | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
Confidence in presenting ideas and receiving feedback, and developing communication skills through imaginative and original storytelling will be the rewards for pupils during Creative Writing.
This activity celebrates original ideas and cultivates each pupil’s creative potential. Pupils share ideas and learn how to craft effective fiction that is lively and engaging, exploring form, character, structure and style. Pupils will produce various different styles of fiction, from micro-fiction to stream-of-consciousness passages. They will learn to perceptively analyse a writer’s purpose and craft to recreate effective writing in their own style. The analytical, literary and creative skills developed align with those demanded in GCSE English.
Critical Thinking | Y8 | Autumn, Spring
The ability to think independently when reading and being able to use critical analysis in discussion and debate will be the reward for pupils during Critical Thinking.
Using various articles, papers, books and journals, pupils will be asked to think critically and analytically before presenting their conclusions to the class. They will choose an article from newspapers or subject specific magazines in the school library on which to apply their analytical and critical skills, leading to a written summary of their conclusions. They will do the same with an online article and will then present their thoughts on genuine and fake news. Pupils will develop analytical and critical skills that can be applied to academic and real-life scenarios.
Critical Thinking | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
The ability to analyse the structure of arguments for use in exams and future university admissions tests will be the rewards for pupils during Critical Thinking.
In this activity pupils will improve their critical capacities and their understanding of how arguments are formed. Pupils will learn how to analyse an argument and identify conclusions and unstated assumptions, while learning to think laterally and more critically about contemporary culture and society. The result will help pupils towards their national exams as well as future university admissions tests. Their improved understanding of argument structure will help their verbal fluency when engaging in class discussions.
Cyber Discovery | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
Learning to solve problems in teams using creative thinking and knowledge of current trends in cyber security will be the rewards for pupils during Cyber Discovery.
Cyber Discovery is a government learning programme created specifically for pupils aged 13–18, designed to ensure that many more people have the chance to enter the cyber security profession in the coming years. Pupils learn about current trends in cyber security and solve challenges set by industry professionals. This can involve coding, problem solving, puzzles, group work and collaboration. The best pupils have the chance of being invited back to compete in the next round of the competition.
Cycling | Y7 | Autumn, Spring
An enhanced sense of ability and control, the ability to identify and manage risk, basic mechanical maintenance skills and interaction with the outside world will be the rewards for pupils during Cycling.
Based at John Lyon’s Sudbury Playing Fields, Cycling will see pupils work on riding skills, endurance and bike maintenance. Starting by developing balance in static activities, pupils will learn how and why to shift their weight when tackling obstacles whilst maintaining posture. From small drops and hops to descending a set of stairs, pupils will develop bike control whilst riding at low and high speeds. Pupils will also learn how to maintain their bikes, from pre-ride checks to mending punctures and after-ride washing. This course includes a trip to experience riding a BMX on a pump track.
Drama Festival | Y7 | Summer
Teamwork, problem solving skills and development of dramatic technique will be the rewards for pupils during Drama Festival.
The John Lyon Drama Festival is a much-loved part of Year 7, with pupils working in their form groups to prepare a short play to produce and perform for parents in the Boyd Campbell Hall, in a competition format judged by a visiting drama specialist. The festival is a celebration of the work of pupils, who will all have been involved in their production from start to finish. The sessions involve casting, rehearsing, set design, costume, lighting and full technical and dress rehearsals before the final performances. All pupils in Year 7 play a part in the festival, increasing their skills and confidence by challenging their capabilities. Through the exploration of story and theme pupils develop their understanding of moral choices and by working together to overcome problems they achieve their goals as a team.
Film Making | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
Enhanced self- and peer-evaluation, leadership and teamwork skills, as well as greater artistic confidence will be the rewards for pupils during Film Making.
This practical course will introduce pupils to the different roles required in producing films, from camera operation and lighting to directing and editing, guiding each boy through the steps necessary to take a project from an initial idea to a final product. Pupils will gain, through hands-on exploration, a greater understanding of how film cameras and associated equipment are used to create professional looking films. Pupils will capture and edit footage into final projects of their choice. They will develop operational skills as well as learning how to evaluate and critique their own work and that of their peers, looking for ways to adapt and improve their projects. Pupils will develop confidence in their own creative abilities as well as nurturing and developing group and leadership skills.
Fitness Activators | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
The opportunity to develop personal health and fitness knowledge within an environment where life skills such as communication and punctuality are key will be the reward for pupils during Fitness Activators.
This course teaches students about key muscle groups and how these can be trained safely to improve both sporting and general fitness. It covers basic fundamental principles of fitness and fitness instruction, both of which will be consolidated in supporting the member of staff in the fitness suite at Healthy Lifestyle Programme lunchtime clubs. Pupils will demonstrate a keen commitment to health and fitness, showing excellent organisational skills and taking leadership roles within the Healthy Lifestyle Programme. They will also develop a greater understanding of what they are trying to achieve and how to achieve it through increased knowledge of the principles of training and how training can benefit the body.
Fives | Y7 | Autumn, Spring
A sense of fair play, dispute resolution, teamwork, coordination and improved physical wellbeing will be the rewards for pupils during Fives.
Based on the Fives courts of Harrow School this traditional game is steeped in respect and fair play. Learning not only how to play this fast, dynamic game, pupils will also develop a sense of fair play, because they are allowed to develop their own interpretation of the rules, with any disputes being solved politely by the competing pairs as there is no referee. All pupils will improve their coordination and fitness, as well as sporting resolve and teamwork, all while having fun and gaining an understanding of a sport with a unique heritage.
Goldhawk Diploma | L6 | Summer
Increased personal development with a number of experiences and skills needed to lead rich and fulfilling lives will be the rewards for students during Goldhawk Diploma.
A course unique to John Lyon and named after a notable former pupil, the Goldhawk Diploma sees all Sixth Form students complete six components alongside their core academic programme: Employability, preparing students for the workplace; Super-curricular, inspiring students to be independent, self-motivated and curious learners; Extra-curricular, encouraging students to engage in a range of activities, nurturing passion and developing character, enabling students to flourish as well rounded, happy individuals; Leadership, inspiring students to act as role models and become student ambassadors; Life Skills, promoting wellbeing, instilling resilience and developing soft skills in students; Community, inspiring students to act with integrity and compassion. This Co-Curricular Programme session for Lower Sixth students in Summer Term allows students the chance to work on their diploma.
Golf | Y7 | Autumn, Spring
The ability to listen and to be coached, as well as learning how to be patient and reflect on and rectify mistakes will be the rewards for pupils during Golf.
Based at the School’s Sudbury Playing Fields, with some access to Harrow School’s golf course, and led by a qualified PGA professional and an experienced amateur golfer, pupils will be taught the basics of the sport including body positioning throughout the swing, long iron shots, short game chipping and the basic art of putting. Pupils will develop the ability to hit long golf shots after a short space of time. In addition, the consistency and quality of these shots will develop. Furthermore, the pupils will be exposed to putting and learning the intricacies it entails.
Grange Farm My Yard Food Bank | L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
Working within a well-run local charity, dealing with suppliers and clients, and working within the Harrow community will be the rewards for students during Grange Farm My Yard Food Bank.
Students will work with secondary school pupils from nearby Grange Farm to help with the important work of My Yard, a Harrow charity that aims to reduce food waste by rescuing food from surplus and sharing it with those most in need locally via community cafes and surplus food markets. Pupils will sort and pack produce, as well as helping My Yard liaise with its suppliers – retailers such as Lidl, M&S and Starbucks – and its clients.
Harrow Woodlands Forest School | L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
The chance to work with and inspire children within a natural local setting and building teaching and leadership skills will be the rewards for boys during Harrow Woodlands Forest School.
Working outdoors, students will work with younger schoolchildren to help build their confidence and resilience through a number of activities and challenges such as den building and parachute games, designed to work within a woodland setting. Students will show leadership, creativity and responsibility as well as developing personal relationships with the younger children.
Herpetology | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn
The opportunity to study a fascinating branch of zoology, developing independent learning skills and working collaboratively with pupils from a number of different years will be the rewards for pupils during Herpetology.
Reptiles and amphibians – the subjects of herpetology – are increasingly appreciated as model organisms in many fields of zoology, and are the focus of growing conservation concern due to the alarming decline of many species. During this activity, pupils will be able to study different species, gain specialised knowledge and skills relating to these animals and be involved in researching, sourcing and caring for John Lyon’s own reptiles. Pupils will develop their scientific, independent learning and collaborative skills and use a wide range of sources to develop their knowledge of reptiles and amphibians and will also be given the opportunity to develop teamwork skills by producing presentations and projects.
Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) | Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Summer
Independent learning skills and preparation for A-Level studies will be the rewards for pupils during HPQ.
The HPQ qualification is an additional course taken towards the end of Year 10 and at the Start of Year 11 and designed to develop pupils’ independent learning skills. It is an opportunity to undertake research on a topic of interest that extends pupils beyond their GCSE subjects. The Level 2 qualification equates to half a GCSE and is awarded with traditional A*, A, B and C grades. Pupils are assigned a supervisor to help give guidance on the project, which will involve a large amount of independent study. In their project, pupils will present logical arguments within their chosen area of study. They will plan and organise their projects independently, whilst consulting a range of sources that they will successfully learn to reference academically. Pupils will solve potential problems with planning and researching, in a creative way. Pupils will develop skills of self-reflection specifically related to the research process and identify ways in which they can improve their own approaches to learning. They will work with members of staff and on occasion members of the public to assist them throughout the process. They will have experienced independent study in such a way that they will be better prepared for their A-Level studies.
Historical Film Review | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
A greater understanding of different historical periods and cultures and the ability to contextualise modern day events will be the rewards for students during Historical Film Review.
In this course students will investigate areas of history usually untouched by the academic curriculum, through the medium of film. They will discover the truths and fictions woven into films focusing on many periods of history, gathering a greater understanding of British society, public institutions, the democratic process and the values of others, while developing a strong awareness of the dangers to themselves and others posed by those who seek to stifle differing opinions or healthy debate.
History and Philosophy of Science | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
An understanding of the innovative nature of science and appreciating how creative ideas can solve real-world issues will be the rewards for pupils during History and Philosophy of Science.
In a world where results of scientific inquiry dominate modern life, learning and applying scientific techniques and principles raises exciting questions about how we understand everything around us. Analysing several sources, evaluating data and constructing their own arguments pupils evaluate how these techniques and principles are trusted, contested and changed over time. Pupils will explore the world-views of several communities, to make sense of different approaches and gain insights into the current workings of the sciences, technology and medicine.
iDEA (Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) | Y11, L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
The sense of being a better digital citizen and understanding how strong digital skills can be used both in school and in the workplace will be the rewards for students during iDEA.
iDEA, The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, is an international programme that helps the development of digital, enterprise and employability skills. Through a series of online challenges, students can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry recognised awards that help them stand out from the crowd. The Silver iDEA award contains badges covering citizen, worker, maker, entrepreneur and gamer skills. These allow students to choose the areas of digital innovation that most interest them, and to learn about how these skills relate to the careers of the future and how they might use them to increase their employability.
Individual Community Service | L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
The opportunity to work on projects to which and with people to whom they feel a strong connection, and developing new skills and confidence will be the rewards for students during Individual Community Service.
Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings to support their interests, including placements in law, medicine and charity work. Students may choose to work in settings that assist in the preparation of legal cases, support patients undergoing treatments, work with special needs children or assist in the running of a charity shop. Students will have the opportunity to experience challenges that relate to their interests and career ambitions. They will develop their confidence and interpersonal skills, showing resolve in their commitment to these placements.
John Lyon Union | L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring, Summer
The discovery of new ideas and pursuits, the chance to be inspired by eminent and notable speakers, and the skills to move beyond school with confidence will be the rewards for students during John Lyon Union.
A wide range of quality speakers come to John Lyon to talk on dynamic areas of cultural, political, academic, inspirational, sporting, philanthropic and creative endeavour.
Through John Lyon Union students will gain an excellent, well-rounded interdisciplinary education. They will be inspired by speakers, gain a wider knowledge of the world, learn about possible new careers and areas of study and discover voluntary and recreational pursuits. Talks will cover the need for inclusivity, charity and collaboration on both a domestic and international political platform. Talks from those who have overcome personal setbacks in life or achieved ambitious challenges will encourage attitudes of resilience. Charitable and voluntary endeavours will feature as an expected aspiration for all students.
Students become highly effective in applying the knowledge gained at John Lyon Union to other areas of School life. They will learn to engage in debate confidently, both with their peers and eminent speakers, thereby developing flexible thinking and minimising fear of failure. John Lyon Union talks will also enhance student applications to university by encouraging further enrichment activities such as wider reading, attending lectures and participation in other events.
Journalism | Y11, L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
The skills needed to create well-researched and written stories and the ability to spot a good story will be the rewards for students during Journalism.
Through a series of rich and varied sessions, with visits from guest journalists to share their expertise, aspiring writers will gain a greater understanding of the world of journalism – a world where Twitter talks loudest and print journalism must work even harder to engage. Students will work together to produce well-researched, well-written journalism. Alongside effective collaboration, individual writing skills will be practised and refined to foster flair for a good story. Exploration of the world of journalism will promote serious engagement with career choices and the changing nature of the media. The School’s main news channels – the website, the blog and The Standard magazine – will be open for the best work to be published.
Karate | Y8 | Autumn, Spring
Enhanced resilience, mental and physical health, and personal safety will be the rewards for pupils during Karate.
In this introduction to Okinawan Karate, the original form of the martial art, pupils will learn basic self-defence while also building up core strength and fitness. The activity will enable pupils to develop social and physical skills for learning, which can be applied in many other areas of life. Pupils will understand how to stay safe and how to be physically and mentally healthy, particularly in terms of exercise and a balanced lifestyle, and will become more resilient as a result of the training.
Kayaking | Y7 | Autumn, Spring
Individual challenge, group support and greater water safety and confidence will be the rewards for pupils during Kayaking.
This introduction to the popular water sport will teach the basics of boat control and safety. Pupils will learn the key methods to manoeuvre a kayak taking into consideration body, paddle, boat and water. They will also be shown how to capsize in a controlled and confident manner, challenging themselves and supporting each other in the process.
LCO Music Junction | Y11, L6, U6 | Spring
The chance to work with and learn from professional musicians as well as passing musical knowledge to younger children will be the rewards for students during LCO Music Junction.
Building on a hugely successful inaugural year, the London Chamber Orchestra Music Junction project returns, with John Lyon students again acting as musical mentors to children from schools around Harrow, culminating in a big concert in Summer Term. As mentors, students will work with the professional musicians from LCO to introduce new instruments to the children, helping to build their confidence and strengthen their musical understanding.
Lead a School Society | L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
Enhanced communication, organisational and leadership skills and the opportunity to work with pupils from across the School will be the rewards for students during Lead a School Society.
Students are given the opportunity to lead a society in an area of interest to them, and which may or may not be based on an A-Level subject they are studying. Participation will enable students to complement their examined subjects or provide them with the opportunity to explore areas of scholarship beyond the confines of their school syllabi. This will help students complete elements of their Goldhawk Diplomas, and will enhance their UCAS personal statements and CVs.
Leadership | Y9, Y10 | Autumn, Spring, Summer
Enhanced teamwork, leadership, perseverance, independence and self-reliance learned through a range of activities will be the rewards for pupils during Leadership.
Through activities such as navigation, first aid, cooking and pitching a camp, pupils will be taught a range of skills they will then be expected to apply in a range of situations, using this as a base to work towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Pupils will have to adapt to the demands of Duke of Edinburgh as well as the perseverance and self-discipline that it requires. It will test each pupil’s skills and teach them to be adaptive in their application of taught skills. Pupils will learn responsibility for their own behaviour as well as learning to both lead and collaborate with other pupils, especially as they work towards the Bronze Expedition.
Learning Skills | Y7 | Autumn, Spring
The confidence to work independently, undertaking critical research and making presentations to peers will be the rewards for pupils during Learning Skills.
Working over several weeks to produce a strong piece of work on a chosen topic, pupils will be taught how to use the library purposefully, how to use the internet for research and how to work with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to make an engaging academic presentation. Working on their own and aspiring to higher personal standards of work they will be able to transfer these skills throughout their remaining school career.
Learning Skills | Y9 | Autumn, Summer
The freedom to reflect on work and learning to critique others and resolve challenges will be the rewards for pupils during Learning Skills.
Encompassing a wide array of skills and subjects, this course will develop the soft skills that are essential to a pupil’s academic and professional life and that can be used across all academic subjects. Over several weeks pupils will explore the processes of logical thinking, the art of critical thinking, creativity of linguistic development and practical skills such as building paper windmills. Pupils will use a wide range of cross-curricular extension activities to develop their problem solving, spatial awareness, critical thinking, language and teamwork. With the chance to reflect on their work, critique others and work to resolve challenges placed before them, pupils will be given the freedom to create their own solutions and when faced with intellectual challenges show strong perseverance to resolve the matter.
Lifesaving | Y11, L6 | Autumn, Spring (two-term commitment)
The confidence and skills required to act in an emergency, enhanced physical wellbeing and the chance to gain a recognised qualification will be the rewards for students during Lifesaving.
Through response to simulated incidents, correctly following learned protocol, students will start to develop an understanding of the early stages of the lifesaving skills and techniques required as part of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. Students with the required skills can then apply to take the exam to gain National Pool Lifeguard Qualification Level 2, which is recognised at pools across the UK, EU and USA.
Model United Nations Society | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn
The opportunity to research and debate matters of global importance and enhanced critical thinking, teamwork and leadership skills will be the rewards for pupils during Model United Nations.
Committee and General Assembly debates, in the style of the United Nations, are at the heart of Model United Nations. Acting as delegates representing different nations, and discussing a range of real-world issues, pupils will get involved in substantial research, public speaking, debating and writing activities, with corresponding benefits to critical thinking, teamwork and leadership. In February 2020 John Lyon hosted its second Model United Nations conference, inviting students from a number of different schools to take part in a two-day session of MUN.
Model United Nations Society | L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
An enhanced global perspective through detailed discussions on current affairs and a mastery of the formalities and procedures encountered in the real United Nations will be the rewards for students during Model United Nations Society.
With a focus on organising John Lyon’s annual Model United Nations conference, Model United Nations Society will involve a thorough look into the processes and procedures of the United Nations. Representing different countries students will debate resolutions on a vast array of subjects, from cyber-security to regulation of the pharmaceutical industry, seeking to further their national interests when considering even the most minute of details on the most obscure of topics. Awareness of current affairs and confidence in public speaking as well as negotiation and critical thinking skills are all fostered in the rigid and demanding format of MUN. John Lyon MUN in February 2020 saw members of Model United Nations Society take the lead in organising the conference, chairing committees and fiercely debating as delegates on the assembly floor. www.johnlyon.org/MUN.
Music Performance | Y8 | Autumn, Spring
The confidence to perform, the ability to read music, an enhanced awareness of different cultures and teamwork skills will be the rewards for pupils during Music Performance.
Using the wide range of instruments in the School’s Music Department in activities designed for all musical ability, pupils will work towards an ensemble performance featuring every pupil. Rehearsals will focus on refining performance skills, developing technical instrument control, improving sight-reading and establishing more advanced methods of expression through the use of dynamics and phrasing suitable to the style and mood of the music. This all-inclusive ensemble will perform repertoire from the canon of Western music and the rest of the world, developing awareness of different cultures and their attitudes to music. Pupils will enhance transferable skills such as resilience in performance and learning how to control anxiety, in addition to learning skills in how to work collaboratively to achieve a common goal.
OpenLearn Courses | Y9, Y10, Y11, L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
Resilience, adaptability and the self-discipline required to complete courses on time will be the rewards for pupils during OpenLearn Courses.
Selecting from a wide range of subject courses provided by the Open University, pupils are given the chance to undertake positive independent learning, deepening the experience of subjects they are currently studying, investigating a subject or topic for which they have an interest but have not had the chance to study, or looking at a topic completely new to them. Courses vary in length and academic level, with a certificate presented upon completion. Pupils who undertake these courses show high levels of self-understanding for their age, recognising this as an opportunity to learn, grow and set themselves apart.
Photography | Y7 | Autumn, Spring
The abilities to take excellent photographs, tell a story through pictures and work in a variety of team rolls will be the rewards for pupils during Photography.
Pupils will learn the basic principles of lighting and operating a DSLR camera whilst studying the photographic works of the renowned David Hockney and his Joiner collage series. Working in teams, each pupil will take responsibility for a specific aspect of their project, including roles such as team leader, photographer, lighting designer, director and editor. Each team will create their own Hockney-inspired collages based on a key word, theme or narrative.
Photography | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
Enhanced teamwork and leadership gained while working on an artistic and technical project will be the rewards for pupils during Photography.
In this course pupils will learn the basic principles of photography and how to operate a DSLR camera and lighting through group and independent activities. Pupils will select and investigate a portrait photographer of their choice and will produce a set of photographs in the style of this photographer. Having explored the huge number of Photoshop editing techniques, they will then use this powerful software to create interesting outcomes with their pictures.
Photography | Y11, L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
The skills needed to competently use photography equipment and the ability to critique their own and others’ work will be the rewards for students during Photography.
This course is a chance to learn more than ‘point and shoot’ photography and will explore both the creative and technical sides of photography. Topics covered will include composition and framing, camera controls, exposure, aperture, shutter speed, lighting and picture selection and editing. Students will understand the effect individual camera controls have on the outcome of an image. They will be able to apply photographic rules and lessons to produce professional quality photographs. At the end of the course students will have a diverse portfolio of images.
Primary School Partnership: Art | L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
Enhanced creativity and the skills needed to help instruct younger children will be the rewards for students during Primary School Partnership: Art.
In partnership with children from Roxeth Primary School, John Lyon students will lead the sessions and work to devise a project for their young partners allowing them to develop their skills as artists and sculptors to create three-dimensional artwork, exploring a variety of media and techniques. Students will develop their ability to work collaboratively to plan activities through effective research, considering their audience and the resources available. This is an exciting opportunity to develop team building and leadership skills in a creative environment.
Primary School Partnership: Maths | L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
The ability to simplify complex mathematical ideas and having the confidence to answer lots of questions will be the rewards for students during Primary School Partnership: Maths.
Using a variety of challenging activities including mathematical puzzles, quizzes and mysteries, students will help pass their mathematical knowledge to primary school children. Students will take the lead in these sessions, having planned and prepared in advance with the help of the Maths Department teachers. They will learn to deliver content in a creative and easy to understand manner, requiring strong communication skills. The whole process will allow students to really delve deep into the underlying mathematics behind concepts and also test their ability to present these ideas. Students will also be kept on their toes by probing questions from younger pupils and so will have to be able to think on their feet.
Primary School Partnership: Numeracy and Literacy | L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
The chance to teach new skills and building confidence in both other children and themselves will be the rewards for students during Primary School Partnership: Numeracy and Literacy.
Working with younger children from a local primary school, John Lyon students will help develop and strengthen some of the numeracy and literacy skills that will be useful to the children as they move through education. Students will take responsibility for the work being done, using their initiative to build skills, confidence and interpersonal skills, both in the children and themselves.
Public Speaking and Culture | Y7 | Autumn, Spring
The confidence to speak in public, developing curiosity through research and an insight into the power of language to persuade will be the rewards for pupils during Public Speaking and Culture.
This activity will introduce pupils to the role of language in the art of persuasion. They will look at methods used by speakers to shape the world around them and have the opportunity to practise these techniques to convey an idea of their choice, having undertaken research to enhance their oracy. By the end of the sessions, pupils will have a clearer understanding of the different contexts of public speaking as well as gaining in confidence when speaking to a high standard.
Rugby | Y8 | Autumn, Spring
The development of new sporting skills as well as life skills such as punctuality, teamwork, leadership, a work ethic and respect will be the rewards for pupils during Rugby.
Pupils will learn the fundamentals of passing, support play, movement, tackling, interception and decision making. This will aid their individual performances in both physical fitness and sport-specific skills. Pupils will gain knowledge regarding tactical and positional play and will be able to demonstrate this in a game situation through attacking, defensive and transitional play. They will become confident decision makers with the ability to assess the situation, set goals and achieve targets, while discovering a new sport and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Russian | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn
An immersion into the language and culture of one of the world’s most important countries, along with skills gained by exploring a different alphabet will be the rewards for pupils during Russian.
This introduction to the language, history and culture of Russia will allow pupils to learn how to read and write using the Cyrillic alphabet, as well as how to introduce themselves and ask basic questions in Russian.
Script Writing | Y11, L6, U6 | Autumn, Spring
Improved creative writing, development of critical and reflective skills and the chance to have work professionally produced by the National Theatre will be the rewards for students during Script Writing.
As part of the National Theatre’s New Views playwriting programme, this activity will give students the opportunity to engage with media in a completely different way, approaching film and theatre from the perspective of a writer. It examines the craft of creating compelling drama and explores ways in which we can make scripts that engage with today’s current affairs. Students will develop their capabilities as writers and develop their understanding of wider issues in today’s society, learning to engage with both through creating their own unique content. Students will have the chance to engage in group feedback, developing their critical and reflective skills. Generating content in groups will enhance their inter-personal and collaborative abilities. Their work will be eligible for submission to the New Views competition, which could lead to the pieces being shortlisted and staged at the National Theatre, as well as contributing to their Higher Project Qualification (HPQ).
Senior Debating | Y11, L6, U6 | Autumn
The ability to plan and deliver compelling arguments on a wide range of topical and philosophical issues will be the reward for students during Senior Debating.
In these debating ‘training’ sessions, students will learn to plan and deliver arguments that can stand up against thorough scrutiny. The skills enhance essay writing and interview skills and lead to a better understanding of the British values of respect and fairness. Confidence is reinforced and use of language becomes more adept. Debating benefits all students, from the aspiring medical student who despite no longer studying English is engaged in discussions of medical ethics to the university applicant who is able to sustain an argument at interview in the face of detailed cross-examination, and the Year 11 student who is able to debate equally with students in the Upper Sixth.
Sports Analysis | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
Sharpened observational skills and a greater understanding of how to use statistics to improve performance will be the rewards for pupils during Sports Analysis.
This look into the process and application of sporting performance analysis will build a basic understanding of how and why video and statistical analysis is used in sport and how to identify areas for improvement and development. Pupils will gain an understanding of the importance of analysing their own performance as well as team performance. Through developing a more focused and patterned approach to watching sport, they will build the ability to home in and work on the points where players need correcting and improvement.
Sports Leadership | Y11, L6 | Autumn, Spring (two-term commitment)
The opportunity to demonstrate leadership and developing sporting excellence will be the rewards for students during Sports Leadership.
Being part of the Sports Leadership programme allows students to demonstrate a real commitment to sport, health and fitness while learning organisational skills and taking leadership roles within both the School and local community. By developing an understanding of what they are trying to achieve and of how to achieve it through both theoretical and practical work, students work towards completing a recognised coaching course with confidence.
STEAM Society | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn, Spring
The chance to apply classroom knowledge to new information and to understand how science can be applied to real-world issues will be the rewards for pupils during STEAM Society.
Pupils will look at real-life problems, such as dirty drinking water in developing countries, study their impact and research ways of using technology and science to find workable solutions. Pupils will give a lot of thought to what can be improved, both globally and locally, to improve people’s quality of life. They will also try to combine what they have learned in all STEM subjects and use their acquired skills for one single project.
Tap Dancing | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Spring
Trying something completely different and new while developing confidence outside the usual comfort zone will be the rewards for pupils during Tap Dancing.
Designed for beginners, this course will help increase focus and creativity in a fun and expressive way. It is not a requirement for pupils to have danced before, but pupils will be expected to listen to instructions and have the confidence to give something new a try. Having challenged their coordination and creative skills, working successfully with others, the course will culminate in pupils performing a short taught or self-choreographed piece to the group.
Theatre Design | Y11, L6, U6 | Spring
Improved teamwork, artistic skills and practical work with wood and paint will be the rewards for students during Theatre Design.
Students will design and build sets and scenery that aim to support the overall artistic goals of theatre productions. They will create scale models and discuss them with the director before creating the set in real size. Students will create something they can be proud of as a team. They will use their creative minds and put their ideas on stage. They will learn how to communicate their artistic ideas to their fellow students and the director, working together as a team. As well as this they will develop some practical skills, like working with wood and paint.
Typing | Y8 | Autumn, Spring
The ability to improve efficiency and focus plus reduced mental and physical fatigue will be the rewards for pupils during Typing.
Using advanced touch-typing software, pupils will build their typing skills by progressing through different levels with greater accuracy and speed. Pupils will learn to follow instructions and carry out the tasks, not only challenging themselves but also their peers, developing the notion of success through competition. Good typing skills will improve speed and efficiency, excellent skills for School life and beyond. Touch typing also reduces mental and physical fatigue and helps focus.
Weather Station | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Spring
Invaluable data handling and analysis skills and a deeper understanding of the natural world they observe around them will be the rewards for pupils during Weather Station.
Collecting primary data at John Lyon’s very own weather station will provide the opportunity for pupils to engage in meteorological science. At every session pupils will record and analyse the collected data, which will be used to enhance and support the work of wider organisations, such as the Met Office. In addition to this, meteorological observations will be compared to those gathered from other global locations, which will allow pupils to discuss and consider a range of climatic variations. Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of weather patterns and the impacts of various human activities on the climate that we experience. As a part of doing this, they will gain skills in handling data and analysis skills, learn how to present and discuss their findings, and develop an understanding of how weather and climate is of growing civic importance.
Wellbeing | Y8 | Autumn, Spring
An awareness of the need to be mindful of the pressures in daily life and some of the tools needed to overcome feelings of helplessness will be the rewards for pupils during Wellbeing.
This programme introduces pupils to a variety of activities that will enable them to understand the importance of wellbeing to their daily lives. Pupils will explore the concept of physical and mental wellbeing, be introduced to meditation and discover the benefits of mindfulness and yoga. The School Counsellor will also talk to pupils and provide an opportunity for pupils to know she is available to help with any concerns they might have.
Wellbeing Training | Y11, L6, U6 | Spring
Increased self-understanding and personal resilience will be the rewards for students during Wellbeing Training.
On the cusp of a significant transition in their lives leading to greater independence, breadth of opportunity and for the majority, the move away to university, this course will give students an opportunity for discussion and self-reflection as they gain skills to maintain good mental health and details of how to access resources and support if necessary. By reading materials, watching videos and listening to podcasts and presentations, students will have the opportunity to reflect and to enhance their contribution to the School community and their behaviour towards others by setting a good example. They will build resilience when feeling challenged and be less fearful when facing adversity.
Welldon Park Primary School: Kwik Cricket | L6, U6 | Autumn
The creativity and imagination needed to plan engaging group sessions and the self-awareness needed to deliver them will be the rewards for students during Kwik Cricket.
In a new partnership with Welldon Park Primary School in South Harrow, John Lyon students will run workshops to help improve the bat and ball skills of younger children, while at the same time fostering in them a love of the sport and physical activity in general. Leading the sessions, students will design activities that are suitable for children of all abilities, allowing them to have fun and succeed, and at the same time developing their own coaching and management skills, as well as self-confidence and self-awareness.
World History Society | Y9, Y10, Y11 | Autumn
The development of academic and writing skills alongside an enhanced knowledge of key events will be the rewards for pupils during World History.
Through debate and discussion about key events in ancient history, students will develop academic ability, writing and research skills.