Take a break from exam studies and get active!

Work and play are two indispensable components of life, and while a long summer of play awaits, the final exam stretch is looming! To get through, it’s not only important to add a dash of play to the study regime, but we’ve found it to be essential.

In fact, play is so important to childhood development it’s recognised as a universal right by the United Nations. According to psychologists, play stimulates the brain to make connections between nerve cells, and studies by neuroscientists show that play helps develop the cerebral cortex, improving memory and cognitive function. Kids have shown to pay more attention to academic tasks after frequent, short bouts of unstructured play time.

Our top games to play to improve studying

French cricket

French cricket is simple and doesn’t require too much space. It can also be played with a group of fielders, or just two people: the batter and bowler. French cricket differs from normal cricket in that you don’t need wickets or a large playing field. The batter stands with their legs together, which are essentially the wickets. The bowler attempts to get his ball to hit the batter’s legs, while the batter hits the ball away.

Watch this video for a demonstration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMNlgIiF61g

What we like about it: Easy & relaxed fun. Only need 2 people and a bat and ball. Improves hand-eye coordination.

Badminton

Badminton is a high-action game, and one of the most cardio-intense sports in the world. It will get your kids’ heart rate up, and increased heart rate from exercise has a myriad of benefits on studying and learning. Badminton can be played with 2 – 4 players, so you can get the family involved. Most badminton sets come with a net, but you don’t necessarily need one. Just a few good rallies is a great way to have a quick, fun break that packs a punch.

What we like about it: High energy workout. Fat burning.Fast-paced, developing good reflexes and athleticism.

Football

This one isn’t just for boys. Practicing shooting goals and trying to get the ball past a goalie is a fun way to improve hand-eye coordination, and boost confidence!

What we like about it: Simple, only need a ball and two people. Flexible: can just practice goal shooting, or have a high-energy game.

Dance!

Even if you don’t have a gaming console, you can play dancing games through downloadable apps on your smart phone, or through a PC with an internet connection, like Just Dance Now. https://justdancenow.com/ . What’s great about dancing is it involves coordination and motor-neuron skills while involving several senses. Plus, it’s expressive! After long tedious hours feeling like a robot absorbing reams of information, dance reminds us that we’re human again, capable of movement, expression, joy and emotion!

What we like about it: Expressive, involves music. Develops rhythm.Makes you laugh.

The best thing about these playful activities is that they involve movement, which helps students re-energise their bodies, brains and spirits. So, it’s time to get your kids moving and shaking their way through finals, and into the holidays.

Choosing a curriculum

Choosing the correct curriculum for a student is crucial as it shapes their educational experience, aligns with their learning style, and prepares them for future academic and career opportunities. The British International Curriculum emphasizes flexibility, critical thinking, and a global perspective, offering various pathways like the IGCSE and A-levels. In contrast, the South African CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement) is more prescriptive, focusing on a standardized approach with a strong emphasis on local context and practical skills development.

Early Years

Designed for 5 to 6-year-olds

The British International Early Years program initiates an engaging educational path for learners. it establishes a robust foundation at the start of their academic careers, preparing them to advance to subsequent international phases.

Lower Primary

Designed for children aged 7 to 9

The British International Primary program initiates an engaging educational path for learners. it establishes a solid base at the start of their educational journey, setting the stage for their advancement into subsequent international phases.

Upper Primary

Designed for 10 to 12 year old's

The British International Upper Primary program initiates an engaging educational path for learners. it establishes a robust foundation for students at the intermediate stage of their education, preparing them for the subsequent international phase.

Lower Secondary

Designed for 13 to 15-year-olds

The British International Lower Secondary program initiates an engaging educational path for learners. it lays a solid groundwork for students in the senior phase of their education, preparing them for the subsequent iGCSE level.
 

iGCSE

Designed for 16 to 17-year-olds

The British International GCSE program propels learners forward on an engaging educational path. it lays a solid groundwork for students progressing to advanced international levels.

AS/A Levels

Designed for 18 to 19-year-olds

The British International AS level program propels learners forward on a dynamic educational path. it offers a concluding year (12th grade) before progressing to tertiary education. The British International A level program, an additional year (13th grade) of schooling, equips students with a competitive edge for entering demanding university programs.
 

Grade 10-12

Designed for students aged 16 to 19

The National Senior Certificate (CAPS) program serves as South Africa's curriculum for Grades 10 through 12. it offers the concluding three-year phase of secondary education prior to pursuing higher education.

Wingu Academy's Hybrid Schooling Option

At Wingu Academy, we provide diverse schooling options tailored to your needs. Our hybrid schooling option, available in Centurion (Gauteng) and the Southern Suburbs (Western Cape), combines the flexibility of online education with the stability of a traditional brick-and-mortar school.

Wingu Southern Suburbs Campus

24 Cornwall Street, Lakeside, Muizenberg