An academic summer course available for one, two or three weeks in July and August. Examine a key question from STEM, Humanities and Arts perspectives and develop higher-order thinking skills.Apply Now
The Academic Discovery and Academic Discovery Plus Programmes are Oxford Royale Academy’s most popular junior courses, offering younger students the chance to investigate a key question through a combination of fascinating classes and exciting practical workshops. Students will live and study in a prestigious British boarding school, exploring links between science and the arts and improving key life skills, including teamwork and public speaking.
The investigation of a key question throughout the course ensures the programme is structured and that students can enhance their researching and planning skills. Practical sessions will maximise engagement levels and encourage students to formulate their own opinions, an important and transferable skill.
Rather than focusing on learning facts, the goal is to enable pupils to achieve higher-order outcomes by interrogating information and applying skills in multiple contexts. Lessons will involve pitched debates and all students will conclude their course with an assessed presentation.
For each week-long session, students study a key question through a variety of Arts and Science classes, along with a series of more practical afternoon workshops to consolidate knowledge.
Each student will have the option to enrol in either the Arts or Sciences stream of the course and this choice will decide which key question they will investigate for the week.
By the end of this course, students will have:
Each week of study will be themed around a key question, framing the lessons and activities in a wider context. These themes will be:
|Rise of the Robots|
|Robots: a threat or a service to humankind? During the course, students will examine a range of robot-related big questions, such as “How have robots changed the way jobs are carried out?” and “How have robots captured our imaginations in literature?”|
|185 Days in Space|
|A poet’s dream or a zero-gravity nightmare? During the course, students will examine a range of space-related big questions, such as “What enables a soft landing?” and “What is space food like?”|
|Can we do more to protect people from natural disasters?To answer this key question, students will analyse some of the most extreme environments on the planet, including the people who live there and the human response to disaster situations.|
In each case, students will explore the topic through scientific and arts-based lenses, leading to a wider investigation of the subject.
Students will not be able to study the same key question twice. Therefore, for bookings of more than 3 weeks in length, it is recommended that students combine the course with the Junior English Programme.
|Course Dates||Key Question|
|28 Jun – 4 Jul 2020||Rise of the robots: a threat or a service to humankind?|
|5 Jul to 11 Jul 2020||Extreme Earth: can we do more to protect people from natural disasters?|
|12 Jul – 18 Jul 2020||185 days in space: a poet’s dream or a zero-gravity nightmare?|
|19 Jul – 25 Jul 2020||Rise of the robots: a threat or a service to humankind?|
|26 July – 1 Aug 2020||Extreme Earth: can we do more to protect people from natural disasters?|
|2 Aug – 8 Aug 2020||185 days in space: a poet’s dream or a zero-gravity nightmare?|
|9 Aug – 15 Aug 2020||Rise of the robots: a threat or a service to humankind?|
Take this course if you are hoping to develop a love of learning and academic exploration.
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