The key courses of the Ahead online school

Mathematics, Computer programming, Science, Modern languages, Latin, English language and writing skills, Literature, Psychology, Geography, History and Sociology, Business and life skills.

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Mathematics that you will not learn at school

The development of spatial, mathematical and logical thinking, the ability to solve non-standard problems and to come up with algorithms – studying topics that are outside the scope of the school curriculum.

Teachers:  Svetlana Vodolazskaya, Anna Mikhailik

Age: 5-16 years


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Mathematics for “lovers of the humanities”

Children who are passionate about painting, music, history or literature sometimes feel insecure in maths classes. We understand what school failed to help them with and explain what seems incomprehensible to your child.

Teachers: Svetlana Vodolazskaya,  Anna Mikhailik

Age: 7-16 years old


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Preparation for 11+

Development of mathematical abilities, spatial and logical thinking for non-verbal and verbal reasoning. From the mathematical side, a variety of graphic and logical tasks are included in the course. Some tasks are related to the knowledge of English mathematical terms, so we expand our vocabulary as well as learn to look for clues.

Teachers: Svetlana Vodolazskaya, Tsvetana Myagkova, Anna Mikhaylik

Age: 8+


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Preparation for GCSE exams in mathematics and statistics

We practise exam technique and study all topics necessary for passing the exams. We learn to read the questions very carefully, and to answer fully the questions within the specified time frame.

Преподаватели: Svetlana Vodolazskaya, Anna Mikhailik

Age: 13-16 years old


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Fundamentals of computer programming

We master the basic concepts – such as a commands, algorithms, variables, conditions and loops – which lay the foundation for working with any computer code. We solve interesting problems using simple algorithms and play mini-games. We write and run Python code.

Teacher: Artyom Bobrovsky

Age: 10+


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Chat bot for Discord

If you are already familiar with the basics of programming, then we invite you to our new course at Ahead school. It is a series of workshops rather than just lessons – during the course, students will develop their own project, namely, a chat bot for a Discord chat.
The course details:
10 lessons, 1 lesson per week + homework from 1 hour per week.


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Preparing for the GCSE and A-Level exams in Russian

 

This course is for those who are thinking about taking exams in Russian in the UK. In class, we read, expand our vocabulary, write essays, learn poetry and listen to Russian music.

Teachers: Irena Dobrynina, Alla Antonenko

Age: 14-16 лет


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Creative writing

 

5 x 1-hour sessions for 15-17-year-olds and 18-22-year-olds

 

The course is taught by David and Tanya. They have worked in the communication business at the highest level and taught thousands of people to present themselves at every level of experience– from students to graduates, from business managers to chief executives. Tanya worked for 5 years at Google and has spoken at many conferences including at the Kremlin. David speaks and coaches all over the world, is a speechwriter and performance coach and has been a graduate advisor on the MBA programme for Warwick University Business School.

Whether it is writing a resume or cv, a personal statement to go with your university application, attending a job interview, or simply meeting new people in a social setting, presenting yourself in the adult world can be very daunting. This course is made up of 5 modules covering each of the major areas:
How to work out your own story and frame it compellingly
Writing resumes, CV’s and personal statements
Preparing for and conducting interviews
Understanding personality profiling and different communication styles
How to ask questions and work a room when meeting strangers

7 x 1-hour sessions

Teachers: David Kean, Tanya Khandurova

Ages: 15-17-year-olds and 18-22-year-olds


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Self-presentation  course

 

5 x 1 hour sessions for 15-17 year olds and 18-22 year olds

The course is taught by David and Tanya. They have worked in the communication business at the highest level and taught thousands of people to present themselves at every level of experience– from students to graduates, from business managers to chief executives. Tanya worked for 5 years at Google and has spoken at many conferences including at the Kremlin. David speaks and coaches all over the world, is a speechwriter and performance coach and has been a graduate advisor on the MBA programme for Warwick University Business School.

Whether it is writing a resume or cv, a personal statement to go with your university application, attending a job interview, or simply meeting new people in a social setting, presenting yourself in the adult world can be very daunting. This course is made up of 5 modules covering each of the major areas:

  • How to work out your own story and frame it compellingly
  • Writing resumes, CV’s and personal statements
  • Preparing for and conducting interviews
  • Understanding personality profiling and different communication styles
  • How to ask questions and work a room when meeting strangers 

 

7 x 1 hour sessions 

Teachers: David Kean, Tanya Khandurova

Ages: 15-17-year-olds and 18-22-year-olds


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Writing fundamentals

On this course, you will learn the fundamental features of a variety text genres so that you are better able to employ these in your own writing. You will learn about language, structure, layout, style, punctuation, connecting and expressing ideas and more. By understanding the important characteristics of different text types, you will be better able to write more naturally and express your ideas more convincingly to your audience.

Teacher: Andy Jeffery 


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Academic  writing English

On this course, the focus is on developing academic writing through writing sub-skills, grammar and vocabulary. The learners will be at the centre of everything. We will analyse and employ real and natural English taken from authentic texts chosen by the students themselves. By empowering the learners, this course is centred around what they want to learn and will develop transferable study skills and learner autonomy that will enable continuation of their studies even once their course has ended.

Teacher: Andy Jeffery


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The art of storytelling

 

This course is designed to help proficient English speakers use story structure, descriptive language and tone of voice to become confident engaging storytellers. Students complete the course with an understanding of how and when to use different story structures, the importance and ability of using descriptive language as well as the ability to change the tone and voice as a tool to engage and spark interest.

Teacher: Colin Young

Age: 8+


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Creative writing for adults

 

Creativity has the power to make you feel good – wherever you are and whatever your age. It isn’t just children who like to create and have fun with their imaginations: adults do, too. We are launching a series of playful and collaborative creative writing classes that give you a chance to see the world differently and develop your written communication skills in new ways. The emphasis is on enjoyment and the classes are crammed with quickfire exercises. For instance, you will learn to create stories in 2 minutes from nothing, through how to start your story, to coming up with original characters, writing dialogue and using language inventively. 

 

If you ever wondered what it would be like to be in another person’s shoes or day dreamed about travelling back and forward in time, to exotic locations or faraway galaxies, or just want to recreate the stories from your past – you have all the equipment you need to write creatively. There are five classes lasting an hour each and by the end of the course you will have practised:     

Different types of creative writing

Metaphors and using descriptive language

Making stories from the world around us 

Creating emotional reactions in the reader

Evoking atmosphere on the page

Six ways to start a story

The five story blocks

Using the story spine to help your structure your writing

How to grip the reader from the first line

Finding your ‘voice’

Creating interesting characters 

The writer’s toolbox

The need for conflict in storytelling

Inventing titles for your written work

Creating your writing persona 

 

“You can make anything by writing.”

–C.S. Lewis (inventor of Narnia)

What worlds will you create on your keyboard? 

Teachers: David Kean

Ages: 18+


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English as a second language

 

I teach English using interactive, fun and energetic games/activities. I focus on the less formal aspects of learning a language, where students can really enjoy themselves: singing songs, reading stories, competitive games and drawing. This course helps students associate the English language with fun and excitement rather than tedious studying.  

Teachers: Josh Kean

Age: 5+


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Guided reading

Many children can read but for some that is where it ends. The excitement of reading is to transport yourself to a world that the author creates, so that you walk in the character’s shoes, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel. Reading is the cornerstone for all literacy, expanding vocabulary and enabling the reader to see how grammar and punctuation work. In this course, we unlock texts using a number of strategies whilst increasing a love of reading.

 

Teacher: MICHAEL HYAMS

Ages: KS1 – 5-7 years old, LKS2 – 7-9 years old and UKS2 – 9-11 years old


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English  through stories

 

This course is designed to help English learners create their own English -speaking world while listening, watching, discussing and having fun through wondrous places and unforgettable characters. Students complete the course with an increased motivation to continue their learning journey. They will be able to describe character qualities, use adjectives and adverbs to visually describe scenes as well as a greatly improved listening ability.

Teacher: Colin Young

Age: 6+


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Latin:

 

Not only do we learn Latin, but also talk about the history of Ancient Rome, translate texts and learn interesting facts about the language, discuss how Latin influenced many modern languages.

Teacher: Ekaterina Skulskaya

Age: 11+


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Spanish language

 

We master the language at various levels – we sing songs, read stories, play games and write stories.

Teachers: Masha Zotova, Josh Kean

Возраст: 6+


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Conversational Spanish

 

The purpose of this course is to help Spanish learners to communicate at any level in everyday situations. We play creative role-playing games, memorise the necessary vocabulary and learn grammar. Students will expand their vocabulary, be more confident communicating in Spanish and have greater proficiency in grammar.

Teachers: Colin Young

Возраст: 8+


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Italian Language

 

We talk and discuss interesting topics, read interesting articles and write.

Teacher: Ekaterina Skulskaya

Age: 10+


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French language

 

We study grammar, phonetics, vocabulary from the initial level to preparation for the GCSE exams. We help with homework, prepare for tests and exams in the educational system in English schools where French is taught as a foreign language.

Teacher: Irena Dobrynina

Age: 8-16 years old


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Introduction to Linguistics

 

Have you ever wondered why some languages use an alphabet whereas others use hieroglyphs? Why the English word night is similar to the German nocte but nothing like the Chinese wǎn? Why English speakers say eighty, but French speakers say quatre-vingts (“4 twenties”)? If yes, this course is for you! We will learn about the development and peculiarities of writing systems, how different languages count, and how languages are related to each other.

Teacher: Tsvetana Myagkova

Age: 13+


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Russian history of the XIX-XX centuries

 

The main focus of these classes is to understand the role of the individual in history. We learn to analyse historical sources and understand how and why people make decisions, sometimes ingenious, sometimes tragic, determining the fate of an entire country.

Teacher: Natalya Zhigunova

Age: 10-12 years


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Preparing for exams in History

Training to analyse historical sources, write essays according to the requirements of the GCSE and A-level courses. We learn to memorise the main dates and events using the techniques of mnemonics, and we consider certain branches of human activity in different historical periods (medicine, attitude to crime, science, literature, music).

Teacher: Natalia Zhigunova

Age: 13-18 years


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Geography

This course focuses on physical geography and the way the Earth can devastate, change and heal itself through natural processes. We look at the destructive energy of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.  

 

For 5-6 year olds:

Facilitated by the use of the children’s book, ‘Escape from Pompeii’ throughout the course, as they join Tranio, the son of an actor, and his friend Livia, the baker’s daughter, in witnessing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79

 

For 7-9 year olds:

Facilitated by reading the children’s book, ‘Tsunami! Rise and Shine’ throughout the course as we join Ojiisan, the oldest and wealthiest man in the village as he races against time to save his whole village.

 

For 10-11 year olds:

Throughout this course, we will be referencing real life events using primary and secondary sources from the Haitian earthquake, the Boxing Day tsunami and the most recent volcanic eruptions in The Philippines, Hawaii and Iceland.

Teacher: Michael Hyams

Ages: 5-11


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Your amazing brain

 

Engaging psychology course for teenagers, studying brain mechanism and workings of memory, perception, emotions, relationships and dealing with stress and anxiety.

Teacher: Natalya Zhigunova

Age: 12-16 years old


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Entertaining Criminology

 

The question “why do people commit crimes and how to solve them” always interests people, and in the last 15 years, the detective story has become the most popular genre in literature and cinema. This course will introduce teenagers to the basic theories of crime and how to solve them through a game.

Teacher: Natalya Zhigunova

Age: 13-16 years


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Preparation for exams in Psychology

 

Studying the basic psychological theories, interpretation and analysis of various aspects of human behavior (memory, attention, social behavior, stress, mental illness and much more) for successfully passing GCSE and A-level exams.

Teacher: Natalya Zhigunova

Age: 13-18 years old


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Preparation for exams in Psychology

 

Studying the basic psychological theories, interpretation and analysis of various aspects of human behavior (memory, attention, social behavior, stress, mental illness and much more) for successfully passing GCSE and A-level exams.

Teacher: Natalya Zhigunova

Age: 13-18 years old


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KS1: Light and Sound

 

Light enables us to see, and sound allows us to hear. This course is an interactive way to introduce children to light and sound. We will look at the colours of the rainbow, your image in a mirror, and what you can see in the dark or with UV light. We will listen to different sounds: sounds coming from music, nature or animals, and we will discover which sounds we can make ourselves.

Teacher: Linda van Keimpema


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Teens  Club (13+): TheUniverse

 

The universe is an amazing place: if you look up at the night sky you can have an idea of how immense and beautiful the universe is. The universe contains countless stars, planets and moons. In this interactive course, we will find out how the universe was formed, discover the different types of stars, and learn how to spot planets in the night sky. With a focus on the Moon, Sun and the planets around us, this course shows children the impressive world outside our home planet.

Teacher: Linda van Keimpema


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GCSE Science (Chemistry, Biology and Physics)

 

Starting with the basics, we learn to understand the World’s structure and fill in the gaps of the school curriculum. We learn to solve complex problems, breaking them into simple ones. We memorise terms without cramming, using mnemonics and the method of semantic analysis. And, of course, we train our brains, learning to raise the bar and achieve a new level of success every time.

Teacher: Eugene Mironov

Age: 7+


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KS2: Electricity and  Magnetism

 

Electricity and magnetism are very important in our daily life. Electricity makes our lamps shine light, our phones to ring, and our fridge to cool. Also magnets are very functional: they are used to attach things, to make sound to come out of speakers, and to store data on your computer. Even the Earth is one big magnet. In this interactive course, children will be introduced to concepts of electricity and magnetism: what is it, how is it made, and what it can be used for.

Teacher: Linda van Keimpema


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Biology

 

We study the main sections of biology in a systematic way, from the structure and function of cells to the life of various organisms. Particular attention is paid to the development of the student’s scientific thinking and the formation of the ability to analyse information obtained in the process of scientific observation or experiment.

Teacher: Natalya Zhigunova

Age: 14-18 years old


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