September 2017 has seen the start of the English Department’s Outdoor English Education scheme of works. The aim has been to get children learning outside of the normal classroom environment in a more kinaesthetic way.
In the first week, pupils from Year 8 were treated to icebreaker activities, as well as word games and grammar challenges in the Sports Hall. After classroom work on the history of oral storytelling - examining the features of this mode and the structure of a short story - students told their ghost stories around the Minstrel Hall fire. Marshmallows, chocolate biscuits and drinks were only fitting for the occasion too!
For Years 9 and 10, pupils also got active in the Sports Hall revising descriptive and poetic devices playing ‘Vocab Volleyball’ and quiz races. Some Year 10 students were also treated to a game of giant Bananagrams to broaden their vocabulary.
The English Department is keen to see the opportunities for learning beyond the classroom grow and develop in order to help students engage more fully in the enjoyment of the subject, so… Anyone for tennis?!