This summer term also represents an ideal opportunity for pupils to expand their horizons beyond the courses which they are remotely learning. Pupils’ commitment to sports, the arts, and a whole host of co-curricular activities is remarkable and we will continue to deliver out-of-classroom opportunities and Enrichment Opportunities for our pupils.
The principle underpinning Enrichment Opportunities at King’s Worcester is passion – whether this be for Mathematics, Rowing, Chess, Latin, Debating, Chemistry or creativity, adventure, inquiry, culture, action, service. During this period of School closure, the programme we have designed seeks to enable all pupils to maintain their passions.
Specifically, our aims are:
- To enable pupils to maintain a broad range of interests
- To allow pupils to continue to develop a range of skills
- To provide pupils with access to opportunities which are fulfilling
- To encourage pupils to challenge themselves
- To offer pupils support
Enrichment Opportunities fall into two categories: academic and co-curricular. As the Summer term goes on, we intend to develop the opportunities further but there is already a range of tasks from which pupils can choose.
Alongside opportunities for pupils to take part in a MOOC and EPQs, pupils have access to a wide range of academic enrichment opportunities, designed to support pupil development and also challenge their learning.s beyond the syllabus. As well as invaluable information about virtual work experience opportunities available with firms such as Barclays, pupils can visit many useful links on Firefly relating to a variety of different subjects from Science to Politics. We also have a section with a variety of project topics for each year group, split on Firefly as Sixth Form & Fifth Form, Removes and Lower Years.
Within co-curricular enrichment, pupils can find a selection of suggestions relating to activities worth doing, books worth reading, discussions worth having and films worth watching.
A few examples include:
- Learn to bake bread
- Make a board game
- Make a film
- Learn to Juggle
- Make a film trailer of your favourite book
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Fifth and Sixth Form
Some European classics
Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
Bronte C, Jane Eyre
Some North American classics
Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Dreiser, Sister Carrie
James, Portrait of a Lady
Some modern, and/or potential, classics of the future
Drabble, A Natural Curiosity
Smiley, A Thousand Acres
Fowler, We are all completely beside ourselves
Sloan, Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore
Oates, The Gravedigger’s Daughter
- would introduce a curfew for teenagers.
- would introduce mandatory civil or national service.
- believes that Britain is no longer Great.
- believes prisons do more harm than good.
- would make voting compulsory.
- calls for the return of capital punishment.
Hidden Figures (PG) – The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space programme.
The Theory of Everything (12A) – The life of famous physicist Stephen Hawking.
Goodbye, Lenin (15) – In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.
Bright Star (PG) – The story of the three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.
Freedom Writers (12A) – A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school.
The Imitation Game (PG) – about how the Enigma code was cracked in WW2.
Given that we are keen for this programme to offer pupils ongoing support, we would like to monitor how the pupils fare with their Enrichment Opportunities.
It may be that some pupils have no need for our Enrichment Opportunities for they may already have a set of books to read, ideas to investigate or projects to undertake. We would still like to know, however, what pupils are doing and how they are getting on.
To this end – and to provide something of an incentive – our monitoring will take the form of a reward system, though the nature of this will vary according to year group.