English is one of the hardest subjects to teach well. Every year English specialists wrack their brains to find new ways of delivering the curriculum. What to do about grammar is one conundrum, how to inspire children to become passionate readers is another.
Enriching English is a collection of challenging enrichment activities designed to inspire more children to study English, to encourage high standards of English, to stimulate creativity with regard to English and to support an informed debate among pupils about the application and direction which English – both written and spoken - takes in our increasingly complex society, and will take in an increasingly complex and challenging future.
The Framework for Teaching English: Years 7, 8 and 9 (DCSF) describes the kind of teaching more-able pupils will benefit from: ‘…targeting higher order questions, building in challenging open-ended tasks, and directing supplementary study outside the lesson’. We believe that all pupils benefit from work that includes these elements, and the enrichment activities in Enriching English are intended to provide the kind of stretch and complexity of thinking that makes exploring a subject such as English enjoyable and worthwhile.
Enriching English presents activities that are based within the national curriculum but that will also enrich and extend it. The activities are presented in three sections:
lesson-length enrichment activities for Key Stage 3 and 4
day-long enrichment and extension activities.