At Norwood, we aim to make the English Curriculum as challenging, thought provoking and interactive as possible. Our aim is to help students gain a sense of their place in literary history, to see the connections between texts and to find their own voice. We also aim to bring the subject to life through regular theatre and museum trips, immersion days and a range of workshops.
In the last year, students have participated in a film making residential at the BFI, political interviews at BBC studios, a creative writing festival at Oxford University with renowned children's author Patrick Ness, and interactive workshops at The Horniman and Fashion & Textile Museums. Students have also enjoyed theatre trips to The Globe, and visits from writers, actors and storytellers. The students also take part in regular immersion days, where they are able to fully explore an intriguing aspect of English.
Our last theme, ‘Power and Corruption’ allowed students to engage with texts from former slaves and political prisoners from around the world. In KS3 our new English curriculum has been developed thematically. We create overarching themes such as Magical Worlds or Dystopia and study a range of multi-modal texts within the topic.
Our Year 7 theme is The Gothic and The Unexplained which has Short stories from HG Wells, Charles Dickens and Roald Dahl as the central texts, alongside a range of non-fiction and heritage texts which explore the mysterious and phantasmagorical.