Enrichment & Activities
Enrichment and Cultural Capital
We strongly believe it is the role of the Academy to introduce pupils to, and promote, new knowledge of things outside of the sphere of their everyday lives. We want them to encounter the best that has been thought and written in both their academic curriculum but also in the wider opportunities provided by the school. We do this in the following ways:
Prior to the current crisis all pupils in Years 7 to 10 had access to an enrichment block on a Wednesday, where they were taught in groups from across different year groups. These enrichments were based around either the chance to volunteer, developing a new skill or taking part in a physical activity. For example, pupils could take an enrichment to develop their depth of interest in a certain subject (e.g. drama or science) or to try something completely new (e.g. golf or building drones). There are some opportunities (e.g. the Duke of Edinburgh) to obtain extra qualifications or awards.
Given social distancing rules, for the next term and possibly the one after, enrichment has been replaced by literacy lessons, which can be taught in year groups. This is important because it will allow those pupils who have struggled during lock-down to catch-up with their literacy, and also review and deepen the skills and knowledge of those pupils who have managed to keep up with work over lockdown.
We believe world travel is essential to developing cultural capital beyond both what we understand in the UK and, to some extent, beyond even Europe. We have a running programme of trips outside of Europe to do just that. These are: 2021 Iceland, 2022 New York & Washington DC.
At the end of each year, we dedicate a few school days to really developing our love of subject and broad understanding through an activities week based around curriculum areas. During this time, pupils sign up to various workshops, trips and activities that sharpening their academic understanding but also work to develop their social, moral and cultural understanding.
During the academic year we have a series of planned school trips and events to enhance and enrich learning. For example, we have partnered with Norwich Theatre Royal to help deliver Shakespeare to Key Stage 3 and also worked with Shell UK on STEM workshops.
Our library is an essential part of our enrichment and cultural offer to pupils, offering a wide variety of high-quality resources to help pupils develop their understanding of a subject or topic or simply their love of reading.