English and Drama

Parkland Poetry

Students spend time in the outdoors exploring poetry inspired by nature to consider the purpose of the writing and the intended audience. They will learn new vocabulary and terminology associated with the natural world. Time is then dedicated to immersing the senses to be able to record the sounds, sights, smells and textures of nature before using these description to compose their own poem. Suitbale for Key stage 3 and 4.

How does this session link to the National Curriculum?

Key Stage 3 - Write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information through:
writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences, using Standard English confidently in their own writing and speech, improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate languages and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact

Key Stage 4 - Read and appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage through poetry since 1789, including representative Romantic poetry, identifying and interpreting themes, ideas and information, improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.

If you would like to speak to a member of the Outdoor Learning team, please contact us on 01908 233600 or outdoorlearning@theparkstrust.com.

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    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

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