English

Courses

Key Stage 4 Courses Key Stage 5 Courses
AQA GCSE English Language (8702) OCR A Level English Literature (H472)
AQA GCSE English Literature (8700) OCR AS Level English Literature (H072)

Why do we study English

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

The English Department Team

Miss Lynch – Director of English
Mr McAleenam – Teacher of English
Mr Young – Lead Practitioner in English Ms Hutchison – Teacher of English
Miss Sriram – Deputy Curriculum Leader KS3 
Ms Petsopoulou – Teacher of English
Mr Jones – Deputy Headteacher

Mr Alexander – Teacher of English
Ms Soomro – Responsible for KS4
Mr Yates – Teacher of English
Ms Hardwick – Teacher of English
Mr Panasyuk – Teacher of English
Ms Quainoo – Teacher of English
Ms Otu – Teacher of English

Email address: mail@barnhill.hillingdon.sch.uk

The English Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8

Year 7

  • Autumn Term: Private Peaceful and narrative writing Spring Term: Non-fiction texts and persuasive writing
  • Summer Term: Poetry (school-themed) and descriptive writing

Year 8

  • Autumn Term: The Prince of Mist and narrative writing Spring Term: Polemical articles and persuasive writing
  • Summer Term: Poetry (monster-themed) and descriptive writing

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11

Year 9

  • Autumn Term: Frankenstein (9/En1 and 2) OR Dracula (9/En3 and 4) and narrative writing (gothic-themed) Spring Term: Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet and narrative writing
  • Summer Term: Non-fiction (‘Insiders and Outsiders’ theme) and writing opinion pieces

Year 10

  • Autumn 1: 19th Century Novel (A Christmas Carol)
  • Autumn 2: Shakespeare (Macbeth)
  • Spring 1: Language Paper 1, section A (Reading)
  • Spring 2: Language Paper 1, section B (Descriptive and Narrative Writing) Summer 1: Language Paper 2, section A (Reading)
  • Summer 2: Language Paper 2, section B (Persuasive Writing)

Year 11

  • Autumn 1: Shakespeare (Macbeth) and AQA Poetry Anthology (Power and Conflict Cluster) Autumn 2: Lord of the Flies and 19th Century Novel revision
  • Spring 1: Language Paper 1
  • Spring 2: Language Paper 2
  • Summer Term: Revision content (to be decided by individual teachers to suit the needs of their students)

Key Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13

Year 12

  • Autumn Term: Drama and Prose: Post 1900 (1984)
  • Autumn Term: Drama and Prose: Post 1900 (A Streetcar Named Desire) Spring Term: Shakespeare: Pre-1900 (Measure for Measure)
  • Spring Term: Poetry (Chaucer): Pre-1900 (The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale) Summer 1: Tailored revision (content to be decided by individual teachers) Summer Term (post-exam): Poetry (Philip Larkin)
  • Summer Term (post-exam: Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Max Porter)

Year 13

  • Autumn 1: Coursework one – Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Max Porter)
  • Autumn 1: Coursework two – A comparative essay (Philip Larkin’s poetry and A Streetcar Named Desire) Autumn 2: Exam preparation (Dracula)
  • Autumn 2: Drama and Poetry: Pre-1900 – A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen)
  • Spring 1: Exam preparation – A comparative essay (Dracula and A Bloody Chamber) Spring 1: Exam preparation – A comparative essay (A Doll’s House and Merchant’s Tale) Spring 2: Exam preparation – Genre Study: The Gothic
  • Spring 2: Exam preparation – Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • Summer Term: Tailored revision (content to be decided by individual teachers)

Important textbooks, resources and websites we use at each Key Stage

Key Stage 3

Year 7: Private Peaceful novel
Year 8: The Prince of Mist novel

Reading lists are provided to all students

Key Stage 4

Year 9: Frankenstein and Dracula novels, BBC Bitesize, Youtube.com (providing moving images of the text when relevant)
Year 10: A Christmas Carol and Macbeth texts, past papers, York Notes revision guides, BBC Bitesize, Shmoop.com (revision website), Youtube.com (providing moving images of the text when relevant)
Year 11: Poetry anthology (provided by AQA to schools), GCSE set texts, past papers, York Notes revision guides, BBC Bitesize, Shmoop.com (revision website), Youtube.com (providing moving images of the text when relevant)

Key Stage 5

  • Course texts
  • York Notes revisionguides Shmoop.com (revision website)
  • Youtube.com (providing moving images of the text when relevant) JStor (Online Critical Essays. Reading lists are provided to all students)

Homework in English

KS3: 1 hour per week
KS4: 2 hours per week

Enrichment Opportunities in English

Shakespeare by Heart (KS3)

In the summer term, students across the department are given the opportunity to partake in a drama unit. They will be allocated lines in one part of a Shakespearean play and, in groups, devise a dramatic performance which will be performed in front of their class. The winners of this performance will then proceed to take part in a Shakespeare by Heart final (judged by various members of staff across the school). The plays that each year group perform are as follows:

  • Year 7: Romeo and Juliet
  • Year 8: Macbeth

Creative Writing Club (Years 10 and 11)

This new club (beginning after October half term) is designed to broaden students’ writing skills whilst giving them scope to exercise their creativity. In each half term, students will work towards creating one of the following text types (each will be printed and bound for them to take home and to be displayed around the school):

  • An anthology of poems
  • A short story
  • A spoken word performance piece

Gifted and More Able Students in the English Department

Burnet News Club

The Burnet News Club is run by The Economist Educational Foundation, a charity which is owned by The Economist newspaper.

The Burnet News Club, exclusive to Year 7 students, uses The Economist’s journalistic expertise to create news content and unique programmes to help them develop the skills to engage with current affairs – critical thinking and the ability to support their views with sound arguments. We provide professional-quality platforms for them to share ideas and make their voices heard.

The students who were successful with their application to the news club are now writing regular blogs on the migrant crisis.

The Student View

A journalism training course which is offered to Year 10 students to practise key writing skills.

In workshops, students are able to exercise their creativity and critical thinking by writing about a range of topics of their own interest. To do this, they draw on a range of resources; they are given the opportunity to conduct interviews, collate data as well as completing online research. Those who apply these skills the most effectively will have their articles posted on The Student View’s website.