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Ms L Howells Head of Department (responsible for Key Stage 4)
Mr P Hussein Head of Department (responsible for Key Stage 5)
Mr G Carey Head of Key Stage 3 English
Ms C Collopy
Ms K Watkins
Ms M Pathak
Ms I Tahir
Ms B Letang
Mr R Burgon
Ms J Plumb
Ms S Gill
Mr R Black
Mr C Holmes
Mr J Wood
Ms L Khan
Miss T Ahmad
Miss E McKay

Department Overview

At Barking Abbey we aim to prepare students for GCSE whilst fostering a love of reading from the moment they arrive in Year 7. We have developed a new curriculum which ties in very closely with governmental changes whilst addressing the needs and interests of our intake. We have devised schemes of work across the year groups which challenge all learners and gives them opportunities to consider the world from a spiritual, cultural and moral perspective. Barking Abbey students are treated to a range of genres and writers, both fiction and non- fiction, to improve their own reading skills and help to develop their writing. We believe our curriculum encourages the students to want to read independently outside of the classroom as this is a key to knowledge and success in our subject.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3

Year 7 
The following main units are taught 3x a week per half term alongside reading skills lessons 1x per week:

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • London – selection of poetry, prose and non-fiction text

  • Myths and Heroes 

  • Author studies 

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Year 8
The following main units are taught 3x a week per half term alongside reading skills lessons 1x per week:

  • Northern Lights or Private Peaceful

  • World War One 

  • Edgar Allan Poe author study

  • Face by Benjamin Zephaniah 

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Key Stage 4

GCSE for first exam 2017
Year 9 new course

The following main units are taught 3x a week per half term alongside GCSE writing skills lessons 1x per week:

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  • Character and Voice Poetry

  • A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

  • Exam preparation for Reading exam

  • of Venice by William Shakespeare

Year 10 & 11 English Language and Literature are both linear courses and 100% exam

English Language
Paper 1 - Explorations in creative reading and writing
Paper 2 - Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

English Literature
Paper 1 - Shakespeare and the nineteenth century novel (Macbeth and The Sign of Four)
Paper 2 - Modern Texts and Poetry (An Inspector Calls, Power and Conflict Poetry and Unseen Poetry

English Language

English Language Controlled Assessments and exams.

Controlled Assessment 
‘Shakespeare and the Literary Heritage’-a comparison between a Shakespeare play and a test from a prescribed list of Literary Heritage authors.

Two exams:
Paper 1: Exploring Modern Texts
Section A: ‘An Inspector Calls’ OR ‘The Crucible’
Section B: ‘Of Mice and Men’ OR ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Paper 2: Poetry Across Time
Section A: ‘Character and Voice’ cluster from AQA anthology
Section B: Response to unseen poem

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