'Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.' Joyce Carol Oates
Key Stage 3
In our English lessons we provide opportunities for the students to engage with increasingly challenging texts, to develop their critical vocabulary and to make choices in terms of their own reading. Whilst encouraging a scholarly approach to a variety of texts, we aim to provide a broad and enriching experience, and to nurture creativity and confidence.
Key Stage 4
Having acquired the vital analytical skills necessary for academic study in Key Stage 3, students at Henrietta Barnett find that the transition to GCSE goes smoothly. We combine opportunities for independence and discussion with a rigorous approach to the demands of the examination. The students are encouraged to develop thoughtful and individual approaches; this gives them the confidence to be self–reliant when faced with new challenges, posed for example by unseen examination texts. We aim to bring the subject alive through participation in theatre and conferences.
'I really like the way in Key Stage 4 we delve deeper into the texts and collaborate to find new meanings’ HBS student
Key Stage 5
A large number of students continue to AS and A level English and beyond. We place real emphasis on students engaging in seminar style lessons, which is excellent preparation for university. There is a strong focus on vigorous debate, academic research, and students must be prepared to immerse themselves in the world of literature. We approach the A2 coursework in a unique way by offering each individual student the opportunity to choose her own authors and themes. This encourages independence, a sense of discovery and exploration and self-sufficiency.
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Curriculum Activities and Trips
The department prides itself on offering a myriad of opportunities. These include theatre trips, partnerships with other schools, conferences and debating and a creative writing club. In English Extension sessions for Key Stages Four and Five we have highly stimulating weekly talks by visiting academics, teachers and writers.
I have started reading more demanding books and I enjoy learning English the creative way