English

We want students to be enthused by English, through the study of challenging but engaging texts that provoke lively discussion and represent some of the best examples in the literary canon. These texts are written by a variety of male and female writers from different ages and different cultures. Students are given a foundation of key English and literacy skills such as comparison, analysis, evaluation, and summary, as well as how to write accurately, formally, and creatively. We believe that students will master their own command of English by experiencing high-quality texts and therefore extol the virtues of reading for pleasure both in school and out of it. We give regular opportunities for them to write and receive feedback on their writing by setting interesting writing tasks related to their age and real-life audiences. As students continue their studies in English, they are encouraged to read, write and communicate more accurately, analytically, and creatively in order to be prepared for their continuing education and future employment.

KS3 Overview

Throughout KS3, all students will undertake assessments in reading, writing and spoken language.

In Year 7, they will study:

  • 19th century prose, (Oliver Twist) and how Victorian literature was influenced by the world in which Dickens lived;
  • Shakespeare, (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the Elizabethan theatre;
  • A selection of poetry from the literary canon, featuring the Romantics and other poets;.
  • Spoken Language focussing on myths and legends from across the globe.
  • As part of the ‘English Mastery’ writing, students follow a structured scheme that promotes mastery of grammar and culminates in a ‘reading for study’ unit.

Year 8 students currently study:

  • 19th century prose (Sherlock Holmes) and how writers develop character over time;
  • Shakespeare (The Tempest) and the effects of British Colonialism;
  • 20th century prose (Animal Farm)with a focus on how the early 20th century influenced Orwell’s writing;
  • Descriptive Writing in which students use extracts from existing literature to inspire their own writing.
  • As part of the ‘English Mastery’ writing, students follow a structured scheme that promotes mastery of grammar and culminates in a ‘reading for study’ unit.

Year 9 students currently study:

  • 19th century prose (Jane Eyre) and the representation of childhood;
  • Modern play (Noughts & Crosses) and the form and structure of a play;
  • Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet) and Shakespeare’s craft;
  • GCSE Poetry students begin their study of the GCSE Literature texts: Power & Conflict Poetry and Unseen Poetry

KS4 Overview

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KS5 Overview

Bodmin College Sixth Form

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