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Year 10 English

In the second year of GCSE study, we build firmly from the first, further developing skills and critical capabilities. We explore the balance of our set texts, and further refine our evaluative and analytical capabilities, with a focus on Victorian fiction and poetry for literature. For language our focus is on non-fiction and transactional writing.




Teaching takes place in dedicated classrooms, which have access to a whiteboard for use of audio-visual and dynamic lesson delivery.

Autumn Term

Literature Unit Paper 2 - “A Christmas Carol.”

The overall aim of the unit is to read the text and understand its key themes, ideas and impact.

To do this we engage in a range of activities. For example:

  • Exploring key themes in the text and to think how these links to contextual issues in Dickens’ time. This is a core skill for GCSE English literature.

  • Analysing language and literary techniques in specific scenes. 

  • Exploring key themes in the text and to think how these firmly link Dicken’s objectives

  • Exploring the text and characters, using a variety of creative and transactional responses. 

Spring Term

Language Unit – Paper 2 examination skills.

This unit seeks to engage students in a variety of tasks associated with the GCSE “Non - Fiction and Transactional Writing” examination.

Some READING tasks the students will encounter:

  • Exploring a range of modern non-fiction.

  • Investigating how writers use a range of technical skills (language and structure) to engage a reader.

  • Learning to evaluate what makes a text successful in conveying specific tone or idea.

  • Learning how to compare writers’ views and opinions across texts. 

Some WRITING tasks the students will encounter:

  • Learning to write with control and purpose.

  • Exploring genre conventions and reading a range of non-fiction texts.

  • Using language and structural techniques to shape reader response, and to create variety in their expressions. 

  • Learning to write in a variety of non-fiction forms and for a variety of purposes. For example: speech, article, review, leaflet and letter.

Summer Term

Literature Unit Paper 2 – Anthology Poetry.

This is the final “set text” unit, in which students have to explore 15 set poems from the “conflict” section of the EDEXCEL poetry anthology. 

We also investigate some “unseen” poems from a variety of sources.

Some tasks the students will encounter:

  • Asking ourselves what is conflict? Exploring the different kinds of conflict we encounter and how poets respond to these issues.

  • Exploring how poets use language and structure to convey their ideas and feelings in a powerful and impactful manner.

  • Looking at issues of war, class, prejudice and other types of conflict, through discussion, debate and poetic response. 

  • Acquiring analytical skills in preparation for the GCSE literature poetry examination. 

Among the poems encountered are: The Charge of the Light Brigade, Half Caste, Exposure, The Class Game, No Problem and Extract from The Prelude.