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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

September 2018

Poynton High School - Parent and Carer Bulletin

Welcome to the first bulletin of key information for students in year 10.  In this bulletin, you will find key dates, details of extra sessions available to your child and also information from specific subjects about how you can help your child further.

Important dates:

  • Tuesday 4th December. Progress grades will be issued to your child at the end of the school day. These will show an overview of their current performance in each subject.
  • Wednesday 6th February. Year 10 Parents Evening. 4 – 7pm. Students will be tasked with making appointments with their teachers in the two weeks before this date. If you have any concerns over attending please email either Mrs Handby or Mrs Kennedy (contact details at end of bulletin).

Information from subjects and departments:


  • Students have started studying the first Power and Conflict Poetry cluster and will be developing both their knowledge of these poems and their analytical skills.
  • They will complete their first unseen assessment just before Christmas based on their exploration of poetry throughout the whole term. There are some fantastic revision guides to support with their revision of these poems found here:


  • All pupils have both a GCSE English Language and a GCSE English Literature homework set on Doddle to support their studies. These will form the basis of their revision over the two-year course and should be kept neatly.
  • To further support their Literature studies, pupils could re-watch ‘An Inspector Calls’ or begin pre-reading of Macbeth.



GCSE Science


GCSE Double Science

GCSE Triple Science



AQA Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

 AQA Biology (8461)

AQA  Chemistry (8462)

AQA  Physics (8463)




How can I help my child with their Science?


  • We recommend all students purchase a revision guide
  • We also recommend students purchase a subscription to My GCSE Science.
  • All parents/carers should have received an email with more information regarding both these items.
  • All payments must be made via ParentPay by Tuesday 25th September
  • Summary of prices below:



Revision guide price

My GCSE Sci price

Y10 double


£8 (2yr subscription)

Y10 triple


£16 (2yr subscription)



  • All students are set home learning tasks on a regular basis. In addition to supporting your son or daughter with this work, there are other ways that you can help your child to succeed in Science.
  • If they have purchased a revision guide or workbook, encourage them to use these on a regular basis to support the work that they are covering in lessons.
  • Students will be set revision tasks through Doddle by their teacher in preparation for tests or to go over work covered in class. Please make sure they check their Doddle task list on a regular basis and complete the tasks that have been set. Doddle can be found at and all students have individual logins.

Use the Science GCSE bitesize revision website


Product Design

After an exciting start to the year with our water carrier challenge, the students are settling well into their studies. This includes 2 lessons every fortnight based on building knowledge for the examination which is worth 50% of their final grade. The other 3 lessons will be focussing on building skills and understanding preparing for the NEA (coursework) which is also worth 50% of their final grade. This coursework will begin when we receive the themes from the exam board on June 1st. Until then, we have a range of interesting and exciting new projects to test a wide variety of skills and further their learning.

Over the next few months, we will be sending information out about our course textbook which you can purchase to help your child strengthen their knowledge and test their understanding of the Product Design course.

We are in the process of sending a letter out to all parents of our students to ask for a voluntary contribution of £4 for materials used on our course. This is for the same reason as in KS3, with the extensive amount of materials used in our subject we depend on voluntary contributions from parents and would greatly appreciate any help.

If you have any questions about the information above, you can email me at


GCSE Religious Studies

Our Year 11 students did amazingly well in GCSE RS in the summer, with 82% of students achieving grades 9-4.   We hope that our Year 10 students can top these results!

In terms of content overview, students will take two exams at the end of Year 11.     See below a summary of the specification and the assessment criteria.

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

What's assessed

Beliefs, teachings and practices of:



How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

96 marks, plus 6 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)

50% of GCSE


Each religion has a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.

Each religion is marked out of 48.


Component 2: Thematic studies

What's assessed

Four religious and ethical studies themes are studied:

Relationships and families

Religion and life

Religion, peace and conflict

Religion, crime and punishment

Religion, human rights and social justice

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

96 marks, plus 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)

50% of GCSE


Each theme has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.

Each theme is marked out of 24.






Year 10



Year 11


Autumn 1


Christianity: Key beliefs, Christ, Salvation



Buddhism:  The Dharma



Autumn 2



Themes: Crime and Punishment



Themes: Religion and Life



Spring 1



Christianity: Role of the church in the local and wider community



Buddhism: Worship and festivals and Buddhist Ethics



Spring 2



Themes: Relationships and Families



Themes: Peace and Conflict



Summer 1


Buddhism:  The Buddha and The Four Noble Truths




10 lessons



Summer 2



Themes: Human Rights and Social Justice



Staff will teach the GCSE in the following order.   Each topic lasts approx 6-7 weeks, with an end of unit assessment at the end of each.   Students will complete exam-style questions in timed conditions and receive a GCSE grade.



Students have made a fantastic start to the course and are demonstrating willing to learn in both practical and theoretical classes. Students are aware when their practical and theory lessons are, but the info below is so you can assist them with their organisation as students have core PE alongside these lessons.

Week 1 Tuesday Period 1 – Theory

Week 2 Monday Period 1 – Theory

Week 2 Tuesday Period 5 - Practical

Week 2 Wednesday Period 3 - Theory

Week 2 Thursday Period 1 – Practical

Homework will be set through doddle in the theory lesson starting each new week.


Other information

We aim to send out a bulletin half termly so subject-specific information can be varied as the year progresses.

Finally, we just wanted to say well done to Yr10 for making a positive start to their courses in KS4 and this has been proven with the number of House points recorded. We have a new rewards system in place and is demonstrating pupils working hard and challenging themselves to be the best they can be. In Year 10 alone there have been over 3100 points recorded. Well done Year 10!


Thank you for the great partnership work you do with ourselves, we are aiming to be a really effective team around your child supporting them to achieve grades that they will be truly proud of in the summer next year.  If there is anything that you feel we should know or any questions please email us.  More information will follow in further bulletins throughout the year.

Annie Kennedy (Director of Learning Years 10 & 11)

Anne Handby (Welfare Leader Years 10 & 11)