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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

October 2019

Year 10 Parent and Carer Bulletin – October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Year 10 have made a fantastic start to their GCSE subjects this academic year, our bulletin includes important information about what is coming up after the half term break for our students and includes strategies suggested by subject tutors to ensure students achieve their maximum potential.



Students have been making great progress studying the first Power and Conflict Poetry cluster and developing both their knowledge of these poems and their analytical skills. After half term, students will continue with their poetry studies. Students 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:

At Key stage 4 students should always be keeping up with steady revision. All pupils have either a GCSE English Language or a GCSE English Literature revision task set on Doddle each week to support their studies. These will form the foundation of their revision over the two year course and should be kept neatly in the folders provided by school.

The English department has produced a series of Revision Skills Flowcharts to help point your son/ daughter in the right direction if they are feeling stuck about how to approach the independent revision that they should be doing on top of the tasks set on Doddle. Hopefully these will also enable you to support your child at home.

To further support their Literature studies, pupils could re-watch ‘An Inspector Calls’ or begin pre-reading of Macbeth, which we will study after Christmas.



Students have now begun their GCSE pathway. Students have recently sat their first assessment of year 10 and this should have given them an idea of where they are currently working at.

Students will be completing an open book assessment after half term. The idea behind these is that is gives the students another opportunity to experience GCSE style questioning without the pressure of it being a formal exam. The assessment is still under exam conditions, and students are expected to follow instructions as per any normal exam. The only difference is that they can use their books to help them throughout the exam. Students should use this opportunity to show their understanding of the GCSE style questioning.



All students will have their first assessments for Biology, Chemistry and Physics starting after half term. Students will be informed of the specific dates and the topics to revise for each test. Each will assess the work carried out in Y10 and may also assess some of the Y9 GCSE work.

Revision resources

It is essential that students fully prepare for these assessments. If you ordered Science revision guides for your child, these will be handed out to students this week in their Science lessons.

If you ordered a subscription to MYGCSEScience for your child, information regarding how to log in will also be given out to students this week. All parents who purchased this will also receive an email giving you specific details of how your child can use their MYGCSEScience accounts.

The deadline for all payments for Science revision guides and MYGCSEScience has now passed and we will NOT be taking any more payments. If your child is pupil premium, they will receive the revision guide and MYGCSEScience funded by the school.

If you missed the deadline and would like to privately purchase revision guides and/or a subscription to MYGCSEScience for your child, below are the links/details of how to do so:

Double Science revision guides:

Higher tier (recommended for students in sets 1 or 2):

Foundation tier (recommended for students in sets 3 and 4):

Triple science students (will need separate ones for Biology, Chemistry and Physics):


Full details and prices can be found here:


Physical Education

GCSE PE Theory – Students have made a good start to the course looking at ethical and socio cultural issues in sport and commercialisation of sport. The have a topic test on Friday 25th October checking their knowledge and understanding of this topic.

GCSE PE Practical – Students have been doing badminton for the first half term of this course. All students have worked hard to improve their badminton skills, tactics and decision making in this activity and have been assessed in this. After half term, we will move onto football and netball. Students are aware of what activity they will be completing and need to bring appropriate kit for this.

Cambridge National Sport – students have made a good start to this course looking at the topic ‘Sport and the Media’. They have recently been working on their first assignment for this unit looking into the different types of media and what sport is shown on each. Students should have handed this assignment into be marked.



French - free time, hobbies and technology; Spanish - school; German - leisure activities, sports and festivals. In addition to homework tasks, students can use and to keep up with their vocabulary learning and should be using these sites regularly to expand their vocabulary. Letters about revision guides and workbooks to go alongside the course we teach in school will be given out after half term. These are usually cheaper when ordered through school.



To ensure your young person is preparing for exams, the department also recommends these revision question cards:


Art, Craft & Design

The Yr10 Art, Craft & Design students are working on their first GCSE coursework project.  Both groups have made a really good start to the course. Mrs Guest’s and Miss Smith’s groups are investigating ‘Portraiture’. They have been looking at different styles of the topic and how to draw the facial features.



The GCSE Photography students are currently completing the ‘Basics’ project for their GCSE Photography course. They have been looking at shutter speed, ISO and how to use the equipment. Students are becoming accustomed to the course and the ‘Basics’ project should be completed soon.

Year 10 students have been producing all of their portfolio on PowerPoint online which can then be accessed at home via the internet. Once work has been added to the online portfolio students can share their portfolio with the teacher, this has proven to generate work more quickly and efficiently.


Tech Award Enterprise

Students have made an excellent start to the course. Their first deadline for assignment work is the 24th October. Following half term, students will be given two weeks to make improvements and resubmit their work if they wish. After this, the class will start preparing for their examination which they will do in May 2020. This exam is worth 40%. Students will bring home more information about this exam after the holidays. Students are also encouraged to follow PHS_BizEcon to access revision materials as we get closer to the examination.


Start Profile

During our October Student development day year 10 worked a programme called Start Profile, students were learning about skills and qualities that they have and how they link to employment. All students have registered to use the Start Profile, this is a website that tracks students engagement with careers based activities so that they can build up a profile of what skills they have and how it might link to what they want to do in the future. This programme is accessible at home and we urge you to look at it with the students.

The website is

Students have a login that they have created at school, but you can also set up your own profiles at home. We hope that you find it useful to engage in discussions about the world of employment and education at home.


Creative iMedia

Students have made a great start to the course and will begin their first major assessment after half term.  They have been developing their Graphics skills and their first assessment will be R082 Graphics unit.



It has been a pleasure to listen to both Y10 and Y11 recording their performance pieces this half term.   We’ve heard Beethoven through to AC/DC, from operatic pieces to musicals.  With every recording, the students receive valuable feedback in order to make further progress before sending off their work to AQA next March.  The more performances they record the better their performance marks will be. Students should be booking one to one appointments with Mr Western which take place at either lunchtime or after school.  Most students perform their solo first as it is easier to organise themselves.  When working on their ensemble piece, they need to organise other people to attend rehearsals.  Being in a music club throughout the year brings so many benefits including helping with the ensemble performance at GCSE. 

Over the holiday students have been set composition, listening and performance work.  It’s important that the students also relax and what better way than to close their eyes and listen to the “Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album which they will tested on in May (Y11).  All resources are on the M drive within the Music Department that the students access throughout the course. 

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Mr Western:  


Free school meals

You can claim free school meals for each child who attends school in Cheshire East if you receive one of these benefits:

• Income Support

• Income based Jobseeker's Allowance

• Income related Employment Support Allowance

• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

• Child Tax Credit - as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed   by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get working Tax Credit

• Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

• Universal Credit with no earned income or with net monthly earnings less than £616.67

Phone 0300 123 5012 for further information and help or you can apply online at


Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP) nationally recognised Child and Adolescent Mental Health website ‘MyMind’ has been refreshed and relaunched in time for this year’s World Mental Health Day.

MyMind is a dedicated website for young people across Cheshire and Wirral experiencing mental health difficulties. With support from local young people from our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), MyMind has now been given a modern makeover!

MyMind provides advice and guidance around the key topics identified as most important to young people and their families: how to cope with mental health challenges, how to get help and what to do in a crisis.

The site includes a host of interactive self-help resources for young people, parents/carers and anyone who works with young people around the topics of Mood, Lifestyle and Relationships, as well as details on local mental health services in your area.



Performing Arts - Full School Production

'Sister Act' the Musical.

This November our students will be performing the musical extravaganza Sister Act. With 200 students involved in acting and singing, design, technical and costume. This will be an exciting and collaborative team effort.  Rehearsals have been full of energy and all our young people have met the heavy rehearsal schedule with enthusiasm and commitment. The music is dynamic and the dancing uplifting.

Tickets will be available during the first week back after half term in November.

When lively lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is relocated for her protection. Set up in the guise of a nun, Deloris proceeds to upend the quiet lives of the resident sisters. In an effort to keep her out of trouble, they assign Deloris to the convent's choir, an ensemble that she soon turns into a vibrant and soulful act that gains widespread attention.

Thank you for all of your hard work year 10 and well done on such a brilliant half term. Have a lovely and restful holiday and we will look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 4th November.


Please contact us if there are any issues or if you have any questions at all.

Thank you for your continued support.


Rhian Dempsey ( )                                           

Director of Learning to key stage 4


A Handby ( )

Welfare Leader to key stage 4