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July 2019

Year 10 Parent and Carer Bulletin for July 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a year it has been! As a year team we are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of year 10, and how they have approached the challenges of GCSE’s.

Whilst the summer is an opportunity to rest and spend time with family and friends it is important that students continue to work on developing their learning and knowledge of their individual subjects.

Inside this bulletin you will find subject specific information that will support your young person in scaffolding their learning; moving students progressively toward stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in their learning over the summer period.


This half term year 10 have worked incredibly hard revising GCSE Language Paper 2 and ‘An Inspector Calls’. Students should all be very proud of the work they have put in and the successes they have had in the end of year 10 mock exam.

When students return after the summer, they will spend the first half term recapping the skills for the two GCSE English Language papers in readiness for their year 11 mocks. To help prepare for this, we have assigned two past papers on Doddle. Students should select at least 2 questions from each paper to complete and bring to their first English lesson. There is no expectation for students to complete the whole paper, rather they should choose which questions they think they need most practice with.

In the second half term, we will be finishing our study of the fifteen power and conflict poems that students must know for their English Literature exam.  All students have their own poetry anthologies where there should be detailed annotations on ten of the poems which we have already studied.  Students should be re-reading these poems, as well as using a variety of revision websites to add to their notes.

Useful poetry revision websites:


There are also some fantastic revision guides that can be found here:


The summer break is a perfect opportunity for students to re-read their GCSE Lit texts: ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Macbeth as part of their long-term revision.  Please encourage this as it will make a huge difference to their understanding of the texts, but also their confidence when tackling their exams in Year 11. There are useful film versions of both of these texts. We would recommend the recent BBC adaptation of ‘An Inspector Calls’ and either the 2010 BBC 4 version of ‘Macbeth’ with Patrick Stewart in the title role or the 2015 film with Michael Fassbender.

If pupils want to get ahead in their Literature study, they could also start reading ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. We will be studying this text in the Spring term.


Now that students have completed their first experience of a maths mock, they should be more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. All students should have received a list of topics which they could work on over the summer from their class teachers based on their mock results. PiXL is a highly useful tool when it comes to working on weaknesses. It would be ideal to continue to study a little bit of maths each day where possible.

If you are unsure what the weaknesses are, on the PiXL maths app you can go to ‘Take a test’ – ‘my summary PLC report’. This gives each student a list of all the topics they need to study at GCSE level and what they have already shown their ability level to be on this topic. The more students use PiXL, the more it personalises to the student. This will prove to be valuable feedback to both the students and class teachers.

Students will be sitting their first full maths mock exam before October half term. This will consist of 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers; as will their real exam in the summer 2020. To be fully prepared for this mock, students should work on their weaknesses over the summer and aim to complete at least one practice paper over the holidays.


In year 10 all three sciences have now completed the content for Paper 1 which was assessed in the Year 10 exams. Students should be proud of the work they put in and the successes they have had in the end of year 10 mock exam.

This half term students have been working on the content for Paper 2 and they will be assessed on this in the first half term when we get back in September.


In Science there will be two mock exams in Year 11. The December mock will assess Paper 1 content and the March mock will assess Paper 2 content. This means that students will have an opportunity to see the impact of improved revision.

The summer break is an opportunity for students to revisit topics that were identified as a concern in their exams. They can use their revision guide or the websites below to go over the work which will also help them in the December mocks.

Useful revision websites:

MY GCSE Science: Please encourage your child to use their account (if they have a subscription). If your child does not have a subscription, a limited number of the My GCSE Science revision videos can be accessed here for free:

GCSE Biology:

GCSE Chemistry:

GCSE Physics:

BBC Bitesize revision website: this has been updated for the new GCSE specification and is an excellent revision resource. Link below:

BBC Bitesize for Double (Combined Science) students:

Last year we recommended that all students purchase a revision guide and if they not done so there will be an opportunity available to purchase one in September.

Modern Foreign Languages

Well done to all of our Y10 linguists on getting through their first full GCSE-style speaking exams!

Keep your languages going this summer by learning/revising vocabulary on Memorise/Quizlet for 5-10 minutes 3-4 times a week. Little and often is the key to turning your short-term memory into your long-term memory!

Check your Doddle accounts for any specific tasks set by your class teachers this summer to lead us into the final year of your GCSE studies!

For some extra grammar practice, don’t forget about your grammar and translation workbooks!


Year 10 pupils have worked hard to complete 2 units as part of their History GCSE and have put their knowledge to the test in the end of year exams. Some students achieved outstanding results and should be really proud of their effort this year.

All Year 10 students have been given summer work to complete by their teachers, some of which will be revision as we move onto new units in September. Please ensure your summer work is completed for your first History lesson back (some tasks are on doddle but only to the end of July).

We wish all students and their families a wonderful summer and look forward to welcoming you back as Year 11 students in September.

Product Design

In September, we will be asking year 11 students if they would like to be involved in our Open Evening. Each year we ask students to help with the year 5’s and 6’s and we have a range of practical tasks to support with. This is an incredibly busy night in the first week of October and the young ‘students-to-be’ really appreciate being helped by our Product Design students. Your child will be asked in class if they would want to be involved with this.

In the Autumn term, each student will start designing their final major project for the NEA (course work). In recent years we have asked that students purchase and bring in their own materials to be able to manufacture the product they want as they take this home at the end of the year. Due to having ‘contextual challenges’ with the new GCSE, we feel this would be unfair to ask, so students can use our materials (This would mean products would be broken down at the end of the course so we can re-use the materials for others). Unfortunately, we do only have basic materials for the students, MDF, Plywood, Acrylic plus a few different fixtures and fittings. If your child does need anything specific, we kindly ask if you could purchase this and of course, this would mean that the product can be taken home after the moderation window closes.

After a very positive start on the NEA (course work) this half term, there is a point that each student needs to be at by the start of year 11 in September. All students have been shown how to investigate the theme and gather a variety of information about their user group. Doddle has exemplar slides for each section. Students must be up to date by September.


Well done for the work completed for your NEA so far. Any outstanding work must be completed for September. This includes-

Context Analysis

Customer Profile

Mood Board

Existing Product

Design Specification

Over the holidays it would excellent if students began an Initial Ideas page.

All resources are set on Doddle. Students may want to save these to their own computers as it will expire at the end of July.

Art, Craft & Design

The Yr10 Art, Craft & Design students are working on their second GCSE coursework project. Miss Smith’s groups are investigating ‘Natural Forms’ and Mrs Guest’s group are pursuing the theme of ‘Fragmentation’.

Both groups will be set work to complete over the summer holidays, which will be emailed to stu-dents soon. Marks for their first project will be sent to students when they are ready at the end of term.


The GCSE Photography students started a final piece for the distorted portraits project recently during the Yr10 examination period and most have now finished this. The preparation work in their coursework portfolios for this project is to be competed over the summer holidays.

The Photography students will also be expected to take a series of photographs based upon the theme of ‘Street Photography’. Street Photography is defined as ‘, in-staged photog-raphy which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between in-dividuals and their surroundings.’ It has been suggested that Henri-Cartier-Breslin and Robert Frank, amongst others, are fathers of Street Photography.

The Art Department can be found on Instagram at ‘Poynton Art Dept’.


It has been fantastic to see so many of the GCSE students in Year 10 taking part in so many of this year’s musical events. If you would like to get more involved next year, please speak to any of the music staff in September.  Being in a music club throughout the year brings so many benefits including helping you to achieve higher grades on the music GCSE course.

Over the summer holiday you must rehearse your part for “Live and let die” ready to perform at the end of the half term. If you would like to perform an ensemble track of your own choice as an additional performance by the end of half term, then this also perfectly acceptable.

In September, you will be starting to compose for your coursework ready to hand in after Xmas. Try rehearsing and performing the tracks you gave to CGW, which one of your compositions will be influenced by.  You need to work out the main features of the piece and incorporate them in to your own.

You have done really well in your mock exams, enjoy the break but keep performing, composing and listening!!

Have a lovely, restful summer break and we will look forward to welcoming you all back on Wednesday 4th September.

Thank you for your continued support.

Rhian Dempsey (

Director of Learning to Key Stage 4


Anne Handby (

Key Stage 4 Welfare Leader