Year 10 Windows: WJEC Poetry Anthology

Hello! Here is this afternoon’s work on poems about loss, death and suffering. So fun!






Year 11 – Magazine Article

Hellooo. Here are the powerpoints from today’s lesson:

WJEC English Language Writing Paper

Writing Magazine Articles

Also, below is the magazine article we began writing today. The task was taken from the 2011 English Language paper:

Write a lively article for your school or college magazine with the title: ‘How To Survive Your GCSE Year’.

(How timely.)

Remember to PALL before you start, and structure your article using subheadings. Below is the beginning. Please hand in your completed article next Wednesday.


It’s nearly that time of year again! Exam season is almost upon us. Feeling stressed? Read on for some top tips on surviving the stress…

By Ella Coady-Bunge


You’ve probably heard it from teachers, parents and (if you’re really unlucky,) older siblings: Year 11 is the time to ‘get serious’ about your studies and ‘knuckle down’. Time is ticking and there are only X number of days left until study leave. Your heart starts thundering; you feel a rising tide of nausea in the pit of your stomach; Mr. Robertson is waiting outside your form room to find out why you weren’t at your lunchtime intervention session. It can feel overwhelming and you may be tempted to bury your head in the sand. Unfortunately, you can’t, and the sooner you accept that, the better. Ladies, it’s time to get serious.


Managing your time is going to be an essential part of your survival. There are some excellent websites online that offer tools to help you organise your hectic life. Try and to get you going. Make a list of all the topics you need to revise (I’m a sucker for a colour code!) and allocate them to the various slots of time on your calendar. You’ll probably find you’ve got more time than you realise! Use leftover time to plan FUN things to ease the tension. All work and no play can leave your feeling pretty down in the dumps…

A pile of books and a cup of coffee.
A pile of books and a cup of coffee.

Mrs Dubose and the Camelias

This sounds like the name of a band.
It’s not (I don’t think…) it’s a reference to chapter 11 of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, in which the antaganistic, crumbly old Mrs Dubose from down the road forces poor Jem to read Ivanhoe (and such like) to her as she dribbles her way through the sticky Maycomb afternoons.

Once you get into Part 2 of the novel, when the trial of Tom Robinson begins to dominate the narrative, you’ll forget all about the funny little goings-on of Part 1. The rabid Tim Johnson, lolloping his way down the road, the summer games with Dill and adventures into the Radley territory and, indeed, Mrs. Dubose and her camelias… these will all seem like minor, insignificant happenings, in comparison with the drama of Tom Robinson’s trial.

So let’s pause before we embark on the heady adventures of Part 2, to reflect on why Part 1 is so important. Because it is, actually.

The themes that are explored in these little stories are exactly those that Harper Lee will explore in the rest of the book. The prejudice against Boo Radley that we see in Part 1 will re-emerge as the prejudice against Tom Robinson (and Mayella Ewell) in Part 2. The empathy that Atticus tells Scout is so important in Part 1 (‘You never really know a person… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it’) is the same empathy required of Jem as he learns more about the trial in Part 2. The courage of Mrs. Dubose in Part 1 is the same courage required of Atticus as he defends Tom Robinson in Part 2. It’s all very clever, you see.

Have a look at this:

Mrs Dubose - themes

It shows some of the themes prevalent in chapter 11.

Re-read chapter 11, and make notes on moments where one of the themes seems to be important.

Use your notes, and the diagram, to answer the following essay question:

How does Harper Lee use the story of Mrs Dubose in chapter 11 to explore some of the novel’s key themes?

Due: Monday 14th October


How to answer Questions 5 and 6 (Poetry Linked Texts)


Here is the paragraph we wrote today on ‘A Frosty Night’:

5. There are lots of interesting phrases. For example: ‘You looked a ghost or angel’. In this quotation, the words ‘ghost’ and ‘angel’ are opposites. Ghosts are dead, and perhaps threatening, whereas angels are more positive, and protective. Alice is both. Secondly, Graves describes Alice’s heart as ‘fire and snow’. In this quotation the words ‘fire’ and ‘snow’ are also opposites. These words suggest that Alice’s heart is hot and cold – hot perhaps with love (for her lover) and cold for her mother. Furthermore, the imagery of the ‘Stars danc[ing] in the sky’ tells us that this poem has elements of fantasy. In the real world, ‘stars’ do not ‘dance’ in the sky. There is a magical quality to this poem.

6. In this poem, relationships between parents and children are difficult. The mother wants to know what is happening in Alice’s life; Alice wants privacy. The poem suggests that children will not stay young forever. Growing up brings with it tensions and conflict.

FYI, etc.

PAT ATE TUNA PASTA: Tips on Transactional Writing

Golly! What a rollercoaster of a lesson on the different types of Writing Tasks in the English Language exam!

Here are some of the highlights:

Writing Newspaper and Magazine Articles

How to Write an A*rticle

More to follow!

Don’t forget to use your ‘chatterboxes’ to revise Speech Writing: PAT ATE TUNA PASTA.

Homework: Read the handout on Transactional Writing for Monday (30th April). Choose ONE of the writing tasks and complete it by next Thursday (3rd May).

Year 11: Easter Holiday Revision


Over the Easter Holidays I would like you to do three things:

1. Focus on the Unseen Poetry section of the English Literature exam. Complete all the revision tasks in the booklet you have been given.

2. Design your own English Language exam. Have a look at this one: English Language exam

and use it as a template for creating your own. You will find it helpful to read this document on the The Six Different Types of Questions in the English Language Unit 1 GCSE exam

You should also write your own mark scheme.

3. Complete any of the revision tasks on this blog that are still outstanding:

Revision Tasks

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