GCSE Language in Year 10


We start off in Year 10 studying a play, An Inspector Calls, but we will also be covering various Language skills to ensure that you are prepared for your exam in Year 11 as well as the mock exams you will have along the way.

This term, our focus will be on question 3 of the first reading paper which will have you analysing structure and patterns of ideas. You will also be practising writing narratives using an image as a stimulus.


An Inspector Calls


We are starting off the new year in Year 10 with the play by J. B. Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls, considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre.

We will be adding more resources to help you with your studies. For now, you can start with the newly updated BBC Bitesize.

Gothic Fiction


We are currently studying a scheme of learning on Gothic Fiction in Year 9. The set books for this scheme are The Woman in Black by Susan Hill or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

This particular scheme is fun to teach as students usually like the theme but it does involve you reading advanced texts which are a challenge for even the most able readers. With the changes to the GCSE, it is crucial that you experience reading texts from an earlier time period. The inclusion of pre-1900s fiction and non-fiction in the new exam means you will need to be used to reading these kinds of texts and we want to give you the best preparation for the new exams.