Y11 English: Spring 1

Relationships Poetry

What is my child doing in English this half-term?

As part of their preparation for the AQA GCSE English Literature course, your child is currently studying a cluster of Relationships poetry which they will be tested on within the exam. They need to be confident about all 15 poems they will study as any one of them could be named in the exam question.

Alongside the study of these 15 poems, they will develop techniques to approach writing about previously unseen poems; a skill which is tested within Section B of the exam.

The poetry examination is challenging and your child needs to be making the most of every single English lesson they have between now and the exam. I'm sure I don't have to remind you that time is ticking and they only have a short period of time before they will be taking their final GCSE examinations.

Revision should really have started already and it would be helpful if your child was following their own revision timetable at home. English revision classes have started on Monday evenings after school and your child will receive more information about this from their own English teacher.

If you have any concerns, questions or would like any further information to help you support your child at home, please do not hesitate to get in touch,

Mrs Amanda Lawson

Head of English

Activities to try at home...

- Visit the link in the Key Vocabulary section above to help your child learn the definitions of key poetic terminology.

- Try discussing different poems at home and ask your child what they think they might be about. If you don't feel very confident with poetry yourself, try the following website to for ideas and support. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z4nc87h

- Buy the revision guides, as detailed below, to support them in their studies.

Relationships Poetry Revision Guide:


GCSE AQA Anthology

Poetry Cluster: Relationships

ISBN: 978 1 84762 488 8

Approximate price: £5.95

Unseen Poetry Revision Guide:


GCSE AQA English

Unseen Poetry

The Poetry Guide

ISBN: 978 1 84762 325 6

Approximate price: £5.95