Year 10 English

Course Description

Year 10 English provides a foundation for NCEA level 1 English. It is often taught in conjunction with Social Studies to allow for cross-curricular learning. Students are encouraged to read widely and develop their writing skills and confidence to express opinions and listen to those of others.

Understanding, using, and creating oral, written, and visual texts of increasing complexity is at the heart of English teaching and learning. By engaging with text-based activities, students become increasingly skilled and sophisticated speakers and listeners, writers and readers, presenters and viewers. 

English at Years 9 and 10 is very important, as this is a time of both consolidation of learning through the primary years and building on their knowledge to transition into senior English. 

We strive to make English at the junior level accessible and fun.  We have high expectations that push students to succeed. Students will be encouraged to read for pleasure and be open to new reading experiences. 

We begin the year with a series of standardised tests that form the basis of our planning for the year. Students will be tested again during the mid-year and end of year exams as well as completing assignments and class assessments to gauge their progress throughout the year.

The outline below is an example of a year plan. Courses are planned at the beginning of the school year, once students' abilities, interests and goals are established.

Course Overview

Term 1
Time Capsule
Spelling (assessment)
Figurative language
Writing task

Term 2
Parts of speech and syntax
Film study:
Speeches and debates

Term 3
Extended text study
Static image on extended text
Writing tasks

Term 4
Language skills
Close reading practice
Short stories

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 9 English

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Course notes will be supplied. Education Perfect will be used for homework and revision activities.
This is funded by the English Department.
Textbooks and set novels will be issued through the library.
Students are expected to have a 1B5 for classwork and one for homework.