Duffy Poetry IGCSE Full SoW

Duffy Poetry IGCSE Full SoW


This is a full scheme of work for the selected poems of Carol Ann Duffy. This scheme of work was planned for the CIE IGCSE 0475 syllabus. There is also an IBDP SoW here. This is a very thorough and detailed set of lessons that introduces and teaches all of the skills required to perform well in the exam.

The scheme of work should last between 5-7 weeks depending on your class.


The lessons follow a step-by-step structure and build up the skills needed through lots of practice and a range of different activities. The scheme of work focuses on: how to understand the meaning and message in a poem; how to identify and analyse poetic devices; background information on the poet; and how to analyse language, structure and form. Exam tasks are deconstructed and broken down, so pupils understand what they are required to do, how to plan and how to write up a successful answer. A full mock paper is included in this bundle so pupils can then test their skills at the end of the unit. There are also several partial mocks included which focus on either one or two poems. As the lessons work through questions that replicate those in the exam, in effect, pupils will work through several practice pieces once they have finished the entire unit including the mock. There are also several worksheets included in the bundle which scaffold and support pupils as they learn. In addition, checklists, peer assessment sheets and self reflection sheets are also included. The lessons cover a range of activities such as pair work, group work, verbal feedback, group analysis, presentations, carousels and various types of peer assessment. Most slides include teacher notes at the bottom in order to give extra information or direction.

If you would like additional exam papers, there is a pack of 15 here.

  • Included in this bundle:


    • 172 Slide PPT
    • 3 example exam questions in CIE style
    • 1 teacher guide complete with overviews of each poem as well as in-depth analysis of language, structure and form
    • Homework tasks
    • Skills checklists
    • Peer checklists
    • Self checklists
    • Worksheets
    • Exam style tasks
    • How to analyse a poetry guide sheet
    • How to write an essay guide sheet


  • Activities

    • Group tasks
    • Pair Tasks
    • Speaking and listening
    • Close analysis tasks
    • Peer assessment tasks
    • Self assessment tasks
    • How to write analytically
    • How to develop analysis for IGCSE
    • Modelling of how to analyse poetry
    • Modelling of how to write an answer
    • Step by step guidance on how to write a successful exam response
    • Socratic seminars
    • Speaking and listening activities
    • Drama activities