St-George's - Curriculum

JUNIOR SCHOOL

St. George's Junior Department is composed of Foundation Stage to Year 6 catering for students aged 3 – 11 years of age.

A broad and balanced timetable is offered in accordance with the British National Curriculum guidelines, tailored to meet the individual needs of each child.  Learning takes places in English and French.

FOUNDATION STAGE:

The aim of Foundation Stage (Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2) is to provide a broad, balanced curriculum across 6 key learning areas: Creative Development, Physical Development, Communication Language and Literacy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Mathematical Development and Personal Social and Emotional Development. Emphasis is given to learning through play and to developing each child’s learning. Children are monitored through a process of ongoing assessment to ensure they each maximise their potential. Learning takes place in both English and French. 

KEY STAGE 1:

The aim of Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) is to provide a broad, balanced curriculum which offers a wide range of subjects. Emphasis is given to establishing a solid base in numeracy and literacy, and to developing good study habits. French, General Science, Topic (History and Geography), Information Technology, Art, Music and Sport are included in the curriculum. Additional English lessons are available for English Language Integration Programme (ELIP) students. Children are assessed at the beginning and end of the academic year in literacy, numeracy and French in order to assess each student's academic achievement. Music and part of the sport curriculum are taught in French, with Topic taught in French as an option, depending on ability.

KEY STAGE 2:

The aim of Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6) is to provide a broad, balanced curriculum which offers a wide range of subjects. Emphasis is given to establishing a solid base in numeracy and literacy, and to developing good study habits in preparation for commencing the secondary school programme. French, General Science, topic (Geography and History), Information Technology, Music, Art, and Sport are included in the curriculum. Additional English lessons are available for English Language Integration Programme (ELIP) students. Children are assessed at the beginning and end of the academic year in literacy , numeracy and French in order to assess each student's academic effort and achievement. Towards the end of Year 6 the students are given detailed advice and information regarding the next stage of their academic programme in Lower Secondary School. Music and part of the sport curriculum are taught in French, with Topic taught in French as an option, depending on ability.

CURRICULUM:

Music : Many opportunities will be provided to allow the children to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of music and performances. Facilities are available for private tuition in certain instruments. Information about charges for these lessons can be obtained from the website. Learning takes places in English and French.

Information Technology : Students receive lessons in Information Technology  from Year 1 to Year 6 in the school's I.T. laboratory. The the use of computers is incorporated into classroom activities, where appropriate, throughout the school, using tablets and interactive whiteboards.

Learning Support : Those children who require extra help and support in their learning may benefit from individual or small group lessons with our Special Needs teachers (these may incur extra cost). Extra support is provided in class by our team of teachers and assistants, ensuring an excellent teacher to pupil ratio.

Religion : St. George's School is non-denominational and the school welcomes children of all religious persuasions. School assemblies promote moral values rather than religious values.

English : English is the main language of instruction. We aim to develop the following areas of English: speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. We aim for all children to be competent in using language in everyday life and also to have experience and an appreciation of its value. 

English Language Integration Programme (ELIP) exists to meet the needs of a large spectrum of pupils, from beginners to those who may need some regular curricular support.  Children are encouraged to work to their own natural ability and are extended and supported where necessary in their learning.

Mathematics : We use a variety of resources and approaches which involves work on number, algebra, measure, shape and space and handling data.

Science : By developing the skills of observation, investigation and communication, we aim to encourage children to be aware of the importance of science in everyday life, and to develop a greater understanding of the world in which we live.

French : The children will learn the basics of this language through oral work, visual aids and songs. The emphasis will be put on their learning to understand the language and to communicate their ideas in French. Increasing emphasis is placed on written work and reading as the children progress through their time in the Junior Department. Lessons are taught depending on ability. We cater for beginners to francophone, from bilingual Foundation Stage to our specialised and ability-grouped Fench programme in Years 1 to 6.

Topic (Geography & History) : We aim to develop the children's awareness of the past using factual knowledge, to learn an appreciation of historical events and an understanding of cause and consequence. Using varied approaches, we also aim to encourage the development of each child's geographical skills in the use of maps and fieldwork techniques to gain a knowledge and understanding of people and places. Learning takes place in English or French, depending on the ability of the student and in consultation with parents.

Physical Education : We aim to provide the children with as broad an experience as possible, using a variety of games, gymnastics, dance, swimming, skiing and athletics.

Art & Craft : Using a wide range of art and craft media, our aim is to foster the expressive and creative side of the child's development. Appreciation of a variety of artistic work is encouraged. Learning takes places in English and French.


 

SENIOR SCHOOL

St. George's Senior School is composed of Years 7 – 13 (US grades 6 – 12) catering for students aged 11 – 18. The main school building houses all senior school classrooms, science laboratories, assembly hall, library and specialist rooms for Art, Music and Information Technology.

Students benefit from small classes. The excellent work done by our highly qualified staff in these small classes is complemented by a well-stocked library, science laboratories, music rooms, art rooms and a fully equipped computer centre.

KEY STAGE 3:

Key Stage 3 fits with the first stage of secondary education which corresponds to Years 7, 8 and 9. It is taught to students aged 11 to 14.

An International Education

Within an international education perspective, students are taught in small classes by our highly qualified staff.  Rigourous academic programmes which combine English curriculum standards are enriched with extensive language opportunities.  These, in addition to an extensive co-curricular program as well as variety of extra-curricular activities ensure a complete education.  Individual attention guarantees a solid foundation before students embark upon IGCSE and IB Diploma programmes.  St. George's School is known for its high rate of success in public examinations and entrance into universities worldwide.

IGCSE:

International General Certifi cate of Secondary Education fi ts with the second stage of secondary education which corresponds to Years 10 and 11.  It is taught to students aged 14 to 16.

What is the IGCSE?

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a high-profile qualification provided by the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE).

What are the benefits of the IGCSE?

The Cambridge IGCSE provides an excellent foundation for a range of higher level courses, including the IB Diploma.  It is recognised by schools, universities and institutes around the world.

Cambridge IGCSE is designed to achieve high levels of academic and personal skills, developing students’ confi dence, responsibility, reflecti on, innovation and engagement.  It offers students a fl exible course of study that gives them the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them.

The Cambridge IGCSE Curriculum:

The curriculum off ers a variety of routes for learners with a wide range of abilities, including students whose first language is not English.

Students preparing for further education follow a broad and balanced curriculum from the following subject areas:

- Languages
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Sciences
- Creative, Technical & Vocational
- Mathematics

The curriculum develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

• Subject content
• Applying knowledge and understanding to familiar and new situations
• Intellectual enquiry
• Flexibility and responsiveness to change
• Working and communicating in English
• Cultural awareness

Download IGCSE Program for more information: SG-IGCSE Program
 
IB DIPLOMA:

Founded in Geneva, Swittzerland in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has developed four different educational programmes.  The IB Diploma Programme is the last of these and is a challenging two-year curriculum aimed at students aged 16 to 19.  This IB qualification is welcomed by leading universities around the world. 

What is the profile of the IB Diploma Programme?

The Diploma students develop their academic and personal strengths by:

• asking challenging questions
• learning how to learn
• developing a strong sense of their own identity and culture
• building communication skills and understanding of other cultures

IB Diploma students are encouraged to be Inquirers, Thinkers, communicators, Risk-takers, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Knowledgeable, Balanced and Reflective. 

Download the IB Diploma Programme Brochure for more information: SG-IB Diploma Programme

Structure of the IB programme

Students study 3 subjects at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level, selected from six different group areas. This allows students to explore some subjects in depth and thers more broadly over a two-year period.

Group 1    Studies in Language and Literature
Group 2    Language Acquisition
Group 3    Individuals and Societies
Group 4    Experimental Sciences
Group 5    Mathematics
Group 6    Arts (or another subject from Groups 2 to 4)

How are students assessed? 

The IB Diploma is granted through formal assessment. This includes external examinations taken in all subjects in May of Year 13, as well as internal assessment conducted throughout the programme.

Each subject is graded on a scale of 7 (maximum) to 1 (minimum).

This gives a total raw points score maximum of 42 points.

How can students get their IB Diploma?

In order to obtain the Diploma, students must meet defined standards and conditions including a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of the three Core Diploma requirements which are: Theory of Knowledge, CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) and the Extended Essay.

Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay combine to contribute a possible 3 additional points to the overall score, giving a maximum Diploma score of 45 points.

St. George's School IB Diploma Results 2014

Number of students registered:   27
Percentage of students who passed the Diploma:    100%
Number of subject entries:    203
Average points obtained by candidates who passed the Diploma:   35
Highest points awarded to a candidate:   40

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: 

St. George's aims to combine its well-structured, traditional ethos with academic excellence in an international environment. The school fosters mutual respect and understanding whilst cultivating individual talents and potential.

The High School Diploma programme (HSDP) is a two-year course which includes the study of the following subjects from the following groups:

- Language (English)
- Foreign Language (French)
- Humanities
- Sciences (Combined Sciences)
- Mathematics & Technology
- Arts (Arts & Design, Performing Arts)

Physical Education is compulsory.  Community, Action and Service (CAS) is also compulsory.

Download the High School Diploma Brochure for more information: SG-High School Diploma Programme

Graduation Requirements:

The majority of pupils receive the High School Diploma in Year 13.

The High School Diploma is awarded to students who have successfully completed four years of high school study and who have met the school's graduation requirements, as outlined below:

• Minimum age of 17 attained before date of graduation
• Minimum of 26 credits attained in academic work during Years 10 - 13. The 26 credits must include:

- English : 4
- Foreign Language : 2
- Humanities : 2
- Science : 2
- Mathematics : 3
- ICT : 2

• Minimum score of 90/120 in TOEFL, a pass in Cambridge Advanced Examination or a 6/9 in IELTS or IGCSE English (Grade B).
• Physical Education and extra-curricular activities are required for each year of attendance (credits not awarded).