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VISION

“Every moment, every day, every individual counts.”

St George`s is a caring and inclusive school that enables every individual to flourish spiritually, morally and academically.  We are at the heart of our local community, a haven of peace, harmony, respect and aspiration.  We nurture each individual`s unique God-given potential, equipping pupils with the skills, knowledge and resilience for the future.

"For the body does not consist of one member but of many."   1 Corinthians 12:14

FOUNDATION STONES AND VALUES

St George’s is a place where every individual is valued regardless of their circumstances. Our vision is built on the words of 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul writes about spiritual gifts and the unity of the church. Likewise, at St George’s, every individual is encouraged to unlock their full God-given potential, so that they can contribute to both the body of the school and the wider community.

This vision is also informed by the original purpose of the St George’s “National School”, which opened in 1841 to, “increase the means of providing a moral and religious education according to the tenets of the established Church in England for the children of both sexes of the poor of the parishes of Ramsgate and St. Laurence and to engraft therein a suitable course of instruction to their station in life”.

 It is further shaped by the Church of England Vision for Education, which is ‘deeply Christian and healthily plural’, promoting ‘excellence in education alongside life in all its fullness’.

We are all aware that life provides many challenges and that everyone needs support at various times in their lives. This is why team work and community (‘the body’) is at the heart of our vision and lived out daily through our school values of:

  • Hope
  • Wisdom
  • Forgiveness
  • Friendship
  • Compassion

St George’s provides a broad, stimulating and enjoyable curriculum, which engages, motivates and challenges all pupils, giving them the knowledge, skills and understanding to grow as individuals, preparing them for the next stage in their lives. This is provided within an environment that is safe and secure – reflected in the joy and peace that can be experienced throughout the family atmosphere of the school.

Our English Curriculum:


St George’s provides a broad, stimulating and enjoyable curriculum, which engages, motivates and challenges all pupils, giving them the knowledge, skills and understanding to grow as individuals, preparing them for the next stage in their lives.

  • Broad, stimulating- we using reading bursts from higher level texts with many year groups. We cover a range of genres within out text choices.
  • Enjoyable curriculum/ engages
    • Pupils love our text choices, ‘Blood Brothers’ is a firm favorite in year 8 and the novels we choose in year 7 are often spoken about afterwards.
    • Pupils enjoy exploring English through drama and debate.
  • Challenges-
    • We ensure extension tasks are evident within our SOW. We use 19th Century extracts and short stories to extend and enrich pupils’ vocabulary
    • We encourage pupils to write extensively on texts from year 7
  • Motivates- our assessment strategy motivates pupils towards success as they see they can achieve each term. We use setting to also drive this. Our single entry strategy means pupils aim to be the best they can be.
  • Knowledge-
    • We use contextual knowledge to ensure pupils love of literature is enhanced by historical ideas.
    • Homework tasks are used to encourage a knowledge of a rich vocabulary.
  • Skills- Analysis skills, skills in writing and crafting writing. Transferable skills across English Language and English Literature.
  • Individuals-
    • Pupils are encouraged and invited to give their opinions and personal viewpoint.
    • Pupils must reflect on ideas they have and challenge and encourage others.
  • Next stage in their lives- Pupils need to use real life situations in non-fiction study.

Staff

Homework

Homework will be set every Tuesday on Educake and will be due the following Tuesday for all year groups.

Access this via www.educake.co.uk or via the iOs app on iphone/ipad: click here or via the android app: click here

Pupils should log in with their username given to them by their English teacher.

 




Check the Curriculum Year information for the homework timetable.

Year 7 Click Here
Year 8 Click Here
Year 9 Click Here
Year 10 Click Here
Year 11 Click Here
Sixth Form Click Here

 

Subject Information - KS3

GCSE Subject information - English Literature

AQA English Literature GCSE (taken at the end of year 10):

English Literature GCSE is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, regardless of their ability. This GCSE involves the completion of two exam papers:

Paper One

  • Section A: ‘Power and Conflict' poetry cluster.
  • Section C: Modern text: ‘An Inspector Calls’

Paper Two

  • Section A: Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’
  • Section B: Unseen Poetry

All papers are closed book exams.

English Literature provides skills which will enhance students cross-curricular development and future academic studies including the study of AS and A-level English Literature.

Spoken language (previously speaking and listening): Pupils will become aware of the importance of effective verbal communication. Preparation towards this endorsed unit will be achieved through, the practice and encouragement of good verbal communication in class, with the final completion of a summative assessment.

English Literature Curriculum

English Language Curriculum (Year 10 will start in Term 6)

 

GCSE Subject information - English Language

AQA English Language GCSE:

English Language GCSE enables pupils of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century. This GCSE also provides students with the skills to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. This GCSE involves the completion of two exam papers:

Paper One: ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’

  • Section A requires students to read one fiction source and answer four related questions.
  • Section B requires students to produce a piece of writing inspired by an image or a topic.

Paper Two: ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’.

  • Section A requires students to read two non-fiction sources and answer four related questions.
  • Section B requires students to produce a piece of writing to present a viewpoint on a topic.

English Language Curriculum 

Revision information - English Literature

General Information (useful information for Parents)

  • In order to be successful in your English Literature GCSE you should revise themes in each text; key characters, language devices, structural features, and think about how and why they are used. Revise the context within which the texts are set. Learn and revise key quotations.
  • Use the knowledge organisers and notes from lessons to revise for your exam. Practice exam questions, are available here (Exam questions attached) or from your teacher. Use Educake to set yourself tests to revise topics and texts.
Personal Learning Checklist see below for PLC for each subject area
EXAMPLE EXAM QUESTIONS/MODEL ANSWERS

Practice Paper 1: Click Here

Practice Paper 2 : Click Here

REVISION MATERIALS/SHAREPOINT see below for revision materials for each subject area

 

Paper 2A - Macbeth

This section of the paper has an extract from the text and one question to answer for 30 marks. There are a possible 4 marks awarded on top of this for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
 

Personal Learning Checklist

MacBeth pLC


Revision Materials

Macbeth Knowledge Organiser

Other Revision Resources:

Online text: http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/macbethscenes.html

Online text with modern translation side-by-side: https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/macbeth/

Paper 1C - An Inspector Calls

This section of the paper has no extract from the text. There is a choice of two questions, each worth 30 marks. Pupils must choose one to answer

Personal Learning Checklist

An Inspector Calls PLC

Revision Materials

AN inspector calls Knowledge Organiser

Other Revision Resources:

Online copy of the text: https://www.cncs.school/MainFolder/faculties/english/NEW/Revision-Materials/English-Literature/Component-2/An-inspector-calls/AIC-Full-Play.pdf

Paper 1A - Power and Conflict Poetry

For this section a poem from the 15 will be printed. The question requires the pupil to compare this poem to another poem from the anthology. This question is out of 30 marks.

Personal Learning Checklist

Power and Conflict Poetry PLC

Revision Materials

Power and conflict Knowledge Organiser

Other Revision Resources:

https://genius.com/tags/poetry - all poems with annotations available (use the search bar)

Paper 2A - Unseen Poetry

This section includes two poems which have not been taught in class. One 24 mark question asks the pupils to analyse the first poem. A second 8 mark question asks pupils to compare the methods in this first unseen poem with the second unseen poem. There are a possible 4 marks awarded on top of this for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Revision Materials

unseen poetry Knowledge Organiser

Other Revision Resources

Mr Bruff’s YouTube videos: Click Here

 


 

Revision information - English Language

 General Information (Useful Information for Parents)

  • In order to be successful in your English Language GCSE you should revise the paper structure, timings and exam skills.
  • Use the knowledge organisers and notes from lessons to revise for your exam. Practice exam questions, are available here (Exam questions attached) or from your teacher. Use Educake to set yourself tests to revise topics and texts.

 

Language Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Personal Learning Checklist English Language Personal Learning Checklist
Example Exam Questions/Model Answers Practice Papers
REVISION MATERIALS/SHAREPOINT Pupil Guide Paper 1

 Language Paper 2 - Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

Personal Learning Checklist English Language Personal Learning Checklist
Example Exam Questions/Model Answers Practice Papers
REVISION MATERIALS/SHAREPOINT Pupil Guide Paper 2

 

10 for 10 Videos

Paper 1 - Level 3-4

Paper 1 - Level 4-5

Paper 2 - Level 3-4

Paper 2 - Level 4-5

 

Careers

Where can English take you?

English qualifications are useful for many careers, but particularly for working in journalism and publishing, education and training, counselling and social services, marketing sales and advertising, and management. English leads to a wealth of opportunities, whether pursuing employment, further academic or vocational studies. The skills are needed across a range of job roles and everyday life. More information can be found in the links below:

‘English Career Ideas and Case Studies’: Click Here

UCAS -  Click Here

Literacy - Reading Lists

YEAR 7 click here
YEAR 8 click here
YEAR 9 click here
YEAR 10 click here
YEAR 11 click here

You can find information about literacy on our curriculum literacy page - click Here