ABOUT ST. GEORGE'S SCHOOL CURRICULUM

In association with St. James’s Primary School, St. George´s School has developed a specific curriculum, upon which our pupils will evolve, allowing for the possibility of true growth.

Still believing in bilingual education, our curriculum centres its focus on the teaching of the 4 core elements, English (including English Literature) and Portuguese Languages, Mathematics and Sciences.

These subjects are complemented by a Foreign Language (French), Geography, History, Computing, Art, Physical Education and Performing Arts. In this way, we will continue to prepare bilingual pupils who, along with a humanistic culture and solid scientific, technological and artistic knowledge, will be great citizens of the future.

We started in September 2018 with Year 6 (5º Ano PT), Year 7 (6º Ano PT) and Year 8 (7º Ano PT) and in the following years with Year 9 (8º Ano PT), Year 10 (9º Ano PT) and Year 11 (10º Ano PT).

CURRICULUM

Core Elements

ENGLISH LANGUAGE / ENGLISH LITERATURE

(ENG. National Curriculum)

The English language plays a key role in education and society. An education of excellence allows students to speak and write fluently in order to convey their ideas and emotions. Spoken language continues to enhance the development of pupils’ reading and writing during Key Stage 3 and therefore, teachers should ensure that pupils’ confidence and competence in this area continues to develop.

PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE

(PT National Curriculum)

Learning the Portuguese language is the main instrument of self-awareness and of the world. It is in this context that we give relevance to the Portuguese language, reflecting the concern in preparing our students, not only during their schooling, but also for their future personal, academic and professional journey.

MATHEMATICS

(PT National Curriculum)

Mathematical language is another basic concern, the importance of which in the academic curriculum is unquestionable, and which constitutes a fundamental pillar in the formation of young people. They will develop knowledge of facts and procedures, mathematical reasoning, mathematical communication, problem solving and the understanding of Mathematics as a coherent whole. Regarding the programme, both geometry and the study of functions of real variables will have a key role in the classes to be taught. Algebra and Statistics will also play an important part thereof.

SCIENCE

(ENG. National Curriculum)

Sciences are a Core Element in the New English National Curriculum; therefore, we shall pay special attention to what is known as “Combined Science” with the same importance as the Core subjects: Portuguese, English and Mathematics. The great advantage of teaching the Sciences is to understand the world through specialized subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This Science programme is designed with student-centred, active learning at its heart. It aims in building students’ confidence and their enjoyment of Science. Classes will be very practical ‘Working Scientifically’ much of the time on field trips or field observations.


 

Foundation Elements

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY OF PORTUGAL

(PT National Curriculum)

History & Geography of Portugal (HGP) has as purpose the treatment of time and space, the integration of actors and their decisions in specific contexts, the comparison between diverse temporal contexts, the communication/transmission of historical and geographical knowledge. It is, therefore, to provide students with an initial contact with the tools and concepts specific to the Portuguese reality.

GEOGRAPHY

(ENG. National Curriculum)

Geography allows children to improve their knowledge of the places and regions of the world they live in. Through the study of Geography, students establish contact with different societies and cultures, which helps them understand how these spaces are related to each other.

HISTORY

(PT National Curriculum)

History allows the student to build a global and organised vision of a complex, diverse and constantly changing society. The aim is for the student to be able to grasp basic historical references and at the same time to understand a given period in its context.

FRENCH

(PT National Curriculum)

To complement foreign language learning, pupils will have the possibility to learn another Language and Culture.

COMPUTING

(PT National Curriculum)

Pupils are taught to use ICT equipment and software confidently and purposefully to communicate and handle information, and to support their problem solving, recording and expressive work.

ART

(ENG. National Curriculum)

The Art Curriculum is designed to integrate with other areas of the curriculum, i.e. to link where appropriate with classroom studies. This approach seems to be more meaningful and interesting to the children.

One of the main aims is to develop the children's confidence and pleasure in Art.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

(ENG. National Curriculum)

Physical Education promotes the fitness development and wellbeing of students, in an approach that stimulates the mind to resolve complex problems. It contributes to student’s awareness and control of the body, emotional well-being and good health. Students become more aware of their environment and the team activities promote interpersonal relationships.

PERFORMING ARTS

(School Curriculum)

Performing Arts aims to encourage students to develop language and communication skills through speech, body language and creativity. It also helps students to explore the different senses to express themselves, their feelings and emotions. To articulate the relationship between body and the kinetic space. To encourage the love of reading by using sounds and exploring the meaning of words through their physicality and the embodiment of images; to project their voice and develop observational analysis, synthesis, memorisation, visual perception and concentration skills.