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02/04/20

CDS is looking for a talented and inspirational Lead Teacher of PE https://t.co/lKu9Y5CHq7 https://t.co/rRwOcfd1l1

02/04/20

Another fine example of delicious hospitality Year 9 home learning! https://t.co/PMQhynG12d

02/04/20

Home learning – Year 7 one point perspective artwork https://t.co/OURVOxgF6W

01/04/20

Home learning - A great presentation, identifying the impact of palm oil on the environment. https://t.co/kNFxieTV0f

01/04/20

Home learning – Monday Maths! https://t.co/skO93GNvBK

01/04/20

Some more fabulous creations in hospitality home learning: building skills at home in readiness for Year 10 by making a pie with velouté sauce and a batch of Easter themed cakes. https://t.co/4M5kNAxPFF

27/03/20

Look at this amazing collage produced onto perspex by one of our students in school this week! https://t.co/Tw8mbvKcx9

27/03/20

Science home learning – A task involved making a model of the Earth’s structure from plasticine. https://t.co/nw4EvJUioC

26/03/20

Look at this amazing Hospitality & Catering home learning. Well done - someone's family are in for a treat this evening! https://t.co/vQw189m22D

17/03/20

Money raised for Sport Relief totals £991.31 – Well done everybody and thankyou! https://t.co/USEAlVXQfG

17/03/20

The art department is celebrating the brilliant Frank Stella inspired sculptures from our Year 7 students. https://t.co/wGl7eEHnfq

13/03/20

Look at the amazing work of our Year 11 Masterchefs! https://t.co/6b1SHHy09j

13/03/20

Reminder: Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm

13/03/20

Remember that the Art Department are collecting bottle tops to complete a project with recycled material. Please save and send in! https://t.co/e6Pu1KwPLM

12/03/20

Year 9s visited Kent University for a campus day yesterday. They had a skills based session on what they need in University and toured the site. They completed a photography workshop and took photographs of items and places they thought represented University life. https://t.co/VIM0osETVQ

12/03/20

Year 7 & 8 Netball result against RHA - Year 7 win 9-0 Year 8 win 21-0 Well done CDS girls!

11/03/20

Reminder: Year 9 Parents’ Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm - Ensure appointments are being made or contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson dshepperson.kent.sch.uk or Mrs Knight lknight.kent.sch.uk

11/03/20

A small mixed group of students are working on a sculptural piece relating to “places and spaces” for entry into the Turner Contemporary Portfolio Competition – entries due by end of March. https://t.co/rMnYKKoOlK

11/03/20

“Grease is the word…” Rehearsals continue for July’s musical performance. Every Thursday after school 2.50pm-4.30pm.

10/03/20

Deadline for Year 8 Options forms - Friday 13 March 2020. Please get these in on time or you run the risk of losing out on your preferred options.

10/03/20

Reminder: Year 7 & 8 Netball at CDS v RHA tomorrow, Wednesday 11 March.

10/03/20

Reminder Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm. Ensure your child is making appointments and any problems contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson or Mrs Knight.

10/03/20

Tomorrow, Wednesday 11th, some of our Year 9 students visit Kent University - An opportunity to explore the campus and take part in University workshops.

09/03/20

Year 9 Kent University Workshop – Confidence in Public Speaking Students were given a character and had to prepare an argument for keeping their place on a hot air balloon, which was then presented to the rest of the class. These included Walt Disney and Donald Trump! https://t.co/4gqBeVpLHQ

09/03/20

Sport Relief – This week a “dance off” is being held daily. Students can go along at lunch time and “bust some moves” with Tik Tok for a small donation to this worthy cause. Watch this space for the total raised at the end of the fundraising! https://t.co/x3t3sLCjKw

09/03/20

Year 7 Rugby at Sandwich tomorrow, 4pm against Sandwich, King Ethelbert, RHA, Dover Christ Church

09/03/20

Year 7 & 8 Girls Netball at home against RHA on Wednesday. Girls, check the team sheets please!

06/03/20

Countdown to CDS Cultural Capital days 2nd and 3rd April: Year 7 visit Kent County Cricket ground Year 8 visit Howlett's Wildlife Park Year 9 Historians visit Leeds Castle Year 9 Geographers visit the O2 and QE Park, London Year 10 visit the Olympic Park, Stratford

06/03/20

"Grease is the Word" Countdown to Grease the musical at CDS in July. Rehearsals every Thursday 3pm-4.30pm

05/03/20

Countdown to Year 9 Parents' Evening, Monday 16th March 4.30pm. Ensure that your child is making appointments! Any problems, contact the Year team.

05/03/20

World Book Day focused on “reading is power” and “get social”. Homework is set on ShowMyHomework for Y7-9 to write a review of one of the reading texts that they have read. Closing date, last day of term. Prizes on offer! https://t.co/d8KUr5iC4Z

05/03/20

Year 10 students took part in a ‘Degree in a Day’ with CCU. They undertook a variety of activities to experience how they would study and research the psychology of video game addiction. Students then presented their work and findings to the group. https://t.co/cCgipJ5bLu

05/03/20

7 Things You should know about the teenage brain https://t.co/cTNfPfCxgn

05/03/20

Young Minds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25 https://t.co/enUzC4N6L3 https://t.co/CDgvMBeO6P

04/03/20

CDS have a daily Mindfulness Club that runs at lunch times. Students should speak to Mrs Knight for more information.

04/03/20

Support your child with anxiety issues. https://t.co/z2W7rO9oYe

04/03/20

Need help understanding your teenager's brain? Check this out ... https://t.co/EZlawDUjZA

04/03/20

Support your child with developing strong self-esteem. https://t.co/tMOxSrnNLW

04/03/20

At CDS we have a team of Peer Mentors in Year 10 and 11 that support, and mentor, Year 7 and 8 students. https://t.co/n1w7FTwcSG

03/03/20

Rugby update: Year 7 & 8 played training games against Royal Harbour – results were very close!

Introduction

Vision and Mission

At The Charles Dickens School we wish to nurture and develop all students and to provide an environment rich in opportunities for learning and for the development of individual gifts and talents.

We aim to inspire our students to be global citizens prepared for the exciting opportunities and challenges of today’s world. They will be encouraged to develop thinking skills that can be applied across disciplines, to learn languages which will allow them to communicate with confidence, and to develop the skills of leadership, collaboration and self-knowledge essential for happiness and personal fulfilment.

Each student at The Charles Dickens School is unique and our programmes are designed to support the developing needs of our students. The Gifted and Talented programmes are created to ensure the very best success for those students identified as having a particular gift or talent but are also open to all students who wish to aim high and achieve the very best in their academic and personal development.

Our partnership with Barton Court Grammar School will allow us to share ideas, resources and best practice to ensure all students have access to opportunities to stretch and challenge in all subjects to encourage academic excellence, and with individual talents in Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Sport and Design Technology. 


Curriculum – “The Grammar Learning Pathway”

In Years 7 and 8, there is an opportunity for students to follow the “Grammar Learning Pathway”.

Students study an academic curriculum making sure they are stretched and challenged across a wide range of traditional subjects, which includes a Modern Foreign language. This programme provides ideal preparation for the EBacc programme at KS4.

In Years 9 – 11, all students start their GCSE courses and there is an opportunity for students to study the traditional EBacc programme. This is the most prestigious learning pathway offered and will lead to the English Baccalaureate qualification. The EBacc provides students with a broad range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options. It is expected by this Government that all students, at KS4, follow this pathway and it is recognised as a highly prestigious pathway by school Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities and employers and is ideal preparation for Post-16 study.

To achieve the EBacc, students must gain a GSCE grade 9-5 in six subjects. These subjects must include:

  • Mathematics
     
  • English Language
     
  • 2 Sciences (2 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Combined Science (2 GCSEs))
     
  • 1 Humanity (1 from History or Geography)
     
  • 1 MFL (French)

 


Additional Opportunities

Students gifted or talented in a specific field or subject are provided with opportunities within and beyond the classroom to achieve their own personal excellence. They are consistently challenged to push themselves further and given opportunities to share their ability with others through leadership and challenging learning tasks. The success of our students is widely celebrated as we celebrate a culture where gifts and talents are nurtured and appreciated.

Extra-curricular opportunities, visits, competitions, exhibitions, events, concerts, productions, are widely available and students are encouraged to take part with as many as possible to extend their skills further and to broaden their learning.

Gifted and Talented students in Year 7 and 8 complete a programme within Tutor Time which is focused on developing key learning strategies which will support their ability to push and challenge themselves in lessons and become the most confident learners possible. Students in Year 9 and 10 are given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification. This GCSE course gives them the opportunity to research into a topic of personal interest and complete an academic piece of writing on it. Whilst completing the project they develop a range of transferrable skills including research, organisation, problem solving and communication. Year 11 students are supported to develop the strategies required to achieve the highest possible grades in their GCSE examination through effective learning and revision strategies. Students are also given the opportunity to be part of the ‘Brilliant Club’ scheme which gives them the opportunity to work with a PhD graduate to complete a series of tutorials and finally produce their own academic piece of writing.

The Charles Dickens School also works very closely with local universities to support our Gifted and Talented students. These opportunities push students to take their gifts and talents to a higher level and have experiences to support their passion for life-long learning. Some of these opportunities are summarised below

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

BioScience Degree in a Day

Build a Student

University Life

GCSE Revision Skills

E-Mentoring

Transition Project

BioScience Degree in a Day

TechGirl Challenge

Science Day

Inspiring Minds

Build a University

More than One Direction

Medical Fayre

Inspiring Minds

GCSE Revision Skills

Narrative Literacy Project

Narrative Literacy Project

I’m a Scientist

I’m an Engineer

Summer School

University Visits

Peace Festival

Study Skills

Summer School

University Visits

Maths Challenge Project

University Visits

Ethics – Degree in a Day

What Happens Next

Subject Specific Days

 

World Languages Day

Presentation Skills Workshop

Presentation Skills Workshop

Revision Subject Support

 

Dynamic Dialogue

Debating Development

The Benefits of Student and University Life

 

 

Science Extravaganza

University Visits

University Visits

 

 

Source Skills Project

Confidence in the Classroom

Confidence in the Classroom

 

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