Teaching and Learning
We have three mixed age classes at St Kew. The multi-age classroom environment provides many benefits to the children, including allowing children to mix with pupils outside of their own year group. Our teachers plan their lessons across the age ranges in their class, and the mix of ages allows each pupil to work at the most appropriate level for their ability.
Termly themes are used to stimulate our pupil's imaginations, with core subjects linked in, making learning relevant and fun. At the start of every term, parents and carers are provided with information on that term's theme and how each core subject links into it. Themes are planned to rotate every 3 years to avoid repetition for pupils.
Phonics, reading and spelling
In Reception/Year 1 we base our phonics learning on the Letters and Sounds scheme to help children master the basics through the phases, giving them a solid start to their development in reading.
Weekly spelling tests and tasks encourage children to learn strings and spelling patterns rather than a list of words, which we then encourage them to use in their writing, including in topic work. Support from home in learning spelling strings and reading regularly (daily if possible) is greatly appreciated.
For maths, we use a variety of resources, including the Singapore Maths approach which aims at giving children the understanding of how to apply mathematical knowledge. So, yes the children do learn their multiplication tables, and then we help them learn how to apply them!
Please see the links to the left for more information on the National Curriculum and a Parent's Guide to understanding National Curriculum levels.
To supplement our classroom-based learning, we pride ourselves at St Kew School on offering a wide variety of extra-curricular experiences for the children to enjoy. These include guest speakers, outside experts, theatre, music, creative arts activities and educational visits.
Over the last year, the children have visited The Hall for Corwall, the Royal Cornwall Showground, Sterts theatre, Plymouth Aquarium, the Minack Theatre, a local farm and residential trips to London and the Isles of Scilly (Ys 4/5/6).
In addition, each class receives dedicated Music lessons, expert sports coaching and a wide range of outdoor learning including gardening and forest school.
We are committed to ensuring that our children have access to the latest IT technologies to support their learning at St Kew, and have just invested in a new suite of iPads and interactive whiteboards for the school. We operate a Virtual Learning Environment that allows children, staff and puplis to communicate, complete homework assignments and stay up-to-date with all the latest school news and events.
We have just started our own radio station, and the children will be uploading interviews and other pieces for you to hear. Click on the link to our radio web site to find out more.