Topic Based Learning!
At Kehelland we believe that children learn exceptionally well through whole school topics.This approach allows us to link many of the subjects we teach to an exciting theme which will be interesting to our children. A topic may last for half or a full term as appropriate.
Recent topics have included: Roald Dahl, Cornish Waters, The Beatles, Narnia and Middle Earth, Celts and Romans, Cornish Myths and Legends
Many learning opportunities also arise from children’s response to and natural inquisitiveness about the world around them. Our outdoor approach starts with our reception children who undertake regular woodland learning at Tehidy in their first term with us. Older year groups enjoy treks across nearby Upton Towans , or shelter building at the woods or undertaking the Kehelland to Portreath cycle ride. We have worked hard to ensure that our school grounds also provide a wonderful outdoor environment for our children to learn in.
We take a creative approach to the curriculum by weaving a topic based theme into our learning, which we believe is an ideal way to engage children and to teach the foundation subjects and many aspects of Literacy, Maths and Science.
Our staff plan creative and challenging work which develops skills, concepts knowledge and enthusiasm.
We delight in engaging the children’s interest via `real` experiences such as day visits, treks and workshops. Our planning ensures that the themes we study cover the key points from each of the curriculum areas. As children progress through the school several residential opportunities are offered to them; these visits are, of course, thoroughly researched, planned and risk assessed before they take place.
Our foundation and core subjects are coordinated and managed by the staff working together as a team and each teacher plans and monitors coverage for the individual year groups.
National Curriculum Tests (SATS) are administered at the end of each Key Stage i.e. KS.1 - Year 2 (to confirm teacher assessment only) and KS2 - Year 6. Teacher assessments, especially in the core subjects, are an integral part of the recording cycle of each child's progress. Optional SATS are undertaken at Years 3, 4 and 5 and are helpful in setting targets and recording trends.
The Phonics Assessment
This is a newly introduced assessment which measures the number of Year 1 children who have achieved the required standard of phonic sound acquisition. It is taken in June and retested in Year 2 if the necessary standard is not met.