The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Kivukoni Nursery section consists of Playgroup (PG), Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) and FS2, or otherwise referred to as the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Our Early Years teachers are a wonderful team; trained locally with many years of experience in the British system, which prioritises the development of self-esteem, expression and creative thinking in children. Their classes are well resourced and designed to make Kivukoni a place where children really do love to learn.
English is the predominant teaching language, although Kiswahili is valued and taught throughout the school. The multi-cultural population of Kivukoni enables all the children to become familiar with languages, religions and ways of life other than their own from a young age. We nurture this concept as it is a great opportunity for the children of today to deal with the changes and challenges of tomorrow’s world.
The Primary section in the international system starts with children aged 5/6 in Year 1 and leads up to Year 6. The Primary section is split into two Key Stages: Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2).
At the end of KS2, in Year 6, the children do their final externally accredited Edexcel exams.
Continuing from the foundation laid in the Early Years, we continue to encourage self-esteem, expression and creative thinking in the Primary Years. The children also begin to become ambassadors for their natural environment, and understand some of the global
issues that affect us all.
Throughout the school we use topic based learning, giving each class a theme to study each term. This could be ‘Oceans and Seas’, ‘World travels’, ‘Ancient Egypt’ or ‘Food and Farming’ for example. By using topic focused education a whole new world comes to life for the children, giving context and meaning to what they do in class. This is often reflected in the colourful class displays and assemblies that take place every term.
Kivukoni celebrates the arts with great gusto! All children take part in weekly art, music and singing, as well as performances of note. Kivukoni is a place where memories and made, and not be to forgotten!
Lower Secondary School (ages 11-14)
Year 7, 8 and 9, Key Stage 3, is now established and thriving as a centre of new challenges in the form of Project-Based Learning (PBL) and introduction to iGCSEs. It is an inspiring space, overlooking Takaungu Creek with views over the mangroves and up the creek.
PBL challenges students in new ways; practically, collaboratively and tangentially. English, maths and science still follows Edexcel curriculum, preparing them for IGCSE's in future, but PBL is what excited the learners most - at a time when some may otherwise lack enthusiasm for learning. It has been a great success with many great projects coming to fruition in the hands of our productive teenagers; writing and staging their own shows, designing and creating school fair activities, building classrooms, presenting to parents on the importance of healthy diets - to name but a few.
We look forward to growing organically with our Lower Secondary students as they become collaborative and confident young global citizens. For more information kindly contact our Key Stage 3 coordinator .