KS1 & KS2
Year 1 and 2 are the Key Stage 1 classes. In KS1 Numeracy and Literacy are
priorities at this early Primary stage, though Science, Arts, Humanities and PE
contribute to the diverse and lively curriculum.
From Year 1 the children are generally ready to read simple books, using the
popular Oxford Reading Tree scheme as well as Kenyan schemes and World
Readers for a broader approach.
For those with English as a Second Language (ESL) we provide extra tuition to
help them catch up and progress smoothly in all aspects of their learning.
Year 3-6 form the Key Stage 2 classes or upper Primary.
In both KS1 and KS2 Kiswahili is widely used and taught both through
interactive Swahili 'clubs' and more formal written Swahili lessons.
At Kivukoni we are very aware that children all learn at a different pace and
respond to different teaching styles. We do our best to respond to the unique
qualities of your child by being committed to small sized classes,
differentiated activities, and putting no stress on class 'positions' or
assessment results. We also support children with Special Educational Needs.
More about the curriculum
Science is taught in both KS1 and 2 in which the children learn to do different experiments and how to analyse these. From planting and growing a seed, making a paper windmill, to blowing up balloons with yeast and sugar water to organising a science fair in Year 5 and 6, science is very much alive at Kivukoni.
Arts includes the creative side of education; handicraft and painting for example, but also design and technology, drama and music. We have a devoted Arts teacher, who produces amazing work with the children covering different techniques and topics.
Music is enjoyed both with singing and percussion activities, and the children are also introduced to music theory through playing the recorder. This not only makes it easier for them to take up any instrument at any time in future, but also enhances literacy and creative skills generally.
Individual guitar and piano lessons are also available from music specialists once a week.
Humanities includes Geography, History, Religious Education and PSHE and is often taught through the topic or theme that each class is working on per term. Making the children aware of the beautiful wider world they live in and exploring different ways how and places where one could live is an exciting adventure for the children.
Physical Education (PE)
PE lessons are build up from 3 main activities: ball skills, dance and gymnastics. The indoor sessions in the hall focus on developing coordination as well as team spirit, working towards a goal and core stability within the body, all in a playful way using games to challenge the children. In the afternoons there are sports sessions out in the field, focussing on: ball skills or athletics for Year 1 and 2 or cricket and rounders in term 1, hockey and athletics in term 2 and football and netball in term 3 from Year 3 upwards.
Swimming lessons are taught per class, with coach Mwanase and Mwarimu. This happens from as early as FS1, to promote water confidence through play. When the children are ready they start working on basic strokes and techniques, which they will keep developing till Year 6.
Kivukoni School has its own swimming team and The Creek Club offers private lessons for all levels (after school).
We have a Computer Lab, complete with projectors and programs enabling pupils to learn what a computer is and what its different parts are called (from as early on as FS1) to being able to use Excel, the internet and simple animation programs (Year 6). The children are progressing well with Ms. Sarah, our IT teacher, and enjoy linking their class and topic work with the world of IT. They are proud to give Powerpoint Presentations to their parents demonstrating their achievements and we hope that many will have the chance to put their skills to use at home as well. From Year 2 onwards we teach and encourage the use of 'touch typing' as there is no doubt that computer literacy is an essential skill to all these young pupils.
All classes go on educational field trips, some of which are residential in KS2. We try and relate the trips to the topics as much as we can; visiting a Fire Engine when learning about 'Fire' or going snorkeling when learning about 'Oceans and Seas' for example.