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All Sentinel schools work to a unique educational model. We nurture academic excellence in a supportive pastoral atmosphere to enable our students to achieve their full potential.
Art is taught to provide all pupils with the opportunity to express themselves visually in an enjoyable manner, to develop their creative and technical skills so that ideas can be realised and artefacts produced. It is important to stimulate capacity for imaginative and original thought and experimentation which has a positive impact on other areas of the curriculum. Pupils are taught using a variety of different techniques through creative projects often linked to artists both historical and contemporary. Cross-curricular links are made wherever possible across most subject areas.
Design & Technology
Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities, and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products, systems and solutions. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Design and Technology is a practical subject taught in the Workshop, ICT and Design Suite or Food Technology room.
Drama is about change, challenge and excitement affording pupils the opportunity to take part in something new. It enhances many areas of child development: increased confidence and self-esteem, increased social and moral awareness often enabling greater self-expression and understanding of real life issues. It aids the development of imagination and artistic awareness, while instilling self-discipline and cooperation with others. During their time at the school, pupils are able cover a broad range of drama and theatre skills, providing an excellent foundation for those wishing to continue to GCSE and beyond. During the course of each academic year all children are also involved in some form of performance to parents, ranging from full scale lavish musicals to more intimate workshop style evenings.
The study of English equips pupils with the skills of reading and writing, speaking and listening. We aim to engender a pupil’s love of English for its own sake, developing their confidence with, and enjoyment of, reading, writing and the spoken word.
Subject teachers assess the pupils in their speaking and listening, reading and writing through regular class activities. In addition, spelling and reading assessments take place annually. Handwriting is also monitored. Spelling tests and grammar and punctuation exercises contribute to the English diet. Questioning is a key aspect of regular lessons and the various texts remains the foundation for a variety of spoken and written work in Years 2 to 7.
In the senior classes pupils are encouraged to be creative in their written work, focusing mainly on writing with an intended purpose. Reading tests the pupil’s ability to comprehend surface and implicit meanings.
Across the school during English lessons class discussion, individual, paired and group activities take place. There is a focus on identifying and generating criteria for different forms of work, so that pupils have a ‘toolbox’ of skills from which they may select appropriately.
Geography encourages pupils to consider how people interact with their environment at a range of levels, from local to global. There is an equal balance between the three main areas of geography - human, physical and environmental. The pupils are taught a range of geographical skills such as map skills, photograph interpretation, field sketching, data collection, research skills in case studies and ICT skills.
A variety of teaching techniques are used during the delivery of Geography at the school. Discussions are obviously very important, as are role plays, group work, projects, and presentations. A considerable use of videos and DVDs are made to convey a visual image of the environment and how it is affected by humanity and nature, both positively and negatively.
In the Primary school History, Geography and Religious Education is taught in one subject called Social Studies. The same skills are stressed in each of the disciplines of the subject.
The study of History enables pupils to acquire the skills of evaluating and analysing evidence and using it to support an argument. It allows pupils to communicate clearly and effectively, and develop the ability to empathise. All of these skills are essential in everyday life.
Our main aims are to show that the study of History is a process of investigation, and reaching conclusions that can be supported using evidence while retaining the idea that History is a fascinating story.
A variety of teaching techniques are used during the pupils’ time at the school. Discussions are obviously very important in this subject, as is debates, role plays, group work, projects, and presentations. We also make considerable use of videos / DVDs to convey a visual image of the past.
The study of Religious Studies aims to enable our pupils to be well informed, articulate and thoughtful about the major world religions represented in Zambia. We educate pupils in religious and philosophical views, so that they can take their place in the world confidently, secure in their knowledge of this living phenomena.
Pupils acquire and develop knowledge of the six principal faiths Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. There is a particular emphasis on Christianity, as the main religion in Zambia. In lessons pupil are encouraged to develop an understanding and appreciation of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
They also develop the ability to make informed judgment about religious and moral issues with reference to the teaching of the principal religions. In conjunction with this academic approach to religion, pupils are also given time and encouraged to think about their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The study of Information and Communication Technology aims to ensure every pupil feels confident about using technology in the classroom. Pupils will be taught how to use technology to develop ideas and record creative work, and be encouraged to make their own minds up about how best to use technology to support their learning.
At Sentinel Kalumbila pupils enjoy access to up to date computing facilities and software within a networked environment that encompasses all aspects of the school. We aim to use technology to create a more exciting, rewarding and successful experience for pupils of all ages and abilities. This enables everyone to achieve their potential and much more in an enjoyable environment. As the pupils progress, they should be using technology confidently enough to develop their research skills and decide what information is needed for their work. They will begin to question the reliability and quality of information and learn how to edit and present their work in a way that appeals to different types of audience.
PE and Sport
Sport and Physical education at Sentinel Kalumbila plays a vital role in terms of developing the whole pupil. Pupils are encouraged to have a good work ethic, to give of their best and most importantly to have fun. As a school we provide a learning environment that is safe for the participants to play, where they can discover and try new things without fear of failure. Our aim in Physical Education is to provide activities that will help develop the pupil’s physical, social, technical and psychological outcomes.
As part of the school curriculum the pupils take part in a wide range of sporting activities. The school has a variety of sport including athletics, cricket, basketball, netball, football and rugby. During the year the pupils take part in inter-house and inter-school’s competition which gives them an opportunity to represent the school, play for a team and to develop friendship amongst themselves. The pupils learn about the ethos of sport that include sportsmanship, fairness and respect. In athletes they are also taught how to deal with success and failure. P.E and Sport in a school helps to develop hygiene, fitness and self-esteem.
Mathematics is not only an essential skill for life but also a requirement for success in any subject. It features as one of the core subjects in all options for both academic as well as the practical pathways. Mathematics not only enhances the learner’s understanding of the world around them but also prepares them for further education. It also plays an important role as a tool for learning other subjects and learning areas. The subject fosters the development and improvement of learner’s intellectual competence in logical reasoning, spatial visualization, analysis and abstract reasoning.
At Sentinel Kalumbila we employ different techniques and strategies to take care of each child’s needs. We strive to produce pupils who are confident in manipulating numbers and able to see patterns. We want them to master basic techniques and be able to use them to solve more complex problems. We also want the pupils to have a thorough knowledge of shapes, angles and statistics, so that they can use this knowledge whenever necessary in life.
Music forms a vibrant and essential part of school life and encompasses a wide range of activities, both formal and informal. Pupils of all ages and ability are encouraged to foster an appreciation of music, to take examinations, or simply play for pleasure.
The aim is that all pupils in the school will build upon their natural responses to music and will find enjoyment in creating music, and see themselves as musicians, find a lasting sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in musical expression, develop skills to use a wide range of instruments (including the voice) and techniques competently, feel able to express their ideas and feelings through musical creation, learn to listen analytically, develop an appropriate vocabulary to help them discuss their own work and that of others, understand the relationship between sound and symbol, and develop a working knowledge of systems of notation for use in composing and performing and appreciate and evaluate the work of a range of composers and musicians from their own and other cultures.
Science is all about investigation, questioning, predicting, experimenting and making logical conclusions.
The subject is taught using active learning pedagogy, where student’s interests are our priority. Teaching and learning builds student practical skills, problem solving skills and mental skills. The subject helps pupils to unlock their full potential. There is great emphasis on practical skills being used to help find the answers to the questions posed - each pupil developing their problem-solving and thinking skills.
The history of the subject and the discoveries of the past help pupils to appreciate the nature of the subject, and regular Science Skills topics teach them the process of Science.
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