Foundation Subjects

Foundation subjects

In Art children have opportunities to draw, paint, print, make collages, use fabrics and threads and use clay. They are taught the skills and techniques and then given the opportunity to practise them to produce individual and group pieces of work. Children are encouraged to critically evaluate their own work and that of others in order to learn from their experiences. We are very proud of our art work at St Kew and enjoy presenting our efforts to the local community at shows such as The St Kew Garden Show and at the Wadebridge Bike Lights celebration.


Design and Technology is a subject which our pupils are involved in designing and making things from periscopes to fruit smoothies. Children are taught to use tools correctly and safely, even our reception class has a construction area with a well-used wood working bench!


Geography is a living, breathing subject where pupils are involved in the great adventure of their geographical day. It is a subject that holds the key to the future and is much more than places on a map. Children are taught to understand the complexity of the world, the diversity of cultures, bridging divides and bringing people together.


In History our pupils learn more about the past to prepare them better for the future.  Children learn about their and others' past history, origin and culture to understand who they are and why they are the way they are. To be sympathetic and understanding of the different times gone by as they will become the history of the future. 


Music and drama is a key part of our curriculum offer. We currently have Cornwall Music Service visiting school each week to teach children to play a variety of instruments including the keyboard, guitar and drums, with all children having the opportunity to take part. Performing and visual arts also play a significant part within our curriculum with a Christmas Nativity for the EYFS and Year 1 pupils and a Christmas musical production every year, with all children from Year 2 to Year 6 having a role.


Computing and other IT helps pupils to engage with our digital world and can lead to accelerated progress. We support pupils to develop their skills such as researching, typing, editing and art skills and use these skills in our cross-curricular work.


Modern Foreign Languages are enjoyed by all children in Years 2 to 6 with class teachers providing language learning.  We have a French-speaking member of staff at St Kew who provides CPD for other non-specialist members.


Religious Education at St Kew is based on the agreed Cornwall syllabus. It is an entitlement for all children and the school plans lessons to link with the termly topics. Religious Education does not seek to push religious beliefs on children or to compromise the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and suitable alternative provision will be made.


Physical Education at St Kew promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Children take part in games, gymnastic movement, dance and athletic activities using indoor and outdoor environments where appropriate. Curriculum physical education is further supported by our membership of the PEPA (Physical Education Premium Agreement) with 7 local schools.  This agreement allows our children to participate in regular inter-school festivals and competitions and benefits the staff by providing valuable high-quality CPD. Children can take part in after school clubs and have the opportunity to compete against other schools. In KS2, children can attend a residential with a focus on outdoor activities. Children have swimming lessons in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, ensuring that all children meet at least the 25m expectation by the end of their primary schooling years.  Physical Education is key to developing healthy lifestyles and at St Kew we provide a wide array of opportunities to develop this and sporting skills, both during and outside of the normal curriculum time. The Daily Mile and Wake and Shake encourage children to be as physically active as possible throughout the normal school day.  Our annual Healthy Week is used to provide children with experience of ‘different’ physical activities that they could explore further in their leisure time. Recent opportunities have included surfing, dance and archery. Extra-Curricular Clubs are very popular, and there are a variety of clubs available for the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 pupils. These include football, book, seasonal sports, recorder, maths and many more. Playtimes are an important part of our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have a large playground, sports field and an Outdoor Area specifically for the EYFS children. Our Year 5 and 6 children can choose to become Play Leaders to support the younger children and to lead activities throughout playtimes.