Children have regular class councils and representatives then bring their suggestions to our school council meetings. Children discuss and make decisions on issues such as:
- Suitable responsibilities for P7 children
- School Policies e.g anti-bullying
- Purchase of iPads
- Ideas arising from suggestion box
- Our active playground.
Eco activies include
- Recycling milk cartons
- Recycling staffroom, lunch room and classroom waste
- Providing a suitable habitat for minibeasts in our garden
- Energy saving measures
- Solar panels collect our sunshine everyday
- Children are encouraged to have waste free lunch boxes.
All Primary 7 children participate in circle time sessions to train to become a playground pal. Scenarios are used to train children to cooperate, communicate and empathise with others. At the end of the training sessions the children decide if they want to apply to become a playground pal. Successful applicants are then able to help any child who is feeling sad or lonely in the playground.
iTeam - Digital Leaders
The children are praised, not only for their good work but for their good qualities e.g.
They receive stickers and notes home to show their families from the principal!
All children in all classes take part in circle time sessions. In this atmosphere of affirmation and cooperation, children are able to communicate effectively about issues concerning themselves, school, the wider community and indeed the world. Topics covered include e.g.
- Anger management
- Environmental care
- World problems.
P7 children, through an application process and interview, become digital leaders. The children support the use and development of the iPad and digital learning within school. They meet regularly giving day to day classroom support, representing school at events, support coding clubs, taking assemblies and are members of our school safe guarding team.
Each year the school supports a number of charities through specific fundraising events or contributions e.g. Poppy Appeal and Life Boat fund. We choose one charity, close to our hearts, to support with additional fundraising annually.
We also, through our non uniform days, sponsor Mark who lives in Uganda.
P7 children develop links with local business and industry through their participation in the Sentinus Junior Industrial challenge. Annually they receive the highest Gold award for their achievements in setting up a viable business. Pupils look at various aspects of the business including product development, production processes, marketing and advertising. And of course they always make a profit!
Each year all classes go on trips which enhance their educational experience.
Primary Seven have a residential at Bushmills. They also visit the Tayto factory, Stormont and The American Folk park to name but a few!
Every two years Primary six and seven go on a four day residential to Great Britain.
Music & Drama
Our children really enjoy choosing books from our library. They are progressing through the levels very quickly and are now motivated to read more than ever. Accelerated reading is a simple resource which motivates our children. When they read a book, they take an online quiz and get immediate feedback. We have many opportunities to praise pupils for their successes with certificates and lots of enticing prizes. We celebrated with 11 millionaires this year.
Killowen Primary School encourage children to participate in a variety of musical opportunities. Our school choir supports local events. Tuition is offered by EA peripetic staff and children have the opportunity to enter music board examinations as they progress.
We offer children singing, speech and drama, piano, guitar, violin and ukele lessons.
The dramatic arts are developed within class as part of the normal curriculum and through participation in assemblies and school musicals.
Children are encouraged to take part in a wide variety of sports including football, hockey, rugby, cricket, tennis, cross-country and athletics.
They have regular friendly matches with local schools and take part in inter school competitions.
Children attend Coleraine Leisure Centre for swimming lessons with a professional coach.
We pride ourselves on the creative activities provided for the children.
We bring in artists and other experts to help us make garden pots, willow structures, wall hangings, mosaics and many other imaginative creations.
The adults and children are always learning new skills in Killowen!
When using Izak9 our children begin to not only really enjoy mathematics, but also begin to develop confidence and resilience. By working together on problem solving tasks, communication and teamwork come to the fore, opening up a world of opportunity and discovery that enables children to believe even more than that they simply ‘can do’ mathematics, but that they can excel at it!
‘STEM’ is a government initiative aimed at promoting children and young people’s engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering (which includes ICT) and Mathematics. Killowen have been fully involved in encouraging children to explore, experiment and create. We highlight the links between school-based learning and the world of work.