At KISU, we regard the Library / Media Centre as the focal point of the learning experience, providing children and staff with information and reading materials, as well as teaching and learning resources. There are two libraries with approximately 30,000 books in total; one library for Early Years and the Key Stage 1, and the other for Key Stage 2 and Secondary (which is called the main library). Through the use of exciting displays, children are encouraged to enjoy reading for pleasure.
Libraries are the hub of our school and they are extremely well stocked with resources. They are particularly successful in providing a warm and comfortable environment for reading and information sourcing. These libraries also provide access to a variety of literature in other languages, particularly Spanish and French.
There is always a librarian or an assistant librarian to assist with finding information from the different resources in the libraries. The main library is open from 8.00am–5.00pm on weekdays and 9.00am-2.00pm on Saturdays. There are a number of computers installed in the main library. The Reference Section has a wide range of selected resource materials where teachers, children and parents all have access. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 library, there is a stock of general reading and guided readers for primary students; Oxford Reading Tree, Rhymes World etc. These are also used by teachers in their classes according to different levels of reading.
In Secondary, there are four science labs equipped to meet the demands of teaching physics, chemistry and biology up to pre-university level. The Science department has a separate resource room with a full-time lab technician, in addition to smaller teacher resource rooms. In Primary, science is taught within the topics being studied and there is a Science/DT lab under construction.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
KISU is a WiFi campus where internet is available to staff and students in all major buildings.
The campus has two fully equipped computer labs for ICT teaching (one Primary and one Secondary), and an additional ICT lab specifically to support other curriculum areas
KISU is equipped with over 30 Smart Boards throughout the school, this number increasing.
There are both Primary and Secondary music specialists, each with their own teaching rooms. In the Secondary block there are also a number of venues for group music, individual tuition, band and practice rooms. The School Auditorium serves as an additional teaching space, rehearsal space, as well as performance space. The two Amphitheatres and outdoor stage are also available for rehearsal as well as performances as appropriate.
KISU has a large 5-acre playing field, an eight-lane 25m swimming pool, an indoor sports hall and an outdoor basketball court. These facilities are widely used throughout the day, often from before school starts until long after school finishes, along with Saturdays too.
KISU provides a well-equipped teaching kitchen with 8 kitchen units for use by students in Year-6 and above. Each unit has its own cooker, sink and basic utensils. Students usually work in small groups of 2-3. Fresh ingredients are provided for every lesson. A Smart Board and teaching area complete the food technology room, allowing both theory and practical work to be undertaken.
There are two specialist art teachers, one in Primary and one in Secondary. Each teacher has their own teaching space, which is well resourced with suitable materials. In Secondary there is an additional art display room that can be used to showcase student work. Towards the end of each academic year the entire school participates in an Art Jam, where we all get creative.
Just about every student in the school participates in drama in some form or another, from class assemblies to full-scale productions. There are four performance areas ranging from the small and large amphitheatres, the outdoor stage and the indoor stage in the auditorium, complete with permanent sound and lighting equipment. Drama is an integral part of the learning environment in Primary and it becomes a discrete subject in the Secondary school, with its own teaching space and specialist teacher.