Welcome to Sowenna!
Sowenna is an ‘inclusive Key Stage 2 class’ with high expectations and is made up of an enthusiastic, inquisitive, friendly, and sociable group of pupils who all enjoy the challenge and excitement of learning! They are supported by a dedicated and knowledgeable class team consisting of their class teacher Sue Durrant (Monday to Thursday), Jaqui HLTA (Friday) and Ryan HLTA (PPA cover) along with two experienced teaching assistants. The class team liaise and work closely with a team of outside agency professionals who set personalised targets to further support the pupils' learning, communication and physical needs. These include: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists. Sowenna class enjoys and embraces the opportunities that they have to frequently participate alongside their Illogan School peers both socially and academically, ensuring the inclusive vision and progress of the joint school ethos of ‘Two schools, one community’.
We follow topics from the Key Stage 2 programmes of study from the National Curriculum. Each term, alongside topic based activities, key signs and key vocabulary relevant to the topics are taught helping to develop and extend our repertoire of Makaton signing and vocabulary. Each session and subject taught is fully differentiated and targets are personalised to meet the learner’s individual needs and potential at an achievable yet challenging level. Activities are varied, as is the environment, and they are delivered and enjoyed through a multi-sensory 'hands on, experiential’ approach, allowing pupils to experience the world around them whilst developing core numeracy, literacy, communication and socialising skills. In addition, each term our pupils have 3 Individual Education Plan targets which support their individual needs as outlined in their EHC plan. These targets are assessed and monitored across the school week. Liaison with families and outside professionals is of paramount importance when setting these targets to ensure not only that they are up to date and relevant but that they can work consistently in all settings. In Sowenna Class we work hard to promote greater independence with learning and to further develop confidence with communication skills, social skills and each pupil’s health and wellbeing. For our Year 6 pupils we follow a carefully considered and planned transition between Lower School and our Key Stage 3 classes in Upper School.
We love the challenge of learning and the experience of learning both in our vibrant classroom and beyond. At Curnow Lower School we access a range of learning environments which support and vary our learning opportunities. Additionally, we also participate in activities within the local community. These currently include our weekly class riding sessions with the RDA at Chiverton Riding Stables and our swimming sessions at Carn Brea Leisure Centre. Getting ‘out and about’ in the local environment, socialising and making new friends are activities that we all favour, benefit from and really, really enjoy! The pupils in Sowenna class are a joy to teach and they are a real credit to Curnow School. The close friendships that Sowenna’s pupils develop with their peers and the staff from Illogan School is a positive step in the right direction of successfully removing barriers to learning and uniting the visions of both schools to "aspire, believe, create and dazzle through creative environments, inspired learning and valued relationships".