Learning Characteristics


1. All subjects are taught through a combination of activities and traditional instruction, with the support of cross-subject activities, such as unit or thematic teaching, subject related school trips, project work and curriculum integration, in order to increase interest in different areas of learning for students. The curriculum aims mainly to develop students' higher-order thinking skills in analysis, integration, evaluation and creativity.
   
2. Biliteracy and Trilingual Learning
  The medium of instruction in Chinese lessons is predominantly in Putonghua. This provides students with an excellent environment to improve their listening and speaking skills in this language. Additionally, the inclusion of elements in debating in the oral part of these lessons will strengthen students’ analytical skills to view situations from different perspectives. There are separate reading classes in Cantonese in all year groups that focus on classical and contemporary literature to improve students' literature knowledge.
  The thematic teaching approach is used in English lessons. Teachers use the textbooks and the student's life experiences and interests to develop differently themed activities for listening, speaking and writing to help students gain knowledge and enable them to learn English in a more systematic and meaningful way. Primary One, Primary Two and Primary Four students will also have IPA classes that focus on improving English pronunciation and fluency skills when reading aloud.
  Tailor-made Chinese and English oral classes teach students reading aloud, presentation, public speaking and debating skills. The specially designed English Activity Room provides students with the right environment to learn in when they participate in the fun English activities led by our NETs.
  Besides the subjects of Chinese and English, students in all year groups have specialised Putonghua and English Oral classes. Native speaking teachers use different themes to teach students in small groups in order to maximise speaking opportunities in Putonghua and English for students.
  Every Thursday is either Chinese or English Language Day. This provides a suitable platform for booth games, shows and activities to be held and students to consolidate their biliteracy and trilingual skills. In addition, the library runs differently themed reading programmes every year to nurture a love of reading in our students, develop their reading ability and encourage a positive attitude towards books and reading in order to gain a wide range of reading skills.
   
3. KTS actively encourages the use of STEAM education in order to enable students to be independent learners and know how to utilise the six stages of the STEAM Mode of Thinking to solve problems (detailed observation, problem analysis, solution development, execution of solution, reflection for improvements, and innovative thinking), and to uncover any creative potential. In order to consolidate the development of STEAM education, besides incorporating STEAM elements into the curriculum of General Studies, Science, Information Technology, Integrated Arts, and Maths, we have also strengthened cross-subject lessons and curriculum development along with opportunities for more hands-on experience. We help students build basic knowledge and skills in science and technology, and use enquiry-based learning to teach students how to become more independent learners. In addition, we have also added additional facilities to help develop our STEAM programme, including an Innovation and Technology Study Room, a Maker Studio, a greenhouse, a hydroponic system and a natural learning centre, in order for students to gain more knowledge and understanding of various fields in STEAM.
   
4. Music, PE, and Visual Arts are specialised subjects. Music and Visual Arts have been combined into Integrated Arts that incorporates different elements and areas of art, such as drama, calligraphy, animation, photography, short filmmaking, etc. Through filmmaking and animation production in our TV studio, students obtain different experiences that boost their creativity skills.
   
5. A special learning needs group has been set up to cater for the learning diversity of students, foster students with potential in different subjects, and inspire their higher order thinking skills through classroom and extracurricular courses and remedial classes. A peer tutoring programme has also been established to assist those students whose potential has not been fulfilled. In addition, school-based training courses for gifted students are offered in different subjects according to a student's specialities and abilities, so that more capable and gifted students can realise their full potential, such as oral training, creative writing (English language), Talented Thinkers, Mathematical Olympiad, STEAM Club and Affective Education.
   
6. In 2015, KTS received a Silver award from the World Health Organization and was officially recognised as a Healthy School. Our school also successfully obtained the following accreditations "Advanced Level Accreditation (Lunch)" and "Advanced Level Accreditation (Snacks)" issued by the Department of Health and therefore, was recognised as an "EatSmart School". Additionally, KTS has implemented a holistic health care programme. This programme enables all teachers, students and parents to participate in different kinds of school-based activities, including the establishment of health ambassadors, setting up exercise activities during recess, Friday exercise days. The purpose is to build a healthy school, help students develop good healthy habits, positive values and attitudes towards life, and reinforce their optimism and resilience, so they can grow up healthily and happily.
   
7. KTS regards information literacy as a long-term concern of the school, and methodically infuses information literacy into students' learning via different means, such as school policies, teachers and parents. All subject departments cross over and collaborate with each other, use courses and activities to include elements of information literacy, in order to guide students to establish a sense of awareness in how to use the internet safely, strengthen their vigilance for traps and dangers online to protect their personal information in the age of the internet. KTS also conducts parent education on information literacy through parent meetings and seminars for parents. In addition, KTS has participated in the EDB’s Wise NET School Award Scheme, and shown that information literacy work has been carried out at four levels: the school, teachers, parents and students. In view of the fact that KTS has achieved overall development in areas such as information literacy, online safety and preventing cyberbullying, it was awarded the Commendation Award by the EDB in 2020.