Key Stage 2 Curriculum

Year 3 – Year 6

We encourage children to strive in all areas of education.  This is achieved by offering a broad and balanced curriculum that follows the National Curriculum and ISEB curriculum.  It is tailored to the needs of each child whilst ensuring every child is challenged and supported in their learning.

The children are taught mainly by their class teachers. Art, Computing, Drama, French, Latin, Music and PE are taught by specialist teachers.

Literacy:  Literacy is taught in explicit lessons, as well as being embedded throughout the school week. The curriculum provides opportunities for speaking and listening, spelling, grammar, writing comprehension, handwriting, reading and comprehension.  Our aim is for all children to develop a love of reading, guided reading occurs every day in the classroom and is set for homework.  In addition, children are encouraged to read their own independent reading book. Speaking and listening opportunities are provided throughout the year to ensure children can communicate confidently.  These include: year group and key stage debates, spelling competitions, presentations to parents, assemblies.

Mathematics: The mathematics planning ensures each concept is covered termly and reviewed each term at a greater depth.  The mathematical concepts covered are: number and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages, measurement, geometry – properties of shape, position and direction, data handling and problem solving.  To develop a child’s understanding, mathematics is taught through both written and practical-based activities, we use Numicon to support number understanding. Children are set for maths to ensure they cover the curriculum at the correct pace.

Science: Science is a core subject and is taught by a specialist teacher in our Science Laboratory.  In year 3 and 4 children receive 1.5 hours of Science a week, this is increased to 2 hours in year 5 and 6. The lessons encourage curiosity, interest in and enjoyment of science.  Children make links between different areas of science, undertake investigations, use their knowledge and ideas to explain the applications of science and develop an awareness of science in our environments.

History and Geography: These lessons encourage children to use a range of geographical and historical skills to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world.  In geography the curriculum focuses on: places, their locations and patterns; processes, including environmental change; and the concept of sustainable development. In history children consider the causes and consequences of historical events, comparing the differences between ways of life at different times. The children focus on the eras from Pre-Roman Britain to the Vikings, they explore Early Civilisations around the world and undertake case studies on a local history study.

Art and Design: Children have one hour of art each week, taught by a specialist teacher. The children look to develop their art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture.  Children create a sketch book of their work and their final art piece is displayed in school.  Through the art curriculum the children learn about artists, architects and designers in history.

Music: All children have an hour of music lessons a week, taught by a specialist teacher, in which they sing, learn the recorder, explore percussion instruments, compose and listen to music. The children learn and use staff and other musical notations, explore the history of music and experience music from many traditions and composers. Many children also have individual instrument lessons; the skills developed in these lessons are used throughout the rest of the school day and help develop each child’s personality.  The children are also given opportunities to perform in assemblies and school productions.

Drama: A part time Drama teacher works with the children to enhance their performance skills. The children learn how to develop their voice, add emotion to their performance and write scripts.  Throughout the year, each child performs in a production to parents.

Language (French and Latin):  French builds on the children’s learning from year 2.   In year 3 and 4 the children follow the Tout Le Monde scheme of work and develop both written and oral skills. In year 5 and 6 Studio 1 by Pearson is used. In year 6 the children learn Latin, which lives on in many languages we speak today.  The children follow the Minimus scheme of work.

Computing: Computing is taught by a specialist teacher and children will learn how to design, write and debug programs.  They will make their own games and become familiar with sequence, selection, and repetition in programs.  They will also learn how to use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked.  The children will select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.  There is an opportunity to create animations, films and edit photos. Using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly is a common theme across the school.

Physical Education: All PE lessons are taught in a co-educational environment encouraging the children to enhance their physical skills and knowledge of the sports they play. There is an emphasis on competitive sporting activities and all our children have the opportunity to put their learning into practice in our weekly fixtures. The pupils are taught a variety of sports which help to develop different skills. In the Autumn term, children learn football, netball and dance before moving onto hockey, rugby and gymnastics in the Spring term. In the Summer term, there is a focus on striking and fielding sports such as cricket and rounders alongside athletics. Children are provided with opportunities to perform in dance and gymnastics shows to parents and compete in termly interhouse competitions. Educational visits are organised by the sports department to support and further enhance the children’s learning and experiences in sport.

Religious Education: We recognise that learning about, promoting tolerance for and respect of different faiths is important. The religious education curriculum extends children’s knowledge and understanding of world religions.  They curriculum includes: belief and values, the significance of key leaders, types of worship, celebrations and festivals and place of worship.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: Through the PSHE curriculum we give children the opportunity to explore attitudes, values and beliefs to develop the skills and strategies to manage issues that may arise in their lives. The PSHE curriculum follows the BOUNCE BACK programme and promotes resilience, courage, core values, bouncing back from setbacks, looking on the bright side, understanding emotions and relationships, the importance of humour, the ingredients for success and understanding and tackling bullying. Opportunities to develop a sense of the value of money are also created outside the classroom with real life scenarios, such as charity fundraising events and the school fair. In year 5 and 6 children are taught explicit sex and relationship education lessons to understand the value of respect and love, manage their emotions and learn about physical development, at appropriate stages, including puberty and reproduction.

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