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 is tailored to the needs of each child whilst ensuring every child is challenged and supported in their learning.

English:  The literacy skills that children have developed over their time in school continue to be embedded.  A variety of literacy skills are used in every lesson so children recognise the importance of speaking and listening, reading and writing skills.  Everyday reading aloud is promoted to ensure that children can communicate confidently and can access reading materials to develop their knowledge of the world.  In Key Stage 2 we ensure that children can use their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills to communicate with creatively and confidently.

Mathematics: We recognise that it is important that all children have a strong understanding of the basic skills of number, shape, space and measure.  We spend time to ensure that children can use these confidently in problem solving situations.  Through fun and challenging activities we encourage children to estimate, have a go and repeat calculations to find answers to a range of mathematical investigations.  To develop a child’s understanding, mathematics is taught through practical-based activities, computer-based learning resources and formal written methods. Children are streamed into ability groups within their year groups with all children following the same curriculum.

Science: Science is a core subject and is taught through topic areas by a specialist teacher.  In Key Stage 2 children receive two hours of science a week.  Great emphasis is placed on scientific investigations and fair testing.  Through investigations children explore the world in which they live and determine how science impacts on it.

History and Geography: Also taught through cross-curricular themes and topics.

Art and Design: The children’s creativity and imagination is expanded through art, craft and design activities and it is taught by a specialist teacher. The children explore the use of colour, shape, space, pattern and texture.  They consider the work of other artists and develop an understanding of trial and error in their work.

Music: All children have an hour of music a week, taught by a specialist teacher, in which they sing, explore percussive instruments, compose, explore notation and listen to music from various composers. There is also the option of learning the recorder and taking part in the Chepstow Chamber Choir.  Many children also have individual instrument lessons. The children are additionally given opportunities to perform in assemblies and school productions.

Language:  In Key Stage 2 a specialist French teacher builds on the children’s French learning from Year 2.  In Year 3 the children follow the Tout Le Monde scheme of work and develop both written and oral skills. From Year 4, children also follow the Pearson Active Learn French scheme of work.

Computing: We recognise that computing skills are essential in today’s ever-changing world.  The computing curriculum is varied and constantly adapted to ensure children develop computing skills.  The teaching includes: Esafety (staying safe on the Internet), everyday computing skills including software, checking the reliability of internet sources, coding and algorithms.

Physical Education: In Key Stage 2 sport, the basic skills have been learnt and the children begin the fundamental concepts of match play and start a more structured programme covering a range of sports. Girls are taught to play netball, hockey and rounders; whilst the boys are taught football, rugby and cricket. We also feel it is important to be coed where possible as a result boys and girls are taught in their class groups dance, gymnastics and athletics. There are a range of opportunities for the children to take part in squads and teams that represent the school on a regular basis. It is important for the children to understand the importance of sportsmanship and be gracious in defeat as well as victory. Physical activity is vital at this stage in a child’s development and as result we try to provide a range of engaging and differentiated activities for them to participate in.