Hello and welcome to Upper Key Stage 2!
Key Stage 2 is broken into Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. In Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6), the aim is to provide opportunities for all children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations. Aspirational expectations will combine the acquisition of knowledge and the progressive development of skills to create a purposeful and imaginative learning journey for every child.
Reading, Writing and Maths continue to be a priority for all children throughout Key Stage 2, preparing our children for success in the statutory SATs assessments at the end of Year 6 and more importantly their future success at secondary school. Phonics lessons continue for those children that require it, with Accelerated Reader and Reading Plus used to enhance our reading provision.
Maths is continued to be taught using White Rose Hub as an enhancement to our provision for Key Stage 2. During Key Stage 2, children become much more confident with maths: they are adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, as well as doing mental calculations and solving problems using time, measure or money. By the end of Year 6 the children should have a secure grasp of their times tables up to 12.
The provision of a stimulating curriculum is of paramount importance in facilitating the learning and development of children during their tenure at school. Our objective is to achieve a harmonious equilibrium whereby the teaching of English and Mathematics is complemented by creative applications in other subjects. We actively encourage diversity and ingenuity in pedagogy in order to engender a sense of enthusiasm and engagement in the learning process among our students.
Our curriculum is designed to equip children with the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare them for the next phase of their lives. We aim to cultivate an appreciation of contemporary British life and inculcate in our students a sense of the fundamental British values that are integral to their spiritual, moral, social, and cultural growth.
Educational workshops and visits are an integral part of our curriculum and enrichment activities are offered. This can be in the form of a visitor, workshop in school or trip linked to the theme. Pupils experience ‘real-life’ opportunities through having these opportunities. Some of the enrichment activities the children have enjoyed include; Beamish, Nissan and workshops on Life during World War Two. Children in Y5 and Y6 are also offered a two-night residential in London or The Lake District.