Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6)
Key Stage 2 is the second phase of the curriculum, building on the achievements and strengths from Key Stage 1.
In Key Stage 2 we cover the following subjects:
- ICT - Information Communication Technology
- History & Geography - Topic
- PSHCE - Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
For the majority of each day, the children are based with their class teacher. He/she will teach English, Maths, ICT, Science, PSHCE and Topic, with experienced specialist teachers covering the remaining areas of the curriculum. Class and specialist teachers are responsible for monitoring pupil's progress closely and ensuring that pupils achieve according to their ability.
English as a subject is divided up into Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. These are all different elements that are combined to help a learner acquire a new language. Each area is taught in a different way and teachers plan very carefully to ensure that learners reach the expected levels each year. The children have five English lessons each week plus two dedicated reading lessons. In Year 6 our children are also taught study skills in preparation for their transition to the secondary school.
At IES we have a levelled reading scheme which pupils move through from Reception to Year 6. We teach various reading skills such as decoding and encoding words, picture and contextual clues and text decoding. Reading at Key Stage 2 is taught in small groups and during whole class lessons. These are run by either the class teacher or trained teaching assistant.
Wherever possible, we link writing to real life experiences and encourage pupils to talk about their writing with meaning. Pupils will continue to learn about more complex sentence and text structure, writing for purpose, composing writing for maximum effect, grammar and spellings. As in Key Stage 1we also focus on different writing tasks such as story writing, letters, non-chronological text, poetry, traditional tales etc. All these form part of the National Curriculum expectations.
Speaking and Listening:
At IES we believe that speaking and listening forms the basis for all language acquisition. Children are encouraged to explore the language in real meaningful ways. We focus on the elements of a good speaker and listener and we teach these skills during our English lessons. We believe that when learners are confident in their own skills they will venture out and try new things. Children feel confident when they have a solid vocabulary and the skills to convey that knowledge in response to various tasks. These are the skills we focus on.
Our Maths curriculum ensures that appropriate connections are made between the sections on 'number', 'shape, space and measures', and 'handling data'.
During Key Stage 2 pupils use the number system more confidently. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations (+,-, x, /). Our children encouraged to always try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach. Students explore features of shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wide range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts. Our children are given opportunities to apply their skills and understanding in practical and meaningful ways, often making links with other areas of the curriculum.
Science is a practical and exciting subject, where we nurture enquiring minds, keen to learn more about the world in which we live. During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They begin to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. We encourage children to talk about their work and its significance, and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs. Pupils are assessed according to the National Curriculum levels.
At IES ICT is used to support learning throughout the curriculum. Every class has an interactive whiteboard, we have computers in the library and a dedicated ICT suite of computers. ICT teaching may include internet research, word processing, creating presentations, etc. We currently use interactive educational websites to develop work in Maths and English which can be accessed from any computer with internet access. As well as this, dedicated ICT lessons are taught in areas such as multimedia, databases, control and logic programming. These take place in and around the classroom as well as in the ICT suite.
History and Geography are taught following the National Curriculum but are not seen as isolated subjects in Key Stage 2. During a topic such as 'Explorers' children may learn about the features of arctic lands and rivers as well as significant events in history. Other topics include: Rainforests, Antarctica, Ancient Greece, Chocolate, etc.
PE, Music and Art are all taught by our onsite experienced, specialist subject teachers. Each lesson is planned with the National Curriculum levels for that subject in mind but is delivered in a fun exciting way. In each subject children are encouraged to develop a love for the subject and often nurture a natural talent they did not know they had. Many of the skills gained in these areas can be enhanced through our wide range of sporting and creative extra-curricular activities.
For a small number of activities, such as reading groups we support students by trained assistants and learning support team. This allows them to be grouped by ability, with each group progressing at its own pace.