Key Stage 2
The children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to discover and build on all aspects of learning and gain new experiences through an exciting and engaging creative curriculum.
Throughout the week, children have an opportunity to build and develop core skills linked to non-negotiable skills taught in reading and writing across the curriculum. Whenever and wherever possible, teachers try to provide first-hand opportunities to enrich the children’s experiences of life so that they feel inspired to write creatively and extend their learning through reading a wide range of books. Reading for enjoyment and pleasure is always at the heart of all planned reading experiences. The annual ‘book week’ in February/March gives the children the opportunity to meet a wide range of established and new authors across a range of genres. Visiting authors have included: Brian Moses, Roy Apps, Pip Jones, Donavan Christopher (poetry & raps) and Paul Geraghty.
In line with the new curriculum, concrete apparatus continues to be used in KS2 to deepen the children’s understanding of mathematical operations and methods. This deepened understanding helps to enable the children to reason and apply their skills, which is again a core element of the new curriculum for mathematics. The children receive weekly homework to support their learning at home which is always based on classroom learning. A creative approach also extends into mathematics teaching and a good example of this is the whole school mathematics week which provides the children with creative ways to extend their understanding of mathematical concepts.
Parents' workshops/curriculum meetings
These are run throughout the year to advise and inform parents so that they feel confident when supporting their child at home. The maths and English workshops are practical and interactive and presented in a way that is both fun and informative.
The scheme, Come and See, helps to develop the children’s knowledge of the Catholic faith as well as other faiths. The children take part in regular liturgies and Masses. As they progress through the key stages, they are even more involved in writing and leading many aspects of class liturgies and year group Masses which are held every week. The RE curriculum is taught in a creative way and children also have the chance to experience others faiths such as Judaism, Sikhism and Islam (this teaching includes visits to Churches, Mosques and Cathedrals).
In other areas of the curriculum, the children take part in musical performances in and out of school and are given the opportunity to attend many different extra-curricular clubs including basketball, netball, in-door athletics, athletics, tag rugby, football, dance, gymnastics, code club and choir.
‘Tell me and I forget; show me and I will remember but if you involve me I will understand.’
To view each of our Long Term plans in KS2, please see the links below