Introduction to Key Stage 2
In Key Stage Two we aim to build on our pupil’s skills from Key Stage One and establish a growing level of initiative, creativity and independence so that when they leave Year 6 they are fully prepared for the challenges of senior school.
In Years 3 and 4 the emphasis is on pupils developing their key skills in numeracy and literacy. Such key skills include joined handwriting, a secure knowledge of phonics and spelling patters, instant recall of multiplication facts and a full understanding of place value in large numbers.
With these skills in place children are ready to apply their knowledge in more challenging learning situations. In literacy, children are introduced to a wider genre of texts and write more independently and in numeracy, there is a focus on problem-solving and word problems.
It is recognised that children learn most effectively through hands-on activities and such learning opportunities are provided in subjects across the curriculum, especially in science. Overall, children in years 3 and 4 are encouraged to think for themselves, solve problems through discussion and explain how they reach conclusions, whether this is in numeracy, history or science.
In Year 5 pupils are encouraged to develop their independent working skills through producing a series of projects. For example in Literacy, children are taught the basic principles and techniques of instructional writing before embarking on their own instructional booklet based on a topic of their choice, such as how to drive a car. Pupils are encouraged to make their own decisions about presentation, choice of language and use of instructional techniques. Our children thoroughly enjoy the freedom of such projects and with the guidance of their teacher produce high quality results.
In Year 5 the curriculum is brought to life in many exciting ways. For example, in History at the end of our Victorian topic the children had a ‘Victorian Day’. This involved dressing in the clothing of the time and experiencing a Victorian school day with chalks and slates, lessons on etiquette, and the cane (not for real of course!) for those who misbehaved! In Design and Technology we had a ‘Pizza Week’ during which our children planned, designed, made (including the base in our in-school bakery) and devoured delicious pizzas. Such days and weeks allow the children to learn through their personal experiences rather than simply being told straight from a book. We aim to use the most effective and enjoyable teaching methods possible.
In Year 6 as children continue their learning journey in Key Stage 2, a rich and broad curriculum is provided ensuring children develop key knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject.8
The oldest children in the Junior School are found in Year 6. They do a variety of activities which facilitate their learning. The emphasis is on preparing them for end of Key Stage 2 and a transition to Key Stage 3. Therefore the climate is set to enable quality teaching of the highest standards to take place in the classroom. With a range of teaching strategies, children learn to work independently and collaboratively, as well as participating in whole class teaching sessions.
Committed to a love of learning we aim to create exciting and active approaches to all subjects. Project work encourages our children to build on their independent work skills and further develop their ability to make their own decisions on methods of research, presentation and content. Year 6 pupils are encouraged at all times to set the right example for all other students in the Junior School both in terms of the quality of their work and their attitude towards learning.