Key Stage 2 consists of Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
We work in Learning Zones which are open plan. We have a Year 3/4 Learning Zone and a Year 5/6 Learning Zone.
We have 3 classes per Zone with a capacity of 90 pupils (45 per year group). Each group of 30 children have their own allocated class teacher.
Over the course of the term, there is an over-arching QUESTION that we are investigating such as WHAT ARE THE MYSTERIES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD?
Each Termly Question is broken down into curriculum subjects with specific objectives to be delivered. Key influencers are a big part of our planning ensuring the children are introduced to a variety of people who have influenced that area of study. We bear particular attention to gender and diversity when choosing these.
Maths is taught across the Learning Zone with children attending in groups that are taught by the class teachers in that Zone. Each Year group will be taught from the objectives for their academic year, we base our Maths planning on Herts For Learning Mathematics Documents. When the children are not in a maths group they will have an independent task to complete.
During each week, the children will have a daily independent work time of approximately 45 minutes which is built around a BIG QUESTION of the week. This is planned in order to allow all children to access the answer at their own challenge level. The outcomes of these questions allow the children the creativity to answer in a variety of ways to build up their own individuality.
The Termly Questions also allow children a range of opportunities to go on visits, both locally and further afield, and to work with specialist visitors.
English is taught in Class Bases and follows our Whole School English Plan to ensure the coverage of different genres. Reading teaching occurs every day for 30 minutes. Spelling teaching is explicit during the week which is followed up by independent spelling activities.
Each term, the children are set a homework project which gives them the freedom to explore the theme in a variety of ways. Children also have daily reading and Rock Stars x tables’ maths homework. In Year 6, the children start to build up their stamina of homework to build them towards their secondary transition.
During the year, there are numerous opportunities for parents to come into class, to work with their children, give their views and learn more about the school. A popular example of this is Come to Learn Week, where parents are invited into a lesson to learn alongside their child. Parents are welcome at any events, but not expected to come to all. We try to give ample opportunity for parents, regardless of their other commitments.
Before, during and after school, children are able to attend a wide range of extracurricular activities. These, in the past, have included choir, gymnastics, drawing, chess, ICT, darts, homework and many sports activities, the latter of which often lead to representing the school in inter-school competition. Children in Years 5 and 6 also go swimming in the summer term at the St. Ivo School.
As they progress through Key Stage 2, children have more opportunities to take on responsibility in school, every term there is the opportunity to become A Champion of Change with a key theme for the term. Children can become support buddies with a child in another year group.
In Years 4 and 6, children have the opportunity to go on a residential trip for two nights. These trips help to broaden children’s confidence, strengthen relationships with their peers and challenge themselves.
Please feel free to talk to any member of the Key Stage 2 team, should you have any questions or concerns about your child or their learning.