Key Stage 2

Welcome to Key Stage 2!

Welcome to Key Stage 2!  Key Stage 2 consists of Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.  Years 3 and 4 work closely together in their learning, as do Years 5 and 6.  This means that we explore the same themes, which change termly.  As in Key Stage 1, they are always launched with a ‘wow’ so that the children get a surprise when they come back after a break and discover what their new and exciting learning focus will be for the term.  We value children’s input in guiding learning, and their ideas are always factored in to the planning for a theme.

Throughout the term, links will be made across all subjects to the theme, when possible.  The themes also allow children a range of opportunities to go on visits, both locally and further afield, and to work with specialist visitors.  Parental experts are always welcomed – please do get in touch if you have particular expertise!

For each theme, children are set a homework project, which gives them the freedom to explore any aspect of the theme in a way that they choose.  Children also have weekly reading, spelling and maths homework.  The maths is set via the online portal Mathletics and spellings are learnt and tested weekly.  As a school, we are working hard to develop and foster a love of reading and passion for books.  If you haven’t already done so, please take a look at the Book Club tab of the website, where you’ll find a great range of book recommendations and reviews.

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 extra curricular activities.  These, in the past, have included orchestra, choir, gymnastics (provided by Huntingdon Gymnastics Club where the Olympic team train), drawing, chess, ICT, darts, homework and many sports activities, the latter of which often lead to representing the school in inter-school competition.  These reflect our three main sports studied in P.E: hockey, netball and tennis.  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, particularly in Year 6.  Children can become Playground Pals, supporting Key Stage 1 children at lunchtime, Office Monitors, Librarians, as well as representatives on the School Council, Eco-Committee and Bike Crew.

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.