Curriculum Coverage – Upper Key Stage Two (Years 5 and 6)
As a one and a half form entry school, our curriculum is designed to develop children’s cognition over time within a two-year rolling programme of learning to fit our mixed age class Age Phase structure, ensuring no child explores the same topic twice. All subjects are taught across all year groups.
Key Stage Two is divided into two Age Phases, Lower Key Stage Two (Years 3 and 4, comprised of C3, C3/4 and C4) and Upper key Stage Two (Age 5 and 6 Comprised of C5, C5/6 and C6). As with other Age Phases, pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 are taught in in discrete age groups for Maths as a result of the employment of an additional teacher, affording the opportunity for pupils to be taught in slightly smaller, discrete age group classes.
Topics are arranged across the Age Phases to suit both pupils’ readiness for learning, to exploit opportunities for cross-curricular enquiry involving Science or English or to ensure pupils’ independent learning skills match the necessary level of research or skill development required to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Pupils receive music teaching from a specialist teacher and the school’s commitment to the arts is reflected in the development of a music curriculum that ensures all pupils will learn to play both the cello and steel pans during their time in KS2; Year 5 pupils are taught the steel pans as part of their music curriculum and have the option to continue with lesson in Year 6 should they wish.
As part of our aim to develop independence and resilience in our pupils, in Years 5 and 6 pupils attend residential trips which complement learning from the classroom and provide opportunities for pupils to demonstrate a variety of skills including leadership, organisation, self-motivation and environmental awareness. In addition, all pupils have access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities which take place before and after school or at lunchtimes and are run by both school staff and outside providers.