Key Stage 2

Interactive Junior Education

Key Stage 2 (KS2) overview
Live online lessons

In Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 we provide an enjoyable, interactive Junior Education. We strive to keep our class sizes small, because we believe that it ensures a richer, more engaging learning experience for every pupil. All of our lessons are taught live by our team of experienced primary teachers who are there for every step of your child’s learning, encouraging their passions and potential. We ensure there are plenty of opportunities for active participation, while we provide independent learning tasks to follow on from lessons and consolidate learning. 

KS2 is available as a set curriculum package of core subjects, or full experience subjects. Pupils can add additional subjects to the core and full experience curriculums.

Our core curriculum and full experience curriculum gives pupils exposure to a range of experiences that reflects both a discipline-filed and an interdisciplinary orientation. Interdisciplinary curriculum experiences provide an opportunity for a more relevant, less fragmented, and stimulated experience for our juniors. Pupils break the traditional view of knowledge and begin to actively foster a range of perspectives that will serve them in the larger world.

Core Curriculum  

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • History or Geography
  • Computer Science

Full Experience Curriculum

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • History or Geography
  • Language (Spanish, French, Mandarin)
  • PSHE
  • Computer Science
  • Art, Drama or Design Technology

Additional subjects

  • Literacy Support
  • Numeracy Support

 

Subjects & details

Pupils will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. They will create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture, working with a range of materials (like pencil, charcoal, paint and clay). They will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history, including Pierre Auguste Renoir and Normal Rockwell.

Pupils learn to write and debug programs to accomplish specific goals, as well as using sequence, selection and repetition in programs, and using logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work. They will develop an understanding of computer networks and the world wide web, use search technologies effectively, select and use a variety of software on a range of digital devices, and use technology safely, respectfully, and responsibly.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment]. When designing and making, pupils should be taught to design, build and evaluate.

Pupils will develop language and vocabulary to support their reading and writing, gaining knowledge from stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction and textbooks. They will learn how to read root words, prefixes and suffixes to understand new words. They will read and comprehend new fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books, as well as engaging with a wide range of books including myths, legends, traditional stories, modern fiction and books from other cultures and traditions. They will write using words with silent letters, good vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, and learn how to use dictionaries and thesauruses. Pupils will plan and draft their writing, then evaluate, edit and proofread it for spelling and punctuation errors.

Learning any foreign language is a liberation from insularity, and provides an opening to other cultures. High-quality education in French will foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world – particularly France and French-speaking parts of the world.

Pupils will learn to respond to spoken and written French from a variety of authentic sources, speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity. They will write at varying length and discover and develop and appreciation of a range of writing. Pupils learn to explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs like rhymes, and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words, to speak in sentences using basic language structures, engage in conversations, appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language, and to write phrases from memory.

Pupils will develop their knowledge of globally significant places, including their defining physical and human characteristics and processes. They will develop geographical skills – learning how to collect data, interpret a range of sources of geographical information including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems. The course will cover identifying countries’ locations, naming cities, counties and physical characteristics like hills, mountains, coasts and rivers in the United Kingdom. They will also learn to understand aspects of physical geography like rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and will introduce human geography – land use and economic activity – and natural resources like energy, food, minerals and water.

Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study – including the Ancient Egyptians, and Romans and Celts. They will note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will regularly address and even devise historically valid questions about change, cause, significance, similarity and difference. They will construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They will understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

The focus will be on extending pupils’ understanding of the number system, and placing value to include larger integers, developing connections made between multiplication and division with 20 fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. Content includes reading Roman numerals, describing linear number sequences, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with more than four digits. They will also learn to recognise and use square and cube numbers, add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, convert between different units of metric measure, identify 3D shapes and draw and identify angles.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education has been designed to help pupils to develop spiritually, morally, culturally, mentally and physically, helping them prepare for all aspects of life outside of school. The three main areas of study are covered in varying depth. These are health and wellbeing, relationships, and living in the wider world. The health and wellbeing unit will cover positive and negative influences on physical, mental, and emotional health, healthy diets, the influence of social media, recognising risk, danger, and hazards, commonly available substances, and changes to the body with puberty. The relationships topic will cover how to communicate feelings to others, how to care for others, types of bullying and strategies to resist bullying, and how and where to get help. The living in the wider world topic will allow pupils to discuss and debate topical issues, understand basic human rights, learn what it means to be part of a community, appreciate different religious and ethnic identities in the UK, and understand how the media presents information.

Pupils will learn about living things and their habitats – describing the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird – for instance – as well as describing the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. They will learn to describe the changes as humans develop. They will learn about properties and changes of materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity and response to magnets. They will learn about Earth and space, and describe the movement of the Earth, Moon and Sun relative to the rest of the solar system. They will know about forces and that unsupported objects fall towards Earth due to the force of gravity, and that this is affected by air resistance, water resistance and friction that acts between moving surfaces.

Learning any foreign language is a liberation from insularity, and provides an opening to other cultures. High-quality education in Spanish will foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world – particularly Spain and Spanish-speaking parts of the world.

Pupils will learn to respond to spoken and written Spanish from a variety of authentic sources, speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity. They will write at varying length and discover and develop and appreciation of a range of writing. Pupils learn to explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs like rhymes, and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words, to speak in sentences using basic language structures, engage in conversations, appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language, and to write phrases from memory.

Junior School

Learning Support Classes

Our junior learning support classes are available to all pupils enrolled in Key Stage 2. We offer both Literacy Support and Numeracy Support classes.

Literacy Support Class 

Literacy support classes provide additional and targeted literacy development for pupils who need extra support. The low pupil to teacher ratio allows for intensive literacy support and skill-building. Pupils are explicitly taught literacy strategies using evidence -based programs to engage each pupil. Teachers focus heavily on areas of difficulty which include Reading and Writing. Literacy support classes include activities and tasks designed to develop particular areas of literacy woven through topics relevant to pupils’ lives and the world they inhabit.

This class consists of the following lessons each week:

1x 60 minute Literacy support class – Years 3 & 4 Mixed Class

1x 60 minute Literacy support class – Years 5 & 6 Mixed Class

Numeracy Support Classes 

Numeracy support classes provide additional and targeted numeracy development for pupils who need extra support. The low pupil to teacher ratio allows for intensive development of numeracy skills, behaviours and dispositions that pupils need in order to use mathematics in a wide range of situations. The support class involves recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in the world and having the dispositions and capacities to use mathematical knowledge and skills purposefully.

This class consists of the following lessons each week:

1x 60 minute Numeracy support class – Years 3 & 4 Mixed Class

1x 60 minute Numeracy support class – Years 5 & 6 Mixed Class