The Key Stage 2 curriculum follows on from the Key Stage 1 curriculum and provides continuity and progression of learning.
For each subject in this Key Stage, the English National Curriculum programmes of study set out what pupils are taught. English and Maths are taught according to the Primary Framework, whilst the other subjects’ programmes are adapted to suit our environment and our student profile. They are taught in a differentiated cross curricular approach linked to several different themes throughout the year.
The themes for the year 2013-2014 are listed in the links, but are reviewed yearly taking into consideration outcomes of evaluation and changes in curriculum guidance.
The school offers specialist subject teaching in the following subjects: Portuguese, Information and Communication Technology, Music, Physical Education. Portuguese is compulsory for all children and is taught at all levels from beginners to first language level (Equivalência).
Teacher assessments are continuous and more formal evaluations are taken throughout the year in Key Stage 2. Mid-Term teacher assessments take place in November and February in Mathematics, Reading and Spelling, and at the end of each year Optional SATs are taken in all aspects of Literacy and Numeracy. Pupil progress is evaluated against attainment targets and level descriptions which set out the expected standards of pupils' performance. There are three parent / teacher consultation meeting each year and a written annual report.
PSHRE (Personal, Social, Health and Religious Education) is delivered through themes, Circle time and Key Stage assemblies. Although non statutory in the English National Curriculum, it is an important aspect of education. It equips pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
The primary school uses Golden Rules and Golden Time approach to behaviour, which is a positive behaviour and sanctions system coupled with behaviour guidelines that are based on moral values.
Currently there are 3 classes of about 20 children per year group. Each class has their own class teacher and each year group is assisted by teaching assistants. As well as helping the classroom teacher with administrative tasks, the assistants work with small groups of children.
The Student Support Department provides additional support where necessary, both in Additional Educational Needs and in English as an Additional Language (EAL). Working closely with teachers, pupils and parents, their goal is to provide an optimal match in support services that allow pupils to develop and progress to the best of their potential in an inclusive environment.
As a parent, we believe you have a very important role to play in helping your children learn. The most important thing you can do is be interested in what your child is learning at school, and encourage them to tell you about it and explain it.
Communication between parents and school is vital, and we are always available to discuss your child’s progress and welfare.
Upper Primary Coordinator