Key Stage 2 is a phase of our curriculum that spans two sections of the school: the Primary and the Secondary.
In one of our departures from standard UK practice, we bring Year 6 students into the Secondary School to offer them new learning opportunities, availing of a range of after school clubs and using the excellent specialist facilities provided by Design Technology, Science and ICT on the Secondary campus. There are also new subjects such as French, DT and Creative Arts.
The introduction of new subjects and new teaching spaces is a pivotal part of the transition process between primary and secondary. Students will be under the tutelage of their classroom teacher for just over half of the timetable, and visiting specialist teachers at other times.
The pastoral and academic care of year 6 is managed by a head of year, in this case Ms. Elvins. Each class has a tutor who registers students in the morning and guides them through the year in matters relating to homework, attendance, punctuality uniform, behaviour & academic progress.
We strongly encourage students to become involved in an after school activity as it helps to build a sense of community and can also open up new friendship groups.
The Year 6 Science programme completes the KS2 course begun in the Primary school. The course includes material on physics, chemistry, biology and the environment. The main topics covered are Materials and their Properties, Forces, Life and Living Processes.
In Mathematics, Year 6 students complete their Key Stage 2 work following the guidelines of the National Strategy Framework. They are guided through the skills and concepts followed by independent practice to consolidate the work. An emphasis is placed on interactive whole-class teaching using oral and mental methods wherever appropriate. There are assessments every half term.
Students in Year 6 follow the main elements of National Curriculum for English. This is divided into three strands; speaking and listening, reading and writing. A wide range of texts and excerpts from texts are covered during the year as students are prepared for the transition into Key Stage Three.
Internal assessments in Literacy, Numeracy and Science are taken at the end of the summer term of Year 6, to give students and their parents a clear idea of their levels of attainment before they embark on the full Secondary programme in Year 7. In addition to the above, students will also sit the KS2 Statutory Assessments Tests (SAT´s) in English & Mathematics in June.
More detailed information on each aspect of the curriculum can be found in the Curriculum handbook for years 6-9.