Key Stage 2 (Ages 7-11)
Key Stage 2 at St. Julian’s is designed to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding that our students have already developed in Key Stage 1. Teachers provide opportunities for children to think more for themselves and develop skills in planning how they are to tackle and set out their work by focusing on independence, resilience and reflection, enabling opportunities for children to make decisions about their learning and to fully use their initiative.
Teachers at St. Julian’s capture and hold children’s imaginations through well-planned activities, lively introductions to lessons and good use of resources.
As a result, children are confident, safe and enjoy their learning in a stimulating environment. They are also encouraged to take risks in their learning and feel comfortable making mistakes throughout their learning journey.
Based on the English National Curriculum, which we use to guide the programme of study for Maths and English and to support the development of our cross-curricular approach for other subjects. As part of our curriculum, we offer specialist subject teaching in Portuguese, Computing, Art, Music and Physical Education.
These subjects are also often linked to cross-curricular themes. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is incorporated into curriculum time and assemblies throughout Key Stage 2.
Portuguese is compulsory for all children and is taught at all levels from beginners to first language level. In Year 6, children have the opportunity to learn German and French.
Children are provided with a dynamic, engaging English curriculum, enriched through a wealth of texts which enables the development of their reading, writing, spelling and listening skills. Additionally, there is an emphasis on spelling, grammar and punctuation. We aim to build a passion for reading, equipping them with language to effectively communicate through the written and spoken word.
Our aim in mathematics is for each child to achieve their potential, to attain the basic skills and concepts in mathematics and to develop the insight to apply these skills in a variety of situations. Differentiated, stimulating and exciting activities help children at St. Julian’s enjoy mathematics and to see the fun and beauty in it. They are able to use it to help understand and explain the world around them. They feel secure enough to take risks, embrace challenges and develop deductive reasoning skills. Children are continually developing skills in all areas of mathematics; this helps them to see how mathematics is such an important part of everything we do.
Topic lessons are delivered through a cross-curricular approach and incorporate other subjects, including Science, History, Geography, Art and Design & Technology. Our topics range from ‘Temples, Tombs and Treasure’ in Year 3 and ‘Africa’ in Year 4 to ‘Earth and Beyond’ in Year 5 and ‘World War Two’ in Year 6. Children are encouraged to follow their lines of enquiry, develop their independent research skills and present their learning in various ways.