Curriculum Overview KS2 

 

Overview 2016-2017

 

The KS2 Curriculum at Ashill Primary School


Maths

We follow the 2014 curriculum using a number of relevant schemes to support the pupils in their development of ‘fluency’ before progressing onto ‘problem solving’ and ‘reasoning’. This tiered approach encourages a deeper understanding of every area of the curriculum, and gives children the chance to regularly explain their answers and work in a more detailed and methodical way.  Our mathematics teaching takes place in small guided groups, with regular opportunities to work independently or supported on follow up tasks.

 

English

English sessions cover a wide range of fiction and non-fiction text-types which, where appropriate, are linked to cross-curricular topics.

SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) is taught on a daily basis and applied right across the curriculum.

Handwriting is also practiced once a week to develop a joined, legible style.

Reading.  There are regular small group sessions for guided reading and comprehension to enable a deeper understanding of texts. In English sessions and through the cross-curricular topics, the children also have access to a wide range of texts which challenge and develop reading skills and vocabulary. During independent reading, they are regularly supported in selecting books from the school library to extend the range of text types and authors.

Writing: Lessons provide narrative, poetry and non-fiction writing opportunities. The topics provide the platform from which the range of non-fiction text types are taught and practised.

 

Homework

All children receive regular English and Maths homework as well as reading and spelling practice. The class teacher advises parents at the beginning of the year when homework will be set and by which day it should be returned. Children, who find it difficult to complete homework tasks at home, are invited to Homework Club.

 

Science

KS2 follow a 4 year rolling programme, ensuring full coverage of the science curriculum.

Practical investigations form an essential part of each topic and children work collaboratively

 

Most time will be spent on these core subjects. The foundation subjects, comprising of History, Geography, Design and Technology, Computing, Art, Music, PE and RE/Personal, Social and Health Education and French (KS2) will be taught in the remaining time. Where possible, these subjects are taught through cross-curricular topics which are planned to engage and motivate the students.

A 4-year rolling programme has been designed for French. Different topics are covered each term to develop vocabulary and short games and activities are used to develop and consolidate oracy, reading and writing skills, knowledge of the language and inter-cultural understanding.

For RE, the Somerset Scheme, ‘Awareness, Mystery and Values’, is followed.

Each class has 2 hours of PE a week. Extra-curricular opportunities and a competitive programme for KS2 support provide additional opportunities to develop skills and develop positive attitude to keeping fit and health. Swimming sessions for KS2 is organised in the Spring Term, at the Cresta Leisure Centre at Holyrood.

Forest School sessions are designed to encourage exploration of the physical landscape while nurturing a practical, hands-on approach to learning.

All pupils in KS2 learn a musical instrument (this year ukulele) with a specialist music teacher from Somerset Music. There are several opportunities to perform during the year.

All children in KS2 learn a musical instrument which also includes learning to read music and opportunities to perform during the year.

Forest School sessions are designed to encourage exploration of our physical landscape, while nurturing a practical, hands-on approach to learning.

The school offers opportunities both within the curriculum and outside teaching time, to apply skills in other contexts. Annual events such as the Carol Service, Chard Area Music Concert, Wellington ‘Come and Sing’ and the School Play provide performing opportunities and the Holyrood PE Competitions Programme provides some of the competitive opportunities. A 3 day residential trip is organised each year – different activities are arrange each year to provide new opportunities for pupils These events are key to developing the teamwork ethos that is so important to the school.

Trips and visitors to the school are also regularly organised to support learning and collaboration between schools provide other learning experiences (eg French Days/Poetry performances).

Lessons are carefully planned to include both independent and collaborative activities. Pupils are taught strategies to develop positive attitudes to learning and teachers support and encourage children to develop resilience and determination to cope with challenges in their learning journeys.