Key Stage 2 (Years 3,4,5 & 6)
Children in Key Stage 2 are taught daily English and mathematics lessons. Science is taught as a separate subject in KS2 and French is introduced using the North Yorkshire Scheme of Work. Children continue to develop and apply their computing skills across the curriculum.
English lessons continue to secure fluency in reading alongside developing higher order comprehension skills such as inference, deduction and recognition of an author's intentions. Children explore texts from a range of genres including many styles of fiction, letters, instructions, newpapers, explanations, reports, biographies, poetry and persuasive writing. They learn the key features of each text type to apply to their own writing. Handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation are all taught explicitly.
Mathematics teaching follows the year group objectives detailed in the National Curriculum, which includes counting, properties of numbers, the consolidation of mental and formal written calculations, shape, space and measures, and fractions. Geometry, algebra and statistics are introduced in Years 5 & 6. There is an emphasis on securing efficient calculation skills and developing mathematical reasoning to solve problems and complete investigations independently.
Science is taught as a two-year rolling programme in each of the two KS2 classes. Each year includes topics from the key areas of Animals (including humans), materials & their properties, and physical processes. Children learn from observation, practical investigation and secondary sources. They are taught to use a variety of measuring techniques, record their findings accurately in tables and graphs, suggest explanations and devise investigations. They also learn about the work of significant scientists.
As in KS1, History, Geography, Music, Art and technology are taught through cross-curricular themes. During the four years of KS2, all children will cover all the required elements of the national Curriculum. Some topics may take the form of a short focus week, others may be a whole-school topic over several weeks. Each topic begins with an activity to engage children's interest and works towards a final product such as a presentation in assembly, a special event, a digital presentation to share, or a display in school. Children are encouraged to contribute to the development of the topic and carry out independent research to share with the class. Learning is enriched through visitors, artefact collections and visits to places of interest in the locality and further afield.
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