Key Stage 2
Our Key Stage 2 continues to build upon the firm foundations of EYFS and KS1, equipping our children with the skills and knowledge to be confident at secondary school and develop the responsibilities and experiences to be successful in life.
English is fully embedded into our E3L themes to provide a wealth of authentic and purposeful opportunities for pupils to develop their literacy skills. In particular, there will be a range of inspirational writing opportunities interwoven into our themes.
Our aim is to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to reason mathematically and have the ability to solve increasingly sophisticated problems as outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study.
We aim to increase confidence and deepen understanding in KS2 with an emphasis on building a solid foundation for all pupils before moving on. Our curriculum is designed to allow pupils to learn concepts in greater depth (mastery approach). This means designing sequences of lessons that enable pupils to demonstrate not just that they have superficial knowledge of a concept, but that they can apply their knowledge to increasingly complex situations and can make rich links between different curriculum areas.
We have a three-tiered approach to the delivery of Science.
Science knowledge is delivered through the E3L themes, some of which are specifically science focused such as ‘Scream Machine’ and ‘Stargazers’. We also have an extra emphasis on practical science through additional practical science investigations. These investigations are linked to the E3L themes and develop the skills and vocabulary they need to work independently, with an enquiry-based approach. There are 2/3 investigations per theme and these are carefully planned on a much more regular basis than most other primary schools.
We ensure coverage of the science programme of study across each year group for both the knowledge aspects of science as well as practical investigation types.
E3L Thematic Curriculum
In Key Stage 2 our themes continue to offer irresistible learning opportunities through innovative and rich experiences through our E3L curriculum.
An E3L theme lasts up to half a term, which the pupils use as the context to base their learning on. The underpinning philosophy is that they learn better in context rather than in isolation.
E3L themes cover areas of the National Curriculum, but some themes might be more geography based, while others may contain more history. By writing the curriculum in this way it allows for stronger experiences and more time to produce high-quality outcomes with more learning impact. In this way there is an opportunity for in-depth learning but with the full curriculum balance across the age phases.