Reading, writing and maths in Key Stage 2
Once children have completed the Read Write Inc Phonics programme, they move on to the Literacy and Language programme, where the majority of the teaching and learning of reading and writing takes place. Pupils are taught in year groups by their class teachers.
We are very proud of our standards in Reading. In 2017, 88% of our children achieved expected standard in the end of KS2 SATs, compared with 71% nationally and 38% of children achieved higher standard compared with 25% nationally. We are confident that this fantastic achievement is as a result of our implementation in 2016 of MyBookblog as a tool for promoting a love of reading.
Within our structured and systematic approach of Literacy and Language teaching and MyBB time for all children, there are opportunities for all children to listen to stories, non-fiction texts and poems that are beyond their independent reading level in order that they can develop a love of reading through high quality texts and discussion.
Maths is taught daily and discretely in year groups using Maths- No Problem! Maths- No Problem! is a transformational approach to maths teaching which uses best practice from high performing Asian nations such as Singapore as its influence.
Meeting the needs of every child
We very much believe in ‘keep up, not catch up’. We use this principle to guide us when deciding which children would benefit from either one to one support or small group support with one of our senior teaching assistants. These sessions, referred to as interventions, have a clear learning focus and are reviewed frequently. Interventions usually focus on reading, writing, maths or personal and social development. They are used for pre-teaching and post-teaching with the intention of closing the gaps.
Other curriculum areas
Science is taught using the Snap Science scheme of work.
Geography and history are taught using the Collins Connected scheme of work.
PE is taught via a scheme developed by Rising Stars which is also built around small challenges for the children. Year three and four children also go swimming every week. Every class in Key Stage two will also have the exciting opportunity of taking part in Forest Schools activities for one half term this academic year. We also have outside sporting coaches coming into school to work with the children in a particular area of sport. Through the course of the year, there are many sporting events and tournaments that some children have the opportunity to take part in.
In PSHE we teach children to be mindful, and an innovative and well developed programme, called The Jigsaw PSHE, has recently been introduced to the school to help us to do this. Mindfulness is a vital tool for life as it helps to regulate emotion and build emotional resilience. Mindful children can choose their responses to situations carefully rather than just reacting. A variety of strategies are used to teach this approach.
French is the Modern Foreign language we teach in school. Cumbria has developed their own curriculum with accompanying resources, which is followed throughout Key Stage two. Each unit of work builds on prior learning.
Through the teaching of computing, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Children have discrete teaching of this computing and further access to information, communication technology to support learning in other subjects.
We are constantly looking for opportunities to bring learning to life such as: taking children on trips, inviting visitors into school and exploring subject areas through drama (Play in a Day).