The Key Stage 2 unit
About Our Unit
Aristotle said, “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”
Orgill School’s Key Stage 2 staff say, “Give us a child when they are seven and we will work our hardest to ensure that they reach their full potential.”
Key Stage 2 is a very important stage in a child’s schooling. When your child reaches us, they will have already completed the early stages of school and their Key Stage 1 SATs. It is our job to build on the successes they have already made and equip them with the necessary skills for secondary school.
Key Stage 2 is situated primarily upstairs in the original part of the school building, with the exception of Y3, which is situated downstairs next to the Y1 class. Presently, there are five classes, organised as follows: one year 3 class, two mixed year 4 classes, one year 5 class, one year 6 class. Following the introduction of the new curriculum in 2014, we felt that it would be more beneficial for children to be taught in their discrete year groups.
We have three highly skilled senior teaching assistants and a higher level teaching assistant in our unit who support the teaching of Mathematics and English in the mornings. In the afternoons, they deliver additional teaching of English and Mathematics to provide further support for those children who require it.
The children enter and leave the building through their own allocated doors. They have large box type lockers, clearly labelled with their names, in which to keep their coats, bags and P.E kit. Inside the classrooms, they each have their own tray in which they keep belongings such as spelling logs and reading books. The school provides all children with a pencil box containing pens, pencils, coloured pencils, rubber, pencil sharpener, ruler, scissors and glue so that no time is wasted gathering these essential resources prior to or during lessons.
Each child also has an iPad which is stored in their own classroom to support them in their learning in all areas of the curriculum. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and a visualiser to assist with teaching and learning. There is also a central bank of laptops for all Key Stage 2 classes to share.
We have a wide range of humanities resources which are constantly being added to and tailored to meet the content of the KS2 curriculum. Art, music, science and P.E resources are stored centrally and are shared by the whole school.
Snack and milk
Children have the option of purchasing a healthy snack each break-time. This costs 20p a day and can be paid on a weekly or daily basis. If your child wishes to have milk at break-time, you need to register with www.coolmilk.com.
Once your child enters KS2, school meals are no longer provided free of charge to all pupils. They need to be paid for on a weekly or half-termly basis using the School Gateway app. If you are in receipt of any benefit it is important that you apply for free school meals to ensure that your child receives additional funding available to them through the Pupil Premium scheme. Contact school for more information.
Each term a menu is sent home with every child. Children should select which of the two meals they would like each day. If any changes need to be made to your child’s menu, please do not hesitate to contact school.
All of our meals are cooked daily on the premises and meet the current guidelines for nutrition in schools. In addition to the choice of two hot meals, soup and a well-stocked salad bar are available daily.