Overview of key stage 2
Key Stage 2 offers a warm and nurturing environment with great resourcing, internationally and locally recruited teaching staff, fantastic facilities and a strong focus on teaching and learning which all help BISAK to provide the best of international primary schooling.
In Key Stage 2 we aim to build on the skills that the students acquired in Key Stage 1 by providing lessons based on the English National Curriculum’s Key Stage 2 (KS2) programmes of study. The aim is to develop a more varied and challenging set of skills, knowledge and understanding in our children so that they will be fully prepared for a successful transition to Secondary education.
While there is a certain amount of discrete lessons taught, our lessons are becoming increasingly cross-curricular in nature. The majority of the subjects are still taught by the class teachers, including English, Mathematics, and the International Primary Curriculum topics while specialist teachers teach Library, Music, P.E., French and Arabic.
The students are expected to take a greater responsibility for their own learning in KS2 and they are given greater opportunities to develop their social, communication and leadership skills. The homework expectations also increase as pupils progress through the year groups. A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of reading so this is assigned as homework on a daily basis.
Carefully planned local and overseas trips promote enjoyment, challenge, independence and self-confidence. The trips range from overnight sleepovers at the school in Year 6, to overseas trips to Greece in Year 5, London in Year 6, and the opportunity for Year 6 students to participate in a whole school Ski trip to Italy.
Parental involvement is encouraged with planned Curricular Parent mornings taking place from Year 3 to Year 6.
The school plan’s its curriculum using motivational themes that help to deliver the National Curriculum programmes of study in a way that helps the children to make meaningful connections with different subject areas. The themes are usually history or geography based as well as some that are also science based. Within this framework there is a strong emphasis on using what the children already know at the start of themes and involving the children in asking and researching their own lines of enquiry.
The English curriculum, which is based on the English National Curriculum for Literacy, is separated into three strands: speaking and listening, reading and writing. These aspects are taught not only in English lessons, but cross over into all subjects of the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
Speaking and listening
Children are encouraged to:
· use appropriate and specific vocabulary for different contexts
· speak clearly
· take turns to contribute
· listen to the views of others
· prepare and present performances to an audience to improve their self-confidence
Children are taught:
· Reading skills through word recognition and spelling
· To understand and interpret different fiction and non-fiction reading materials
Specific programmes that aid us develop children’s reading skills are our Guided Reading sessions and the implementation of the Accelerated Reading Programme. These aim to instil a love of reading.
Writing skills are developed through:
· The use of modelling
· Writing frames
· The teaching of grammar and punctuation
Children are assessed on the specific guidance and criteria provided by Assessing Pupil’s Progress guidelines.
The structure for our Mathematics curriculum has been provided by the Primary Framework for Mathematics.
The Mathematics topics taught cover the following strands:
· Using and Applying (problem solving)
· Shape, Space and Measures
· Handling Data
With the provision of a variety of independent and group tasks, practical resources and mathematical equipment, the aim is to enable and challenge each child to develop and enjoy a variety of mathematical skills (both mental and written) in the Maths lesson as well as a variety of subjects across the curriculum.
Furthermore, the aim is to provide children with the understanding and appreciation of mathematics used in the ‘real world’, especially in the development of science and advances in technology. Assessing Pupil’s Progress guidance provides the criteria by which children are assessed.