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Learning

Key Stage 2

 

Year 3 to Year 6

In Key Stage 2 we will build upon the solid foundations laid in Key Stage 1, with the main focus being to expose pupils to a broader range of topics in order to better inform their choices when continuing their education in later years. The curriculum provides the structure for pupils to develop their questioning skills to enable them to broaden their research and investigate with greater precision, develop techniques in collaborative working and independent study, as well as educating them in a well-rounded manner and giving them a chance to develop lifelong interests and skills.

In Key Stage 2, children will be taught the National Curriculum subjects of:

English

Our English curriculum further develops skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Your child will read and interpret texts of increasing complexity, including an introduction to classic literature. They will have the opportunity to use their creativity in writing fiction and develop the precision and accuracy of their written and spoken language to deliver what they have learnt across the curriculum. The skill of listening will be used across the curriculum and supported and enhanced by response questions and note-taking.

Mathematics

Your child will extend their number skills by solving calculations and word problems of increasing complexity and with a greater number of digits; they will also be introduced to fractions, decimals and percentages by the end of Key Stage 2. They will use their knowledge of place value to convert between units of measurement. They will extend their knowledge of shape to estimate and measure angles and they will use grid references to describe position.

Science

We develop and extend our Key Stage 1 work on investigative Science by planning, executing and evaluating fair tests. We develop knowledge on habitats and biology of humans, animals and plants. Your child will acquire further experience with materials by investigating states of matter. In the Physics strand of our curriculum, your child will investigate space, light sound and forces through Key Stage 2.

History and Geography

In Key Stage 2, your child will consolidate their work on chronology and location. We teach them to identify change and continuity and offer explanations for cause and effect.  Through refining their questions, we teach children to seek and identify connections and contrasts and help them to draw their own conclusions. In our research cycle, we encourage them to evaluate the trustworthiness of evidence and check with further sources.

Art and Design

In Art, we continue to introduce significant artists and art forms as a basis for our work. Your child will use their increasing knowledge of materials and tools to design, make and adapt a range of artwork, toys and useful objects.

Music

Through Key Stage 2, we continue to introduce children to significant musicians and composers. Your child will continue to compose and perform individual pieces and collaborative works. We extend the range and complexity of instruments your child will experience throughout the Key Stage. 

Computing

In Computing, we continue our emphasis on using computers safely. We encourage children to think critically about whether a website is trustworthy and educate them in what to do to keep themselves safe. They will use apps and programmes as a tool across the curriculum and will be introduced to coding.

Physical Education

We provide sporting activities of increasing complexity in accordance with your child’s development. Throughout Key Stage 2, their movement and coordination develop to enable them to engage in a greater range of games and apparatus.

Equivalence Chart

Starting age Thames British School Poland United States China
7-8 Year 3 Klasa 1 Grade 2 Grade 2
8-9 Year 4 Klasa 2 Grade 3 Grade 3
9-10 Year 5 Klasa 3 Grade 4 Grade 4
10-11 Year 6 Klasa 4 Grade 5 Grade 5

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