Key Stage 2

Year 3 – Year 4 – Year 5 – Year 6

Key Stage 2 : Year 3, 4, 5 & 6

Key Stage 2 (KS2) comprises of Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. Pupils in this category are aged between 7 and 11 years.

In today’s rapidly evolving environment it is expected from young people to be flexible, creative, and proactive. The “knowing of knowledge” is no longer enough to succeed in the increasingly complex world that we live in. The ability to make decisions, think critically, being able to communicate ideas effectively and work efficiently within teams and groups is a recipe for our children’s success.

It is widely accepted that children need to have opportunities to develop personal capabilities and effective thinking skills as part of their well-rounded education. An approach from our team is to actively engage with students, making their learning a more relevant and enjoyable. Varied range of methods will be integrated into lessons, with the aim to create a stimulating, enriching, but still challenging and focused environment for all children involved.

Interested to know what is covered in the national Curriculum for Key Stage 2?

English - Reading

  • Use knowledge to read ‘exception’ words
  • Read range of fiction & non-fiction
  • Use dictionaries to check meaning
  • Prepare poems & plays to perform
  • Check own understanding of reading
  • Draw inferences & make predictions
  • Retrieve & record information from non-fiction books
  • Discuss reading with others

English - Grammar

  • Use range of conjunctions
  • Use perfect tense
  • Use range of nouns & pronouns
  • Use time connectives
  • Introduce speech punctuation
  • Know language of clauses
  • Give structured descriptions
  • Participate activity in conversation
  • Consider & evaluate different viewpoints

English - Writing

  • Use prefixes & suffixes in spelling
  • Use dictionary to confirm spellings
  • Write simple dictated sentences
  • Use handwriting joins appropriately
  • Plan to write based on familiar forms
  • Rehearse sentences orally for writing
  • Use varied rich vocabulary
  • Create simple settings & plot
  • Assess effectiveness of own and others’ writing

Art and Design

  • Use sketchbooks to collect, record and evaluate ideas
  • Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials
  • Learn about great artists, architects & designers

Design and Technology

  • Use research& criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose
  • Use annotated sketches and prototypes to explain ideas
  • Evaluate existing products and improve own work
  • Use mechanical systems in own work
  • Understand seasonality; prepare & cook mainly savoury dishes

Geography

  • Name & locate world’s continents and oceans
  • Compare local area to a non-European country
  • Use basic vocabulary to describe a less familiar area
  • Use aerial images and other models to create simple plans and maps, using symbols
  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the immediate environment

Modern Languages

  • Listen & engage
  • Ask & answer questions
  • Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary
  • Develop appropriate pronunciation
  • Show understanding of words & phrases
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems & rhymes
  • Broaden vocabulary

Mathematics - Number/Calculation

  • Learn 3, 4 & 8x tables
  • Secure place value to 100
  • Mentally add & subtract units, tens or hundreds to numbers of up to 3 digits
  • Written column addition & subtraction
  • Solve number problems, including multiplication & simple division and missing number problems
  • Use commutativity to help calculations

Mathematics - Geometry and Measures

  • Measure & calculate with metric measures
  • Measure simple perimeter
  • Add/subtract using money in context
  • Use Roman numerals up to XII; tell time
  • Calculate using simple time problems
  • Draw 2-d / Make 3-d shapes
  • Identify and use right angles
  • Identify horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines

Mathematics - Fractions

  • Use & count in tenths
  • Recognise, find & write fractions
  • Recognise some equivalent fractions
  • Add/subtract fractions up to <1
  • Order fractions with common denominator
  • Interpret bar charts & pictograms

Science

  • Plants, incl. parts, lifecycle and requirements for life
  • Animals: skeletons & nutrition
  • Classification of rock types
  • Simple understanding of fossilisation
  • Sources of light; shadows & reflections
  • Simple forces, including magnetism

History

  • Stone Age to Iron Age Britain, including:
  • - hunter-gatherers and early farmers
  • - Bronze age religion, technology & travel
  • - Iron age hill forts
  • A local history study:
  • - A depth study linked to a studied period
  • - A study over a period of time
  • - A post-1066 study of relevant local history

Computing

  • Design & write programs to achieve specific goals, including solving problems
  • Use logical reasoning
  • Understand computer networks
  • Use internet safely and appropriately
  • Collect and present data appropriately

Music

  • Use voice & instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression
  • Improvise & compose music
  • Listen with attention to detail
  • Appreciate wide range of live & recorded music
  • Begin to develop understanding of history

English - Writing

  • Correctly spell common homophones
  • Increase regularity of handwriting
  • Plan writing based on familiar forms
  • Organise writing into paragraphs
  • Use simple organisational devices
  • Proof-read for spelling & punctuation errors
  • Evaluate own and others’ writing
  • Read own writing aloud

English - Reading

  • Secure decoding of unfamiliar words
  • Read for a range of purposes
  • Retell some stories orally
  • Discuss words & phrases that capture the imagination
  • Identify themes & conventions
  • Retrieve & record information
  • Make inferences & justify predictions
  • Recognise a variety of forms of poetry
  • Identify & summarise ideas

English - Grammar

  • Use wider range of conjunctions
  • Use perfect tense appropriately
  • Select pronouns and nouns for clarity
  • Use & punctuate direct speech
  • Use commas after front adverbials
  • Articulate & justify opinions
  • Speak audibly in Standard English
  • Gain, maintain & monitor interest of listeners

Art and Design

  • Use sketchbooks to collect, record and evaluate ideas
  • Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials
  • Learn about great artists, architects & designers

Design and Technology

  • Use research & criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose
  • Use annotated sketches and prototypes to explain ideas
  • Evaluate existing products and improve own work
  • Use mechanical systems in own work
  • Understand seasonality; prepare & cook mainly savoury dishes

Geography

  • Locate world’s countries, focussing on Europe & Americas focus on key physical & human features
  • Study a region of the UK (not local area)
  • Use 8 points of compass, symbols & keys
  • Describe & understand climate, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, water cycle, settlements, trade links, etc.
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure & record

Modern Languages

  • Listen & engage
  • Ask & answer questions
  • Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary
  • Develop appropriate pronunciation
  • Show understanding of words & phrases
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems & rhymes
  • Broaden vocabulary

Mathematics - Number/Calculation

  • Know all tables to 12 x 12
  • Secure place value to 1000
  • Use negative whole numbers
  • Round numbers to nearest 10, 100 or 1000
  • Use Roman numerals to 100 (C)
  • Column addition & subtraction up to 4 digits
  • Multiply & divide mentally
  • Use standard short multiplication

Mathematics - Geometry and Measures

  • Compare 2-d shapes, including quadrilaterals & triangles
  • Find area by counting squares
  • Calculate rectangle perimeters
  • Estimate & calculate measures
  • Identify acute, obtuse & right angles
  • Identify symmetry
  • Use first quadrant coordinates
  • Introduce simple translations
  • Use bar charts, pictograms & line graphs

Mathematics - Fractions

  • Use & count in tenths
  • Recognise, find & write fractions
  • Recognise some equivalent fractions
  • Add/subtract fractions up to <1
  • Order fractions with common denominator
  • Interpret bar charts & pictograms

Science

  • Classify living things
  • Digestive system & teeth
  • Food chains
  • Changes of state
  • The water cycle
  • Sound as vibrations
  • Electricity: simple circuits & conductors

History

  • Roman Empire & impact on Britain:
  • - Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion
  • - Roman Empire & successful invasion
  • - British resistance, e.g. Boudicca
  • - Romanisation of Britain
  • Earliest ancient civilisations:
  • - Ancient Sumer;
  • - Indus Valley;
  • - Ancient Egypt;
  • - Shang Dynasty of Ancient China

Computing

  • Design & write programs to achieve specific goals, including solving problems
  • Use logical reasoning
  • Understand computer networks
  • Use internet safely and appropriately
  • Collect and present data appropriately

Music

  • Use voice & instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression
  • Improvise & compose music
  • Listen with attention to detail
  • Appreciate wide range of live & recorded music
  • Begin to develop understanding of history

English - Writing

  • Secure spelling, inc. homophones, prefixes, silent letters, etc.
  • Use a thesaurus
  • Legible, fluent handwriting
  • Plan writing to suit audience & purpose
  • Develop character, setting and atmosphere in narrative
  • Use organisational & presentational features
  • Use consistent appropriate tense
  • Proof-reading
  • Perform own compositions

English - Reading

  • Apply knowledge of morphology & etymology when reading new words
  • Reading & discuss a broad range of genres & texts
  • Identifying & discussing themes
  • Make recommendations to others
  • Learn poetry by heart
  • Draw inference & make predictions
  • Discuss authors’ use of language
  • Retrieve & present information from non-fiction texts.
  • Formal presentations & debates

English - Grammar

  • Use expanded noun phrases
  • Use modal & passive verbs
  • Use relative clauses
  • Use commas for clauses
  • Use brackets, dashes & commas for parenthesis
  • Give well-structured explanations
  • Command of Standard English
  • Consider & evaluate different viewpoints
  • Use appropriate register

Art and Design

  • Use sketchbooks to collect, record, review, revisit & evaluate ideas
  • Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials
  • Learn about great artists, architects & designers

Design and Technology

  • Use research & criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose and aimed at specific groups
  • Use annotated sketches, cross-section diagrams & computer-aided design
  • Analyse & evaluate existing products and improve own work
  • Use mechanical & electrical systems in own products, including programming
  • Cook savoury dishes for a healthy & varied diet

Geography

  • Name & locate counties, cities, regions & features of UK
  • Understand latitude, longitude, Equator, hemispheres, tropics, polar circles & time zones
  • Study a region of Europe, and of the Americas
  • Understand biomes, vegetation belts, land use, economic activity, distribution of resources, etc.
  • Use 4- and 6-figure grid references on OS maps
  • Use fieldwork to record & explain areas

Modern Languages

  • Engage in conversations, expressing opinions
  • Speak in simple language & be understood
  • Develop appropriate pronunciation
  • Present ideas & information orally
  • Show understanding in simple reading
  • Adapt known language to create new ideas
  • Describe people, places & things
  • Understand basic grammar, e.g. gender

Mathematics - Number/Calculation

  • Secure place value to 1,000,000
  • Use negative whole numbers in context
  • Use Roman numerals to 1000 (M)
  • Use standard written methods for all four operations
  • Confidently add & subtract mentally
  • Use vocabulary of prime, factor & multiple
  • Multiply & divide by powers of ten
  • Use square and cube numbers

Mathematics - Geometry and Measures

  • Convert between different units
  • Calculate perimeter of composite shapes & area of rectangles
  • Estimate volume & capacity
  • Identify 3-d shapes
  • Measure & identify angles
  • Understand regular polygons
  • Reflect & translate shapes
  • Interpret tables & line graphs
  • Solve questions about line graphs

Mathematics - Fractions

  • Compare & order fractions
  • Add & subtract fractions with common denominators, with mixed numbers
  • Multiply fractions by units
  • Write decimals as fractions
  • Order & round decimal numbers
  • Link percentages to fractions & decimals

Science

  • Life cycles of plants & animals (inc. mammal, insect, bird, amphibian)
  • Describe changes as humans develop & mature
  • Classify materials according to a variety of properties
  • Understand mixtures & solutions
  • Know about reversible changes; identify irreversible
  • Understand location and interaction of Sun, Earth & Moon
  • Introduce gravity, resistance & mechanical forces

History

  • Anglo-Saxons & Vikings, including:
  • - Roman withdrawal from Britain; Scots invasion
  • - Invasions, settlements & kingdoms
  • - Viking invasions; Danegald
  • - Edward the Confessor
  • Ancient Greece, i.e. - A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

Computing

  • Design & write programs to solve problems
  • Use sequences, repetition, inputs, variables and outputs in programs
  • Detect & correct errors in programs
  • Understand uses of networks for collaboration & communication
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content

Music

  • Perform with control & expression solo & in ensembles
  • Improvise & compose using dimensions of music
  • Listen to detail and recall aurally
  • Use & understand basics of staff notation
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music, including great musicians & composers

English - Writing

  • Use knowledge of morphology & etymology in spelling
  • Develop legible personal handwriting style
  • Plan writing to suit audience & purpose; use models of writing
  • Develop character & setting in narrative
  • Select grammar & vocabulary for effect
  • Use a wide range of cohesive devices
  • Ensure grammatical consistency

English - Reading

  • Read a broad range of genres
  • Recommend books to others
  • Make comparisons within/across books
  • Support inferences with evidence
  • Summarising key points from texts
  • Identify how language, structure, etc. contribute to meaning
  • Discuss use of language, inc. figurative
  • Discuss & explain reading, providing reasoned justifications for views

English - Grammar

  • Use appropriate register/ style
  • Use the passive voice for purpose
  • Use features to convey & clarify meaning
  • Use full punctuation
  • Use language of subject/object
  • Use questions to build knowledge
  • Articulate arguments & opinions
  • Use spoken language to speculate, hypothesise & explore
  • Use appropriate register & language

Art and Design

  • Use sketchbooks to collect, record, review, revisit & evaluate ideas
  • Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials
  • Learn about great artists, architects & designers

Design and Technology

  • Use research& criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose and aimed at specific groups
  • Use annotated sketches, cross-section diagrams & computer-aided design
  • Analyse & evaluate existing products and improve own work
  • Use mechanical & electrical systems in own products, including programming
  • Cook savoury dishes for a healthy & varied diet

Geography

  • Name & locate counties, cities, regions & features of UK
  • Understand latitude, longitude, Equator, hemispheres, tropics, polar circles & time zones
  • Study a region of Europe, and of the Americas
  • Understand biomes, vegetation belts, land use, economic activity, distribution of resources, etc.
  • Use 4- and 6-figure grid references on OS maps
  • Use fieldwork to record & explain areas

Modern Languages

  • Listen & engage
  • Engage in conversations, expressing opinions
  • Speak in simple language & be understood
  • Develop appropriate pronunciation
  • Present ideas & information orally
  • Show understanding in simple reading
  • Adapt known language to create new ideas
  • Describe people, places & things
  • Understand basic grammar, e.g. gender

Mathematics - Number/Calculation

  • Secure place value & rounding to 10,000,000, including negatives
  • All written methods, including long division
  • Use order of operations (not indices)
  • Identify factors, multiples & primes
  • Solve multi-step number problems
  • Algebra - Introduce simple use of unknowns

Mathematics - Geometry and Measures

  • Confidently use a range of measures & conversions
  • Calculate area of triangles / parallelograms
  • Use area & volume formulas
  • Classify shapes by properties
  • Know and use angle rules
  • Translate & reflect shapes, using all four quadrants
  • Use pie charts
  • Calculate mean averages

Mathematics - Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

  • Compare & simplify fractions
  • Use equivalents to add fractions
  • Multiply simple fractions
  • Divide fractions by whole numbers
  • Solve problems using decimals & percentages
  • Use written division up to 2dp
  • Introduce ratio & proportion

Science

  • Classification, including micro-organisms
  • Health & Lifestyles, incl. circulatory system
  • Evolution & Adaptation
  • Light & Shadows; the eye
  • Forces, including gravity
  • Electricity: investigating circuits

History

  • British History (taught chronologically)
  • An extended period study, e.g.
  • - The changing power of monarchs
  • - Significant turning points in British history
  • - Crime & punishment
  • - Leisure
  • Broader History Study - Non-European society:
  • - Islamic civilization, including Baghdad
  • - Mayan civilization
  • - Benin (West Africa)

Computing

  • Design & write programs to solve problems
  • Use sequences, repetition, inputs, variables and outputs in programs
  • Detect & correct errors in programs
  • Understand uses of networks for collaboration & communication
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content

Music

  • Perform with control & expression solo & in ensembles
  • Improvise & compose using dimensions of music
  • Listen to detail and recall aurally
  • Use & understand basics of staff notation
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music, including great musicians & composers

As many pupils will be at different stages of experience, confidence, and skill development, we will try our best to factor this in when planning lessons. We hope that our “virtual classroom” environment will influence how pupils feel and how they act. You can be assured that each session will be supportive of active learning, and our teachers will strive to increase the pupil’s motivation and enthusiasm to learn.

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