Lower Key Stage 2

Lower Key Stage 2 Curriculum Overview
In Key Stage Two, we follow the National Curriculum. We pride ourselves on our varied and exciting curriculum which uses themes to establish connections between different areas of learning. Some of the themes we cover include: The Romans, Harry Potter, The Vikings, Radical Rainforests and the Amazing Amazon, our Local Environment and Settlements. Where possible, we will explore these across all curriculum areas including art, DT and music. We also aim to make learning as hands on and practical as possible. For example within Art we experiment with a range of different mediums; Geography we often take our learning outside to observe our environment; within Science the children actively investigate and follow a line of enquiry. We continuously promote a developing growth mindset and our children are always up for a challenge! Our students experience the best in quality first teaching from all members of staff; from their class teacher and teaching assistants to PE coaches and a specialised Computing teacher.   
The National Curriculum for Key Stage Two can be found below, along with details of the curriculum for each term.
In Year 3 and 4 our topics are:

Year 3
Autumn - Stone Age, Bronze Age - Iron Age
Spring - Traditional Tales and Fables, Outside the window
Summer - The Romans are coming
Year 4
Autumn - Raiders and Settlers: Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, Dungeons and Dragons
Spring - Radical Rainforests and the Amazing Amazon
Summer - Wonderful Water, Harry Potter

English: We believe that English is at the heart of everything we do, being able to read, write, speak and listen are key skills that will stay with us throughout our lives and as such we place a big emphasis on our English teaching and lessons at Giffard Park. As part of our immersed curriculum, we, where possible, focus our English lessons on the topics that we are studying, as we feel this gives the children a more rounded and holistic approach to their studies. However, we are aware that this is not always appropriate or the best tool to use in teaching children new genres and as such, we may at times teach units discretely. In Year 3 and 4, we look at a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, ensuring that the children have a good understanding of the features of these and can use them to create their own work. We use role-play and drama, where practical, to aid the children’s understanding and engagement within lessons and to develop their speaking and listening skills.

Phonics: In Year 3 and 4, we have phonics and spelling sessions three times a week to aid children in developing their reading and spelling skills. The children are split into groups based on their individual needs to ensure that the sessions they have, are tailored to ensuring they make rapid progress and feel confident with their skills and abilities. Children are encouraged to use their phonetical knowledge within their daily Literacy sessions to help them decode unknown words as well as with their spellings. Children will receive weekly spellings based on their learning within their phonics or spelling sessions, which they should practise at home.

Mathematics: Maths is an integral part of our daily lives, we, as adults, often do not even realise we are using skills that we developed at an early age. As such, we ensure that Maths teaching and learning at Giffard Park is a fundamental aspect of the school day. In Year 3, Maths is taught within class groups, in Year 4, the children are ability grouped; in both year groups, all lessons are fully differentiated to ensure that the needs of all children are being met. We look at the place value of numbers, ensuring that children understand the value of digits within numbers and relationships between different numbers; for example, how we round numbers to the nearest 10. We also look at a range of calculations using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication an division) ensuring that the children develop their use and understanding of different written and mental methods for solving these questions. We then extend the children’s understanding to apply these methods within written or problem solving contexts. We also cover areas of geometry and measures, looking at the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes, calculating area and perimeter and identifying and using a range of measures (cm, mm, ml). In addition, we have a renewed emphasis on fractions, based on guidance from the National Curriculum. Children will be taught to identify fractions of shapes and numbers and then apply this knowledge to problems or real-life contexts. 
Children will also have a 15 minute session in the afternoon 3 times each week to develop understanding through fluency skills. Each session will have a different focus: Arithmetic, Mental Maths, Number Magnitude.
For Religious Education we follow the Milton Keynes Agreed Syllabus for RE. Please see the Religious Education page.

For PE please see the PE curriculum under the PE page.

For further information please speak to your child's class teacher or Phase Leader.


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