Upper Key Stage 2
Upper Key Stage 2 Curriculum Overview
In Upper Key Stage 2 at Giffard Park Primary School we are extremely proud of our vibrant and engaging curriculum. Wherever possible, we ensure learning is promoted through a thematic approach making cross curricular links, to fully immerse children in their learning. For example, we study the Ancient Egyptians and the Ancient Greeks, where History meets English through ancient myths; Titanic where History meets English through passenger recounts and evidence of those of whom to blame for the disaster. Where possible, we will explore these topics 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 Years 5 and 6 our topics are:
Autumn – Ancient Egypt
Spring – Natural Disasters, The World At War
Summer – The Victorians - Off to the Workhouse! Out of this World
Autumn – The World at War, Titanic
Spring – Ancient Greeks
Summer – Survival, Curtains Up!
English: In Years 5 and 6, Giffard Park Primary School children build on their existing English skills to become more creative in their writing. Our aim is to develop a love of writing and the children enjoy playing with words, manipulating them for effect. In order to do this, our children need to have developed a strong understanding of grammar and punctuation. Each lesson offers children an opportunity to notice grammar and experiment within their own writing. We continue to 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. These include diary entries, journalistic writing, biographies, poetry and discussion texts. We use a range of stimuli ranging from videos, pictures and music to art, newspapers and biographies. Developing a passion for reading a variety of texts is a key goal and in addition to daily whole class guided reading sessions, our children explore a range of texts across the curriculum. These are used to develop debate and explore opinions.
Phonics: Children continue to receive three phonics or spellings sessions a week. These allow children to fully understand the rules and patterns in the English language as well as the variations and quirks. Children receive weekly spelling tests based upon the expectations in the National Curriculum.
Mathematics: Maths groups are set in Year 6, but continue to be differentiated to suit all abilities. There is a large focus on fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion. Throughout the school, we believe that following a ‘models and images’ approach gives children a better chance to understand core maths principles and we follow the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning. Children continue to move through the calculations policies so their methods are based upon prior learning. The children are set half termly KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) which they work on to secure the fundamentals of maths, which are essential for children's confidence and understanding. These facts are further developed and refined during additional fluency sessions that we hold for 15 minutes in the afternoons several times a week. The basis of these sessions are to ensure that our children are fluent mathematicians, who are able to apply their knowledge quickly to a range of contexts; this then means our Maths lessons can focus more on problem solving and application of skills. We believe that problem solving and applying their skills to ‘real-life’ situations will not only prepare the children for secondary school but also for the wider world.
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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