Years 3 to 6
Ages 7 to 11
In Key Stage 2 classes, your child will be assessed using both past and sample papers, culminating in the ‘End of Key Stage 2 National Tests’ at the end of Year 6. As we no longer quantify progress using ‘levels’ (Levels 2-6) all children will receive a scaled score out of a maximum of 120 for Reading, Maths and GPVS (Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary and Spelling). Writing is teacher assessed and subject to both internal and external moderation against the National Standards. You can view exemplification materials and analyse the standards expected by visiting the following website:
You can play an important part in your child’s success at Key Stage 2 by taking an active part in their education and giving them support and encouragement.
Reading in Key Stage 2
Children who are ‘free readers’ can utilise our new school library to enhance their love of reading. Children are given a reading diary, so that their independent reading, at home, can be tracked and monitored – providing a vital link between home and school. When teachers are reading with or to pupils, greater attention is paid to new vocabulary – both a word’s meaning(s) and its correct pronunciation. Children will be encouraged to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore our literary heritage, modern fiction and books from other cultures and traditions.
Key Stage 2 classes still follow, amongst others, the ‘Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme’. Oxford Reading Tree is a well-established and popular reading scheme which is highly successful at supporting the teaching of reading. This can be used to provide an appropriate reading challenge for those children who are not yet ‘free readers’.
All children read to an adult on a weekly basis to inform teacher judgement and ensure an appropriate level of challenge and variety.
Science & Maths in Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 classes follow the ‘Abacus Primary Maths Scheme’. We have a ‘hands on’ learning approach and try to make maths lessons as practical as possible. The scheme includes a wide variety of online resources and interactive games to encourage participation, promote engagement and enhance the love of learning.
We use ‘Rising Stars’ materials to enhance our teaching and learning in science – linking our science work to our topics where possible. Again, science lessons are hands on and practical. Science lessons are taught weekly, predominantly in the afternoon.