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Lower Key Stage 2 Curriculum

In Lower Key Stage 2 - Year 3 and Year 4, we aim to provide a positive, stimulating and challenging learning environment which builds upon the children’s experiences from Key Stage 1.

The children are encouraged to become independent and high performing learners who take pride in their learning and want to do well. We also expect them to begin to become more independent in other areas such as being responsible for what they need to bring into school.

As the children mature socially and emotionally, we recognise the importance of developing well rounded individuals. Our curriculum provides many opportunities for collaborative working which as well as supporting the children academically continues to develop their social skills. We want our children to value and respect themselves and each other as well as showing consideration for the wider community. Our year group teaching teams share the preparation of work, drawing on different experiences, knowledge and expertise to ensure that our lessons are relevant and well matched to meet the needs of all the children. We want all our children to experience and actively participate in a relevant and enjoyable curriculum which inspires them. We aim to integrate the children’s learning through our topics.

Throughout the year our topic work covers History, Geography, Science, Art, Design & Technology, PSHCE and where possible Literacy and Maths. Weekly specialist lessons include Chinese, Music and P.E. Our curriculum is enhanced by trips, including residential trips for both Year 3 and Year 4 in the summer term.

Reading daily is still important in Lower Key Stage 2 and children’s reading books are changed on a regular basis. In guided reading we focus on developing their comprehension skills and their ability to talk about the text. As the children become fluent readers, we promote reading for pleasure. Their weekly library session gives them access to a wide selection of books and we encourage parents and children to share books together at home.

Throughout the year the children have many opportunities to present and perform to a range of audiences - their classes, the whole school, parents – which builds their confidence and allows them to share their many talents. Performances include House Music Week, class assemblies and a Lower Key Stage 2 performance at the end of the autumn term. All the children are important to us and we delight in celebrating their many successes, both academic and personal, at this stage of their education.

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