Upper Key Stage 2
The curriculum in Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) builds on the importance of knowledge, skills and understanding already established in Lower Key Stage 2.
Focus is on the key subject areas and cross-curriculum priorities designed to support future learning, growth and active participation in an international learning community. Subject areas taught include Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Information Technology, PSHCE and weekly sessions of Physical Education and Music. A theme based approached to History, Geography, Art and Design is taught and encourages a creative thinking curriculum.
As a leading school in an international community the curriculum takes into account our local and global culture and environment. Productions, residentials, excursions and theme days are a great asset and students find these a rewarding way to explore their world.
Students in Upper Key Stage 2 are encouraged to become aspiring leaders. They gain a sense of responsibility and purpose in their roles as senior students, taking on roles such as house captains, student council representatives and global classroom leaders. Students are actively involved in real life scenarios, situations and projects that enable them to build on ideas that create change and make a difference in their local community.
A Nord Anglia Education initiative, Challenge Based Learning, is one avenue we use for students to action change and become enterprising learners. Students are asked to develop a big idea linked to a global issue and to create guiding questions that direct their learning towards an outcome that is measureable and makes an impact to those around them.
As our students mature socially and emotionally, we recognise their potential and provide a wealth of opportunities for collaborative working and risk-taking. We encourage an open-mind as we support them both academically and socially.
Global learning and awareness is a strong focus in Upper Key Stage 2. Using key principles of High Performance Learning and modern technologies, teaching and learning consistently promotes creativity, inquiry, collaboration and communication. An environment is created where students are asked to extend and challenge their learning, to analyse and reflect on their achievements and to celebrate success and confidence. The Nord Anglia Education Global Campus is a vital tool in which our students develop these skills and share their knowledge and abilities on a worldwide scale.
We aim to ensure a smooth transition into Secondary School life and for students to feel positive and supported as they move forward in the next phase of their learning. Tours, parent information sessions and a transition day provide an opportunity for students to experience lessons, familiarise themselves with timetables and facilities, and to make connections with future learning.