Upper Key Stage 2 Curriculum
From September 2014 the school started to deliver a new curriculum in line with the new national initiatives. For detailed information see: National Curriculum Framework
As children move into Upper Key Stage 2 they continue to experience an ever broadening critical-thinking curriculum that includes all areas of National Curriculum. In UKS2, writing is taught through the 'Talk for Writing' approach and involves children imitating and internalising a text type, innovating a shared writing piece and eventually inventing a new 'Hot Task' piece of writing with a particular writing focus. Our maths approach follows the national framework guidelines and focuses heavily on arithmetic for the first term with the children then able to apply these skills to reasoning and maths problems, when appropriate. Wherever possible cross-curricular links are made throughout the topic lessons and act as a stimulus and purpose to write. Similarly, opportunities to teach maths through subjects such as science and geography are sought.
Members of staff continually assess and monitor children's performance to ensure that each child is given adequate support and challenge where appropriate.
Each term the children's work will be focused around specific topics ; the children complete six topic units across a two-year rolling cycle with topics like Rise of the Machines, Crime and Punishment and Tomorrow's World. Children continue to take part in inspiration days and end product events with parents actively encouraged to join in learning throughout. Click on the images below to see the topic learning overviews for each unit of work in Year 5 and 6.
"Children in Year 5 and 6 working wonderfully in their Earth and Beyond topic, where they are creating abstract rocket paintings, researching and create a biography about Charles Darwin and making chocolate rock strata to understand how fossils are made. They even added in some sweet fossils to show how fossils helped scientists to argue their theory of evolution! "
Reading continues to be a priority throughout UKS2 through daily whole class reading lessons that cover a wide variety of text types including poetry, song lyrics, novels and non-fiction webpage articles. The children have daily opportunities to read their own texts for pleasure and have a high-levelled class novel read to them everyday by their class teacher.
Provision for More Able Children
Every child in our school is encouraged to achieve their potential. We have a dedicated and talented team of teachers, and support workers, who provide extension materials and activities to meet the needs of each individual.
A small selection of some of the wonderful topic pages created this term in Year 5 and 6 from their topic Earth and Beyond'.
Year 5 and 6 Topic Curriculum Maps