Subject Leader - Harriet Stevens
“The value of English in the curriculum? What can I say? Without English, nothing. And without good English, nothing very well.” (Anne Fine, Author)
We put maximum priority on children’s ability to read, write and communicate effectively as these skills are the gateway to life. Reading with children at KS2 is primarily done through group work called Guided Reading where children’s reading comprehension skills are developed and assessed as well as whole class work. Children who are still in the earlier stages of developing reading and writing skills attend phonics groups. English Literacy teaching follows the principles of the National Literacy Framework and is taught increasingly as part of our cross-curricular Learning Journeys. We aim to give children the confidence, opportunity, encouragement, support and skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes. There is an emphasis on the development of speaking, listening and responding, group discussion, interaction, and drama.
Subject Leader - Lisa Dines
"Maths is a truly global language. With it, we convey ideas to each other that words can’t handle…” (Professor Alison Wolf)
Children participate in daily Maths lessons and as part of other subject areas within our Learning Journey themes. As a result, they have the opportunity to use and apply their skills both within maths lessons and across wider curriculum areas. Teaching and learning in Maths follows the New National Curriculum for Mathematics. There is now a greater emphasis on the teaching of number with fluency across the four operations of Mathematics (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division).
As part of the daily maths lesson, children regularly practise strategies for mental calculations, including multiplication tables and other number facts. Children are expected to practice maths “fast facts” at home as part of their homework tasks.
Subject Leader - Robin Foster
“Science is an integral part of modern culture. It stretches the imagination and creativity of young people. Its challenges are quite enormous.” (Professor Malcolm Longair)
In Science, children learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They begin to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. Children develop their investigation skills through different practical activities, working increasingly systematically, evaluating and communicating their findings in different forms. Science is often included with the Learning Journeys and may be the lead subject for the theme.