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Curriculum - Minis

Throughout Key Stage 2 the children are taught by their class teacher for the majority of subjects, with the addition of specialist teachers and facilities for Art, Music, PE and French.

 

Literacy

In Key Stage 2 we develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. Individual targets are set and developed with each child to suit their learning needs. Each term children study a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the UK and abroad, links are often made to the IPC curriculum to make connections between the children`s learning. Throughout the programmes of study, children are taught the vocabulary they need to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that the children learn the correct grammatical terms in English. Guided reading is done on a weekly basis and a love of telling, reading and writing stories is regularly brought to life with events such as Book Week and by visiting authors and storytellers.

 

Mathematics

The principle focus of mathematics in Key Stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations. The pupils will develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value.  They will also be taught how to analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. Pupils are introduced to the language of algebra in upper Key Stage 2.

 

 

Science

The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them.  They do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas. They ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information.  They are able to draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out.

Within each Key Stage children will be expected to be working scientifically, this enables children to link scientific methods and skills to the content which they are studying. At La Garenne science is also about trying to find the answers to these questions in a fun, practical and meaningful way. 

 

 

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

Children in Key Stage 2 study a range of units, which are age-related and based around a theme, which help the children see the `big picture` of their learning, making connections through and across different subjects. Across the IPC units the subject learning goals are Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, ICT & Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Music, PE, Art and Society. Each IPC unit of work includes specific tasks related to International as a subject in its own right.

 

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Our Specialist Subjects

French

The children in Key Stage 2 receive between four and five lessons a week of French as a Foreign Language by our highly experienced native French teachers. The classes are split into two levels, which allow the teachers to differentiate the lessons according to the level of the children. The children are provided with the chance to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. In Key Stage 2 there is a greater emphasis on reading and writing, the children are prepared for the highly acclaimed DELF exam.

Read more about: DELF 

 

Music

In KS2 children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use a range of ICT to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated. Children will also perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including music of the great composers and musicians. Links are also made to the unit of work the children are studying in IPC.

 

Art

In key stage 2 children begin to deeply examine the various elements of art.  Over the year children work on different units, these include colour, examining shape, texture and space.  Each unit is designed to introduce the children to one or two artists who used a certain design element to achieve great success in their work.  Children then are given a series of exercises and projects that relate to both the artist and the design element.  During class time and in the art club, children get to discover working with clay and other sculpture materials. Each term at least one art project ties into an IPC theme that the children are following in their other subjects. Our specialist teacher in Key Stage 2 teaches Art.

 

Sport/Physical Education

PE instruction is sequential and planned to develop and improve performance skills, to impart knowledge and concepts relevant to the activity, to introduce information concerning the fitness and health benefits of regular exercise and to help students develop and maintain physical fitness. Activities developed throughout the year include: Skiing, Hockey, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Basketball, Field Sports and Athletics.

 

 

 


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