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Lower Key Stage 2

We are delighted to be teaching your children and we love working in Years 3 and 4 as the children are so full of enthusiasm, awe and wonder and have a real love of learning.

We follow a two-year curriculum programme so that the children encounter all of the National Curriculum strands for Years 3 and 4 during their time with us. The curriculum plans are detailed below.

English

The children are taught in their class for all English lessons. Our English lessons consist of Active Read sessions, English writing sessions and discrete grammar and spelling sessions.

We use books as stimuli for our reading and writing sessions and they cover a range of genres from historical fiction to modern fiction and many genres in-between!

Throughout the two years, the children develop their skills in order to write in a variety of styles (e.g. writing to inform, writing to entertain and writing to persuade) and are taught different reading skills (explain, retrieve, infer and choice). For more information about our reading and writing coverage, please see our progression maps for English.

Maths

The children are taught in ability sets for all Maths lessons. We follow the White Rose Small Steps scheme. All lessons begin with a number starter and this is to enable the children to continually rehearse their number knowledge and methods.

The children are exposed to fluency, reasoning and problem-solving tasks throughout the lessons to allow them to embed and practise their learning.

Foundation Subjects

The children cover a variety of subjects throughout their afternoon lessons. These lessons consist of the subjects; History, Geography, Science, Design and Technology, Art and Computing.

We seek to cover both subject specific skills and knowledge in these sessions and we aim to encourage the children to ask further questions about the areas they are learning and to inspire them to study these subjects further in the future. 

RE

The children in LKS2 take part in weekly Religious Education lessons. The themes for these lessons are:

Judaism and Christianity – what do Christians and Jews learn about God from the accounts of Moses and Joseph?

Incarnation – why is Advent an important time?

Christian community and belonging – how are Christian communities different?

Forgiveness, salvation and resurrection –  how is Jesus a saviour?

Forgiveness and salvation – what should you stand up for?

Judaism – which festivals are important in Judaism and how are they observed?

The roles of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit – what is God like for Christians?

Incarnation – what is good news for Christians in the Christmas story?

Christian community – how does the Bible help Christians to live and be examples of Good News?

The events of Holy Week – why is Good Friday called “good”?

Islam – why is Muhammad (pbuh) important for Muslims?

Islam – what do Muslims say Allah is like?

Creation – what can be learnt from the creation story?

Our RE lessons allow the children to deepen their understanding of Christianity and encounter other world religions.

 

Computing

The children have a weekly Computing lesson in the dedicated Computing suite. There is a strong emphasis on E-safety with every year starting with a unit of work on this important topic. Children are encouraged to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. The children are able to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

The children develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding. The topics covered include:

Word Processing – The children are taught the fundamental basics of using computer technology. 

They are taught to type, edit and amend using different software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Coding and Programming – The children are taught to design, write and debug (finding and correcting programs). They learn that a computer needs an input to achieve a goal (output).

Multi Media – The children are taught the skills of formatting using keyboard commands and how to organise their work to demonstrate effect. The children have the opportunity to express themselves more through digital technology, art, PowerPoint and posters.

Handling Data – The children create and use a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.

Technology in their lives – Children refer to online safety rules when discussing technology in their lives. They learn to navigate between websites and use trusted search engines. They become more confident in using email for communication, including attaching and saving files from emails.

Where possible the children are encouraged to utilise the knowledge learnt in other subjects, particularly Topic to forge links with their overall learning.

PSHE

We follow the PSHE Association Programme of Study. The children in LKS2 take part in a weekly PSHE lesson which is also supplemented by class circle time. The PSHE themes around internet safety and accessing information online safely are covered in our computing curriculum.

The themes for our PSHE lessons are:

Families and friendship – what is a family, features of family life, positive friendships.

Safe relationships – safely responding to others, the impact of hurtful behaviour and how to respond to it.

Respecting ourselves and others – the importance of self-respect, courtesy and being polite, differences and similarities.

Belonging to a community – rules, laws, rights, freedoms and responsibilities, what makes a community, shared responsibilities.

Money and work – different jobs and skills, personal goals, making decisions about money.

Physical health and mental well-being – healthy choices, expressing feelings, dental hygiene.

Growing and changing – personal strengths and achievements, coping with setbacks, emotional well-being.

PE

In Lower Key Stage Two the children follow units of work which build on the skills introduced in EYFS and KS1. Emphasis is made on hand eye co-ordination and teaching different interchangeable skills which can be transferred through many sports. 

We teach; athletics, orienteering, basketball, netball, hockey, cricket, rounders, rugby, football, dance and gymnastics.

Basic rules are introduced to further enhance their learning. As well as learning skills, the children, linked to their PSHE lessons, learn the importance of keeping fit for both a healthy body and mind. We look at how a healthy diet can improve physical fitness and well-being.

The children also learn about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship when playing sport and the importance of safety particularly when different apparatus and equipment is used. 

Each unit is completed with a competition which enables the children to partake in sport of a competitive nature. 

The children also undertake a series of swimming lessons at Bollington Leisure where they are taught the fun and skill of swimming as well as water safety.

Spanish

The LKS2 Spanish lessons are taught on a two-year cycle. We begin each lesson with the teaching of phonics so that the children become aware of the sounds of the Spanish language. We cover a number of units including, greetings, colours, numbers, animals, instruments and seasons. 

Teachers Say Hello!

Samantha Townes
Y3 TEACHER / DEPUTY HEAD

Deputy Safeguarding Lead, LKS2 Lead, RE Subject Lead, Staff Governor

Jennifer Jardine
Y3/4 TEACHER

English Subject Lead

Katie Barker
Y4 TEACHER

Computing & E-Safety Subject Lead

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