Key Stage 2
Throughout their time in KS2, children flourish into resilient, engaged and motivated learners through a rich, creative and broad curriculum. Our KS2 curriculum gives children a wealth of opportunities and experiences to fully engage in cross-curricular teaching and learning in a safe and stimulating environment. Children feel valued and hold high expectations of themselves and others and are not afraid to make mistakes in their journey to success. Our ‘Keep Up Not Catch Up’ philosophy and use of mixed ability teaching means that the Dringhouses Team do ‘whatever it takes’ to ensure that every children can succeed and that no child falls behind. Below you will see a flavour of the learning that takes place in KS2, but it you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Miss Swiers, Assistant Headteacher and KS2 leader, via the school office.
Throughout KS2, our Learning Projects operate on a four year rolling programme. Within this, LKS2 and UKS2 use the National Curriculum requirements as well as our skills progression grids for each foundation subject to plan for inspiring, demanding and progressive learning.
Our Learning project for the Summer Term will be the Ancient Egyptians in which we will be looking at life in Ancient Egypt, considering various aspects of their lives such as homes, food, occupations, and lots more! We will be furthering our understanding of chronology whilst creating a timeline of the era, and understanding this period of history. Alongside these sessions, classes will be looking at different ‘Ancient Egyptian’ themed texts in English to enhance their learning.
Below, please see the Learning Project Plans for LKS2 and UKS2 as well as the knowledge organiser.
Autumn Term 2020
Our Learning project for the Autumn term was York- A Chocolate City! We were very excited to use our fantastic city, its history and geography for this project and find out more as we considered how and why York is a chocolate city. As part of this, we considered the origins of chocolate and its production (thinking about how that compares now from the journey of bean to bar!), learnt about Fairtrade and global dimension, the history of the Terry and Rowntree family and used our developing map skills to navigate the chocolate journey around York. Our learning linked across the curriculum with sketching of Goddards, making and designing chocolate boxes to hold our own ‘chocolaty’ products and producing a chocolate quiz as part of or digital literacy learning. I’m sure you will all agree this was an exciting (and delicious!) Learning Project to welcome the children back to school with in September!
Spring Term 2020
In our History sessions, we focused on life in the Stone Age, considering various aspects of their lives such as homes, food, occupations and lots more! We furthered our understanding of chronology whilst creating a timeline of the era, and understood that this period of history is split into 3 sections; Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. Alongside these sessions, classes looked at different ‘stone aged’ themed texts in English and created their own cave art and jewellery in our art sessions before moving on to clay work.
After our study around the Stone Age in History, we looked at the transition into the Iron Age. used these sessions to study life in the Iron Age by comparing the clothing, cooking, jobs and houses to those in the Stone Age, as well as those in life today. The children were given the chance to imagine how different their lives would be as an Iron Age child! Our Iron Age research connected to other subjects such as English, ICT, Art and Geography.
Below, please see the Learning Project Plans for LKS2 and UKS2 as well as the knowledge organisers.
In the Autumn Term, we had two very exciting Learning Projects: Autumn 1 was ‘Rainforests’ and for Autumn 2 ‘Polar Regions’. As part of our Learning Projects, along with a number of other exciting learning opportunities, the children used atlases and maps to locate rainforests and the Polar Regions. They also learnt about the animals and nature that thrive in these contrasting climates. The children researched, studied and wrote about famous explorers who have shaped and aided our knowledge of both rainforests and the Polar Regions. Finally, they thought about the affects humans have had on both rainforests and the Polar Regions, and how climate change, deforestation and pollution have changed these important parts of our planet.
Below, please see the knowledge organiser our 'Rainforests and Polar Regions' project and the curriculum planning overviews for LKS2 and UKS2.
Summer Term- 'Land and Sea'
In the Summer Term our Learning Project was 'Land and Sea' which took a geography focus. We looked closely at both the physical and human geographical aspects of the British coastlines and compared them to coastlines of other European countries. Using many different types of map, we located aspects of the coastlines and develop our ability to use grid references and compass directions. We took an exciting trip to Cayton Bay planned where children explored the landscape and completed their own fieldwork on the beach linked to our Learning Project. Furthermore, the children learnt about the water cycle and visited local rivers, using their map skills to plan the route, and gain a deeper understanding of how rivers are formed and their relationship to oceans and seas. In science, the children learnt about biology, with particular interests in habitats, characteristics of animals and food chains.
KS2 Statutory Assessment
At the end of KS2, children take part in end of key stage statutory assessments. At Dringhouses, we like to keep you informed; please see below the presentation delivered to parents/carers for any further information you may require.