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.
We currently have two very exciting Learning Project for the Autumn Term: Autumn 1 will be‘Rainforests’ and for Autumn 2 ‘Polar Regions’. As part of our Learning Projects, along with a number of other exciting learning opportunities, the children will use atlases and maps to locate rainforests and the Polar Regions, they will also learn about the animals and nature that thrive in these contrasting climates. The children will also be researching, studying and writing about famous explorers who have shaped and aided our knowledge of both rainforests and the Polar Regions. Finally, they will be thinking 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.
Spring Term- 'The Swinging 60s!'
In the Spring Term our Learning Project was ‘The Swinging 60’s’ in which children learnt all about the significant events that have shaped Britain today as well the rich music, fashion and culture that is associated with this iconic period of modern history. To enrich our project, children took part in 1960s workshops by the York Castle Museum and our exit activity was an exciting 1960’s Disco for KS2 children and families to celebrate the learning that has taken place. We enjoyed some 1960’s inspired activities, as planned for by the children, including jiving, our own civil rights march and 1960's food making! As part of our learning in English, we used high-quality texts that were written in the 1960s: Stig of the Dump and The Iron Man.
Below, please see the curriculum planning overviews for both LKS2 and UKS2 for the Spring Term.
Autumn Term- 'The Mighty Maya'
In the Autumn term, KS2 delved deep into the ancient civilization of the Maya to learn about their daily lives, religion, trade, art and the impact that the Maya had on the world today. We studied the plants which grow in South America and how this dictated the Maya’s diet. We investigated the impact of earthquakes and volcanoes on Mesoamerica over the years; we even created our own volcanoes and exploded them on the playground!
As part of our cross curricular approach, both UKS2 and LKS2 used Maya related books as part of their learning in English. LKS2 investigated Kukulkán's creation of chocolate in 'The Chocolate Tree' and UKS2 followed Max and Lola's journey through the rainforest in 'The Jaguar Stones'.
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.