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.
In our History sessions, we will be looking at life in the Stone Age, considering various aspects of their lives such as homes, food, occupations and lots more! We’ll be furthering our understanding of chronology whilst creating a timeline of the era, and understanding that this period of history is split into 3 sections; Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. Alongside these sessions, classes will be looking at different ‘stone aged’ themed texts in English and creating our 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 will be looking at the transition into the Iron Age. We will be using 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 will also be given the chance to imagine how different their lives would be as an Iron Age child! Our Iron Age research will also connect 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.
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.
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.