KS2

Curriculum Overviews

Lower KS 2 Rationale

Pupils begin to make the transition from an EYFS play based curriculum, to a slightly more formal curriculum where the emphasis is on making progress in core curriculum areas. The focus remains on ensuring that our pupils are effective communicators, supporting their learning with objects, Makaton, visual cues and communication aids.

Programmes of study are based on the revised Key Stage 1 National Curriculum and Equals schemes of work differentiated to best meet the needs of learners.

Some pupils will have phonics teaching, although a whole word approach to reading is also used and emphasised.

In maths, pupils are grouped according to their attainment and will begin to follow a more structured curriculum, with some pupils beginning to work in the core areas.

Pupils with more complex needs are taught in a separate class, following the PMLD/Sensory curriculum. The curriculum offer for these pupils is tailored to meet their individual needs.

Non-core curriculum subjects are taught in a way that is meaningful, relevant and enjoyable for pupils. Themes are delivered using a range of resources and media, ensuring that pupils are given a breadth of experience at a level that is appropriate to them. These themes are taught in a creative, practical way, supported in some areas through specialist weeks.

All pupils will have individual learning plans based on targets set at annual reviews of Education Health and Care plans (EHCPs.) These targets are written with parents and incorporate the views of pupils as collated by our pupil voice co-ordinator.

Lower KS2 Overview September 2017

 

Upper KS 2 Rationale

At Upper Key stage 2, pupils follow a more structured timetable. This builds on the skills pupils have previously developed extending their capacity to become independent learners. There is an increasing emphasis on problem solving, with an expectation that pupils will take more control of their learning and develop greater personal responsibility. The emphasis remains on effective communication and choice making, with emergent writers and readers following structured programmes of study. Phonics will continue to be taught, where appropriate, with some pupils receiving specific interventions to develop their literacy skills, for example through Fischer Family Trust programmes.

In maths pupils are taught in ability groups with the emphasis on practical and problem solving approaches. Evidence of progress will be recorded through formal assessments, photographs, pupil’s work and observations.

In non-core subjects, pupils will have the opportunity to explore wider themes, moving from the local, personal based work at Lower Key stage 2 into areas such as earthquakes and Victorians.

In Upper Key Stage 2 teachers will also help prepare pupils for the pathways model at Key Stage 3.

Pupils with more complex needs will continue to follow the PMLD/Sensory curriculum with opportunities to develop through an individualised personal timetable.

All pupils will have individual learning plans based on targets set at annual reviews of Education Health and Care plans (EHCPs.) These targets are written with parents and incorporate the views of pupils as collated by our pupil voice co-ordinator.

Last Reviewed: October 2017