KS2 Curriculum

Key Stage 2

Recovery Curriculum for all

The Recovery Curriculum will be built on the 5 Levers: Relationships, Community, Transparent Curriculum, Metacognition and Space as a systematic, relationships-based approach to address individual gaps in learning and skills.

Curriculum Principles

  • Personal and academic progress over their time within the school community.
  • The majority of curriculum time is given to Core Subjects to ensure that our learners have the essential skills needed for life and access to the wider curriculum
  • Personalised, differentiated support to stretch and challenge our learners so progress is accelerated from point of entry.
  • Ensure all our learners make progress towards national expectations to narrow the gaps in learning.
  • Enrichment through a creative curriculum and outdoor education which underpins SMSC and British values to create responsible and active learners.
  • Provide smooth transitions between different phases of school life to enable continuous and progressive learning at all points.
  • Intervention programmes and community activities are offered to enhance learning, personal development, and safety
  • Careers Information Advice and Guidance is embedded across the school

Classes are typically taught in mixed age groups based on individual needs and dynamics.


Key Stage 2 

We offer a topic-based curriculum, we plan learning around a topic which is dictated by the interest of the current cohort, linking as many subjects as possible, giving learners a more meaningful, creative, context-based experience.

We personalise learning by offering specific interventions during our tray time work and also during a timetabled intervention slot. Tray time is also an opportunity to focus on the basic skills, including reading, spelling, comprehension, tables knowledge and recall and handwriting.

We offer a rich, varied curriculum, with a good balance of academic and skill-based learning opportunities. This helps to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience as well as academic abilities. This balance also helps to re-engage reluctant learners back into education, allowing them to discover a love of learning and an enjoyment of education.

Academic achievement








·       English: Writing Reading (including phonics)

·       SPAG

·       Language, Communication + Social Interaction

·       Speaking and Listening

·       Maths

·       PSHE

·       Science

·       Humanities

·       ICT

Preparing for working life






Happy & Healthy


·       PSHE – Relationships and Sex Education and Health                            Education

·       STEM and Careers days

·       Edible gardens and cookery

·       Social skills



Becoming active and responsible citizens






Happy & Healthy


·       Creative Mindfulness

·       Outdoor Education

·       Social skills

·       Music / drumming

·       PE

·      Enrichment opportunities, when the normal lesson                 timetable is suspended, take place during the year.                 These days allow our learners to learn in different ways         such as off site, with external providers and a range of           students.   These days cover subjects such as Staying               Safe, British Values and Study Skills.


Long-Term Planning

Primary Topics 2023-2024



Forest School





Personal Development



Physical Education


KS2 Useful Websites

The English area of the Bitesize website is packed with activities and questions
to help you prepare for the National Tests in English.


These revision pages have been put together by Woodlands Junior School to
help students with their revision.

You might like to try some spelling practice on this BBC spelling site


For spelling practice, Ambleside Primary offer an automated Look, Cover, Write, Check
word bank. Really useful for brushing up on Key Stage 2 spellings.


In 2013 the government introduced a new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test. You
can try some online quizzes we collected, or download our grammar checklist (we also have.



Get your head around addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Take a
visit to Gere’s Bike Shop and help them read their graphs and charts. Practise
working out the mode, median and mean for a set of numbers. Take a look at
time, mass and capacity. Investigate the properties of different shapes. Get your
brain ticking with some mental maths questions.

A daily practise to keep those brain cells sharp


Practise your tables with the games and activities on this fun site.


Skillswise aims to help adults improve their reading, writing and maths skills. It
is targeted at Level 1 of the adult Basic Skills Literacy & Numeracy
Curriculums for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Resources Available

Ziptales is an interactive tool with over 500+ stories for children of all ages and abilities, with games and quizzes aimed to make reading FUN!  It is available free of charge from Sunderland Libraries for children, parents and teachers – all you need is a library card which can be applied for online through Sunderland Councils web page

In view of the schools’ shut down beginning on Friday this week, Ziptales have added material for schools and libraries headed, Off Site Schooling, on the home page of their web site.

This will explain how teachers, librarians and parents can make good use of Ziptales in delivering online literacy education to pupils while they are at home.

Other Online Resources Available 

For more  Key Stage 2 online resources click here 

Curriculum Case Studies

Please click on any of the links below to read our KS2 curriculum case studies:



Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Office Opening Times

Mon-Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm

Friday: 8am – 4pm

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk



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