KS2 Curriculum

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 children 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 also 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. 

There are four classes at KS2, they are all mixed age groups, children are grouped by their support / intervention need rather than by their chronological age or academic needs. Each class is staffed by a teacher and a TA/HLTA, there is a further TA to provide 1:1, small group or an alternative learning environment to support social, emotional or academic needs. 

Core subjects are taught during the morning sessions and foundation, practical or enrichment lessons are taught during the afternoon sessions. 

We currently deliver or provide access to the following lessons:

  • Tray Time
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • SPAG
  • ICT
  • Intervention Time
  • PE
  • Art
  • Cookery
  • Humanities
  • Outdoor Education
  • Music-drumming
  • Swimming
  • Trampoline
  • Social skills 

In addition to our regular lessons, we also provide a wide range of workshops/ visitors each term. These have included: 

  • Weekly visits with a ‘Reading dog’
  • School nurse each half term
  • Regular visits by local/ community officers
  • Visit by a police dog and his handler 
  • Skipping festival
  • Science experience
  • Visits to a local nursing home
  • Music assemblies
  • Regular visits to a community farm 
  • STEM events 
  • Steve’s Animal Ark


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

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

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

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