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
  • PHSEE
  • 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

KS2 Useful Websites

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/english/

These revision pages have been put together by Woodlands Junior School to
help students with their revision.
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/engindex.html

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/grammar/

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

http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/lookcover/lookcover.html

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.

http://www.compare4kids.co.uk/spag.php

 

Numeracy:
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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/maths/

A daily practise to keep those brain cells sharp

http://www.compare4kids.co.uk/maths.php

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

http://www.xmarks.com/site/www.multiplication.com/interactive_games.htm

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 

Contact

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