Key Stage 2 Curriculum

National Curriculum (ages 7-11). 

Literacy and Numeracy Framework

As from September 2013 Literacy and Numeracy skills are expected to transfer across the curriculum in accordance with the requirements of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework. Maths and English are also taught as individual subjects. Other subjects may well come under a topic umbrella eg. The Second World War could cover many subject areas, not just History, for example pupils could make models of Anderson Shelters covering Design and Technology and children will need to look at maps to understand the Geography as well as the History of the War.

English

This subject is taught in accordance with the Wrexham LA Guidance, the requirements of the National Curriculum and the requirements of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework. During daily English lessons, teaching and learning will focus on basic skills such as grammar, comprehension, reading and handwriting. Pupils will also be encouraged to develop a formal writing style. It is essential that we also develop pupils’ oracy skills alongside their writing. To support the process each week classes have a ‘Big Write’, when they can demonstrate their learning and achievement in writing. The Oxford Reading Scheme is followed for home readers and Guided Reading takes place daily. Except for the early part of the school year in Year 3, all children are taught in sets for English which allow for focused teaching appropriate to the child’s ability. On occasions children will be moved between the sets following discussion with parents.

Welsh

Welsh is taught as a second language, in addition to the incidental Welsh which is used by staff and pupils throughout the day. Welsh is included in some of our morning Collective Worship services. We have a bank of Welsh songs for singing as a class and as a whole school. Pupils participate in a variety of Welsh cultural activities eg. our annual St. David's Day Eisteddfod, Jamboree, etc. 

Years 3 and 4 currently follow the Naid Ymlaen scheme, with Years 5 and 6 following a book based scheme. The children are encouraged to use incidental Welsh throughout the school day and given the responsibility of being – Helpwr Heddiw.

Mathematics

This subject is taught in accordance with the Wrexham LA Guidance, the requirements of the National Curriculum and the requirements of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework. Children are given opportunities to study the following: Practical and Investigational work; Number and Algebra; Space, Shape and Measurement and the Handling of Data. Daily Maths lessons may contain times table work, mental maths sessions, formal number work and practical and investigational activities as appropriate. Except for the early part of the school year in Year 3, all children are taught in sets for Mathematics which allow for focused teaching appropriate to the child’s ability. On occasions children will be moved between the sets following discussion with parents.

Science

This subject is taught through the School’s topic based approach except where a topic is a non-science topic. Where a topic is a non-science based topic for example World War II Science will be taught as a discrete topic. Planning for Science will ensure that all of the programmes of study within the National Curriculum are covered. Lesson content includes both the Exploration of Science and the Knowledge and Understanding of Science.

History

This subject is taught through a topic based approach. Children learn about the most important developments in Wales and Britain from the earliest times to the present day. Educational visits, whenever possible, are used to enhance the children’s understanding and knowledge. 

Geography

Teaching in this subject is through classroom and fieldwork activities in a topic based approach. Children are given the opportunity to develop and apply a broad range of geographic skills, knowledge and understanding through their study of different places and themes. Fieldwork is undertaken in a variety of locations to enhance the children’s studies.

 

Art

Art will be given a place within our topic based approach. During the key stage each pupil will have the opportunity to develop skills in observation, appreciation and communication through the use of materials such as pastels, charcoal, paints, collage, clay, modelling materials and textiles.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology will be given a place within our topic based approach. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their design and technology capability combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make products including food, using rigid and flexible materials, those with moving parts, simple circuits also incorporating control.

Information CommunicationTechnology

Learners are provided with opportunities to develop their ICT skills in two ways. Firstly, during focussed ICT skill development sessions. Secondly, ICT skills are developed across the curriculum. Pupils are taught to consider the sort of information they require to support their tasks and activities and how they might locate that information. They use an increasing range of ICT tools and resources to find, process and communicate relevant information from a variety of given safe and suitable sources. They develop and communicate their ideas in appropriate ways with a developing sense of purpose and audience. There are a range of extra-curricular clubs which involve the use of ICT available.

P.E.

Physical Education encourages learners to explore and develop the physical skills essential to taking part in a variety of different activities. Building on these skills are opportunities to be creative and imaginative in gymnastic and dance activities. Through adventurous activities, they learn how to swim, be safe and feel confident in water and how to read a map and work as a team. Competitive activities offer the chance to learn games skills and play in a team, as well as how to run faster, jump higher and throw further. Learners begin to understand that physical education is about learning how to feel healthy and stay fit while having fun. Pupils have the opportunity to join a range of extra-curricular sporting clubs at our school.

Religious Education

The teaching of religious education encourages pupils to explore a range of philosophical, theological, ethical, and spiritual questions in a reflective, analytical, balanced way that stimulates questioning and debate. It also focuses on understanding the positive aspects of multi-faith/multicultural understanding and pupils’ own understanding and responses to life and religion. This will be achieved by learning about major world religions (predominately Christian).

Any parent concerned about their child’s RE should arrange to discuss their concerns with the Headteacher or RE Co-ordinator.

Collective Worship

Collective worship takes place every day to provide daily opportunity for prayer and reflection. Each week, a different theme is focused on listening to stories from all religions (predominately Christian). Our school retains links with St John’s Church, who are invited to lead assembly as well as other guest speakers from the community. The children also lead a class assembly during the academic year.

Music

The teaching of music in school provides children with a range of musical activities. Class musical activities take in all aspects of music, such as, composition, performance and appraising. Extra-curricular musical activities help to channel the interests of those who enjoy music eg. orchestra and choir. Peripatetic staff visit the school on a weekly basis and further develop skills in playing particular instruments.

Personal and Social Education (P.S.E.)

As well as standing as a subject on its own, P.S.E will often be delivered across the curriculum, often linked to Science and R.E. P.S.E. issues are frequently the basis of Collective Worship. Children are given the chance to discuss many sensitive issues within a supportive framework.

Environmental Education/Sustainable Development

This is delivered across the curriculum with the work frequently being linked to Science and Geography. Environmental issues are frequently highlighted during Assembly.

European / World Awareness/ESDGC – Global Citizenship

This is delivered across the curriculum and is often linked to History, Geography and Music. European / World Awareness is developed in pupils whenever suitable opportunities arise across the whole curriculum.

Curriculum Cymreig

Incidental use of the Welsh Language is highly encouraged as is a fostering of an appreciation of the culture and traditions of Wales. A Welsh dimension is an important component in the schemes of work for many subjects.

St David's Day is commemorated by a traditional Eisteddfod with parents having the opportunity to see the winners perform.

SRE

The Governors have agreed that Sex Education will be given as part of the Personal and Social Education Science programmes in school.

Parents will be notified in advance when a lesson relating to human sexuality is to be given and will have the opportunity:

  • to discuss the content of the lesson with the teacher and view any resources to be used, and
  • to exercise their right to request withdrawal of their child from the classroom for that lesson should they disagree with the school's approach.

Teachers, in delivering Sex Education will seek throughout to do so within a normal framework and encourage pupils to appreciate the value of stable, caring family life, marriage and the responsibilities of parenthood.

We believe that parents would wish to trust teachers on how best to cope with pupils’ individual questions on sexual matters. Teachers will answer honestly, factually and sensitively at a level appropriate to the maturity of the children but, generally, will not pursue the subject beyond the content of the agreed Programme of Work. The school will also involve the School Nurse in this programme.

Borras Park Community Primary School

Borras Park Road

Wrexham, LL12 7TH

Tel: 01978 346890