KS2 is organised on a mixed-ability basis with children in each class working happily together.
Pupils continue to make good progress through both Key Stages 1 and 2 OFSTED NOV 2011
KS2 is also a lively and active learning environment where the children can work on both an individual and group basis.
The National Curriculum has been established for a long time, however staff constantly review their teaching schemes to make the work more interesting and relevant for the children. The core subjects of English, Maths, RE and Science are given most teaching time.
In English, we base our work around the Literacy Strategy; which is approximately 1 hour of English teaching every day made up of group and individual time. Typically the children have whole class teaching, break into groups, where the teacher works mainly with one of the groups, and finally they come back to assess and consolidate what they have learned.
In Maths, we work around the Primary Strategy. This involves a daily Maths lesson, again based around group and individual teaching time. At Key Stage 2, the daily Maths lesson will last approximately an hour.
The Primary Strategy is an approach that involves the children doing a vast amount of Mathematical thinking. They respond to teachers questions with verbal answers and often ‘show me’ responses written on small white boards etc.
‘Come and See’, the Religious Education Programme for Primary Schools, is used as the basis for our RE teaching. The aim of this programme is to explore the religious dimension of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with children’s own experiences.
Class prayers, assemblies and Masses form a very important part of the moral and spiritual development of the children. Other services, such as carol services etc. are held throughout the year. Parents and members of the local and parish community are invited to join us at these times.
Our most recent RE Inspection took place in February 2012;
‘This is a good an improving school in providing Catholic Education .There is a clear vision for Catholic education which is embraced by the whole school community. This endures that the catholic values of love, care, respect, justice and mutual respect permeate every aspect of school life and every individual’s uniqueness is celebrated.’
Science: The children’s scientific development includes finding out about themselves, how they grow, feed, move and use their senses. Science in the Infant classroom is very much interwoven into the activities that normally go on there, helping the children to make sense of the world around them.
In addition, we teach the following‚ Foundation Stage‚ subjects:
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
The overall aim is to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum with which to promote the mental and physical development of every child. Close links with parents are encouraged, staff are always willing to meet parents to discuss any problems or successes.
We have a range of networked and stand alone computers available in school. They are organised so that larger numbers of children
can work together at the same time, or so that a small group from a large number of classes can work simultaneously.
The computers have a range of software to help develop different areas of the curriculum
All classrooms in our school now benefit from Interactive Whiteboards These greatly improve the teaching experience for teachers and children alike. The children interact with vibrant teaching experiences that staff can download from the internet to create more vibrant experiences – which helps the children learn more efficiently. This demonstrates our commitment to 21st Century teaching techniques and equipment.
All of the KS2 children participate in a House System. House points are awarded for many reasons e.g. good work, helpful attitudes, politeness, punctuality and participation in extra-curricular activities. House and individual awards are made each week in the School Assembly. During this lovely event, children are valued and encouraged to follow the positive examples of their school friends.