KS2 Curriculum Offer
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'Pupils enjoy coming to school, learning is exciting because topics are interesting'.
Ofsted November 2018
KS2 Curriculum Intent
At Hodnet Primary School, we endeavour to provide a broad and balanced, but flexible, curriculum which meets the needs of our children, and enables every child to fulfil their potential. We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our curriculum to the interests and needs of our children and involve the children in their own learning as much as possible. Our curriculum reflects our school aims for every child; encouraging positive relationships based upon mutual trust and respect whilst maintaining a ‘can do’ strive for success attitude. Our ambitious curriculum has been designed to follow the statutory requirements for all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. We ensure that children have the opportunity to experience the curriculum and express themselves as an individual.
The key principles behind our curriculum design are based on these wishes for our children:
To be happy, respectful and kind
To be confident with a strong sense of self-belief
To be resilient
To be excited and inspired by learning
To be an independent learner and a creative thinker
To have high aspirations
To be creative
To have eyes open to a world beyond their immediate surroundings
To be an effective communicator
To have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed
We expose our children to enriching experiences, immersing them in progressive knowledge and skills and equipping them with personal characteristics required to succeed in life.
Across all areas of the curriculum, we give children an understanding not only of what they are learning, but why they are learning it. In this way, we can make children’s learning much more meaningful. We use a range of teaching styles to appeal to different children’s learning styles; these include demonstration, discussion, using visual stimuli or models, computing, research work and drama based activities. Sometimes, children will work individually, sometimes they will work in pairs and sometimes in groups, depending on the activity. Teaching in the school appeals very much to children’s learning styles, with a good mixture of visual, auditory and movement activities to help children learn. Each classroom has a digital interactive board and a range of other I.C.T. equipment. The children also have access to a set of laptops and I Pads which, thanks to the wireless network, can be used anywhere in the school.
We organise our learning opportunities into a themed based approach on a two year rolling programme. Our themes are broad to enable many learning opportunities to link within the topic. See our themes information and planning below. Certain subjects, such as science and aspects of humanities, are taught discretely rather than within the theme based approach, this is to ensure full curriculum coverage within a sequenced, progressive planned approach.
Reading is a vital skill which impacts on children’s learning across the curriculum, therefore it is at the centre of our core teaching. We apply a phonetic approach to reading, using the principles from the ‘Twinkl Phonics’ synthetic phonics programme to deliver daily phonics sessions throughout Early Years and Key Stage One. We have updated our reading offer to incorporate the Rhino Readers (Twinkl Phonics) as our primary reading source for our youngest pupils. We also supplement our reading programme with a range of resources which contribute to our personalised, structured reading scheme. In Key Stage Two, we continue to teach phonics using Twinkl Phonics where this is required as an intervention or as part of the KS1 class teaching. We continue to use the Twinkly resources to ensure consistency between key stages. We continually assess and monitor the children to ensure they are treceive phonic interventions to support their reading, writing and spelling knowledge. We teach in whole class and in small groups and ensure the children are progressing through the stages at an appropriate pace. Our reading scheme offers progressive phonics books within EYFS and KS1 which are inclusive of non-fiction books, poetry and more. Reading books are matched directly to children’s learning and are progressive and sequential, following the same characters on a realistic journey through time. We ensure our KS2 reading books are interesting and exciting to encourage our children to be skilled readers, who enjoy reading for pleasure. We have a mixture of scheme reading books and free choice readers. We have a whole school lending library led by KS2 child librarians.
We follow a Mastery approach to mathematics, ensuring that all children have the opportunity to succeed. We teach our daily maths lessons through the mastery programme and work closely with our local maths hub experts. We primarily use NCETM to support our maths delivery, but also use selected resources from White Rose Maths.
We use a Talk for Writing approach for our English teaching, using the principles of talking through a text to develop key language skills used as a core component of learning. We ensure that children are taught the specific elements of spelling and grammar through the talk for writing approach. Our carefully sequenced planning also incorporates specific links to our whole class reading sessions and grammar work. We use Fred’s Teaching to support whole class reading teaching sessions which are creative and imaginative for our learners.
We currently deliver PSHE and RSE using the 1Decision programme, supplemented with specifics from St John’s ambulance, PSHE association and Respect Yourself curriculum and Transition programme year 6&7. Key updates are provided as required. These, in conjunction with online safety lessons and our updated lessons on sexting and consent (upper KS2) fulfils the current curriculum requirements for RSE. We are in the process of continuing to update this element of our curriculum design in line with national updates.
The full range of National Curriculum subjects is taught in the school as follows:
Computing (Previously ICT)
Physical Education (PE)
Religious Education (RE)
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Including Citizenship and Relationships, Sex Education (RSE)
Modern Foreign Languages (French in Key Stage 2)
Further details about these subjects can be obtained from school if required. Please see the curriculum document links below for information about the learning objectives.
We measure the impact of our curriculum intent by reviewing what we hope to achieve against what we deliver and monitoring that alongside our curriculum aims.
Our successful curriculum enables learners to demonstrate confidence, resilience, respect and independence alongside a thirst for learning. Learners feel equipped for the world around them and have the confidence to question and enquire. Our learners meet the required standards to the best of their abilities and make the progress expected of them at their pace. Our learners are well prepared for the challenges of a Secondary school curriculum and are ready to fly when they leave us!
We know our learners are respectful and kind towards others and are valued members of their community. We are proud of them all.
KS2 only curriculum areas
In KS2 our children attend weekly swimming lessons for a 10 week block of learning taught by qualified swimming instructors at Market Drayton Swimming Pool. From 2023 we made the decision to take all KS2 year groups, this was mainly because of the impact of covid on private swimming lesson availability, meaning that many of our children throughout KS2 have had difficulty obtaining places in swimming lessons. Through taking all of KS2 we have provided them with valuable life skills learning and enhanced the opportunities for them enjoy learning to swim. The National Curriculum aims are for all pupils to swim at least 25M by the time they reach Y6. All pupils also learn water safety and in Y6 they learn water rescue and self-safe techniques.
French is taught in KS2 in all classes following a specifically designed curriculum to support knowledge acquisition. See the subject page for more information.
In Y6 our pupils currently attend OakerWood Leisure in Leominster for a full week residential. They glamp in style! and have an array of outdoor activities to challenge themselves on. This week is a superb week for our children to really push themselves, develop their teamworking skills and amaze themselves with their achievements. The residential is usually in the summer term.
KS2 Curriculum Letters and Web Topics
Year 3 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2022 Year 3 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2022
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Year 4 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2022Year 4 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2022
Year 4 Curriculum Topic Web Autumn 2022 Year 4 Curriculum Topic Web Autumn 2022
Year 5 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2022Year 5 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2022
Year 6 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2022Year 6 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2022
Year 6 Curriculum Web Topic Autumn 2022Year 6 Curriculum Web Topic Autumn 2022
Year 3 Curriculum Letter Spring 2023Year 3 Curriculum letter Spring 2023
Year 3 Topic Web Europe Spring 2023Year 3 Topic Web Europe Spring 2023
Year 5 Curriculum Letter Spring 2023Year 5 Curriculum Letter Spring 2023
Year 5 Topic Web Spring 2023Year 5 Topic Web Spring 2023
Year 6 Curriculum Letter Spring 2023Year 6 Curriculum Letter Spring 2023
Year 6 Curriculum Web Topic Spring 2023 Year 6 Curriculum Topic Web Spring 2023
Year 3 Curriculum Letter Summer 2023 Class 3 Curriculum Letter Summer 2023
Year 3 Topic Web Summer 2023 Class 3 Topic Web Summer 2023
Year 4 Curriculum Letter Summer 2023 Year 4 Curriculum Letter Summer 2023
Year 5 Curriculum Letter Summer 2023 Class 5 Curriculum Letter Summer 2023
Year 5 Topic Web Summer 2023 Year 5 Curriculum Topic Web Summer 2023
Year 6 Curriculum Letter Summer 2023 Year 6 Curriculum Letter Summer 2023
Year 6 Curriculum Topic Web Summer 2023 Year 6 Curriculum Topic Web Summer 2023