At Spire Junior School, the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 has been adapted to meet the specific needs of the children at the school. The curriculum looks to meet the needs of the whole child in terms of staying healthy, feeling safe, enjoying their education and making a positive contribution to society. The ethos of the school promotes the education and wellbeing of all of the children.
Spire Junior School – Curriculum Planner
Key: Science Geography History English
The following subjects are taught:
Our Curriculum Overviews
The teaching should ensure that work in 'speaking and listening', 'reading' and 'writing' is integrated.
In English, during Key Stage 2 our pupils learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how language works.
We place great emphasis on reading and our children use the Oxford Reading Tree in the early stages and then move onto a choice of carefully selected books. Children read daily in the class and are encouraged to read at home at least three times a week. Children also choose non-fiction books from the school library on a weekly basis.
In phonics we use the Read Write Inc scheme and Lexia.
Our teaching should ensure that appropriate connections are made between the sections on 'number', 'shape, space and measures', and 'handling data'.
During Key Stage 2 our pupils use the number system more confidently. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. They always try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach. Pupils explore features of shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.
During Key Stage 2 our pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They begin to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.
The science Key Stage 2 curriculum consists of:
- Scientific enquiry
- Sc2 Life processes and living things Sc3
- Materials and their properties
- Sc4 Physical processes
Children are taught R.E. on a weekly basis. We follow the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus.
Children have at least two lessons of P.E. every week. They take part in a variety of sporting activities including gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities. In Y5 the children learn to swim.
The children are taught about e-safety to help them to keep safe on the internet. They use the internet to research topics and find information. They are taught how to use databases, spreadsheets, multimedia and word processing programmes.
Children use ICT in all areas of the curriculum to support their learning.
Art, Design, History and Geography are taught through creative topics. Topics focus on key skills for each subject. Topics are planned with a particular focus i.e. history. We encourage the children to be part of the planning process and to contribute to the areas to be taught.
Topics studied have included Egyptians, World War 2, Victorians, Chesterfield, Castles, The Titanic, Volcanoes, Vikings and The Tudors.
On a weekly basis children take part in:
- Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.