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Key Stage 2 (SATs)

The Curriculum
The curriculum is designed to develop the four key elements of learning: knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes. Effective learning is achieved through a variety of methods appropriate to the particular subject content and the age and abilities of the children. By the end of Key Stage 2, children will be literate, numerate and have confidence to use their knowledge, skills and concepts in a variety of situations. At this stage religious, moral and social skills are important, enabling pupils to work and play together successfully within a caring, self disciplined environment.

SATS
During Key Stage 2 pupils take QCA mid-key stage tests, and at the end of the Key Stage the National Curriculum Standard Attainment Tests (SATS) are completed in English, Maths and Science and the results are reported to parents.
 
English
As English supports learning in all subjects, special emphasis is given to the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Speaking and listening skills are developed through discussion, debate, reporting, drama and stories. Children are encouraged to write in a variety of ways for a variety of audiences. The use of appropriate styles, spelling, vocabulary, fluency and neatness are carefully taught and monitored.
Reading for pleasure and information is encouraged at all levels and books are given a high priority within the school. Pupils are able to use our excellent school library and class libraries. Book Week is held each year to further encourage enjoyment of books. Reading ability is monitored constantly and a formal assessment is obtained annually.
 
Mathematics
Our aim is to enable pupils to see that mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world, to appreciate how it can be used to analyse and communicate ideas and information effectively and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
We believe a good understanding of, and proficiency in, mathematics is crucial to the development of our children into adults who can function effectively in, and understand, the modern world.
 
Science
We aim to encourage all pupils to be curious about scientific processes while building a firm foundation of scientific knowledge. Pupils are encouraged to ask questions, devise experiments, investigate problems and arrive at appropriate conclusions. They also learn how to select and use scientific equipment.
 
History and Geography
In their work in history and geography pupils are taught and encouraged to ask questions about their environment and the past. They learn how to use historical and geographical skills to analyse evidence to inform their opinions.
 
Music (African Drumming / Singing)
Our aim is to make music accessible and enjoyable to all. Creative ability is encouraged in all pupils using methods which demand active involvement in listening, composing and performing, as described by the National Curriculum. Singing is an important part weekly musical activities in class.
 
African and World Art
Pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught by a specialist Art Teacher. They are able to use a wide range of media with ever increasing skill. Both formal and informal approaches are used to explain colour, line, form and texture in both two and three dimensional styles of expression.
 
Languages
In Key Stage 2 reading and writing are gradually introduced as pupils gain confidence in their oral skills. Correct pronunciation is encouraged from the beginning and grammar is introduced formally in a structured but natural approach by using language in context.
 
Physical Education
Physical Education plays a vital role in the education of all. We want our pupils to be confident, competent performers, who are co-operative and will enjoy life-long participation in physical activities.
The focus is the child and their developing physical competence. The curriculum enables all pupils to participate in a range of activities and environments, through which they are able to enhance their knowledge, understanding and ability to apply physical skills.
Pupils are taught Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics activities, Tennis and Rounders as detailed in the Programme of Studies in the National Curriculum. Pupils also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including Netball, Dance, Swimming, and Athletics.
 
Religious Education and Spiritual Development

All faiths are welcome at the African Community School.
Children will look at aspects of world religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism and compare aspects of those different faiths.
RE is also about the child’s own spiritual development. It shows how religious beliefs suggest answers to their own personal existence. Spiritual development is concerned with the development of ideas, beliefs and values within the context of each individual being part of a wider community. Children learn to express their opinion and thoughts within a group, providing them with communication and listening skills.
 
Personal, Health, Social Education
High priority is given to encouraging the values and attributes, which enable the children to take their place as caring members of society. An awareness of personal safety is included as part of the curriculum. The importance of citizenship is stressed. Health and Safety projects are introduced throughout the school. Various speakers are invited to make contributions.

Resources & Learning Material

Memory Improvement Learning Skills
French Worksheets
Dyslexia Support

 

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