Biggin C of E Primary School

Achieve Believe Care

Key Stage 2 Curriculum

The curriculum is delivered primarily through over-arching topics, although some subjects such as Science, Religious Education and Computing are often taught as stand-alone units. Maths is mostly taught separately using the White Rose Maths scheme and resources to build fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills across Maths topics.

2019-2020

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Space and the Space Race 

Light 

The Great Plague

RE - Christmas and Diwali

 

 

Aspirations and Careers

Victorians and Empire

Electricity

Computing Projects

British Science Week

RE – Creation and Salvation

Forces and Magnets

The Human Body – muscles, skeletal, circulatory and digestive systems

The Olympics in Japan and

Ancient Greece

RE - Islam

 

2020-2021

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Roman Britain

Farming and Settlements including comparisons with modern Britain and Italy

States of Matter

Rocks

 

 

Benin

The Water Cycle

Animal Life Cycles

Human Growth and Development

 

 

 

South America

Ancient cultures

Natural resources and climate change

Food Chains

Nutrition and teeth

Healthy Eating and Cookery for Life

 

 

 English

Strong literacy skills are essential for success and it is a priority to ensure children leave primary school well-equipped for high school.

We follow the National Curriculum objectives for Key Stage 2. Wherever possible, we make links to the current topic or choose books which enhance our understanding of the world including different cultures and understanding diversity, on which to base our literacy work. In writing we try to provide many real opportunities for children to practise their writing skills.

In reading, we continue to use the phonics reading scheme children use in Reception and Key Stage 1. School has invested in Big Cat Phonics Reading books to provide a continuous scheme but this is supported by a large range of other quality reading books including Oxford Reading Tree. Additionally, we an extensive class library to ensure children read a variety of genres. All children in Key Stage 2 use the Accelerated Reading scheme to support their learning, choosing reading books at the appropriate level, taking comprehension quizzes and working towards targets. This widely-used scheme is a highly successful way of developing reading skills and its guiding principle is that children should derive lots of pleasure from reading.

The grammar punctuation and spelling scheme follows the National Curriculum for lower and upper KS2.

 

Mathematics

The White Rose scheme for teaching Maths Mastery is used . Children build fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills progressing through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. Children are taught in small groups which means we can readily assess understanding and misconceptions so that everyone can make good progress.

 

Science

This is taught as topics on a two year rolling programme. Thus, all children cover each topic in both lower and upper KS2, building on their previous learning and developing deeper understanding. Opportunities to revisit knowledge and vocabulary are planned into teaching to help children retain their learning. Learning about plants, animals, nature and the environment is often outside the classroom. There is a strong emphasis on children working scientifically as well as getting involved in specific STEM projects. We often have visitors with careers in Science which enable us to see how Science learning is a route into a rewarding career.

  

Computing

Using computers and developing skills for coding are important skills for all children to develop. We use the Purple Mash learning platform to develop basic skills across the curriculum. This platform was used extensively of remote learning in Key Stage 2 as well as for setting, completing and handing in homework tasks. Coding is taught using Purple Mash as well as unplugged resources.

 

Religious Education

RE is taught both as a separate  subject and follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020 - 2025.

The principal aim of RE in Derbyshire schools is to enable pupils to participate in an on-going search for wisdom, through exploring questions raised by human experience and answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derbyshire and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development.

It is a legal requirement that R.E. is taught but parents do have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons after discussion with the Headteacher.

 

Physical Education

We offer the children a range of physical opportunities to enable them to: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, be physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities, lead healthy and active lives.

We have our own playing field and hard play surface for games and school sports and we employ Derby County Football in the Community  and Primary Stars coaches to support our sessions.

We take part in organised events held with other schools involving swimming, football, netball, basketball, hockey and athletics.

The village hall is used for gymnastics and dance during the winter months. We enjoy taking part in local dance competitions, too.

Each year we offer Outdoor Adventure Activities to Year 6 children in our Small School Cluster at the White Hall Centre, near Buxton.

 

Languages

Spanish is taught in KS2. We use a variety of resources and are fortunate to have a Spanish speaker within the teaching team. Opportunities to explore other languages take place on themed language days.

 

Music

We follow the New Model Music curriculum 2021 and strongly believe in the benefits of Music for academic success, groups collaboration, wellbeing and enjoyment. Singing is an important aspect of school life.

 

In Key Stage 2 all children learn to play an instrument using the Wider Opportunities Music Partnership. Currently children are learning to play trumpets and trombones. As part of our curriculum enrichment opportunities, children recently completed a 'composing day' in school working collaboratively to create a suite of music to complement their History topic on Kings & Queens.

 

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

We provide a range experiences in PSHE through discreet lessons, cross-curricular opportunities, and collective worship. We use a wide variety of resources and follow the Derbyshire PSHE Matters and Jubilee Centre Primary Character Education schemes. This includes internet safety and sex education at an appropriate level to the developing child and as approved by the school governors.

Geography 

 

History 

 History is taught on a four yearly cycle to ensure a full range of topics is covered:

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 1

The Space Race

Great Plague

World War I and Remembrance

Victorians and Empire

Ancient Greeks

Year 2

Roman Britain

Benin

Early Civilisations (South America)

Year 3

The Tudor Dynasty

World War II

The Stone Age

Year 4

Viking Invaders

Mayan Cultures

Early Civilisations

(Indus Valley/ Ancient Egyptians)

 

 

Educational Visits

  Educational visits are an important part of school life and are a great way to provide memorable experiences that consolidate learning and put it into context. We aim to have at least one major visit per term which is related to topic work or current events. In addition to that we regularly visit other schools and places of worship, local places of interest and explore the nearby countryside on nature walks.