Biggin C of E Primary School

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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 almost always taught separately. 







Space and the Space Race 


The Great Plague

RE - Christmas and Diwali



Aspirations and Careers

Victorians and Empire


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








Roman Britain

Farming and Settlements including comparisons with modern Britain and Italy

States of Matter





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




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 provide real opportunities for children to practise their writing skills.

In reading, we continue to use Oxford Reading Tree supplemented by 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.

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



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.



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 specific STEM projects.



There are opportunities to use IT across the curriculum in addition to the National Curriculum for Computing being taught discretely.


Religious Education

RE is taught both as a separate  subject and follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2014 - 2019.

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 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.

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



Spanish and French are taught in KS2. We use a variety of resources over a two-year cycle. Opportunities to explore other languages take place on themed language days.



All children learn to play the recorder. Wherever possible other aspects of the music curriculum are linked to topics or specifically for concerts. 


Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

We provide a range experiences in PSHE through discreet lessons, cross-curricular opportunities, and collective worship. This includes e-safety and sex education at an appropriate level to the developing child and as approved by the school governors.




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






Year 1

The Space Race

Great Plague

World War I and Remembrance

Victorians and Empire

Ancient Greeks

Year 2

Roman Britain


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)





Character Education

Educational Visits




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