Curriculum - Key Stage 2
iscat Key Stage2

Year 3: In Year 3 we are turning 8. For those of us who are non-native speakers of English, we now speak English fluently and with ease, using a broad vocabulary. We are now ready to open up to other additional languages and can also begin learning French. Our French teacher speaks French as a first language and structures our classes around basic communication techniques and understanding spoken French in everyday situations.

In Mathematics in Year 3 we are able to follow a line of enquiry and solve one-step and two-step problems, describing and explaining our methods. We are now able to recognise and write numbers to 1000 and we are discovering fractions and how to write them. We are developing our knowledge of multiplication facts and can multiply one-digit and two-digit numbers by 10 and 100. To answer questions we are able to collect, organise and interpret data and can create a simple bar chart on the computer to show our findings.

Year 4: We are now turning 9 and writing independently and editing our own work using a range of tools. We write 'across' the curriculum – story writing and narrative, report writing for mathematics and science and for our unit of enquiry. Our knowledge of the conventions of writing – punctuation and grammar – is growing steadily and our keyboard skills are being continually developed through use of classroom technology. We read for pleasure as well as to acquire information. In class, we sometimes read aloud, sometimes silently and occasionally in a group. We regularly take books home to read and share. At home, reading is actively fostered in our first language, because these skills are transferible.

In Mathematics our knowledge of number operations is becoming more complex. We work with numbers to 1000, solve problems, apply strategies and are able to articulate our reasoning. We are comfortable working with fractions, three-dimensional shape, and standard units of measurement. We know our multiplication and division facts up to 10 times and recognise the equivalence between decimals and fractions. We know how to use a calculator for all four number operations and can interpret the display correctly in the context of money. We know that angles are measured in degrees and that one whole turn is 360º. We can read time to the nearest minute on both the analogue and the digital clock.

Year 5: Year 5 Most of us turn 10 in the course of Year 5. At this stage we enjoy debating, presenting a spoken argument and defending our views with evidence using persuasive language. We can plan and manage a group task over time using different levels of planning. Our knowledge of grammatical structures and features of grammar deepens and we can compare different types of narrative and information texts.

In Mathematics we are able to explain what each digit represents in decimals and whole numbers up to two places. We can use decimals in all four number operations and find fractions of numbers using division. We are learning about the concept of percentages and can express tenths and hundredths as percentages. We are able to read timetables and time using 24 hours clock notation.

Year 6: In Year 6 we are turning 11 and are now able to set our own challenges to extend our achievement and experience in writing, and use a range of narrative techniques to engage and entertain the reader. We can select from a wide range of ICT programmes in order to present text effectively and communicate information and ideas.

In Mathematics we can solve multi-step problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages, using the calculator when appropriate. We have developed efficient written methods to multiply and divide integers and decimals and can relate fractions to multiplication and division. We can estimate angles, and use a protractor to measure and draw them. We calculate the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes, and can estimate the area of an irregular shape by counting squares.

At the end of the school year we take the SATs (Standardised Achievement Test). This covers Reading, Mathematics and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG). This is a way to show what we have learned throughout the Primary years and to help our new teachers in the Secondary School know our levels before we begin Year 7.
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