Key Stage 2
The Primary section of the school follows the English National Curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school and of society, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Welcome to Key Stage 2! In Year 3, children really begin to spread their wings with an array of exciting, new experiences.
The first important responsibility given is the provision of their own email address. With this, they can access the class blog, where the teachers share information, games, videos, photos, homework and classwork, which means, as a parent, you can share their learning experiences. This is where a greater understanding of Internet safely develops; an essential skill for life.
As well as access to the class blog, their email address can be used to utilise the Microsoft package, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint, on numerous devices.
School Council begins here, with the selection of two responsible children from each class joining the team to help find ways to improve our school.
The Inter-Schools Sports day is a much anticipated event on the school calendar, where Year 3 children have the opportunity to compete in a variety of sporting events against another British school on the island.
More opportunities for outdoor activities include much loved trips to Forestal Park and Cidemat, where they can enjoy water sports and zip wiring.
In Year 4, children become more settled with the routines of Key Stage 2. With this greater knowledge and experience, they are able to fully participate, with more independence, in school life.
It is during this year, that children are expected to have gained a secure knowledge of reading strategies and times tables. Children begin to take ownership of their learning, having had prior exposure to the class blog and a variety of software.
They need to make decisions on how to present work, how and when to complete homework and which methods aid their learning the most. As part of a new initiative, Year 4 have a business opportunity to participate in the planning and organisation of the school fair, where they can be creative in generating money for the school.
As well as enjoying the Inter-School’s Sports Day, they also dive in to activities at a water sports centre, take part in a local area study and visit the Science Museum.
The Spanish department also take the children to Cuenta Cuentos in Los Silos, where they listen to stories, riddles and poems in Spanish.
Being the first year of upper Key Stage 2, children are expected to have a solid grounding in all areas of the curriculum, and rules and routines are well established. In this respect, the focus of their education is on consolidation of previous skills and building on these for greater depth and understanding. Work in all curricular areas, particularly Mathematics and English begins to accelerate, with an emphasis placed on reasoning.
This year children are expected to complete more weekly Mathematics and English homework tasks on top of their daily reading and Nessy. We hope, by now, the children will be enjoying the vast range of titles available in the school library.
This is the first year in which the children will have the opportunity to spend the night with their classmates on a school camp; a milestone in their development as young people. This prepares them for a few nights away from home in Year 6.
The school council members, this year, take on the responsibility of organising the Year 5 & 6 Halloween disco, as well as their usual duties.
Another highlight of this year, is the opportunity that the students are given to support their Year 6 peers, as the choir in the school show. This is a greatly anticipated event in our school calendar, which parents and children alike look forward to.
Year 6 is the much-anticipated final year of primary, which begins with the excitement of receiving their own iPad. They enjoy a whole new learning experience which leads to many exciting and creative lessons. Along with the iPad, comes great responsibility, as they must follow instructions independently, be organised and take care of their own equipment. As they come home with the children every day; they can proudly share the day´s achievements with their family.
Every class is given the opportunity to vote for their Year 6 House Captains. Children who wish to be voted in, must write a speech and convince their peers to elect them. Once chosen, they have many responsibilities: organising worker of the week certificates, counting house points and playground points and announcing the winners each week in assembly.
The end of year is as exciting as the beginning with a residential camping trip to Lanzarote. They bond with their classmates, participating in many activities such as: canoeing, snorkeling and star-gazing as well as trips out to the beach, Timanfaya National Park and a local village.
It all makes for a memorable year, filled with challenges and successes, opportunities and excitement. It is a year that we make sure all our children enjoy and remember for years to come.