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How we teach KS 2

The school’s junior curriculum follows a two-year rolling programme of study; during the 2017-18 academic year, Windrush and Evenlode classes will learn about the following:






Windrush (Y3&4)

Stone Age to Iron Age       

Exploring the UK         


Evenlode (Y5&6)              

Britain since the 1930's






English is taught daily using a variety of teaching approaches and aims to inspire and enthuse all pupils, utilising a diverse range of starting points to promote discussion and lead to the improvement of children’s vocabulary and writing techniques. It is the expectation that the skills and knowledge gained in specific English lessons are visibly secured and applied throughout all subjects.


Teachers follow a teaching sequence where reading flows into writing so that pupils fully comprehend texts before analysing them more closely in terms of structure and language features linked to purpose and audience. They then apply this understanding to their own writing: planning, drafting, proofreading and editing in the style of professional authors.



Children in KS2 are required to read every day and the bookshelves in our classrooms offer a broad spectrum of fiction and non-fiction to encourage a culture of reading for pleasure. We currently follow the ‘Project X’ reading scheme during Guided Reading sessions and children are also expected to read texts independently at home that will help to develop and consolidate their reading skills. Reading books that are levelled by teaching staff go home with the child and comments about reading are put into the child’s Home/School Diary; these are also the books they read to volunteers who come in to hear readers. Volunteers are given guidelines in relation to the kinds of comprehension questions they could discuss with the child.




Each class focuses on a writing purpose per term which provides the children the time needed to learn, practise and secure skills related to that purpose, and subsequently apply them in different forms of writing and with different contexts. New vocabulary and ideas learnt through history, geography, science and the arts is used to inspire high quality writing for different purposes and audiences.

Writing is assessed in line with the school assessment timetable using written work gathered from across the curriculum.


Grammar, punctuation and spelling

Grammar and punctuation skills are taught both discretely and within a context, following the school’s curriculum documents. Children’s targets focus on punctuation and grammar skills so that they can be demonstrated regardless of writing purpose. Spelling rules are taught discretely: it is expected children will apply these during independent writing and also proofread their own work for errors.



Our handwriting policy follows a cursive approach that enables our pupils to develop fluency and speed whilst writing so that they are able to write confidently across all lessons.





In Key Stage 2 we aim to equip the children with the mathematical knowledge and understanding that is essential for operating in today’s world. We follow the National Curriculum, but tailor it to fit the needs of our particular children. The pupils study number, including decimals and fractions, ‘shape, space and measures’, calculations and ‘handling data’. Wherever possible we link maths to real life so that our children understand that the work we do has a purpose; it will be useful in adulthood.


We use the Big Maths teaching programme. Each lesson (Monday - Thursday) starts with a CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It's Nothing New and Calculation) session. On Fridays children are tested on their recall of 'Learn Its' facts as well as the CLIC test, in which they demonstrate their understanding of concepts. They are rewarded for beating their previous best and progress to the next level once they have achieved 10 out of 10 for at least 3 weeks out of 4.


The children are given homework as and when required. This is usually for the purpose of consolidating newly acquired skills or revising old ones. However, all pupils are expected to practise their number bonds to 100 (addition and subtractions) and their times tables (including the inverses) every week.




Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) at Isbourne Valley School supports the ethos and values at the centre of our school life and aims to further the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development of our children.


RE is delivered through the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus and aims to develop knowledge and understanding of Christian beliefs and practices alongside those of some of the other principal religions in Britain. The scheme of work allows a balance between Learning from Religions and Learning about Religions. We aim to deliver RE in such a way that our pupils are inspired to explore and develop their own faith and values and to have respect for the beliefs and values of others.


Parents have a legal right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons, if they so wish.