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How we teach KS 2

The school’s junior curriculum follows a two-year rolling programme of study; during the 2019-20 academic year, Windrush and Evenlode classes will learn about the following:


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Windrush (Y3&4) Changes in Britain: Stone Age to Iron Age                                                           
Evenlode (Y5&6) World War II and Britain since the 1930s    



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 across the curriculum and the bookshelves in both our classrooms and library offer a broad spectrum of fiction and non-fiction to encourage a culture of reading for pleasure. Children can borrow books from the library and comments about reading are put into their Home-school diary. Every term, we run a different 'Reading Challenge' to motivate children to read as regularly as possible and to celebrate their successes as readers.



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. 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.


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.