Key Stage Two
In Key Stage Two, teachers continue to teach in topic themes. These are developed from what the children already know, what to find out and the statutory requirements. Teacher's plan each topic to be practical, engaging and drive the learning in the classroom that half term. Often these topics are then celebrated through Class Assemblies or Parent Drop Ins.
Whilst teacher continue the topic based learning, children are usually taught separate subjects although teachers link subjects together where appropriate. As an example, a teacher might plan to cover data handling and graphs in mathematics at the same time as the children are carrying out an investigation in science, so that the children will be better able to record the results of their science activity as a graph. We believe these links are vital in order for all children to apply and transfer skills.
Every child will have a daily Maths and Englsh lesson, each lasting around an hour. Some children who need extra help may have additional teaching at another time. Each class teaches spelling daily and reinforce this through all lessons.
Teacher may choose to teach other subjects weekly, or block them out through the half term. Religious Education is taught in line with the Bracknell Forest Syllabus.
These lessons aim to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives.
Computing is now taught as an explicit subject, but technolog is used throughout the curriculum to enhance all learning.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is an important part of our curriculum. It aims to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. These lessons are often quite short and informal, and in the nature of a discussion, with children encouraged to share their thoughts with other members of the class. We also use these opportunities to teach British Values.
The Pines is very fortunate in having its own gym. This allows timetabled PE lessons to take place whatever the weather. The school has also developed links with a range of outside agencies, and specialist instructors work in school to teach activities as diverse as cricket, tag rugby, hockey, football and tug of war.
French is taught weekly throughout Key Stage Two in line with the Government’s Primary Language Programme. The emphasis is on developing skills in spoken French and fostering an interest in French culture.