Key Stage 2 | PSI BRITISH SCHOOL
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Curriculum

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 5-12 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, encouraging international mindedness and personal learning.

The British National Curriculum has changed. It is pitched higher, has more content, and adopts a cross-curricular approach in delivering the content to enhance skills and practical knowledge application.

The IPC has been designed to ensure rigorous learning, but also to help teachers make learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The IPC is used by schools in more than 90 countries around the world.

English
At PSI British School  we promote high standards of spoken and written language through example and aim to equip students with a strong command of language, in preparation for their future. Alongside this, we encourage enjoyment of reading. English in Key Stage 2 aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can read easily with understanding and fluency.
  • Understand that reading a variety of texts for information and enjoyment will enhance their learning.
  • Develop a wider range of vocabulary and demonstrate this through written and spoken English.
  • Understand the importance and use of grammar and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken English.
  • Plan and write clearly and accurately across a range of texts types and genres.
  • Make decisions which reflect audience and purpose when selecting vocabulary and style.
  • Through discussion are able to explain their understanding and ideas.
  • Demonstrate speaking and listening skills when making formal presentations, debates and discussions.

Speaking and Listening
The development of reading and writing is underpinned by spoken language. It is vital that the modelling of quality language and opportunities to explore speaking and listening skills are central to the practice of teaching in KS2. Lesson plans, teaching practice and learning should include the following to ensure the continual development of confidence and competence:

  • Opportunities to discuss their understanding of texts they have read.
  • Small group discussions through talk partners.
  • Class discussions and debates.
  • Drama opportunities.
  • Opportunities to present learning.

Reading
In Key Stage 2, we are working towards the goal of equipping our students with the means to read fluently and confidently by the end of their Primary education to ensure they have the best start at accessing Secondary education and lifelong learning. Reading consists of the two dimensions, word recognition and comprehension, which underpin our practice. In addition to this, we provide phonic intervention for children with ESL. Planning, teaching and learning should include the following:

 

  • Modelling of pronunciation.
  • Use of phonics for unskilled readers and student’s with ESL.
  • Opportunities to experience a range of texts.
  • High quality teacher discussion on texts to explore comprehension.
  • Opportunities for students to discuss their comprehension of texts.
  • Encouragement for children to read a wide variety of texts both fiction and non-fiction, including poetry.
  • Opportunities to enjoy reading through library time and sharing class stories and novels.

Writing
In KS2 it is essential that the planning and teaching of writing develops students’ confidence and skill within the areas of transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring). Planning, teaching and learning should include the following:

  • Use of phonics to establish the relationship between sounds and letters.
  • Discussion on word structure and spelling structure.
  • Spelling practice.
  • Opportunities to articulate and communicate their ideas for writing through discussion and to allow them to organise them clearly for their writing.
  • Experience of planning, revising and editing their writing.
  • Opportunities to explore a range of texts and focus on audience, purpose and contexts.
  • Opportunities to explore features of texts across text types and genres.
  • Opportunities to experience and practice a wider use of vocabulary and grammar.
  • Focus on practicing and improving handwriting to ensure legibility and fluency.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Spelling, punctuation and grammar is integrated in all teaching of English and in other areas of the curriculum at KS2. Planning, teaching and learning should include the following:

  • Modelling of Standard English.
  • Opportunities to develop vocabulary both spoken and written.
  • Experience of clarifying meanings of new vocabulary.
  • Practice of grammar and punctuation through sentence construction.
  • Discussion on English grammatical terms.

Maths
Following the British National Curriculum, KS2 Maths teaching and learning aims to ensure that all PSISD students:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through frequent practice five times a week.
  • Develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Develop mathematical reasoning through lines of enquiry and use of mathematical language.
  • Apply mathematics knowledge and understanding to develop problem solving skills.

Typically, students would move through Mathematical programs of study at the same pace. However, to ensure secure understanding and consolidation of skills, teachers in KS2 will make decisions on progress based on the security of their student’s understanding and readiness to move on to the next stage. Identified gaps in learning need to be consolidated through additional practice before moving on. Likewise, children who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through application of concepts in different contexts.

Lower Key Stage 2 – Years 3 and 4
Planning, teaching and learning in Years 3 and 4 should include:

  • Development of addition and subtraction through mental and written methods.
  • Practice of place value and understanding of links to the four operations.
  • Development of multiplication tables and number facts.
  • Development of multiplication and division through mental and written methods.
  • Development of simple fractions and decimal place value.
  • Consolidation of shape properties and relationships between them.
  • Practice of using measuring instruments and units of measure.
  • Development of using mathematical vocabulary

Detailed programmes of study for Mathematics are available to assist planning, teaching and learning in the Library and on the shared drive.

Upper key stage 2 – years 5 and 6
Planning, teaching and learning in Years 5 and 6 should include:

  • Consolidation of addition and subtraction through mental and written methods, using larger integers and the use of the inverse operation.
  • Extension of place value and understanding of links to the four operations.
  • Extension of multiplication tables and number facts.
  • Consolidation of multiplication and division through mental and written methods, using larger integers and the use of the inverse operation.
  • Use of the four operations through a variety of contexts including problem solving.
  • Introduction and practice of algebra.
  • Consolidation of fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
  • Consolidation of shape properties and vocabulary.
  • Consolidation of the use of units of measure, conversions and their relationship with number.
  • Development of using mathematical vocabulary

Detailed programmes of study for Mathematics are available to assist planning, teaching and learning in the Library and on the shared drive.

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