KS2 Curriculum Offer
Key Stage 2
The Primary curriculum at TWAPA strives to be broad and balanced in line with the National Curriculum. That is apparent in the subjects that we deliver and why our KS2 timetable boasts English, Maths, Science, Computing, PE, PSHCE, Humanities, French, Creative Art, and Religious Education – some of which are taught by subject specialists in the field. We are mindful of the fact that our pupils require personalised support in our school; particularly in regards to extending their range of emotional, social, and behavioural skills and achieving appropriate learning outcomes so they can be welcomed back into mainstream settings. We endeavour to help our pupils to find their love for learning again.
It is important for us to make pupils aware of the link between subjects in the curriculum to help with developing their interchangeable skills alongside modelling career behaviour to help their transition into secondary school and later into their working life too so that they are lifelong learners. It is imperative that we provide a caring, friendly, and safe environment for all KS2 pupils so that they can learn in a calm and secure atmosphere. We believe every pupil should be able to participate in all school activities that we provide to their best abilities in an enjoyable and secure environment and be protected from harm. We are a safe school and we ensure that our children learn, share, and grow together to help them become respectful and responsible citizens of the world.
Key Stage 2 Curriculum Statements
At The Whitley AP Academy, we strive to help our children develop into articulate and imaginative communicators, who are well-equipped with the basic skills they need to become life-long learners; English learning is key in this. We aim to ensure all our pupils can confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their reading and writing skills. Careful links are made across the curriculum to ensure that pupils’ English learning is relevant and meaningful, with opportunities to apply their skills in a variety of relevant contexts.
The English Curriculum at The Whitley AP Academy intends to bring together the broad areas of the Literacy curriculum and deliver them holistically through engaging and appealing lessons that capture pupils’ interest. It is for this reason that the English lessons at The Whitley AP Academy are pitched and tailored to the needs and abilities of each individual child, from pupils with specific barriers to learning – to more able and talented pupils. We believe that every lesson counts and pupils should produce tangible results in the forms of written work, confident performances, successful and well thought-out question and answer sessions, coherent reading aloud, and the ability to present their work with pride.
Within our KS2 Maths curriculum, we strive to provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Pupils will learn and develop skills matched to their Numeracy needs. Through links to the National Curriculum, pupils will work towards becoming fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply mathematical knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Mathematics is long-term journey, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application and that is something we will do in Maths lessons. At each stage of learning, pupils will be supported in developing their confidence in demonstrating a deep, conceptual understanding of mathematics and be able to build on this over time. Pupils will be able to build on their prior mathematical knowledge from previous years alongside identifying gaps in their knowledge and addressing these in lessons, while extending their mathematical skills and applying these in a range of practical situations too. This development will help them to prepare for any mathematical calculations they will face in a real-life context within the wider world.
The main aim of the KS2 Science programme is cultivate our pupils’ love of science. The programme is designed to make science fun, engaging and accessible. Science at TWAPA follows the national curriculum which covers a range of different concepts and ideas for our pupils to enjoy. Pupils will engage in learning through exciting practical activities and experiences, using real life examples. Pupils will experience Science in action through a variety of different multimedia and dynamic demonstrations.
Science at TWAPA will lay the foundation for a real appreciation of the scientific method in everyday life, inspiring our pupils to pursue careers in science, as well as technology, engineering and maths.
The KS2 ICT curriculum at TWAPA is in line with National Curriculum. The programme is designed to enhance pupils’ ICT skills from all aptitudes. The pupils will be given the opportunity to enhance and develop new skills using different software packages. This in due course will increase each pupil’s confidence when using ICT programmes and software, improving research skills, hand-eye coordination, reading and working more independently.
Physical Education (PE)
The purpose of KS2 Physical Education at The Whitley AP Academy is to provide pupils with a broad, balanced and inclusive PE curriculum which is national curriculum compatible. At TWAPA we focus on providing the pupils with the knowledge and fundamental movement skills which will provide opportunities for pupils to try and engage with a broad range of sporting opportunities.
We appreciate the importance that PE and sport can have in promoting long-term healthy lifestyles and making a positive impact on the physical, social, emotional and mental health for our pupils. We believe in a games-based approach where pupils can try activities and are in a safe environment where mistakes are a first step in the learning process. The programme aims to engage pupils to create a positive attitude and approach to sports and physical education, striving to build confidence and a comprehensive knowledge of sport and physical education.
Within our KS2 PSHCE curriculum, the main purpose is to help pupils become aware of how to grow and develop into healthy, independent, and responsible members of society. This subject will be an important component of pupils’ time at our school and be incorporated throughout most of their time in school. During pupils’ time in school, they will be given the tools to develop the confidence they need to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that they will experience as they grow up. Pupils will be given opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities alongside appreciating what it means to be a member of a diverse society. They will be encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to The Whitley AP Academy – setting an example to the rest of the provision of the expectations of the school – and the wider community.
Pupils will be encouraged to celebrate their achievements while recognising and discussing their feelings, developing new vocabulary to help them to describe these feelings; those that they are experiencing as well as what others may be feeling. Pupils will be supported in using their own ideas and justifying their opinions. Pupils will be taught that they cannot control the behaviours of others and how to respond respectfully and appropriately to the feelings and reactions of others alongside developing their listening skills and responding in an appropriate way to the opinions of others which will support them in the provision as well as the wider community. Pupils will also be taught about community cohesion and how to embrace each other’s differences in society.
Within our KS2 Humanities curriculum, we will teach pupils about the world in which they live and how it has changed over time. Our Humanities curriculum focuses on acquiring facts and knowledge as well as developing historical and geographical skills. It will teach pupils about larger global concepts to help broaden their understanding of the world around them. Also, it will strive to create a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives as well as gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past too.
Through the teaching of National Curriculum History and Geography subjects, we will help pupils to develop a sense of place, whilst exploring, investigating, and understanding the man-made and natural processes that impact on our planet. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, and environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We want our pupils to gain confidence of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that explain how the Earth’s features have been and are shaped. We want pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. The Humanities curriculum provides identity alongside developing a sense of chronology.
Within our French curriculum, pupils will be encouraged to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. This will be done while pupils speak with increased confidence, fluency and spontaneity; finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation with staff support. Pupils will develop their confidence when writing in French alongside discovering and developing an appreciation of a range of writing in French, that will be made available during lessons.
At The Whitley AP Academy, we strive to ensure that we provide our pupils with the opportunity to develop their artistic skills using a range of mediums. Pupils will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. The pupils will be given opportunities to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials. The curriculum also includes learning about historical artists, architects and designers in order to inspire and embed our pupils into the world of Art.
We also believe that by providing our pupils with the opportunities to develop their art skills, we are contributing to the quality of our pupil’s lives and giving them experiences that they can reflect on and can transfer into other skills throughout the rest of their lives.
Religious Education (RE)
At the Academy, we strive to ensure that all our pupils are educated to develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally to enable them to better understand themselves and others and to cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in and contributing to a rapidly changing multicultural world. Our RE curriculum aims to celebrate the diversity of the areas in which our pupils live in order to promote positive images of people within our wider community including their beliefs, traditions, culture, language and history. We believe that it is important for our pupils to learn about the World Religions; Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism as well as faiths, beliefs and cultures in order to promote equality, acceptance and respect of others, thus preparing our pupils for life in the wider world.