KEY STAGE 2
Key Stage 2 comprises four year groups: Year 3 (ages 7-8), Year 4 (ages 8-9), Year 5 (ages 9-10) and Year 6 (ages 10-11).
At Park House English School the curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that we:
- Provide a safe and stimulating environment in which students can develop emotionally, creatively, physically and academically.
- Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that embodies our PRiDE values of Perseverance, Responsibility, Independence, Dedication and Engagement
- Acknowledge and build upon what the students have already experienced and learned
- Meet individual children’s needs
- Enable learning in a familiar, purposeful and supportive environment
- Teach independence
We also ensure that the curriculum is carefully planned to reflect what is relevant to the backgrounds and experiences of our international student body. With the National Curriculum of England at its core, our enquiry-based approach to delivering the curriculum incorporates the Learning Goals of the International Primary Curriculum and is designed to allow students to fulfil their potential and face the future with confidence. Physical Education, Music, Computing, Spanish/Arabic in Year 3 and French/Arabic in Years 4, 5 and 6 are all taught by specialist teachers. We also provide Islamic studies for all Muslim students and Qatar History is taught to all students. Extra-curricular activities extend the learning and development opportunities for students even further.
We actively encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education. Throughout this Key Stage, there is an emphasis on teachers and parents working in partnership to address the individual needs of each child. Regular meetings, email communication and, where needed, requested appointments allow parents to discuss with teachers any issue which may impact their child’s learning.
Key Stage 2 Curriculum
The transition from KS1 to KS2 can be a big step for children.
In addition to the physical move ‘upstairs’, there are a number of new skills that children need to master in KS2. They are expected to take responsibility for organising themselves and to work more independently as well as to become problem solvers and to work through difficult tasks. The children tend to embrace these challenges and feel incredibly proud of themselves by the end of Year 3.
As the children move to Year 4, we encourage them to be positive and motivated towards their schoolwork and to take ownership of their learning. Furthermore, we support independence when looking after their belongings and the children are expected to respect the learning environment and their peers. The children are required to complete written work for longer periods of time but a variety of, practical, group and independent tasks are integrated throughout the day. In Year 4, the children must know their times tables up to 12. By the end of the year, they are ready for Year 5 and the move to upper KS2.
In Year 5, children are beginning to reach the final stages of their primary school journey. We aim to help our students develop the confidence and skills they will require as they move into Year 6 and eventually, KS3. Our goal is to encourage strong, independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning. We look to provide a challenging and stimulating classroom environment that encourages the children to show initiative, realise their potential, share ideas and become lifelong learners while building positive personal and social traits.
Year 6 is an extremely crucial but exciting year for our children as they prepare to transition from primary to secondary school. We as teachers, aim to prepare the children as much as possible to successfully adapt to the diverse learning environment of KS3. Therefore, it is important that we set high expectations and promote the use of initiative from the beginning of the year, to encourage a sense of independence and ownership of their own learning.