Our first Key Stage 2 class opened in September 2014. Our Key Stage 2 provision builds upon the Key Stage 1 learning, adding breadth and depth as well as new knowledge, skills and experiences. One way in which we do this is through our Modern Foreign Languages programme; in addition to Modern Hebrew we introduce French in Year 4, switch this to Spanish in Year 5 and then Mandarin in Year 6. Our intention is to expose the children to the languages, cultures and lifestyles of others, as well as to give them a solid introduction to language learning. These subjects are taught by specialist teachers from the Senior School. In Years 5 & 6 children are taught in the Senior School for Art and our most able mathematicians have a weekly enrichment session with a Senior School specialist. In addition, Year 6 pupils have Science in the labs.
We believe that if pupils are intellectually stimulated, then their curiosity and love of learning develop naturally. Our curriculum therefore continues to include opportunities for the children to ask as well as answer questions and to develop independence in their learning. Children learn in whole class sessions, small group work, with a partner and at times on their own. Homework is set that reinforces the learning of the school day and allows time to extend the interests and knowledge of the children.
As in Key Stage 1 assessment is an ongoing process, incorporated into the structure of the learning week. Teachers check on the children's skills, knowledge and understanding as the lesson goes along. This is to ensure that they can give individuals help if needed, re-explain aspects to the class if necessary and adjust plans for the next lesson to make sure that all the children learn systematically; assessment is a means of informing future planning rather than a summary of progress. The regular marking of class and homework helps teachers assess the children's skills and development and the children receive feedback on their performance and progress through a system called “Two stars and a wish”; two statements of positive feedback and a target.
Children annually complete a Maths and English progress test, produced by GL Assessment. This provides a nationally standardised summative assessment, which we use to help identify trends and strengths within the school as well as for providing individual information within a national context.
From Year 4 we begin to introduce the children to the skills of completing the 11+ papers, taken in Year 6 for entry into Year 7. The early elements of this process is to help children identify how to answer questions, looking for key words and indicators of what is required. In Year 5 we add to this, introducing the children to verbal and non-verbal reasoning exercises as well as exam style questions for Maths and English. In addition we offer an optional after-school session once a week, for further Maths and English test preparation. In the first term of Year 6, the verbal and non-verbal preparation continues as do the tests in Maths and English, with an additional emphasis on timing and approach to sitting an exam and how to complete answer papers. All the children are invited to an interview with the Head Master.
Parents' Evenings are held during the first and second terms and parents receive a written report at the end of the final term, which includes assessment data.