Key Stage 2
In Key Stage Two pupils are taught in ability based groups for literacy, numeracy and science and with their form group for other lessons. Pupils are assessed regularly and move ability groups as they make good progress.
All pupils are taught by qualified teachers supported by learning support assistants. A topic based curriculum is followed with each term having its own theme and topic which underpins literacy lessons extending out to art, technology and humanities. We have evolved our own differentiated version of the successful phonic based teaching scheme Read Write Inc and pupils are all familiar with the rhymes and blending methods this promotes.
Numeracy is taught on a thematic cyclical basis with one topic being followed per week. We are well resourced and use Numicon regularly as well as our classroom interactive screens and class iPads. Pupils are immersed in a symbol rich environment supported by Makaton.
We ensure our pupils benefit from a real breadth of experience. As well as spending time in their own classrooms pupils enjoy playing outside twice a day on a large playground and have a weekly slot in our adventure playground and outdoor gym.
Pupils enjoy a weekly sensory music lesson, time in the computer room, cooking room and soft play room. All students in the Key Stage swim on a termly basis at the Stour Centre and learn to horse ride at the Riding for the Disabled’s centre in Chartham.
We have hosted Oily Cart, the world leading founder of sensory drama for two ground breaking residencies in school and continue to use their techniques in our lessons. All pupils take part in a nativity play each year. This year we put on a production written by the Makaton charity. We had our very own “Makaton choir” and even a snow machine as part of our finale.
Our pupils actively support charity fundraising, enjoying organsising cake sales and other events for Children in Need, Comic Relief, Sport Relief and Marie Curie cancer care. We take pupils to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to watch productions and to the Cineworld cinema to enjoy seeing a film.