Key Stage 2 Curriculum – Years 5 and 6

For pupils who are in Years 5 and 6, most of the lessons are taught in our Junior classroom. Pupils spend 6 lessons each week on Integrated (topic based) Learning. Each half-term, pupils will work on the same topic, taken from the International Primary Curriculum;  which will cover the curriculum for English, science, humanities, art, drama, music, technology and Personal and Social Education and RE. During each topic, pupils will make a project book which will include all of their work from the unit.

All lessons are planned to provide pupils with opportunities for “Learning and Growing Towards Independence”; making use of the outdoor learning areas with the vast school grounds and the local community.

The topics covered:

  • Autumn Term “The Rainforest”
  • Spring Term – “Sensational”
  • Summer Term – “The Stories People Tell”

The teacher of Beech class is Mrs B Boakye (Mrs. M Dunn is currently on maternity leave)

The teachers of the Oak class are Mr J Burgess (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs C Gavigan (Thursday and Friday)

The teacher of the Ash class is Mrs J Bensissi.

For the rest of the timetable, the pupil’s lessons will be:

Skills for Learning:

This takes place for the first 45 minutes every day, it is a time for pupils to develop their social skills, develop their fine and gross motor skills, spend time focusing on the thought of the day, as well as an opportunity to have a brunch/snack.


4 lessons of literacy and 1 lesson of English each week, currently based on the Read, Write Inc teaching programme for phonics, reading and writing.


5 lessons each week based on the Numeracy framework for key stage 2.

Games and P.E

For part of the year, this will include swimming and dance.

Learning for Independence

This term pupils will learn about cooking skills for the first half and safety in the home and outside of school in the second half.

Forest Schools

Based in our land studies centre and in Ashridge Forest, pupils will have the opportunity to explore the world around them.

Arts Block

Pupils follow a carousel and have the opportunity to have specialist teachers providing learning within the Art and Music curriculum.