Key Stage 2
Within each subject they will have the following information:
The national curriculum for English aims to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
At Garfield Primary School, we recognise the crucial importance of English to every child’s future. We encourage children to communicate effectively, purposefully and with enjoyment through their spoken and written work. Early reading skills are taught using a phonics system (Read, Write Inc), while developing and fluent readers benefit from guided reading, shared reading and comprehension activities, which are taught across the key stages. Children are encouraged to read regularly for pleasure. They have access to books in their classrooms, the school library and on the internet-based Reading Eggspress. Through exposure to a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, they become confident, eager and enthusiastic readers, who are engaged in their own learning journey.
The core skills of spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught explicitly and text level writing is developed through teaching a range of genres in both fiction and non-fiction, providing the opportunity for the children to write for a variety of purposes and different audiences. Spoken language activities, including drama, encourage the children to explore, develop and explain their ideas and to share their observations and opinions.
In addition, in the wider curriculum, especially through topic work, children are provided with opportunities to practise and consolidate their English skills, enhancing their achievement and enjoyment. Occasionally, some children will need extra support in developing their reading, writing and grammar skills. In these cases, targeted interventions are organised to help children gain the skills they need to achieve and feel more confident.
At Garfield Primary every child succeeds in learning Maths and is excited by finding out about new concepts. Our children have practical, hands-on learning experiences, using resources to develop their number-sense, such as understanding place value, counting on and back accurately, ordering numbers and knowing number facts.
We have recently introduced an online policy for written calculation methods to ensure that children learn accurate, efficient methods that build on their understanding of numbers. They learn maths in exciting contexts, using real-life contexts and motivating problems to deepen their understanding.
Our children talk about their learning in Maths in every lesson, as using mathematical vocabulary and being able to explain their reasoning are key mathematical skills. We teach a broad curriculum in Maths, with practical opportunities to learn about shape, space, measure and handling data, such as surveying other children at break times, making 3D nets of polyhedra and measuring parts of their bodies to investigate ratios.
We use technology in Maths lessons to help our children visualise mathematical concepts, to model real-life situations and to make learning number facts fun. We are really keen that all our children learn their number facts. We are also keen that every child knows all of their tables by the end of Year 4. We work on this at school and we are so grateful for the support that parents provide at home.
We explore major religions so that our children grow up with an understanding of the world in which they live.
Our children have the opportunity to visit different places of worship and our RE days are very popular. We have children at school from many faiths or from none at all. Parents have the option of withdrawing their children from the RE syllabus should they choose to do so. We follow the Merton syllabus.
We believe that physical education, experienced in a safe, engaging and supportive environment, is a significant factor in developing our children’s physical competence and confidence.
We promote physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. We aim to give a stimulating, enjoyable and appropriately challenging learning experience. Children may work as individuals, be paired-off or take part in group activities. During co-operative, creative and competitive situations they are encouraged to use their improvisation and problem-solving skills.
Our children are also encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy lifestyle and be aware of the factors that affect our health and fitness.
Merton School Sport Partnership
We are part of, and support the aims of, the Merton School Sport Partnership. Hosted and supported by the Sport Specialist College, Harris Academy, their vision is to inspire young people to achieve their best in sport and physical activity through the provision of high-quality PE, coaching, leadership, extracurricular activity and competitions. For more information, please visit the Merton School Sport Partnership website, below: