Key Stage 2
Year 3 to 6 – Age 7 to 11
In Key Stage 2 we use the National Curriculum subjects as our base:
English – including reading, comprehension, writing for a range of purposes, speaking and listening and grammar and punctuation.
Maths (including mental arithmetic), Science, ICT, Art & DT, French, PE, Religious Education (RE), Humanities (Geography & History), Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education and Music. We also teach both Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning in preparation for entrance testing for secondary schools.
The children benefit from specialist teaching from our superb subject specialists in French, Music, Art and PE.
Our school day commences at 8.30am with assembly followed by morning lessons in numeracy and literacy. Lunch is served at Café Virgo at midday with afternoon lessons until 3.30pm.
All children are prepared for the bi-annual English Speaking Board Exams to develop their public speaking and presentation skills.
Every child has the opportunity to join our award winning Choir. Children may choose to have individual lessons in a wide range of instruments in school, including piano, flute, violin, trumpet and clarinet. Children perform at regular tea concerts to increase confidence.
In Key Stage 2, the children have a huge range of co-curricular opportunities. We offer clubs both at lunchtime and after school. In addition to the usual sporting clubs we offer clubs for Latin, Drama, Spanish, General Knowledge, Drumming, Sewing, Taekwondo and Cookery. The children also benefit from booster lessons offered at lunchtime if required.
We enjoy a wide range of trips to extend our knowledge beyond the classroom. Recent visits have been to London Zoo, The Horniman Museum, the Ragged School Museum, The Crystal Palace transmitter, Chessington World of Adventure and the cinema as part of the Children into Film festival.
We also welcome many visitors to enrich our learning including well known children’s authors, the Space Dome, Spud and Yam, the Metropolitan Police, Olympic athletes, Upper Norwood library, musicians, the Chelsea Pensioners and an annual pantomime to name but a few!
Year 6 spend five days on a residential adventure holiday, after they have finished with exams.
We prepare children for entrance to a range of independent, grammar and state schools. We begin this preparation early and assist parents in making choices for their child. We support children and parents as they deal with this, sometimes challenging, time in their lives.
Experience has taught us that children do best when they have established a close relationship with their class teacher. For this reason, our Year 5 teachers stay with their class for Year 6. This continuity really benefits the children.
At the end of their time with us our children are ready to move on as enthusiastic, well mannered, articulate and confident learners who are eager to grasp every opportunity in their new schools.