Key Stage 2 (KS2)
Key stage 2 (KS2) comprises of years 3 to 6. At Nether Alderley Primary School, KS2 pupils are taught in classes 3 and 4.
2017 / 2018 arrangements:
Class 3: Miss Locke (covering Mrs McAlonan's maternity leave); 30 pupils (15 year 3 / 15 year 4)
Class 4: Mr Brady; 30 pupils (15 year 5 / 15 year 6)
Both classes are supported by Mrs Brown on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs Griffiths also assists by providing specfic intervention programmes for some KS2 pupils.
Due to the mixed-aged classes, pupils are taught in a two-year cycle to ensure curriculum coverage and progression.
As pupils move through KS2, the demands of the National Curriculum become much greater and pupils are required to show greater flair and increasing independence in their work. In order to enthuse and engage pupils in their learning, our curriculum programme of study is designed to be delivered in a cross-curricular manner. This enables teachers to plan learning experiences across a range of different subjects which leads to greater understanding.
We supplement learning of topics through trips to local areas of interest to support learning. These may included:
- Stockport Aid Raid Shelters (WWII)
- Imperial War Musieum Manchester (WWII)
- Tatton Park - living history days (Anglos-Saxons)
- Dewa Experience - Chester (Romans)
- Chester Zoo (Rainforests)
- Cadbury's World (Mayans)
- Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester)
- Styal Mill (Victorians)
- St Mary's Church (local study)
- Nether Alderley Mill (local study)
- 'The Edge' (local study)
In addition, we also benefit from having visitors come to speak with pupils in classes and assemblies. These visitors add excitement to lessons which helps inspire learning.
For more information on the topics studied during each class and term in KS2, please refer to our KS2 curriculum document, accessed via the 'Curriculum' menu under 'Teaching and Learning'.
In KS2, pupils are required to complete weekly homework tasks. These are designed to consolidate and support learinng or to prepare pupils for subsequent learning activities. Alongside a variety of different homework tasks set by teaching staff, pupils should ensure that they take regular opportunities to secure their understanding of times tables facts (upto and including 12 x 12); read to and discuss their reading with an adult and practise their spellings as idenitfied by their teacher. We recognise the positive impact that home learning has in facilitating pupils' progress and thank parents for their support.
Productions and Services
Each year pupils in KS2 contribute to a number memorable performances and services. Firstly, at Christmas, KS2 pupils take the lead roles in telling the story of Christmas through role-play, singing and readings. This is a popular annual event and is celebrated by all in the school community on the last day of term at the beautiful St Mary's Church, Nether Alderley.
As part of the Wilmslow Education Partnership, pupils enjoy taking part in the Wilmslow Music Festival on a two-year cycle. During intermittent years, KS2 pupils join in with a number of other schools as part of the Young Voices experience - performing a number of different songs at the Manchester Arena. Also during the spring term, pupils (usually from class 4) are given the opportunity to perform a dance as part of our collaboration with partners from the Fallibroome Learning Community. This celebration typically takes part during the final week of the first half term. Visit the arts section of the website for more information.
In the summer, pupils perform an end of year production. The production changes on an annual basis and successes include: Treasure Island, Robin Hood, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Troy Story and Oliver. In recent years, to accomodate a larger audience, we have moved our end of year production to the Fallibroome Hall. Here, pupils experience performing on a large stage and the technological advantages - such as audio and visual arrangements - helps us to provide a memorable experience for our pupils and families.
Finally, as pupils leave Nether Alderley, we celebrate their achievements and contributions over their time at the school in an emotional leavers' service. Last year, the event was moved to the state-of-the-art auditorium at Alderley Park which has once again been booked for this year. The opportunity to celebrate our leavers' time at school remains a poignant service and one to remember for many years to come.