KEY STAGE 2 · YEAR 3
In Year 3 we are turning 8 and choosing our own books to take home and read. We can answer questions about a text by looking for clues and finding key words. We are beginning to write using the correct punctuation and we learn to edit our own work. In Year 3 we can also extend our sentences using conjunctions. We develop our knowledge about Grammar and how to implement this in our writing.
In Mathematics we can read and write 3-digit numbers and learn how to recognise and find fractions of numbers. We build on our multiplication facts from Year 2 and learn the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. We also learn how to link these to division facts. During Mathematics, we learn how to solve one-step and two-step problems, showing our working out at each step. To answer questions we are able to collect, organise and interpret data and can create a simple bar chart to show our findings.
KEY STAGE 2 · YEAR 4
We are now turning 9 and writing independently as well as editing our own work using a range of tools. We write ‘across’ the curriculum, transferring our Literacy skills into our Topic and Science lessons.
Our writing skills (punctuation and grammar) are growing steadily and our ICT skills are being continually developed through use of classroom technology. We read for pleasure as well as to acquire information and our comprehension continues to develop. We can ask and answer questions about the books we read and share our opinions with the rest of the class. We sometimes read aloud, sometimes silently and sometimes in groups. We regularly take books home to read and share. At home, reading is actively fostered in our first language, because these skills are transferable.
In Mathematics our knowledge of number operations is becoming more complex. We work with numbers to 1000, solve problems (numerical and word), apply strategies and are able to articulate our reasoning. We are comfortable working with fractions, three-dimensional shape, and standard units of measurement. We know our multiplication and division facts up to 10 times and recognise the equivalence between decimal and fractions. We know how to use a calculator for all four number operations and can interpret the display correctly in the context of money. We know that angles are measured in degrees and that one whole turn is 360º. We can read time to the nearest minute on both the analogue and the digital clock.
KEY STAGE 2 · YEAR 5
Year 5 most of us have our 10th birthday. Our learning at this stage deepens as we begin to think more about the audience and readers of our work. We learn to write using metaphors, relative clauses, linked paragraphs and advanced punctuation. We also enjoy debating, presenting a spoken argument and defending our views with evidence using persuasive language. We also learn how to perform poetry using expression, clarity and of coure, confidence.
In Mathematics we are able to explain what each digit represents in decimals and whole numbers up to two places. We can use decimals in all four number operations and find fractions of numbers using division. We are learning about the concept of percentages and can apply this to multi-step word problems. There is a strong emphasis on mental mathematics as we learn many strategies to help us become more efficient. We then begin our introduction into algebra by learning the basic principles and methods to solve problems.
KEY STAGE 2 · YEAR 6
In Year 6 we are turning 11 and are now able to set our own challenges to extend our achievement and experience in writing. We use a range of narrative techniques to engage and entertain the reader. We can select from a wide range of ICT programmes in order to present text effectively and communicate information and ideas. We build on our previous learning and now understand how to use a full range of punctuation, to write with a wide variety of sentence structures, use powerful vocabulary and have generally accurate spelling of all words.
In Mathematics we can solve multi-step problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages, using the calculator when appropriate. We have developed efficient written methods to multiply and divide integers and decimals and can relate fractions to multiplication and division. We can find areas of irregular and rectilinear shapes and perimeters of rectangles and rectilinear shapes. We learn how to find missing angles round a point, line, vertically opposite and in triangles. As well as this, we can interpret pie charts and line graphs and also construct them.
At the end of the school year we take the SATs (Standardised Achievement Test). This covers Writing, Reading, Mathematics and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG). This is a way to show what we have learned throughout the Primary years and to help our new teachers in the Secondary School know our levels before we begin Year 7.