Our Phase 2 Curriculum
The Great fire Of London
The Wild West
World War II
Kings & Queens
Teeth & The Human Body
A Day In Phase 2
As soon as the door opens at 8.45am the learning in Phase 2 begins! Independent learning activities are displayed on the interactive boards for the children to develop and enhance previously taught skills like spelling, handwriting or mental maths challenges. Each morning from 9am – 12pm is dedicated to core curriculum subjects, which includes an hour of English, an hour of Maths and 10-15 minutes devoted purely to spelling, punctuation and grammar teaching.
Maths lessons begin by recalling and enriching rapid mental strategies followed by teaching, learning and investigations in more specific areas such as number, shape, calculations etc. Each week we focus one of our Maths lessons on basic mental arithmetic skills.
The calculation policy below is designed to give pupils a consistent and smooth progression of learning in calculations across the school.
Our hour of English will compromise of a mixture of shared reading and shared/guided writing. Whilst handwriting is embedded throughout our English learning the children receive dedicated taught time weekly, which is followed up daily with independent tasks as well as smaller group work in the afternoon.
Our afternoons begin at 1pm with ‘Booktime’. In Phase 2 ‘Booktime’ is a chance for teachers to sit and dedicate quality time to quality reading teaching in small groups. Alongside their teacher, the children are able to investigate and examine a shared text in closer detail and through much discussion, develop their individual comprehension skills.
A 15-minute Punctuation and Grammar session also takes place during the morning. Here the children learn about age specific areas of Punctuation and Grammar though pacey, interactive sessions. Each session focuses on one area of the punctuation and grammar curriculum and teaches key concepts and success criteria. The children then have the opportunity to practise the new learning through focused questions on that area, preparing them for future assessments.
Our afternoons are dedicated to our whole school ethos of fun, creativity and achievement! Both year groups focus their learning on curriculum based subjects such as Geography, History, ICT, Art, P.E and Science all of which are linked to their topic of choice. At Preston Hedge’s we endeavour to centre our curriculum learning around the interests of the children to captivate and enrich their learning journey, investigating topics such as The Great Fire of London, Recycling, Chocolate, Romans etc.
There are two core strands to the Preston Hedges Computing Curriculum in Phase 2.
- Integrated access to mobile technology to support and enhance the core curriculum, enhancing core life skills.
- Basic Skills Development, which is assessed annually against the Preston Hedge’s Driving Licence in term 1 and supported by basic skills IT sessions.
Modern British Citizenship – Only at Preston Hedge’s.
At Preston Hedge’s we seek to empower our pupils to participate fully and contribute to life in Modern Britain
We prepare the students for life in Modern Britain with seven key values embedded within the curriculum and the ethos at
Preston Hedge’s. We also study famous Britain’s, learning how they shaped this nation and how they have contributed to national and international achievements.
Sir Chris Hoy
Music in Years 3-6 is taught by our own Music specialist Miss Philpott
The aim of the Music Curriculum is to provide a fun environment for the children to begin developing a musical understanding and a chance to progress throughout KS2 by building upon the skills and requirements as stated in the National Curriculum.
The strands covered include being able to:
- Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical
instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related
dimensions of music
- Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- Use and understand staff and other musical notations
- Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn
from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- Develop an understanding of the history of music
Each year will be split into the following themes, which connect the 6 strands into a single comprehensive unit of music for the children to enjoy as they develop these diverse skills.
Year 3: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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