At KS2 our students experience topic based lessons every day that enable them to use and apply key Literacy and Numeracy skills in a variety of contexts. From September 2015, we will take advantage of this and give our pupils the chance to build on the successes they have had in Year 6. We are introducing a topic based scheme of work (initially Year 7) that is built from the bottom up and is based upon applying and developing skills directly from the LNF. The benefits and the impact of this project to our school and learners are detailed below:
•A seamless transition experience for pupils starting Year 7 who can build on the skills they have developed in KS2 in an environment and style of lesson they are used to. The first topic will be started in year 6 and completed in Year 7.
•A scheme of work that is designed upon a foundation of the LNF – that allows pupils and teachers to show progression of skills.
•A platform from which our staff can write relevant and accurate reports for pupils detailing their progress in Literacy and Numeracy.
•Pupils will develop not only LNF skills but also crucial problem solving and reading for information skills that will be analysed via PISA style questions.
•Pupils experience highly engaging, technology rich lessons which inspire group and independent learning research.
This page will be updated regularly as our students’ embark on this exciting journey of skill development.
Programme of Study
‘Into the Wild’ is focused on the animal kingdom.
Pupils distinguish the difference between facts, opinions, bias and objectivity. They examine infographics and make insightful inferences. When investigating the morality of zoos, pupils evaluate the similarities and differences between two texts offering different viewpoints. They work in teams to create and deliver an effective news broadcast.
Pupils design their own zoo and use a variety of Numeracy skills such as:
- Finding the area and perimeter of a variety of shapes
- Increasing or decreasing an amount by a percentage
- Analysing data and constructing appropriate diagrams
- Writing an effective questionnaire
- Finding one number as a percentage of another
Pupils develop their ICT skills using internet based software and make an interactive poster that they present to the class. They learn about the importance of examining the validity and reliability of online sources.
‘Above and Beyond’ is focused on space.
Pupils use a variety of reading skills to produce a comparative analysis of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ and a speech written for President Nixon. When debating the moon landings, they develop speaking and listening skills and take part in a formal debate. Pupils develop their working knowledge of nouns, adverbs, adjectives and adverbs when producing a descriptive account of a journey through the Solar System. Pupils use programming software to create their own space video game / animation.
Pupils calculate the mass of objects on other planets and use an effective and accurate method to multiply decimal numbers. When investigating other planets, they read from a variety of measuring instruments and draw suitable charts to display their findings.
In the asteroid simulation task, pupils work in a team of pupils to use measuring instruments accurately and record data effectively. To conclude the topic, we launch rockets high into the air and time their flight to 100th of a second. Pupils use the mean of all the flight times to draw conclusions.
‘Newsflash’ is focused on current affairs. This content of this topic often changes due to topical events but this year:
Pupils investigated the problems faced in the lead up to the Olympics in Rio, they evaluated and prioritised a range of information. They then found a percentage of an amount to make budgetary decisions. In the ‘Show Business’ section of ‘Newsflash’, they learned how to write and deliver an engaging acceptance speech, effectively adapting their language and expression to suit purpose and audience.
Pupils discussed the paparazzi, and reflected on a topical issue, summarising their viewpoint, providing a range of reasons to support their opinion. They plotted scatter diagrams and drew conclusions about the effect of a number of factors on the cost of a paparazzi photograph. In the ‘Advertisement Break’ section pupils used independent strategies to respond to a range of texts. When investigating the Paris terror attacks, they could locate places on a map using grid references, use scale measurements, and use a protractor accurately to measure and draw bearings.