Key Stage 2
Key Stage Two consists of four separate year groups, with up to 30 pupils in each class. For further information on KS2 classes including curriculum newsletters please see the individual class pages.
The curriculum of the school is based largely on the National Curriculum.
The curriculum at Batley Grammar School, Primary Phase, is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.
It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. For our long term plan please see individual class pages.
The curriculum has been developed over a two-year rolling programme. Themes are shared across the school and linked through an overarching question with underpinning concepts that are integrated into teaching. For example, ‘Time Travellers’. The key question for this theme is ‘Is change always good?’ and the underlying concepts are change, conflict, power and reform.
We aim to do what is good and to be positive in everything, showing respect and care for others, across cultures, distance and generations; our environment, both near and far, and ourselves, our health and well-being. We aim to achieve this through LORIC and the ‘A Mind to be Kind’ Programme.
LORIC is a progressive programme of materials and strategies to develop life skills. We refer to as attributes: Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication - LORIC.
We believe these skills are essential for all young people, no matter what their personal level of achievement might be.
A Mind to be Kind
We aim to develop a culture of kindness without an expectation of reward. Rather than focusing on performing acts of kindness for a reward, we are aiming to shift the focus to how it feels. By doing so, it is hoped that giving and receiving kindness becomes the norm and the school will be a happier, calmer and a more productive place for everyone.
Kindness is explored through three main themes:
- Acts of Kindness
- Living Without Harming Others
We are able to use all the facilities of the Secondary Phase including Sports Hall, Language Labs and three fully networked computer suites, as well as the extensive playing fields and grounds.
Each term we send home a curriculum newsletter to inform parents of the learning going on in the classroom and also of ways you can help out.
We aim to take the children on a visit at least once a term and details are included in the curriculum newsletter. We believe that this is an integral part of the learning process and supports and enhances learning in the classroom.
In KS2 we continue to use the Bug Club reading scheme. The scheme is made up of ‘real’ books, finely graded into reading bands to support progress and challenge. Pupils are encouraged to choose their own reading books and record what they are choosing.