Key Stage 2
The English National Curriculum is divided into ‘Key Stages’ which are broadly aligned to particular age groups and the general ability of children in each age group to learn and retain written and spoken language. However, all the stages share a common focus on the core skills of speaking, reading, comprehension and writing with particular attention being paid to spelling and grammar.
One of the great advantages of Accents is that our small class sizes enable each child to work at their own pace and our teacher to identify the particular learning needs of each child. If a child has specific difficulties we take time to diagnose the problem and, with the help of parents, support the child to overcome this.
Throughout all the Key Stages parents have a vital role to play in encouraging their children to speak, read and write English and all Accents children are regularly given small pieces of homework to be undertaken with the support of parents.
Children at Key Stage 2 are generally aged 7 - 11 years and, by this stage, will already have learned the basics of language (the key phonics sounds and patterns and the basics of simple grammar and punctuation). In the UK, the end of Key Stage 2 generally coincides with a child finishing primary school.
The aim in Key Stage 2 is to build on these foundation skills by developing fluency in reading out loud, increasing vocabulary and learning spelling conventions so that, in turn children gradually become more confident and autonomous readers and writers.
Although, initially, children continue to work through our phonics based reading and writing materials, these materials become increasingly complex and lead children naturally into reading and exploring short (non phonics based) texts.
At this stage children are also introduced to different types of text (poems, short stories, letters etc.) and are encouraged to produce short pieces of work.
Children are encouraged to read out loud to each other in class, participate in class discussions and have regular spelling tests (using word-lists taken from the appropriate national curriculum levels).
Particular attention is paid to grammar and punctuation; providing children with the tools to construct and analyse good quality sentences (e.g. identifying different types of nouns, verbs, adjectives, using commas and apostrophes).
For more detailed information about the national curriculum key stages click here.
For more information please feel free to contact us so we can arrange for you to talk to our teacher.
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