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Lower Key Stage 2

In lower KS2, our ambitious curriculum encourages a depth of thinking, elaboration, extension and connection to what they have learnt in KS1 as well as their own lives and what they will learn next.  It continues to nurture a love of learning, underpinned by our STRONG behaviour and learning values and building upon what they have learnt in their journey at Hillcroft so far.  

As the children move into Year 3 and 4, Reading continues to be a priority and part of everyday life.  When children are secure in their decoding skills, they continue building on the skills taught in Key Stage 1 during daily 30 mins Reading lessons.  Reading lessons focus on continuing to develop fluent expressive reading, improve understanding of language within a text as well as develop a deeper understanding and comprehension of what they are reading.  Weekly Book Talk lessons foster a love of reading and provide opportunities to discuss a whole class novel. Each Book Talk session is layered with open-ended whole class questions to tackle the three layers of the reading rainbow. Book Talk is structured with three reasons to read. The reasons to read are taken from ‘The Reading Rainbow’. One reason is taken from the top layer of the rainbow under FANTASTIC. The second reason is taken from the STYLISTIC layer. The third reason is taken from the ANALYTICS layer.  More information can be found here.

Our Writing curriculum is sequenced progressively across Lower Key Stage 2 to ensure that skills are being revisited, embedded and built upon; creatively using The Write Stuff approach.  Lessons allow children to discuss and share vocabulary, with teachers modelling specific techniques to allow children to develop and practise these skills before moving on to plan and write their own.  The final part of the teaching sequence, allows children to reflect on their writing.  All writing is taught through a thoughtfully chosen text, which engages children and further promotes their love of English.  Children are provided with plenty of opportunities to practise these skills across the other areas of the curriculum.   As the children move away from Read, Write, Inc in their Reading lessons, we use the RWInc, Spelling programme to ensure that phonetic knowledge is continually revisited and spellings are taught in a consistent and systematic manner.  

The maths curriculum at Hillcroft Primary School follows the pedagogy of Teaching for Mastery. Children at Hillcroft learn through the explicit teaching of small steps, operating under one learning objective. Within this, mathematical, conceptual knowledge is deepened through effective questioning. The children are exposed to a range of resources to support their learning, including practical activities, pictorial and abstract problems to develop a secure understanding of mathematical procedures. The children are encouraged to develop their learning further, through their reasoning explanations and activities- the answer is just the beginning.  Children’s Times Tables learning is supported through the use of Times Tables Rockstars.  

Our topic-based wider curriculum develops skills and knowledge progressively taught year-on-year. Each topic is carefully selected to engage the children and cover the National Curriculum objectives for each subject.  Where appropriate, their learning is strengthened through engaging and memorable experiences and opportunities which are documented through each child’s individual Enrichment Learning Journal - to celebrate in years to come.  In Year 3, children start to learn French and in Year 4 they learn an instrument, taught by a teacher from Surrey Arts. 

To see the available clubs offered to KS2 children, please follow this link: http://www.hillcroftschool.org/30/clubs 

Our Year 3 team is:

Class  Teacher                           Class Name                        

Miss McCutchen

Rowan Rowan Bus stop
Miss Harborne Maple Maple Bus stop

The Learning Assistants in Year 3 are Mrs Totterdell, Ms Hamblin and Miss Ayling.

Our Year 4 team is:

Class  Teacher                           Class Name                                     

Miss Burningham and Mrs Young

Cedar Cedar Bus stop
Mrs Geary Birch Birch Bus stop

The Learning Assistants in Year 4 are Mrs Chappell, Mrs Goodier and Miss McNeill.

For the current topics in Years 3 and 4 please see the Whole School Curriculum page.