Key Stage Two in Durham School for GirlsOverview
Key Stage Two, is a four-year phase from Y3-6, (7-11 years old). Where possible, class sizes do not exceed 23. Girls receive 30 structured lessons a week in Key Stage 2. In some curriculum areas the Key Stage 2 timetable runs parallel to the KS3 Secondary school timetable, this allows more specialist teaching in Upper KS2. The learning environments are well resourced and maintained providing the pupils with a range of multi-sensory activities. Display areas celebrate the children’s work across all curriculum areas.
The pupils have a dedicated play area featuring a range of facilities, as well as a playing field providing opportunities to participate in team games. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards to support the girls’ learning. There are two breaks during the school day. The girls get the opportunity to play outdoors (in cooler weather) and eat their packed lunch indoors.KEY STAGE TWO CURRICULUM
KS2 children will continue to follow the Oxford Reading Tree for reading, however, during KS2, they will become free readers. They will also continue with Talk for Writing and will start to Debate. For Maths, we will be using ‘Maths - No Problem’.
We continue our exciting thematic curriculum throughout Years 3-6. All subjects, including Science, History and Geography, are taught through themes, however, the themes become more in depth and more subject focused. Some examples of the themed questions used are:
- Year 3- Why can’t a unicorn fly? Using Science, DT, history & geography to look at mysterious creatures.
- Year 4- Where would a phoenix flourish? This will be geography-based looking at comparisons between Europe and the Middle East.
- Year 5- How could you break into Troy? History, the Olympics, states of matter and debating.
- Year 6- Could you swap technology for simplicity? This focuses on ancient civilisations and technology.
We will be following the Curriculum by the Ministry of Education Qatar for Arabic, Islamic Studies and Qatari History. This will be supported with additional Arabic Reading Schemes and songs. Wherever possible, the pupils are taken out of school for activities that support and enrich the curriculum. Specialist teachers will be leading in Art & Design, Spanish, Music, Swimming and Computing.
We welcome prospective parents to come and view our wonderful school with your daughter. Please call the main school office and request a time.