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The pace and breadth of the curriculum in Key Stage Two steps up a gear to give the children a first rate preparation for their senior school by the time children leave The Elms in Year 6.
The teaching day is longer in Key Stage Two, running from 8.30 am until 3.40 pm. Most of the children then either take part in one of a huge range of after school clubs available to Key Stage Two children or stay for after-school prep (supervised by a teacher and teaching assistant) until 4.30 pm.
All children in Year 3 are sponsored to learn to play a musical instrument with free one to one instrumental tuition. As well as learning an orchestral instrument, children also participate in a music ensemble at lunch-times with children learning the same instrument. We have found this to be a very successful way of encouraging children to learn their instrument and to be immediately part of a successful group making music together. As a result of their success, the vast majority of children elect to continue to play their chosen instrument for the rest of their time at The Elms.
Another development for children in Year 3 is the separating of boys and girls for the teaching of games. Boys are taught rugby, football, hockey, cricket, athletics and tennis throughout the year in games lessons. Girls are taught hockey, netball, lacrosse, rounders, athletics and tennis.
The curriculum is still delivered through history and geography topics, but English, Maths and Science are increasingly taught as discrete subjects.
As children move into Years 5 and 6 ( 9-11 year olds), Music, Games/PE, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, Art, Design Technology and ICT are taught by specialist teachers. The form (class) teacher focuses on teaching each class for English, Maths and the Humanities.
Children develop skills and knowledge that prepare them for a successful transfer into Trent College in Year 7.