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Key Stage 2


Children follow the National Curriculum for Literacy. They also work in a cross-curricular way and incorporate their skills into other subjects.

Once children have reached a certain level on the colour banded books, they become free readers.



We teach Maths using the Singapore Maths approach in Years 1 -5. Here is a link to the Maths No Problem website where you will find useful videos to watch which describe the teaching methods used.

You can download our long term planning document for mathematics in Key Stage 2 here.


In Year 6, teachers plan using the National Curriculum. They use methods of teaching which develop reasoning, fluency and problem solving. Number is given priority and there is an emphasis on arithmetic which is practised daily. For further information about the National Curriculum, please click here.

There are many other good websites to help develop maths skills. There is a list below. For usernames and passwords, please speak to your class teacher.


NRich Maths

BBC Bitesize

Maths is Fun


Other Subjects*

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Year 3

Who were the early Britons? (History)


What do rocks tell us about the way the Earth was formed? (Science)

What was the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain? (History)


Are you attractive enough? (Science)

How did that blossom become an apple? (Science) What is recycling and how does it impact on the world? (Geography)

What's so special about Madrid? (Geography)


Food and our bodies. (Science)

How far can you throw your shadow? (Science)
Year 4 Can you design your own fairground ride? (Science / DT) Which wild animals and plants thrive in your locality? (Science)

How did the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings change Britain when the Romans left? (History)


What happens to the food we eat? (Science)

Why is the river Mersey so important to Liverpool and Manchester? (Geography)


How Do materials Change State? (Science)

Who were the Mayans and how were they different from the Anglo Saxons? (History)

What are the similarites / differences of life in Mexico? (Geography)


What's that sound? (Science)

Year 5

How did the Industrial Revolution change Manchester? (History)


How do materials change? (Science)

Will we ever send another human to the moon? (Science)

Do all animals and plants start life as an egg? (Science)

Were the Ancient Egyptians civilised? (History)


How different will you be when you are as old as your grandparents? (Science)

What are the similarities / differences of living in Llandudno compared to Manchester? (Geography)

Can you feel the force? (Science)



Have we always looked like this? (Science)

What would a journey through your body be like? (Science)

What was life like during the war in Manchester? (History)


Could you live without electricity? (Science)

Why is London an important city? (Geography)


How does light help us to see things? (Science)

How do we classify plants and animals? (Science) What is the impact of Ancient Greece on our lives? (History)

* All topics are subject to change.


Religious Education

Over the course of an academic year, children in Key Stage 2 study aspects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This knowledge and understanding builds up over the years as different aspects of the faiths are explored.


Children at Sandilands follow the National Curriculum in other subjects. A brief analysis of each subject can be seen below. For more information about the national curriculum, please click here.


Art and Design

The art and design curriculum aims to allow children to: produce creative work; become proficient in art, craft and design techniques; evaluate and analyse creative works and understand the historical and cultural development of a range of art forms.



The computing curriculum aims to allow children to: understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science; analyse problems in computational terms; evaluate and apply information technology; be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.


Design and Technology

The design and technology curriculum aims to allow children to: design and make high-quality prototypes and products; evaluate and test their ideas and products and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.



The languages curriculum aims to allow children to: understand and respond to spoken and written language; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity; write at varying length and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.



The music curriculum aims to allow children to: perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions; learn to sing and to use their voices, and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.


Physical Education

The PE curriculum aims to allow children to: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities; be physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.

Swimming - Swimming Statement for 2017-2018