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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.

There is a separate page which explains reading and phonics.



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

There is a separate page which links to year group schemes of work


Other Subjects


Science is the study of the nature and behaviour of natural things and the knowledge that we obtain about them. Children learn aspects of biology, chemistry and physics. They also learn how to work scientifically through practical working. The science curriculum  includes the national curriculum content. 


History is a narrative of what human beings  have thought or done in past time. Studying history helps us understand the world around us today and how current systems and places relate to past legacies.  The history curriculum includes the requirements of the national curriculum.


Geography is the study of earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments – the world in which we live. Studying geography helps us learn about our natural environments and the pressures they face. It teaches us how and why the world is changing both locally and globally. High quality geography teaching can inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people for pupils for the rest of their lives. Our geography curriculum includes the requirements of the national curriculum.

Religious Education

Over the course of an academic year, children in Key Stage 1 study aspects of Christianity and Islam. This knowledge and understanding builds up over the years as different aspects of the faiths are explored.

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. At Sandilands we learn Spanish.


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. Sandilands Primary is a partner of MyHub-the music education hub for the City of Manchester.

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 -  Year 4 children have a weekly swimming session at the Forum Pool