Key Stage 2, Year 3 to Year 6 forms are located on the first floor of the main building. They are form based with specialist teachers for Music, French, Science, Visual Arts and Sport. Years 3 and 4 continue to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in Key Stage 1. Years 5 and 6 have specialist teaching in Maths and English in preparation for the 11+ exams. Whilst the 11+ is important and a focal point, a full and varied curriculum is maintained throughout Years 5 and 6.
There are high expectations of work, independence, presentation and organisation for children in Key Stage 2. Standardised testing continues and progress is tracked which contributes towards scholarships offers within school. The tracking also helps inform conversations with parents about future schools. Each day begins with Maths and English followed by the other subjects taught by class teachers (Geography, History, Religious Studies, Reasoning, Computing, PSHE and Drama) and specialists as outlined below:
Key Stage 2 pupils have one French lesson a week with the French teacher where they will continue to build on oral comprehension and be introduced to grammar and written French. They will revisit previously learnt topics to learn spellings and be able to communicate accurately in written form, drawing on their understanding of speaking and grammar rules.
At Clifton Lodge we appreciate the importance of good, motivating Sports tuition for health, teamwork and achievement. Sport is played on two days each week with additional matches and competitions throughout the year. One lesson is held on-site in the main playground and on Friday afternoons Key Stage 2 travel to Ealing Trailfinders Sports Ground. All our Sport is taught by specially trained coaches from Ealing Trailfinders. We focus on skills and team games through football, tag rugby, hockey, netball, cricket and rounders. The sporting highlight of the year is the School Sports Day held in June which everyone takes part in to represent their House.
Years 3-6 are taught Music once a week by the Music teacher. In singing, pupils develop their expression and awareness of phrases and try out singing in parts. Pupils also look at how composers employ the musical elements and recreate these effects, contributing their own ideas. In instrumental work, they further develop their understanding and application of music notation and rhythms when learning more extensive tin whistle pieces. Children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to audition for the School Choir. The Clifton Lodge School choir is very highly regarded and performs at all the public assemblies and Speech Day; being a member of it is a prestigious position and requires commitment to attend all events and rehearsals.
There is also a visiting peripatetic teacher to individually teach piano.
Key Stage 2 pupils have one Visual Arts lesson a week with the Art teacher. They will build on their knowledge and skills in the elements of art such as line, symmetry and form, study different types of Art such as architecture, embroidery and needlework and look at country specific Art. As in Key Stage 1 they will have the opportunity to study well known pieces and gain familiarity with famous artists. At the end of each unit the pupils will put this learning into practise in either 2D or 3D form.
Science lessons continue once a week with the Science teacher in Years 3-6. Chemistry, Biology and Physics are all covered in topics such as Cycles in Nature, Simple Machines, The Human Body, Light and Optics, Matter and Change. Science lessons are taught in our fully equipped Science lab which enables practical experiments to bring to life the theory studied.
Having Maths and English Specialists as the Year 5 and 6 form teachers ensures continuity for the last 2 years and enables the teachers to really know the children’s ability in these subjects which form the basis of the 11+. Year 5 sit weekly practice tests from the February half term and throughout the Autumn term of Year 6. In the Autumn term of Year 6 children have lessons on interview skills followed by practice interviews with either the Head or Deputy Head. Both Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning are taught in class through tests and applied practice at certain question types.
Trips, Residentials & Extra-Curricular Clubs
Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to take a day trip each term. With a wealth of museums, theatres and locations to visit, our trips are carefully planned to support and extend classroom learning, often including tailored workshops.
There are 2 residentials open to Key Stage 2: The Ski Trip to Bulgaria in February available to pupils in Year 4 and above and the Bushcraft camping residential in the UK in June for Years 3-6.
Clubs are run after school by teachers from Monday to Thursday. They draw on the interests and talents of our teachers with some external clubs at an additional cost. Clubs change each term and are run after school until 5.15pm.
High aspirations and expectations for all pupils. Children are nurtured to achieve their potential. Small school and attentive teachers.