Key Stage Two is the final phase of a child’s education at Pointers and is where children discover their individual strengths and are helped to achieve all-round excellence. The focus is to increase children’s independence, responsibility and self-confidence through a creative, stimulating and safe learning environment. We have high aspirations for all Pointers pupils and want them to leave Key Stage Two as independent, courteous and resilient individuals, who have acquired a life-long love of learning and will be very successful at secondary school and beyond.
The pupils are still taught in their form classes for most lessons, however the school day is slightly longer. Homework is set daily and is expected to be completed and returned to a high standard. Our children go on to a variety of secondary schools and we work in partnership with parents to ensure that those who wish to take the 11+ tests for Grammar schools and/or entrance exams for independent secondary schools are well prepared. Over the years we have had great success in getting pupils into some of the top schools in the country, including with academic, drama, music, and sport scholarships. The preparation for these exams begins in Year 3 but the main preparation is carried out during Year 5. Pupils in the upper school (Y5/6) also benefit from specialised teaching across the yeargroup for certain subjects as a way of preparing them for the transition to secondary school.
The Key Stage Two Curriculum at Pointers is broad, and includes unique out-of-school learning experiences. In Years 3 and 4 the pupils have weekly swimming lessons and there is also the opportunity to try out for sports teams and represent the school against other schools in matches and tournaments for the first time. Something that the pupils look forward to the most is going on a residential trip, ranging from two nights in Surrey for Year 3 to four nights on the Isle of Wight in Year 6. Each residential is always a time of great adventure with activities designed to boost teamwork and communication skills, including raft building, abseiling, bouldering, rock climbing and zip lining! Each trip has a slightly different focus, for example, the Year 5 trip to the Norfolk Coast explores the beaches so pupils get to study rock pools as well as sea barriers.
Other highlights of the year in KS2 include the annual public speaking competition where the pupils express themselves imaginatively and with conviction. There is also the drama production, which takes place in the summer term and is a huge success. In the past we have had stunning performances of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Annie, and The Wizard of Oz. There are also several drama and music showcases throughout the year, giving the pupils the opportunity to exhibit their talents to family and friends.
In Year 6 the pupils are given positions of responsibility and they help the staff with various aspects of the school. Two pupils are School Captains and have an active role on many public occasions, while four others are Heads of House and lead a range of events throughout the year including bake sales. There is also a Sports Captain, Eco Captain, several Reading Captains and Assembly Captains, who all contribute regularly to school activities and initiatives.