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Upper Key Stage 2

English and Mathematics Within Upper Key Stage 2

Please click on the links below for additional information on our approach to teaching the National Curriculum core subjects of English and Mathematics in Upper Key Stage 2

Foundation Subjects Within Upper Key Stage 2

Within the Lower Key Stage 2 classes, we follow a two year cycle of projects combining many of the foundation subjects.

  Aut  1 Aut 2 Spr 1 Spr 2 Sum 1 Sum 2
Year A Tudors

Lavenham Blues- Suffolk Past

and Present

Rock, Paper, Scissors

All Creatures

Great and Small

Ancient Mayans

Enterprise -

Town Planning

Year B Fit for Life Evacuees Ancient Rome

May the Force

be With You

No Place Like Home Enterprise - Holiday Planning


Please click on the links below to see how the National Curriculum programmes of study are covered through our topics.

'Discrete' Sessions

Music, Computing, PE, RE and Languages run as discrete sessions within Lower Key Stage 2


At St. Edmundsbury much of our music learning is supported by the Charanga Musical School, recommended by Suffolk County Music.  This online music scheme, covers a range of styles and genres and musically draws together listening/appraising, composing/improvising and performing skills in singing and instrument throughout Upper Key Stage 2.

Children learn about the inter-related dimensions of pitch, tempo, dynamics, duration, timbre and texture, and how these are used in musical structures to create a musical picture, mood or effect. Through Charanga we have access to a huge range of music from different countries and times, giving our children a good introduction to the History of Music from the Medieval era to today.

In addition, each child in Year 5 has access to a second musical instrument enabling them to build upon the skills they have begun to develop in Lower Key Stage 2.


During our discrete sessions, each year group within Upper Key Stage 2 access units on programming; computational thinking; creativity; computer networks; communication/collaboration; and productivity. Most of these units last for a half term, but this depends on the length of the half term. As with all of our curriculum, these are run on a two year programme.

We currently make use of the ‘Switched on Computing’ units.


PE is taught by both our class teachers and additional coaches. Class teachers make use of he Val Sabin PE programme, developing dance, gymnastics and athletics from year to year. Our external coaches also develop athletics skills as well as games.


RE learning in Lower Key Stage 2 covers Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism through the headings of Symbols and Religious Expression; Beliefs in Action; Believing; Teachings and Authority; Worship, Pilgrimage and Sacred Places; The Journey of Life and Death; Beliefs and Questions. RE is taught each half term as complete 'RE Days' enabling children to really build upon their learning over the course of those days.


The overall focus in our French lessons is fun, involvement and enjoyment. The emphasis initially is on listening and speaking, but as the children progress, their reading and writing skills are developed. As well as watching films of French people going about their daily lives, we play games, sing songs, use puppets and other props to demonstrate the language. Children are encouraged to ‘have a go’, often in a role play situation, and they know that their friends are there to support them if they are struggling. 

Each session practices and reinforces previously learnt language and introduces a new element. We learn our French skills through different topics (see overview) and in doing so we learn about the French culture and its traditions, as well as those in other French speaking countries like Morocco. We also enjoy comparing the different languages and cultures of the children in our school and we like to tell each other about our holiday experiences in places other than Bury St. Edmunds, especially when we have tried something new.

Throughout the school we are trying to talk to each other in simple, every day and classroom French, so don’t be surprised if your child starts talking French to you at home!

Please click here to view our French curriculum