Year 3 & Year 4

Welcome to LKS2(Year 3 and 4)

In Year 3 we welcome boys and girls into their first year here at RAAS. We place a strong emphasis establishing routines and developing a strong foundation on which to build in the years to come.

We encourage all children to be creative, develop a vivid imagination and take responsibility through becoming an ‘Upstander.’

We introduce our pupils to the 5 Gatton Aims:

  • Take ownership of our lives
  • Respect ourselves, others and the environment
  • Aspire and persevere
  • Be courageous and honest
  • Contribute to our community and society

Through high quality teaching and strong pastoral support our children are encouraged to be confident in expressing their ideas and opinions with the class and with each other.

Year 3 pupils are taught predominately by their class teacher for the academic subjects; however, have the opportunity to have lessons taught by subject specialist teachers. These may include, Deign &Technology, Food Technology, Modern Languages, Music, Drama, PE and Swimming.

We believe that this style of teaching and learning provides a true holistic education and one where children are given the best possible opportunity to flourish from an early age.

Teamwork remains a key element in our pupils’ learning throughout Year 3 and 4 and we focus on building confidence and self-esteem with a ‘can-do’ attitude.

We are proud to invite Year 3 and 4 pupils to apply for leadership roles within the Junior School. These include becoming Learning Ambassadors, School Council or Eco Team representatives.

In Year 4 pupils continue to build upon the concepts and strategies learnt in Year 3 and we place a strong emphasis on whole class, group and independent learning. As ever, we strive to make lessons fun so that every pupil feels confident and eager to learn.

We want all our pupils to develop into flexible and independent learners.

Phonics and Reading is taught through Read, Write Inc, and all children are encouraged read for pleasure. There are a wide range of reading materials accessible through our Junior library and online platforms which can be accessed in the boarding house and home or even during the holidays. Our Literacy lessons have many formal elements with spelling, grammar and comprehension and we encourage exploration of these elements within creative work and by studying a variety of high quality, age appropriate literature.

In Maths we work on building a confidence with numbers, developing the ability to work with numbers confidently and use a range of mathematical vocabulary.

Year 3 Gallery

Year 4 Gallery

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

In Year 5 pupils are taught by their class teacher for Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, Geography, PSHE, Art and Religious Education.

Senior School specialist teachers cover subjects such as Modern Languages, Music, ICT, Design & Technology, Food Technology, Drama, PE and Swimming.

We continue to build on the strong routines and academic foundations from the previous years, encouraging the children to develop greater independence by providing them with a range of investigations and problem-solving activities. 

Literacy work is often based around a chosen topic or theme; looking at different writing styles and techniques, studying different genres of writing and helping pupils to create their own written examples. Emphasis is placed on developing comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills, as well as careful presentation. 

We follow the White Rose Maths scheme and use a variety of practical and online resources to support our learning, differentiating the work to support the lower achievers and challenging the more able pupils through enrichment tasks or activities. The children continue to develop their times tables recall and mental arithmetic skills through a range of activities, using practical maths equipment, maths games and weekly online challenges.  

Other Subjects Taught
We aim to provide an engaging and cross-curricular approach to learning History, Geography and Art, using the Concentric Curriculum model to teach these subjects.
 We believe that learning is enriched and deepened by creating opportunities to link learning to everyday life. Teachers make use of the school grounds and outdoors, making the most of our extensive school campus: encouraging pupils to investigate and respect their environment. 
Pupils in Year 5 take part in weekly, PE and Swimming lessons and many are involved in a number of sporting fixtures throughout the year.
In addition to sport, there are opportunities in Music and Drama for pupils to perform throughout the year.

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

This is clearly a particularly important year as our Year 6 children prepare for their SATS Tests in May and the transition to Senior School.

In this, their final year in the Junior School, we ensure we work hard on preparing pupils, both academically and socially, for the next stage of their education.
By Year 6 it is our desire that our pupils have developed into confident and considerate individuals; that they have been equipped with the skills and understanding to be able to make many decisions for themselves. We also encourage them to take on a wide range of new roles and responsibilities within the Junior School, to develop their leadership skills and support and guide our younger pupils.

In English, we want Year 6 pupils to develop into more discerning readers: recognising the different techniques and styles authors adopt to catch and maintain the reader’s attention, and the way different forms of writing are structured and organised.
We look at a range of text-types throughout the year, both fiction and non-fiction, and make comparisons between them. We then encourage our pupils to produce their own pieces of text for a range of different audiences and purposes.
We also place great emphasis on continuing to develop our pupils’ appreciation and understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling. With the spelling, both individual and group spelling programmes are put in place to meet the differing needs of our pupils.

Our Year 6 Maths curriculum continues to build on previous learning, but with an added emphasis on encouraging pupils to select their own methods for tackling a range of mathematical problems involving number, calculations, money, measures, shape and space.

Other Subjects Taught
Having a specialist teacher from the Senior School to deliver the Year 6 Science curriculum ensures that our pupils are well prepared for the distinct aspects of science they will meet in Key Stage 3.
Access to the Senior School Science laboratories also means that the children can carry out a range of in-depth and fascinating investigations using the wide range of resources at their disposal.
In Humanities in Year 6, we encourage pupils to start to question events, outcomes, opinions, and ideas, rather than just learning and recording facts. We want our pupils to ask question, to consider the consequences of natural and man-made developments, examine the work of charities and to develop their own views and opinions concerning the many issues that they will face now and in the future.

Specialist subject teachers based in the Senior School deliver many aspects of the Year 6 curriculum, including MFL, Music, Design & Technology, Food Technology, Computing, Drama PE and Swimming. We believe that by the end of Year 6, our pupils have had the ‘best of both worlds’ in KS2. They have had a strong Form Teacher base, along with a richness of specialist teaching provided in a wide range of subjects.

By the end of Year 6, we want to ensure that our pupils obtain the necessary skills and understanding to prepare them for the transition into Year 7 and their secondary education.