During the child’s time in Upper Key Stage Two, key life skills will be developed and maintained with a focus and drive on individual progress and attainment. With a challenging curriculum in place, each child will learn perseverance and determination in order to no doubt achieve their goals.
Gildredge House has two classes in each Year Group in Years 5 to 6. The children are taught in a purpose-built building with its own hall, library and ICT room. It has easy access to the Multi Use Games Area, school field and is in the process of developing the Outdoor Learning Environment.
The Gildredge House Way
The children and staff have developed the Gildredge House Way and these values are at the core of our everyday lives:
Our vision is for all students to be co-operative, confident, ambitious and successful members of our community.
Years 5 and 6 Curriculum
Gildredge House continues to provide a robust academic education with a strong core of English, Mathematics and Science learning with lessons devised and derived from the National Curriculum and the Cambridge Curriculum. Students will also continue to enjoy specialist teaching by Secondary staff, as they have done in Years 1 to 4 for subjects such as French, Music, and Sport, with the addition of further subjects such as Spanish, Art, Design and Food Technology.
High-quality texts are at the heart of all learning. Upper Key Stage Two at Gildredge House stands out due to the unique learning experiences that are offered to the children. Due to the passion of children’s literature by all members of staff, unknown texts are explored by the children that break the norms of any other typical Primary school.
Children are encouraged to be reflective practitioners in their work and this is shown through their own responses to the work they have produced. Justification of choices in the students’ writing is an expectation that the children become familiar with and the children have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the curriculum in their own independent learning.
Our aim is for all students to have sound English and Mathematical skills that are taught discreetly before being applied through a creative curriculum approach. The Curriculum Maps below give an overview of the curriculum in each Year Group:
- Curriculum Map: Year 5 – Autumn Term 1 [PDF]
- Curriculum Map: Year 5 – Autumn Term 2 [PDF]
- Curriculum Map: Year 6 – Autumn Term 1 [PDF]
- Curriculum Map: Year 6 – Autumn Term 2 [PDF]
As an all-through school, our younger students benefit from regular access to the school’s excellent facilities in Science, Sport and the Performing Arts. The Heads of Department in the Secondary phase have strong links with the teachers in the Primary phase in order to build a cohesive and meaningful curriculum.
The children are encouraged to be independent and inquisitive learners and undertake an annual independent learning project that allows them to develop many important skills such as; research, organisation, collaboration, co-operation and working to a deadline. All experiences during this stage of their education will prove invaluable as the students progress into Year 7 and beyond.
As with the rest of the school, there is a varied and exciting extra-curricular programme, which for some students may take them into an optional extended day. There is also an external trip at least once per year for each Year Group and there is an annual residential activity.
All children will participate in school productions and there will be opportunities to take part in concerts throughout the year for children to showcase their hard work and talent.
Numerous fixtures will allow our students to flourish in the sporting arena, as well as building important team and leadership skills for the future.
Parents are warmly welcomed into the learning environment to support the children in their learning.
Please note: Twilight Activities are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students in Years 5 and 6 have the option to undertake Twilight Activities after school a maximum of two days per week. Twilight Activities are optional and are on a first-come first-served basis. There is a small administration charge for each club. These sessions are run by school staff and give an exciting dimension to school life.