Lower Key Stage 2

Lower Key Stage 2 Curriculum (Years 3 and 4) 2016/17

Mrs Jane Parker-Hack- LKS2 Team Leader

The curriculum in Lower Key Stage 2 is broad, in that it includes all the foundation subjects, and balanced, in that appropriate weighting is given to the core subjects of Mathematics, Science and English. We aim for all children to reach their highest possible standard in each subject area. We follow a very exciting themed curriculum which allows children to apply skills and knowledge across different subjects.

The topics covered follow the National Curriculum guidance and age related expectations as the basis for the planning and teaching of English and Mathematics, as well as other primary curriculum subjects including:

  • Religious Education
  • ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
  • History
  • Geography
  • PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)
  • Science
  • PE (Physical Education)
  • Music
  • French
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and Design

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Below is an overview of the fantastic topics we will be covering:

A Scrumdiddly-umptious

Yum! Yum! Yum! Time to roll up your sleeves and put on your chef’s hat. We will explore a range of foods using touch, taste and smell. Using our knowledge of food groups, we will follow and create recipes for a range of taste sensations.


Put on your white coat and goggles; it’s time to get creative! But beware…some chemicals are deadly! We will study a range of everyday items, classifying them into solids, liquids and gasses. We will investigate melting and freezing and even create our very own potion.


Gods and Mortals

Step back into a time of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. We will dive into a range of myths and bring the characters to life. We learn about famous craftsman, build our own minotaur and invent our own pair of moving wings. Maybe our ideas might even take off…

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Open wide! We’re about to go on a voyage like no other…inside your body! We will follow what happens to each tasty morsel you eat on its journey through your digestive system, creating flow charts and diagrams. We will investigate the effects of food on our bodies, including beans!


The King is dead and a French Duke is after our thrown! Get ready to explore an England on the defence. We will use the power of art to find out what happened, by analysing and recreating scenes from the Bayeux tapestry. We will study and design our own castle with a range of defences- ready for our enemies!


We will wind back the clock and travel to Ancient Greece to explore mighty Mount Vesuvius and the deadly effects of it eruption. We will delve deep into the Earth’s core to learn about the formation of rocks and build our very own volcanoes.

B Urban Pioneers

Our city is filled with wonder and this topic will allow us to look at it with fresh eyes. We will explore Middlesbrough, looking at how it has changed and design how we can make it even better!

Traders and Raiders

The Saxons! The Vikings! BEWARE! Prepare to return to the Dark Ages and experience a time when fear reigned. We will explore a range of sources to discover what life was like, ordering key dates and studying and recreating deadly weapons.


Take cover! It’s time to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most fearsome creatures. We will learn about how the food chain works and who is really on top!

I am warrior!

Draw your sword, wield your axe and prepare for battle! It’s time to delve into the past and experience warring Britain. Get ready to train at Gladiator school and study a range of sources to learn about life at that time.

Mighty Metals

You need to wear two hats for this one- engineer and scientist! We will delve into the world of forces and magnetism and experiment with a range of metals to discover their properties. We will study moving objects in the playground and investigate how they work.

Tribal Tales

Fold back the pages of history and return to a world unimaginable- prehistoric times. We will work as a tribe to study and build our own monuments and unearth ancient objects using a range of sources.


Whilst we work very hard in school, the children are expected to complete some work at home. This work will be found in their homework books. We also expect children to read at home at least three times a week and record it in their reading record. Reading at home is an essential part of your child’s learning and ensures that they progress well. Homework is given out on a Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday.

Should you require any additional information on the curriculum for your child, please contact your child’s class teacher or access the link below to the Department for Education.





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