On transferring to Key Stage Two (Years 3 to 6), the children will be encouraged to broaden, and study in greater detail the various learning areas. Reading material will be presented, which will increase vocabulary and also take account of the changing interests of the children as they mature.
Language activities (including speaking and listening, creative writing, handwriting and spelling) take on a more defined role as the children progress through Key Stage Two, as do the other important subject areas of Numeracy, Science, Information & Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Music, Physical Education, SMSC. Modern Foreign Language and Religious Education. The children will be encouraged to put forward their points of view on various issues, solve problems and make judgments regarding their work in school and life in general.
Children are set weekly home learning tasks, the amount depending on the scheme of work they are following. We would appreciate it if you could support your child by encouraging them to complete their home learning. Another way you can help your child is by reading to them and later listening to them read, as well as supporting them in their learning of their times tables. Children with particular learning needs, may be provided with additional work for completion at home.
Health and Sex & Relationships Education
The School has a formal policy for the teaching of Health and Sex & Relationships Education. This subject is taught to both Key Stages. Sex & Relationships Education is provided through the broader framework of the Sex & Relationships Policy. Section 241 of the Education Act 1993 introduced new arrangements for the teaching of sexual matters. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons. Children whose parents exercise this right will have alternative arrangements made for them. The School has produced an explanatory leaflet for parents on this subject, and this will be made available when your child is due to receive this education.
Special Educational Needs
Assistance is available for those children with learning or behavioural difficulties. This help is generally provided as a matter of course by the teaching staff of the school, however, children with special difficulties are referred to specialist teachers who are provided by the Local Authority. The use of these teaching specialists always follows discussions with parents, in conjunction with our Special Needs Co-ordinator.
Extended Schools Provision
There will be a number of opportunities for children to experience off-site activities e.g. visits to the theatre, art galleries and museums. The children may also be offered residential experiences as they move through school. We see these as a very important part of our curriculum.
Extra curricular activities are provided for the children after school e.g. football, dance, netball, multi-sports. They are run by a variety of people. They include our teachers, support staff and external providers. These clubs are all chargeable, and you will be expected to pay for each half terms club in advance.
At Brickhouse, we also run a before school Breakfast Club, from 7.30am daily. For more details about places and charges, please contact Mrs. J. Magson or Mrs. L. Steward on 0121 559 1629.