Slotsvænget 1-3,

DK-5000 Odense, Denmark

Key Stage 2



Key Stage 2 is the stage of education that a child begins when they turn eight. It is an exciting stage when children begin to build more advanced skills and independence in all subject areas.  Through opportunities to use cooperative learning and by giving students responsibility for tasks, which benefit the class and school community, we support the development of social and interpersonal skills, too.

During this three-year period, there is a focus on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, along with various cross-curricular projects that will help the children to develop their learning styles, their natural curiosity and to explore the world around them. The children will also have weekly art and physical education lessons with teachers who specialize in those subject areas. In the final year of key stage 2, our students are introduced to a new language subject, French.

Key stage 2 aims to prepare students for secondary school. Assessment is carried out informally through feedback from the teacher and peer editing, as well as formally through integrated progress checkers and checkpoint exams at the end of the key stage.  In addition student progress is documented in their portfolio and progress reports twice annually.

 

Core Subject information

The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are each divided into different units throughout the year. Each unit is based on a particular topic within that subject, and aims to be interactive and fun for the pupils while helping them to meet specific learning targets.

Below is a guide to examples of units and working methods covered in key stage 2.

 

English

In English there is a balance between fiction and non-fiction texts at this stage. Students are taught to read and write basic text types like information, explanation, description and narrative texts. Our classroom texts reflect a range of topics and originate from cultures all over the world. This year, students have among other things studied Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and learned how to describe characters and write a book review.  They have also been learning about the importance of water. In this connection, students studied news reports and learned how to structure and produce an article.

 

Mathematics

In Mathematics we aim to encourage and consolidate mathematical skills through practical discoveries, relatable examples and theory. Units studied include counting and calculating with one, two and three digit numbers. Students consolidate skills for addition and subtraction to 100 and learn to multiply and divide numbers. Another unit studied includes ‘Money’. Students are also introduced to fractions through shapes and numbers. Other units include ‘Shape’; covering 2D and 3D shapes, ‘Measure’ which covers length, perimeter and area as well as capacity and time.  Students are encouraged to explain and reason orally and on paper.

 

Science

Science is a practical subject at Odense International School with plenty of opportunities to carry out supervised experiments. The teacher encourages independent thinking and reasoning and supports and helps to structure student discoveries. Units studied include ‘The Human Body, ‘Plant Life’, ‘Oceans’, ‘Space’ and the ‘Rainforests’.

 

Cross Curricular projects

Our cross-curricular projects combine aspects of the core subjects with other subjects, such as art, design, history, geography and ICT.

Such projects could be ‘The Rainforest’, ‘The Importance of Water’, ‘Life in the Sea’, or ‘The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen’.  In some cases the student will combine theory from the classroom with practice or discoveries on field trips. This year we have paid a visit to the Zoo, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and the Aquatic Park in Kerteminde.