UK - Key Stage 2

  • Introduction

Key Stage 2 (KS2) is a part of the national curriculum followed in the UK. The term is used for the four years of education maintained in schools and are also normally known as Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.
There are exams associated with each key stage that show how a student is doing in the areas of study that have been defined as targets in the national curriculum.

  • How many years is the program?

Key stage 2 is a four-year programme starting from Year 3 – Year 6.

  • Which age groups and years is it for?

Key Stage 2 is designed for pupils aged from 8 to 11 years.

  • Which subjects are offered?

There are 11 mandatory subjects for students in KS2:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Computing
  • Ancient and Modern Foreign Languages

Other subjects include PSHE, it teaches children how to stay safe and live a healthy lifestyle. It aims to help children develop positive social skills and important attributes like empathy.
Schools must also provide Religious Education, although parents can ask that their children are taken out of part or all of the lessons.

  • What is the grading system and how are the students assessed? 

At the end of each key stage, children’s abilities are formally assessed. At the end of Year 6, students must take a set of national tests. Students are expected to reach certain levels at each key stage test.

The tests taken at the end of Key Stage 2 are:

    • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
    • English reading (reading and understanding text)
    • Mathematics (arithmetic and reasoning)
    • Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)


  • Key features and highlights of the curriculum 

Key Stage 2 provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

Across these 4 years, teachers aim to ensure that all pupils read easily, fluently and with a good understanding of the core subject – English. They also help develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.

  • How do we help students? 

Uplift academy offers talented and trained online tutors that help troubleshoot the students’ difficulties effortlessly while also focusing on the core subject groups focused for Key stage 2 – English, Maths and Science for their final assessment tests.

The Online Live Tuition & Coaching Classes at Uplift are conducted by personalized tuition teachers who are highly experienced & trained to handle kids with utmost attention.

During these private online tuitions, teachers not only explain the concept but also provide an array of practice tests, conduct oral quizzes and provide one on one guidance. With their extensive expertise and training, our teachers provide unique and personalized resources, assistance with school homework and extra tasks as well.

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