Helping your 7-11 year old

 Key Stage 2 is the term for the four years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales commonly known as Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6, with pupils aged between 7 and 11.  The term is defined in the Education Act 2002 as the period beginning at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in a class attain the age of eight and ending at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in a class attain the age of eleven. KS2 defines the group of pupils who must follow the relevant programmes of study from the National Curriculum. The subjects covered are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Design Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

From September 2014 all children at KS2 have the opportunity to learn a modern or ancient foreign language. At the end of this key stage, pupils in Year 6 are tested as part of the national programme of National Curriculum Tests, colloquially known as SATs. These tests cover English and Mathematics. The tests are externally marked, with results for each school being published in DfES performance tables.

 To find out all the resources available for KS2, please use the Worksheet Finder. The worksheets shown below are just a tiny selection from our range, to give you a feel for the variety we offer.
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Roman Britain
What should my child know at 11?
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Maths SATS questions & explanations

KS2 children will continue to have spellings to learn at home. Although children will probably have progressed beyond formal reading schemes, it is still important to read together. Children may have other homework, often related to topic work in school. Gradually children will be given more responsibility and will be expected to assess their own learning. They will extend their vocabulary in all subjects and they will have to predict results and undertake research themselves. Topics on science, history and geography may well be assigned and children will appreciate your support at home with these. Parents will get a chance to offer suggestions and to explain concepts which the child may find difficult.

Spellings and tables are essential tools for life and parents can help to ensure children are confident with these. Children should be encouraged to take an interest in the news, and topics can be discussed and researched, with children being encouraged to form their own opinions. Computers, books, videos and DVDs can all be used as a family to reinforce knowledge and to stimulate the child in both an imaginative manner and also in a factual way.


Many children will enjoy games and are now proficient enough to take part in team sports. This is an excellent way of ensuring that your child works well with others and learns to share and take turns.

Music, dancing, gymnastics and other interests should be followed. Many of these may be available in school but your child’s strengths and abilities should be encouraged so that they perform to the best of their potential and hence increase their confidence and pride.

Family life at this time is very busy but time spent now will help your child for life.

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