Welcome to Key Stage 2

You are in the Juniors now – hopefully setting a good example to the younger children in Key Stage 1. Key Stage 2 is a really important stage in your education. It's the time when you will really develop your skills and knowledge and become more independent learners. There are lots of things that you can do that will help you really achieve well in school.

Get the basics sorted

You will be expected to work really hard on things like handwriting, times tables and SPAG. By SPaG I don't mean pasta! SPaG stands for spelling, punctuation and grammar which is a vital foundation to your growing literacy skills. Times tables will really help you in all areas of your numeracy so it is worth learning them all as soon as you can. Below are some links to some great websites that will hopefully help you practise and they are good fun too!

Get reading!

Read as much as you can. It doesn't have to be just story books, it can be anything: non-fiction books, comics, magazines, newspapers, manuals. If you are not sure what you want to read, ask your teacher for some recommendations, or maybe even your friends.

Transfer to secondary school

Foster carers, this comes round quicker than you think! Have you thought about looking at secondary schools yet? The school open days and evenings tend to take place at either the end of Year 5 or the beginning of Year 6. It can be good to go and see some at the end of Year 5 and then go and look at your favourites again in Year 6 just to be sure. All schools are different and it is important that you and your child have a good look round and talk to staff and older students so that you can get a feel for whether a school is right for your child in care or not. Local Authority websites for your area should have details of forthcoming open days.

Social workers, the application form has to be in by the 31st of October and a letter from you to verify that the child is in care will be required by Admissions. It is very important that there has been lots of discussion between you, the foster carers and the young person well before the deadline. If you would like any advice on the best school for your young person or support with the process, please don't hesitate to contact the Virtual School Officer. Don't forget our young people only need to specify one choice on their form!

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