U9 Task 4 – Education Research:

Key Stage one:

  • What age group does this cover?

The age range for Key Stage One are 5 year olds to 7 year olds. This key stage is split into a 2 year span so that the topics are split up in such a way that the pupils learning will have a better chance at holding all the new information. The two year span is known as Year 1 and Year 2 at Primary School.

  • What subjects make up this key stage?

State schools in England have to reach a range of subjects according to targets set by the national curriculum.

There are four general teaching requirements which are as follows:

  1. Using language efficiently
  2. Use information and communication technology  efficiently
  3. Following health and safety guidelines
  4. Teaching that provides ethnic minority viewpoints

Here are the list of subjects that are introduced to 5-7year olds:

  • English – Phonics, rhyming, alphabet, spellings, pronouns, joining words, similar meanings and making sentences
  • Maths – Adding, subtracting, multiplying, division, number ordering and money matters
  • Science – Living things, health and growth, growing things, variation, properties of materials, electricity, forces, light, sound and pitch
  • Geography – The natural world, human geography, natural processes and disasters
  • D&T – Tools and equipment, materials, design, food and textiles
  • ICT – how do computer games work?, what is code? and what are computer bugs?
  • History – People, periods and themes
  • Music – Composing, performing, instruments, singing and musical elements
  • Art – Drawing, painting, sculpture, colour, pattern, shapes
  • RE – Christianity, Hinduism, morals and ethics
  • PE – Ball sports, gymnastics, competition, group games, dance
  • PSHE – Friendship, relationships, self-awareness, healthy living and personal safety
  • What topics within those subjects might you choose for a piece of theatre and why?

There are so many options to pick from so its a really hard decision but I think that I would decide to choose english ‘making sentences’ because you could use anything to make a sentence and I could make a song up about putting words together which would be really interesting.

I could use already made sentences to help the audience understand the meaning of the sentence and then using that sentence we could put that to a melody so you can interact with the audience.

Key Stage two:

  • What age group does this cover?

The age range for Key Stage Two’s are 7 year olds to 11 year olds. This key stage is split into 4 year spans so that the information is distributed in an equal amount in the years, the reason that this is not a short time period is because the learning criteria is harder for the pupils to learn about. This is known as Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 in Primary school. Compared to Key stage one, key stage two has an upper stage and a lower stage. The lower stage are the younger ones from Year 3 – Year 4 and the upper stage is the older ones from Year 5 – 6.

  • What subjects make up this key stage?

Here are a list of subjects that are introduced to this ages group:

  • English –

Reading (text, subtext, dictionaries, poetry and finding information)

Writing (Argument, Explanation, Instructions, Leaflets, Letters, Newspapers, Reports, Recounts, Story planning and Vocabulary)

Spelling and Grammar (Nouns and adjectives, paragraphs, punctuation,  sentences, spellings, adjectives and adverbs)

  • Maths –

Number (Addition and subtracting, Decimals, factors and multiples, basic fractions, ordering and comparing fractions, converting fractions to decimals, money problems, percentages, place value)

Space, shapes and measurements (2D and 3D shapes, Angles, measures, symmetry and time)

Handling data (Frequency data, Mode, Mean, Median, Mode, Range and probability)

  • Science –

Living things (Circulation, Food chains, human life cycles, microorganisms, plant and animal habitats, plant life cycles, plants, skeletons and muscles, teeth, eating and variation)

Materials (changes in materials, changing states, heat, material properties, rocks and soils, solids, liquids and gases)

Physical processes (Earth, sun and moon, Electrical circuits, electrical conductors, forces, friction, light, magnets, shadows and sound)

  • What topics within those subjects might you choose for a piece of theatre and why?

I think I would choose to focus on living things including food chains, plant and animal habitats, eating…etc. I would choose this topic because it’s a topic that could be seen as quite complex and considering they are asking for help to teach, theatre will be a great way for the children’s minds to contain the information in a calm and fun way to learn. The songs that we could create would be interesting and could be seen as hilarious to the lower key stage because they wouldn’t quite understand the terms that we are using however the upper stage I think would understand better and the facts put in such a way would remind them when they are taking a test or if they are talking to a member of staff.

Another topic that I could choose for theatre is handling data. This is another difficult subject and I believe that through song they will find it easier to understand the language and understand how to use it etc. I could maybe put a fairy tale concept on the piece so that the audience feel more motivated to interact.

Anon. Key Stage 1, Bitesize. BBC 2014.http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/. Accessed:January 13, 2017.

Anon. Science, Living Things. BBC2014.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/.  Accessed : January 13, 2017.

Anon. Key Stage 2, Bitesize. BBC 2014. /www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/. Accessed January 13, 2017.

Anon. Literacy, Joining Words. BBC 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/joining_words/play/. Accessed: January 13, 2017.





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