school key stages
Key Stage (KS5)
Key Stage (KS4)
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Throughout all key stages, our exceptional teaching staff support your child’s ongoing personal development and growth, no matter their passion. Whether academia, sport, or music, we have the resources in place to ensure that they are given all the opportunities to excel.
Key Stage 1 (primary school Years 3 and 4) builds on Foundation Stage experiences, and Key Stage 2 (primary school Years 5, 6 and 7) builds on Key Stage 1 experiences. As children progress through these stages, they move from informal to more formal learning.
The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. The learning opportunities provided should help young people to develop as individuals, contributors to society and contributors to the economy and environment.
Options for this Key Stage
Students will be allocated two Foreign Languages from French, German, Russian and Spanish.
Derby Virtual School works with children from foundation stage onwards. All transitions can be difficult for children in care, but the move from primary school to secondary school (from key stage 2 to key stage 3) can be especially daunting.
The Virtual School supports this transition and offers advice to schools about additional transition support for children in care.
The National Curriculum is not the whole curriculum. We need to take account of many other aspects of education. These may include Health Education, Personal and Social Education, Environmental Education, Economic Awareness and Citizenship.
The children have a gentle transition from Reception to Year 1 and gradually they start the National Curriculum.