Welcome to Lower Key Stage 2 Phase.  My name is Gemma Silk and I am the Phase Lead for Year 3 and 4. You can contact me by phoning the office or email:

There are 4 classes in Lower Key Stage 2 Phase, as follows:

Year 3:
Sandpipers: Mrs Begum
Owls: Mrs Ashby

Year 4:
Magpies: Mr Litchfield
Wagtails: Mrs Kirby

At Palm Bay we believe that having small phases helps children feel nurtured and belong to a group that is wider than just their class.  We have play times together and have a weekly Phase assembly in mixed groups, to help the children make friends in all 4 classes and to make sure that all the adults get to know all 120 children.  Our assemblies cover all sorts of topics including friendships, growth mindset, targets, perseverance, managing anger and conflict, as well as learning about current affairs. 

Below are some PDF documents with important information, the LKS2 curriculum and a sample of our timetable:




A day in the life in lower Key Stage 2:

8.45 – 9.10 – Children come in and organise themselves for their day. The teachers usually have calming music playing and the children are expected to come in and read the board to find out what to do. Their classroom is set up with an early morning work activity that is either re-visiting or improving previous learning and adults are available to support with this. Some children may also have some quality 1-1 time with an adult to read.

9.10 – 9.30 – Maths meeting – this is a fun mental/oral numeracy session with lots of songs, that covers important concepts such as calendar, time, shape and money.

9.30 – 10.30 – Maths – this session is aimed challenging children appropriately and maintaining high levels of enthusiasm. Lessons are differentiated according to their ability and are always encouraged to apply their skills in problem solving and real-life situations.

10.30 – 10.45 – Playtime – year 3 and 4 children have access to the field, the outdoor classroom, the small playground, tyres and trim trail. There is a fruit café for those children who wish to purchase a snack.

10.45 – 11.00 – SPAG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar) – a discrete session focusing on one specific concept to support the children in developing and applying their literacy skills.

11.00 – 12.00 – Literacy – the children work on texts that are closely linked to their topic. The lessons cover shared reading and writing, role play and independent activities. Again, the learning is differentiated according to the children’s ability to make it accessible for all.

12.00 – 12.30 – Guided Reading – the children explore a range of texts and have lengthy discussions about their content. This is usually followed by a written task.

12.30 – 1.30 – Lunch – children all eat together in the hall and then go back out to their field. The midday meals supervisors set up activities for the children to do.

1.30 – 2.00 – Independent reading and handwriting – we believe that presentation is extremely important so the children practise their cursive handwriting daily.

2.00 – 3.20 – Creative topic – the children spend most afternoons working on their topic, except for days when they have computing of PE. Their topic work has either a science, geography, history or art focus and is all linked to the theme of the term.