Lower Key Stage 2

Wonderful Life - Year 4 - ceramic

made in a workshop with Artist in Residence Jane Dixon

Children aged 7-9 in years 3 and 4. Classes are named after a British bird.

Dr Ruth Duberley is the phase leader for teaching staff and and up to ninety children. As in Key Stage 1, Years 3 and 4 are split into three classes by age. The youngest children benefit by, in some years, being the older ones in class and the oldest experience being the younger classmates too. This supports good social development for all and also fosters friendships across three year groups. There is no 'ability' grouping with children learning in mixed groups apart from in Guided Reading where texts are selected for groups at a similar reading level.

Information about the curriculum can be found in our Curriculum pages and in our Curriculum, Teaching and Learning document.


Younger children in year 3

Meet Mrs Hammond - September 2020

Paula Hammond

BA (Hons) Primary Education, MaST, SAPRE Philosophy for Children (level 2), Outdoor Learning Practitioner (level 2}

Mrs Hammond teaches the youngest year 3s, moving up with some of them from Bees last year. She leads behaviour and well-being throughout the school and is our subject leader for PHSE (personal, health and social education) and SRE (sex and relationships). Paula has also been co-opted onto the governing body. Joining us a TA in 2005 from Hebden Green Special School, Mrs Hammond trained on the Graduate Teaching Programme at Kingsmead and has taught in year 6 where she qualified in Philosophy for Children before moving to Key Stage 1 where she trained as a Mathematics Specialist Teacher.

Emma Lishman

NVQ Supporting Learning and Teaching (level 2)

As well as a teaching assistant in LKS2, Mrs Lishman also works as a mid-day assistant. Emma has been a welcome addition to the teaching team this September and has a particular interest in supporting children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Emma also supports children at lunchtime and in the Oasis.

Emma Wood

BA (Hons) English & Cultural Studies, PGCE Primary, E.L.S.A.

In 2013 Mrs Wood began working as a teaching assistant at Kingsmead. Emma qualified as a primary school teacher in 1994 and has taught from Reception to Year 6 over the subsequent nineteen years including taking on the role of MFL lead in her last school. Emma studied at Manchester Metropolitan University before settling in Cheshire. She has attended training in Attachment Theory and has qualified in Emotional Literacy Support. She is based mostly with the Cuckoos.


The oldest year 3 children and youngest year 4 pupils

Meet Dr Duberley and Mrs Bagley - September 2020

Mrs Julie Bagley

BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Environmental Science

Mrs Bagley is one of a dwindling number of staff who have been with us since opening in September 2004. Previously SENCo here and at her previous school, Julie leads Religious Education through school as well as teaching the Hen-Harriers on Thursdays and Fridays.

Ruth Duberley

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Physiology, MSc, PhD, PGCE Primary

Dr Duberley job shares the Hen Harriers with Mrs Bagley. She also leads Science throughout the school and organises Science Week - a real highlight of the school year, celebrated every two years in the Spring term. Ruth also leads provision for children keen to develop their gifts and talents and puts families and teachers in touch with events such as Challenge Saturdays and Daresbury Laboratory. Ruth has taught in primary and middle schools and prior to her teaching career carried our post-doctoral research into Alzheimer's disease at Kings hospital in London. She has two sons, one at Kingsmead.

Natalie Hill

BA (Hons) Primary Education

Mrs Hill joined in September 2019 as a teaching assistant with Lower Key Stage 2. She will work mainly with Hen Harriers.


Older children in year 4

Meet Miss Tweedie - September 2020

Jess Tweedie

BA (Hons) Geography, PGCE Primary

Jess joined us in September 2019 having studied Geography at University of Cambridge and a PGCE at University of Cumbria. Jess is from a farming family and has a particular interest in the environment. She works with the Art and Culture curriculum team. Jess enjoys hill walking, gardening and badminton in her spare time.

Sharon Clowes

NVQ (level 3) Teaching Assistant Support

Miss Clowes supports pupils with special educational needs, disabilities and medical needs in Hedgehogs. She supports Mrs Wood with support for pupils' emotional literacy and managing feelings and has additional training in supporting children with diabetes in school. Sharron is also an invaluable member of our Mid-Day team supporting pupils over the lunch time. In her spare time Sharon makes the most amazing cakes!