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Upper Key Stage 2

Upper Key Stage 2 - Eagles, Falcons, Zebras & Giraffes



Key Stage 2 Leader: Miss Barratt (Vice Principal)

Teachers: Miss McDonald (Year 6 Eagles class teacher, English Coodinator, Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator), Mrs Bower (Year 6 Falcons class teacher, music coordinator), Mrs Nicholls (Year 5 Zebras class teacher), Mr Hastings (Year 5 Giraffes class teacher, PE coordinator, DT coordinator), Mrs Withers (Teaching assistant, interventions manager), Mrs Haynes (teaching assistant), Mrs Turner (teaching assistant).

PPA cover (Monday pm and Friday pm): Miss Stanyard, Fit2Play Sport's Coaches.



This page is to give you some general information about Upper Key Stage 2. Further information about individual classes can be found on the class blog pages which contain individual pupil's work and separate class information. Upper Key Stage 2 is separated into four classes. To support the transition to secondary school, in this primary phase the pupils are often divided into more classes for reading, writing and maths. For example, in Year 6, pupils separate into 3 classes for Maths every morning. There is a strong emphasis on enjoyment and achievement within Upper Key Stage 2 as pupils are prepared for their end of key stage tests and supported to attain as highly as they can. In addition to this, the team strongly believe in developing pupils in all areas and therefore the curriculum is enriched in a number of ways through sporting activities, educational visits and residential excursions, drama productions and musical performances, to name just a few. The staff are extremely dedicated to providing as many opportunities as possible for all pupils and they regularly provide extra activities for students to excel, including school sleepovers, charity fundraising events and additional out  of school hours experiences.

Belong, Believe, Achieve


What we are learning In Summer Term?

Our topic for this term is Russia with a focus on the 2018 football World Cup. We will be learning all about this country and comparing it with other countries competing in the World Cup tournament. Of course, this will also involve plenty of opportunities to actually participate in playing the beautiful game itself. This is a very special term, especially for Year 6 as they prepare to leave for secondary school. During the next few weeks, they will be taking part in the DARE programme (life skills coaching), spending time at their new secondary school and preparing to say farewell to the school after their time spent at St John's. Year 5 also get to spend some time at our local secondary school as part of their transition programme. All the information about the curriculum for this term and further details can be found on the termly newsletter or on the curriculum section of our website.  You are invited to come and see your child's work whenever you would like through appointment with the teacher or after school. There will be designated opportunities for you to come into class on a weekly basis which will be announced shortly. 



Work will be sent home weekly for children in Upper Key Stage 2. This will include weekly spellings to learn and other pieces consisting of English, Mathematics or topic homework. In addition to this, we also ask that you read little and often with your child; all children are provided with a reading book and reading record to track their efforts at home. Also, we send home termly topic challenges relating to the area of study that pupils are learning about that term. This may include an art project or a poetry task that can be completed at home with the help of parents; these tasks are optional and are rewarded with team points and tea party tokens in school.



Physical education takes place twice a week. For Year 5, PE takes place on a Friday with swimming and outdoor PE with one of our designated sports coaches. In Year 6, PE takes place on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon (football and cricket this term). Pupils should bring their PE kit to school on a Monday morning and take it home at the end of the school day on Friday; PE can take place at any time during the school week and therefore pupils should have their kit in school all week. PE kit should consist of black shorts, a t-shirt in your child's team colour and black jogging bottoms for outdoor PE, in addition to suitable footwear for indoor and outdoor use. Earrings cannot be worn during PE and must be removed by the child. For swimming, pupils should wear a one-piece swimming costume or trunks (no loose-fitting shorts). Goggles can be worn upon completion of a permission slip.


What can you do to help with your child's learning

Support with daily reading, learning times tables and homework in general. 


Dates for your diary


Residential to Caythorpe Court for Year 6: Monday 12th – Friday 16th February 2018

Tuesday 13th March 2018- Class and school photos

Thursday 15th March 2018 – Zebras class assembly

EASTER HOLIDAYS Friday 30th March 2018 and return to school Monday 16th April 2018

Residential for year 5 to Castleton – Tuesday 17th April 2018- Thursday 19th April 2018.

Thursday 10th May 2018- Giraffes Class Assembly

Monday 14th May – SATs week.

Monday 18th June-Friday 22nd June 2018- Y6 PLAY IN A WEEK. Friday 22nd June 2018 – Afternoon performance at 1.30pm. Evening Performance at 5:30pm – Please ensure your children are able to do this. It is a fantastic show and an amazing experience for all involved.

Thursday 19th July 2018- Year 6 Leavers and Dare graduation Assembly (normally 2pm but to be confirmed).

SAT’s Week


Tests (AM ONLY)

Monday 14th May

Reading Test

Tuesday 15th May

English, punctuation, grammar and spelling (EPGS)

Test 1: short answer questions

Test 2: Spelling

Wednesday 16th May


Paper 1: Arithmetic

Paper 2: Problem solving 1

Thursday 17th May

Paper 3: Problem solving 2

Wednesday 11th July - Year 5 transition to Outwood Academy Valley

Wednesday 11th July - Proms in the Playground

Tuesday 17th July - Sports Day

Thursday 19th July - Year 6 Graduation


What to do if you have a concern or a problem

In the first instance, please arrange to see your class teacher either by organising an appointment in person or through the office. If you have any further concerns, please arrange to see Miss Barratt who will be happy to speak to you at any time.