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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. Classes generally remain with their own class teacher for all other lessons. 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 Spring Term?

Our topic for this term is World War: mainly focusing on WW1 through topic lessons and WW2 through the production of 'We'll Meet Again.' This term we will focus on the history of the war, including the triggers, impact on life and the resolution of conflict. Micheal Morporgo the award winning author wrote, 'War Horse' which is an inspirational story regarding the journey of a horse, who experiences the horrors of war. All the children in year 5 and 6 will study this book and it will inspire many pieces of writing.  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 Tuesday (indoor) and Friday (gymnastics) afternoon. In Year 6, PE takes place on a Monday afternoon (indoor gymnastics) and Wednesday afternoon (swimming). 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).

In addition to this, the children will be taking part in some dance sessions on a Thursday afternoon themed around their class novel and Cats the musical which will culminate in a performance for the parents (dates and times to be confirmed).


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

Wednesday 13th September 2017 – Swimming Starts for Year 6

Friday 15th September- INSET DAY

Thursday 5th October 2017 – Falcons Class Assembly

Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Individual and Sibling Photography

Friday 20th October – Possibly a sleepover – Staff permitting.


Thursday 16th November 2017 – Eagles Class Assembly

Thursday 16th September 2017 – Partake (drama group) to work with Year 5 all day.

Friday 17th November 2017 – Children in Need

Monday 18th December – Christmas Fayre

Tuesday 19th December 2017- Egyptian Day (Year 5 & 6)


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

Although this does not take place until the Summer Term, we thought it might be useful for you to have the dates of the SAT’’s tests for Year 6 for 2018. Key Stage 2 Test Week takes place from 14th – 17th May 2018. Dates of specific tests are outlined below.


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


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.