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Upper Key Stage 2

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



Key Stage 2 Leader: Mrs Holt (Meerkats Class Teacher)

Teachers: Miss Barratt (Year 6 Falcons class teacher, Vice Principal), Miss McDonald (Year 6 Eagles and Falcons class teacher, English Coodinator, Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator), Miss Stanyard (Year 6 Falcons class teacher, PSHE coordinator, staff Governor, Sheffield University student), Mrs Godley (Year 5 Giraffes class teacher, Maths coordinator, parental engagement coordinator), Mrs Keogh (Year 5 Zebras class teacher, computing coordinator), Mrs Withers (Teaching assistant, interventions manager), Mrs Haynes (teaching assistant), Mrs Abbott (class teacher cover in Year 6).

PPA cover (Thursday pm): Mrs Abbott (Year 6), Mrs Bell (Year 5), Fit2Play Sport's Coaches.

There have been some changes in Year 6, with the recent inclusion of Miss Stanyard to the team. If you have any questions about this, please see Miss Barratt.



This page is to give you some general information about Upper Key Stage 2. 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 the Autumn Term?

Our topic for this term is the vile Victorians. In the next few months, we will be going back in time to discover what life was really like under the reign of Queen Victoria, including being in school, working life for children and the vicious crimes and punishments. This will be supported through the study of Street Child by Berlie Doherty and a by a trip to The Workhouse at Southwell where the children will spend a day acting out being a Victorian child in real life (letter and further information to follow shortly). And if you still wanted more, don't forget there will be an amazing performance of Oliver the Musical. Please see the newsletter attached below to see what is taking place on a week by week basis and all the exciting opportunities your child will have chance to participate in this term. 



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 rainbow rewards in school.



Physical education takes place twice a week. For Year 5, PE takes place every Thursday afternoon with one of our designated sports coaches and on a Friday morning with the class teacher. Swimming for Year 5 will commence during the spring term - more details to follow. In Year 6, PE takes place on a Wednesday afternoon (swimming 2-2.30pm) and Thursday afternoon (football and rugby 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.



Pupils should be in the correct school uniform at all times in accordance with school policy. All children should wear a white shirt and school tie and a grey/black skirt or trousers. School shoes should be plain black and trainers are not permitted. We appreciate your support in following this policy.


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

Support with daily reading, learning times tables and homework in general. The Abacus online learning programme is available for Maths to support all children at home in their learning. For Year 6, SATs support books will be on sale very soon. If you would like any further assistance, then please speak to your class teacher.


Dates for your diary

20th September - Harvest Festival at Christ Church.

11th October - Y6 visit The Workhouse at Southwell.

12th October - Y5 visit The Workhouse at Southwell.

17th October - school photos.

25th October - performance of Oliver the Musical.

26th October- Year 5 Homework Showcase.

7th November/12th November - parents evening.

3rd December - Christmas Fair.

20th December - Year 5 Homework Showcase.


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 or Mrs Holt who will be happy to speak to you at any time.



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