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Upper Key Stage 2

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



Key Stage 2 Leader: Miss Barratt (Eagles Class)

Teachers: Miss Barratt (Year 6 Eagles class teacher, Vice Principal, Key Stage 2 Leader), Mrs Bower (Year 6 Falcons class teacher, music coordinator), Miss McDonald (Year 5 Zebras class teacher, Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator), Mrs Ross (Year 5 Giraffes class teacher, Maths coordinator), Mrs Withers (Teaching assistant, interventions manager), Miss Stanyard (teaching assistant), Miss Wooldridge (teaching assistant), Mrs Turner (teaching assistant).

PPA cover (Thursday pm): Miss Hagen, Mrs Clements, 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 2017

Our topic for this term is Invaders and Settlers, focusing on the Romans in Year 6 and the Vikings in Year 5. This will be a study of invasions of Britain and how this changed the history of our land. Year 5 will be studying the text of 'How to Tran Your Dragon', whilst Year 6 will be looking at Roman legends of Romulus and Remus and Boudicca. Year 5 will also be taking a trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre in York later in the term and Year 6 will be going on their residential week to Shropshire. Please see the Key Stage newsletter attached below for further information. 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 Thursday (outdoor) afternoon. In Year 6, PE takes place on a Thursday afternoon (outdoor) 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.


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

We operate an open morning/afternoon once a week in Key Stage 2. This currently takes place on Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm where you are able to come into class, look at your child's work and join in with lessons. This time is changed around regularly to fit in with parent's commitments and will be finalised for the Spring Term 2016 very soon.


Dates for your diary




Tuesday 24th January (and every Tuesday until SATs week)

Y6 after school booster sessions. Pupils stay for 1 extra hour after school.


Wednesday 22nd February and Monday 27th February

Parents evening


Monday 20th March – Friday 24th March

Y6 Residential week at Borraton Park, Shropshire (PGL)


Date to be confirmed Spring 2

Y5 Jorvic Viking Centre, York.


Date to be confirmed Spring 2

Y5 sleepover.


Monday 8th May – Thursday 11th May

Y6 SATs week.

Test days and times to be confirmed.

Monday 12th June – Friday 16th June

Y6 Play in a week

Final performance to parents: Friday 16th June 6pm.

4th, 5th and 6th July

Y6 Valley transition days.





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.