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Church Of England Academy

Upper Key Stage 2

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



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

Teachers: Mrs Ross & Mrs Bower (Year 6 Falcons class teachers, Science coordinators), Miss Stanyard (Year 6 Falcons class teacher, PSHE coordinator, staff Governor, English Coordinator), Mr Houghton (Year 5 Zebras class teacher, Vice Principle), Mrs Keogh (Year 5 Giraffes class teacher, computing coordinator, History coordinator), Mr Welham (Year 5 student teacher), Mrs Withers (Teaching assistant, interventions manager), Mrs Haynes (teaching assistant, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant), Mrs Abbott (class teacher cover in Year 6).

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

Mrs Ross will work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Falcons class and Mrs Bower will work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Falcons class. On a Wednesday their time will be spent across year 6 providing targeted work to small groups - these groups will change on a weekly basis. 


What we are learning in the Autumn Term?

As the Rugby World Cup is in Japan this year, our topic this term is Japan. We will learn all about the Japan through all areas of our curriculum and it will be supported in literacy where we will be exploring Kensuke's Kingdom by Micheal Morpurgo. This will be supported by our trip to a Japanese Garden where we will be looking at the science and sketching flowers. In PE, you will be learning all the skills of tag rugby and begin to use this is tag rugby matches. 

After October half term our topic will be changing to The Great War and this will run until the Easter holidays. We will begin with WW1 and finish WW2. Within English, we will be supporting this topic by reading The War Horse by Micheal Morpurgo. 

For more information on what we are learning this term, please look at our curriculum map which is attached on this page.


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 Monday, Wednesday or Friday afternoon with one of our designated sports coaches or the class teaching. 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 Friday afternoon. 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. If you would like any further assistance, then please speak to your class teacher.


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