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2019-20 Inset Days now set. Find printable PDF under Key/Statutory Information ~~~~~~~~ After School Clubs begin w/c 10.6.19 for 5 weeks ~~~~~~~

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.


What we are learning in the Spring Term?

Our topic for this term is the rotten Romans (Y6) and the vicious Vikings (Y5)! We are travelling back in time to study these two very important periods in history and their impact on Britain today. A lot of our time will be taken up with making weaponry related to the Romans and Vikings that made them so successful at invading and conquering, along with looking at their ways of life and new inventions that they brought with them. 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. 

This term is also the time that Year 6 will be off on their exciting one-week PGL residential visit. There will be a parents meeting on the 15th of January to provide you with the final details and information.



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. If you would like any further assistance, then please speak to your class teacher.


Dates for your diary

7th January – back to school for Spring Term.

15th January – PGL residential meeting for parents, 3pm and 5.30pm.

28th January – 1st February – PGL Caythorpe Court residential.

5th February – SATs boosters start for 10 weeks.

22nd March/28th March/29th March – Year 6 visits to Trent Bridge.

20th March – Parents evening late.

25th March – Parents evening early.


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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