Upper Key Stage 2

Welcome to the UKS2 class page!

Welcome to the Upper Key Stage 2 webpage. The class teachers in UKS2 are Mrs Dikkez, Mr Murfin, Mr Westerman and Mrs Boneham-Hill. Mrs Dawson also teaches Y5BH on Thursday mornings. Our UKS2 teaching assistants are Mrs Duckmanton, Mrs Zalewska, Mrs Lowther and Mrs Allen.

Below you will find further information about our class routines and our learning.

Our Learning

Our Curriculum theme for the Advent term at Holy Trinity is: Belonging.

We will be using a range of wonderful books in our work this term, including: Great Adventurers by Alistair Humphreys, The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Curiosity: A Mars Rover by Markus Motum. We will also be reading the exciting adventure story Brightstorm by the wonderful author, Vashti Hardy as our class novel this term.

In Geography this term we will be investigating the question, ‘Where do I belong?’ We will look at the countries of the world, with a particular focus on South America and the Amazon Rainforest. In our History work we will be finding out all about power of the monarchs, especially William the Conqueror and Queen Elizabeth II. Our Science work will be based on light & shadow and the Earth in space. We will be conducting detailed investigations, creating our own hypotheses, collecting useful data based on our studies and analysing the results we find to reach a scientific conclusion.

In our Design Technology sessions we will be designing and building a Mars Rover vehicle. Our Music work this term will be delivered by our specialist teachers and allow the children the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. We will begin the academic year in Computing by reminding ourselves of the importance of E-safety. In French we will learn the vocabulary for families and pets.

Our Routines

In UKS2 this year, National Curriculum & RWI spellings will be given out each week on Monday. These spellings should be learnt at home and then the children will be tested on them the following week.

Reading is also an incredibly important skill and is relevant across all subjects within school. Regular practice really does make a huge difference to both of these, as does talking about what has been read with someone at home too. Please try to ensure your child reads at home for at least 15 minutes each night and gets their home/school diary signed at least three times per week to indicate that this has happened. Reading Diaries will be collected in each Monday to check this is happening. Reading can also be logged on Class Dojo as a message or through the portfolio section.

Practicing times tables is a vital life skill that will help in all areas of your child’s Maths work. It is important that all children are confident and quick when recalling them. All children have access to the Times Tables Rockstar online platform, which is a great way to practice and develop confidence and recall of the various times tables facts. We will also continue to use the IXL learning platform, which all children will have access to. Starred objectives will be set for the children each term and these can be completed at home. Children’s login details for these apps/websites can be found in their reading diary, or contact your child’s class teacher for further support.

PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday in UKS2 and our Forest School sessions take place on Wednesday afternoons for Y5BH this term. Y5/6DM and Y5/6W will have their Forest School sessions later in the year – see Class Dojo for further details nearer the time. On PE days, your child should attend school wearing their full PE kit. It is expected that your child will have the appropriate PE kit for these days in order to access the sessions appropriately. The correct PE kit consists of: a plain white t-shirt, red, black or navy shorts and trainers. A plain tracksuit can also be worn, especially when the weather is colder.