Welcome to Upper Key
Mr G. Atkins - UKS2 Phase Leader and Class Teacher 5/6A
Mrs Cooper - Class Teacher 6C
Mr Seaward - Class Teacher 6R
Miss Nuttall - Class Teacher 5N
Mr Stone - Class teacher 5C
Mr Lock also teachers across UKS2. Kiss Keen is currently on maternity leave.
If you would like to speak to a member of the team please pop into the office to make an appointment or fill in the contact form on the front page of the website.
Children's learning in UKS2 is supported by a team of teaching assistants (TAs).
Our TAs support in all classes, as well as teaching phonics throughout the school.
TAs in UKS2 - Mrs Barnes, Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Conroy
Tuesday - PE 6C and 5/6A
Thursday - PE 5C, 5N and 6R
Thursday - Swimming
Term 6 Year 6 are Swimming
Please note there is NO swimming on Thursday 5th July as Year 6 pupils are visiting their Secondary schools.
These are some of the websites that we like to use in school:
Great for Maths:
Support for English:
Support for our Topic:
Phonics and literacy
For more information on the teaching of phonics and literacy at Byron click here.
A big focus within Year 5/6 this year continues to be using and applying our Maths knowledge.
Below are links to two documents showing what children should know and be able to do in maths by the end of year 5 and 6:
Children should also practise their times tables as these are tested most weeks.
Each class has two sessions of PE a week – one inside and one outside.
This may also include a swimming session each week.
Please make sure that the children have the correct kit for their lesson:
Indoor PE: shorts, T-Shirt and bare feet in the hall.
Outdoor PE: Shorts, T-Shirt and trainers (in warm weather). Or jogging bottoms, T-Shirt, jumper and trainers (in cold weather).
During all PE lessons, children need to have their hair tied back and earrings removed. It is school policy not to tape over earrings: they must be removed by the children themselves; adults cannot help them with this.
In PE each week the children will be building upon the skills they learnt the previous week.
Swimming is on a Thursday with year 6 swimming at present.
On a swimming day children should arrive at 8.30am and will be let in to register before the buses depart promptly at 8.45am. Please ensure your child has their costume on already as timings are very tight once we arrive at Medway Park. Children should bring underwear and a towel in a bag. Goggles are useful if the children have them.
Our Unit of Work ~
"The Victorians and the local area"
Our topic this term is The Victorians with a large emphasis on the impact that was felt in the area local to the school. Below is an outline of what the children will be learning. Where we can we will link all subjects to this topic.
As part of our topic we will be finding out about The Victorians and how Gillingham changed during the Victorian era. We will study the locality and look at changes over the period in the local Geography and how urbanisation affected the area. The children will look at census data for some of the local area to see how families moved into new parts of the town as new housing was built.
A particular area of interest will be the influence that the Victorian period had on infrastructure and on education.
We will use local maps of the period and look at the Royal family and how inventions helped to build the Empire.
Within Science this term, we are studying animals and humans and looking at the heart and how it works.
In Term 6 we will do some experiments and look at "Friction and Irreversible reactions."
We will link our topic to the importance of Christianity throughout England during the Victorian period. Part of the work we do will include looking at how people all went to Church, sometimes as a matter of duty, during the period.
As part of the whole school Rights of the child programme we are looking at:
This term we will be working on article 14 - You have the right to think and believe what you choose and also to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
In looking at this statement we will link it to the Victorians.
DT and Art
In DT and Art we will focus on our Victorian topic and create pictures based on the designs of William Morris.