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
Mrs Lovell - Class Teacher 5L
Mr Stone - Class teacher 5S
Mr Lock also teaches across UKS2.
Miss Keen also teaches across UKS2.
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
Monday - PE 5S, 5/6A and 6C
Wednesday - PE 5L and 6S
Thursday - Swimming Y6 -
Please arrive at school at 8.30 to ensure we get to Medway Park for the start of the session at 9am.
We will be going to a music festival towards the end of Term 6. More details soon.
Year 6 have a range of activities booked and letters will come home about them as the term progresses.
Year 6 will being doing a course about money with CAP - Christians against poverty. Last year this was very informative and helped the children prepare for Secondary School.
17th July Production to parents
19th July Year 6 Leavers Disco
23rd July Leavers service in Church
These are some of the websites that we like to use in school:
Great for Maths:
Support for English:
Phonics and literacy
For more information on the teaching of phonics and literacy at Byron click here.
Year 5 will split into 3 groups for English as will Year 6 this year.
Each week they will have two sessions teaching Reading skills such as: skimming, scanning and retrieving answers from the text. Year 6 will have a third session looking at old SATs papers to build their skills at answering Reading comprehension questions. In addition there will be 3 sessions focusing on Spelling and Grammar. Homework will be sent home weekly to build on these learning opportunities.
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 in Year 5. Homework for Year 5 will be Arithmetic based. In Year 6 the focus will be on arithmetic and a test will be sent home each Thursday for the children to work through. This should take 30 minutes and is vital to helping the children achieve the required standard at the end of Year 6.
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 5 swimming in Term 5. 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 Topic Work ~
This half term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs. We’ll find out about the food that was eaten at the time, make some Egyptian bread and use recycled materials to build model tombs.
At the end of the project, we’ll write fantasy stories about a minibeast’s adventures, make a fantastic fact file and create a 3-D minibeast using a range of materials.
Year 5 and 6 are going to look at a selection of moral dilemmas over Term 6. The children will focus on some tricky situations where right and wrong may not be as obvious as they first think.
For example. Is it always wrong to steal?
We will think about this from the viewpoint of different people including a refugee with a starving family who steals food to save a life of a starving child.
DT and Art
IN Art and DT we will design our own tombs We will then make them using a range of materials and techniques. We will also make our own bread
Rights Respecting School
Article - This term we are looking at Article 9:
Children must not be separated from their
parents against their will unless it is in their
best interests (for example, if a parent is
hurting or neglecting a child). Children
whose parents have separated have the
right to stay in contact with both parents,
unless this could cause them harm.
We will spend some time in class thinking about what this means and share our thoughts in Assembly towards the end of Term 6