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.
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 Rajput 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.
School starts on Tuesday 3rd September and ends on Friday 25th October 2019 .
Thursday 12th September first swimming session
Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th September Medway tests
Tuesday 24th September 30 minute Maths workshop for year 6 parents 3pm or 5.30pm
Tuesday 1st October Harvest service in Church at 9.30am
Tuesday 15th October Parent Evening
Thursday 17th October Parent Evening
Thursday 24th October Junior Disco
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. From Term 3 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 6 swimming in Terms 1 and 2. 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 ~
Let’s hop on a steam train and travel back in time to the Victorian era!
During this half term, we’ll use non-fiction books to research Victorian education and people, including famous inventors, reformers and Queen Victoria herself. Then, we’ll write non-chronological reports and biographies using a range of source
materials. We’ll write on slates, learn the three ‘Rs’ and take part in cooking, sewing and woodwork lessons, just like a child in a Victorian school. We’ll make popular Victorian dishes and play with Victorian toys. ‘Drill’ activities will have us following instructions to march, stretch and jump in formation. We’ll learn about crime and punishment and find out what life was like in a Victorian slum. How things have changed! We’ll discover what happened during the Industrial Revolution and learn about significant inventions.
Year 5 and 6 are going to look at Hinduism in Terms 1 and 2.
We will look at:
The origins of Hinduism - Hindu Dharma
We will explore the concept of different manifestations of one divinity - Braham
Explore Hindu beliefs about female manifestations of the divine TriDevi
We will look at Hindu worship and Hindu artifacts - Puja Thali
Finally we will look at Hindu values and understand the consequences of the Hindu value of Ahimsa - how humans should treat the planet and each other.
DT and Art
In Art and DT copying the style of famous Victorian paintings, we’ll experiment with block printing techniques.
Rights Respecting School
Article - This term we are looking at Article 2:
All children have the rights laid down in the Convention and that individual children should not be discriminated against when these rights are realised.
All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is,
whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated
unfairly on any basis.
We will spend some time in class thinking about what this means and share our thoughts in Assembly towards the end of Term 1