Key Stage 2
UKS2 Welcome Letter for Parents
Welcome to Upper Key Stage 2 Phase. My name is Mrs Bridgewater and I am the Phase Leader, as well as being a year 5/6 teacher. Please feel free to contact me via the school office if you have any questions about Years 5 and 6 or if there are any issues that your child’s class teacher is unable to help you with.
There are 3 classes in our Upper Key Stage 2 Phase this year, as follows:
Y5MB – Mr Bailey Y5/6EB – Mrs Bridgewater
Y6EW – Mrs Whittingham
At St. Teresa’s, we believe that having phases helps children feel nurtured and belong to a group that is wider than just their class. We have playtimes together and have regular Phase assemblies, to help the children make friends in all three classes and to make sure that all the adults get to know all 90 children.
A day in the life in Upper Key Stage 2
8.50 – 9.05 Children come in and organise themselves for their day. Children are expected to come in and read the board to find out what to do. Their classroom is set up with an early morning work activity that is either arithmetic/mental maths or grammar. There are always adults available to support with this. Some children may also have some quality 1:1 time with an adult to read.
9.05 – 10.15 Maths. During this session, children will usually start with a mathematical fluency task and move on to reasoning and problem solving once they are secure with the fundamental skills required. Children are challenged appropriately during these sessions and enjoy taking risks with their learning. The children are not afraid to make mistakes and are encouraged to try various approaches to solving problems! Lessons are differentiated according to children’s ages and abilities, and we always encourage them to transfer the skills they have learnt to a real life situation.
10.15 – 10.30 Morning break. UKS2 use the playground next to their classrooms and are encouraged to bring healthy snacks from home to enjoy. NO chocolate, sweets or crisps are allowed. We also have hot and cold snacks, as well as drinks available in the school hall.
10.30 – 11.15 Reading (four times weekly). Our class text for the first term is Gaslight by Eloise Williams. This book links to our topic and is a relatively new publication that we haven’t used in class before. We have a four-day cycle for reading which is as follows: Read, Discuss, Written Response, Non-fiction analysis. During our reading sessions, children are encouraged to learn new vocabulary and analyse texts closely in order to improve their understanding.
11.15 – 11.25 Spelling (three times weekly). Last year, as a school we invested in the No Nonsense Spelling programme. The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
11.25 – 12.25 English. The children work on texts and other stimuli that are closely linked to their topic. Again, the learning is differentiated according to the children’s ability to make it accessible for all. The sessions are fast paced and the children show good understanding of the particular genre they are learning about. We follow a sequence of Planning, Drafting, Grammar and Punctuation Teaching x 2, Editing and Redrafting. The displays around the classroom encourage the children to seek help with their learning, thus promoting independence.
12.25 – 1.15 Lunch. Children all eat together in the hall and then go back out to the playground or school field. The midday supervisors set up plenty of activities for the children to do. There are play monitors on the playground ensuring children are happy and they have friends to play with.
1.15 – 3.15 The afternoons are usually split into two hour-long sessions, with the exception of Science, which is delivered in one two-hour session. Children have two hours of RE, two hours of PE, half an hour of French, half an hour of PSHE and an hour and a half of Art/D&T/History/Geography per week. They also have one hour of Music and one hour of ICT every fortnight.