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Welcome to Upper Key Stage Two

Year 5 teacher: Mrs Sarah Welsh

Year 5 teaching assistant: Mr Ryan Roberts

Year 6 teachers:  Mr Chris Hearsey & Mr Victor Dimakopoulos


Welcome to our Year 5 and Year 6 class page...


The Year 5 and 6 staff will be adding content to this page for you to enjoy throughout the year that will link to the subjects we are covering. We hope you have lots of fun exploring our page. 



As you know, by the time you leave Year 4 you should know all of your times tables up to 12x12.

Please keep on practising on Times Tables Rock Stars to increase your fluency and instant recall.

Challenge any of the Year 5 or 6 teachers to see if you can beat them! MME for anyone who beats the teacher!


       Mrs Welsh                       Mr Hearsey




Y5 and 6 top rockers:

1. Smokey Bishop (Y5 - IB)         2. London Bush (Y6 - PA)          3. Franky Spatula (Y5 - EMF)

4. Gary C. (Y6 - UB)                    5. Jazzy Mercury (Y6 - JB)      6. Billie Slick (Y6 - LF)        



Year 5's New Topic this term is: The Romans


*Romulus was the first King of Rome and founded the city in 753BC.


*The Romans introduced many things to Britain including aqueducts, central heating, straight roads and vegetables such as carrots and turnips!


*Scotland was not part of the Roman Empire. Emperor Hadrian ordered a wall to be built to defend the Roman Empire against Sottish tribes.


*In Roman times, only boys went to school and only men were allowed to fight in the army.


*Rich Romans enjoyed banquets featuring exotic foods such as roasted parrot, dolphin meatballs and flamingo tongues!


See below for more fun facts, challenges, home learning ideas and a word search!



Our Topic last term was: A Child's War


A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory.



UB's (Y6) brilliant Anderson Shelter


See below for fun facts and home learning ideas...



Spring 1 Topic: Peasants, Princes & Pestilence 


Flee your fields, close your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded and deathly ‘Great Pestilence’ is here! Mount your steed and gallop through the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain, sword and shield at the ready, pledging your allegiance to king and country!


Y5 started our Topic by exploring the 'character' Pestilence. We then listened to 'Danse Macabre' by composer Camille Saint-Saens and used the music to create a dance with our partner to show 'Pestilence'. 





See below for some more fun facts, definitions and home learning ideas...


Autumn 2 Topic: Frozen Kingdom


Get ready to explore the planet's coldest lands... Vast wilds and hostile territories - incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. Be alert, for magnificent mammals roam these lands, sometimes hungry or fresh for a fight. Get ready to learn all about the Arctic and Antarctica...

Winter is the coldest month in the UK, running roughly from December to February (although November can often suffer very wintry conditions too). Temperatures often get as low as freezing point (0oC), though not too much colder usually.


When it snows, it's always fun to build a snowman. Next time it snows, build a snowman and bring in a photo to show the class! 




Both the Arctic (North Pole) and Antarctic (South Pole) are cold because they don’t get any direct sunlight. The sun is always low on the horizon, even in the middle of summer. In winter, the sun is so far below the horizon that it doesn’t come up at all for months at a time. So the days are just like the nights—cold and dark. However, the South Pole is a lot colder than the North Pole. 



The Arctic is ocean surrounded by land. Antarctica is land surrounded by ocean.

The ocean under the Arctic ice is cold, but still warmer than the ice! So the ocean warms the air a bit. Antarctica is dry—and high. Under the ice and snow is land, not ocean. And it’s got mountains; the higher you go, the colder it gets.



See below for some more fun facts and home learning ideas...



Autumn 1 Topic : Scream Machine


Roll up, roll up! You're going on a day trip to Drayton Manor to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the theme park.

We will be learning about the science behind rollercoasters and designing your own ride.



In our lesson, we used Microsoft Word and Publisher to photoshop our faces onto a ride.


See below for some helpful links to fun facts and home learning ideas:



Year 5 Spring 2 book: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Year 5 Spring 1 book: Oranges in No Man's Land by Elizabeth Laird




Year 5 Autumn 2 book: Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo

Year 5 Autumn 1 book: Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

Year 5 Autumn 1 narrative poem: By St Thomas Water by Charles Causley




Year 6 Spring 1 book: Dragonology by The Templar Company



Year 6 Autumn 2 book: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Year 6 Autumn 1 book: Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac

Year 6 Autumn 1 narrative poem: The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes





A great way to practise your spellings is by using our new learning platform: Spelling Shed. This allows you to practise your spellings in a fun and engaging way.


Click on the link below and start earning points!


Y5 and 6 top spellers:        These results are from your 'Total Score' not 'Shed Score'

1. Y6 - LD       2. Y6 - PA        3. Y5 - RC

4. Y6 - JH      5. Y5 - EMF     6. Y5 - CP

Y5 performing poetry (Aut 1)

Y5 spent the week exploring narrative poems such as Charles Causley's By St Thomas Water. We developed improvisation skills, planned and wrote our own verses to the poem and then learnt parts of the poem off by heart. Here is our whole class performance of the poem.



Year 5, Spr 2: Fresh Prince of Bel Air                Spr 1: Make You Feel My Love by Adele



Year 5, Aut 2: Classroom Jazz                           Aut 1: Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi





Year 6, Spr 2: You've Got A Friend by Carol King     Spr 1: Don't Stop Believing by Journey



 Year 6, Aut 2: Classroom Jazz 2                     Aut 1: Happy by Pharrell Williams