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Upper Key Stage 2

Welcome to Upper Key Stage Two

Year 5 teacher: Mrs Sarah Welsh

Year 5 teaching assistant: Mrs Hayley Swain

Year 6 teachers:  Mr Chris Hearsey & Mr Dan Fowlie


In Upper Key Stage 2, staff work closely together to ensure pupils have the opportunities to participate in a wide range of engaging and challenging activities. These experiences prepare pupils for life-long learning by enabling them to become: reflective learners; effective participators; independent enquires; team workers; creative thinkers; and self-managers. Parents are actively encouraged to play at active role in their child’s learning through parent workshop opportunities, home learning and celebrating their successes with us. We will plan in a number of opportunities for collaborative working across the two classes to help master and challenge the foundation skills. Our half-termly newsletters will inform parents of our broad and balanced curriculum coverage.

Cornerstones Curriculum Overview


Autumn 1


Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies. 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.

Autumn 2

Darwin’s delights

Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle. We’ll collect natural items and discover what plants live around our school. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter?

Spring 1

Gallery rebels

Pack up your pencils, pick up your paintbrushes and prepare to be amazed by the wonderful work of 19th and 20th century artists. We’ll talk about features of the artwork and sketch our favourite pieces. We’ll research important artwork of the 19th and 20th centuries online, choosing a favourite piece of art to describe in more detail. Using maps, we’ll locate art galleries around the world and calculate how much it would cost to get there.

Spring 2


Let’s hop on a steam train and travel back in time to the Victorian era! We’ll use non-fiction books to research Victorian education and people, including famous inventors, reformers and Queen Victoria herself.



Come on, let’s grow! We’ll explore germination, learn more about the parts of the plant and find out how they reproduce. Maps will help us to identify the best place for an allotment and where different foods come from.