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Welcome to the Uppers

The Upper School at Springfield consists of three classes- a year 5, a year 5/6 and a year 6 class.

Year 5 (Kestrels) teachers- Mr Godfrey and Mrs Cook (coverning Mrs Gough maternity leave)

Year 5 support assistants- Mrs Moffoot and Mrs Bellingham

Year 5/6 (Red Kites) teacher- Mrs Ajewole

Year 5/6 support assistant- Mrs Dowding

Year 6 (Buzzards) teacher- Miss Burgess

Year 6 support assistant- Ms Andrews

Children are set for Maths in Years 5 and 6. There are 4 sets taught by Mrs Cook/ Mrs Dowding, Mrs Cook/ Mr Godfrey, Mrs Ajewole and Miss Burgess. The children may be taught by a teacher different to their class teacher.

 

PE

It is important children have a full PE kit (shorts and t-shirt for indoor PE and a tracksuit and trainers for outdoor PE) in school from Monday until Friday. Although children do generally do PE on the same days each week, we do hope to catch up any lessons which are adversely effected by the weather.

This term our outdoor PE is Kwik Cricket and our indoor PE is gymnastics.

Autumn term in the Uppers

This term in the Uppers our topic is World War Two with a focus on the way Britain was affected by the war. As part of our learning we will be finding out about lots of different things: the roles men and women played in the war, evacuation, rationing and our own personal family links to the conflict. We will have first-hand experiences of evacuation, air raids, making do and mending and, if we are lucky, meeting some people who experienced the war at our visit to Steam in Swindon on Friday 6th October.

 

We have started our English work with a focus on the text ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ by Neil Gaiman. After this, we will link our English work to our topic by using the text ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo- if your child has not read the text, please discourage them from doing so as we want the children to experience it as a class.

 

Children are beginning their learning in Maths with a focus on place value, number and patterns.

 

 

 

 

Useful Information

Each Monday morning the Year 5 children will have the opportunity to learn the steel pans. We hope to invite parents in later in the year for a performance.

 

PPA takes place on a Thursday afternoon. The children have activities which take place on a three week rotation. These are Music, Art and RE/Values. During this time they are taught by different teachers.

Music       – Miss Lock
RE/Values – Mrs Somerville
Art           – Mrs Lockhart

PowerPoint presentation from the parents' information meeting on 13th September (click here)

Learning at home

Homework is set on a three weekly rota – English, Maths and Topic.

Homework is usually set on a Thursday and due in on a Tuesday.

 

Children are expected to know their tables off by heart when they come into year 5. We then focus on developing the speed of recall and the related facts as well as working on other aspects of their mental maths. Children will have Mental Maths suggestions for the term to work on at home. All children have log in details for My Maths – this can be used to go over topics covered in class.

 

Children will work on spellings in school. We will do some spelling lessons and then review the spellings in a short test or dictation exercise every two weeks. Children should also work on these at home.

 

Part of your child’s homework is to read at home. Ideally, children in Foundation and Key Stage One should read at least 5 times a week preferably daily and reading should be recorded in your child’s reading record books. Here you can make notes of any observations you have. Even if your child is a fluent reader, it is important that they still practise reading aloud using expression and intonation and can talk to you in detail about their books. In Key Stage Two, we ask that you make notes in or sign the reading record at least 3 x weekly.