Spurcroft Primary school

Spurcroft Primary school

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Upper Key Stage 2


Our topic this term is Invaders! This will cover the Anglo Saxons and Vikings.

This a chance for children to learn key dates and figures from the period as well as explore the impact that the developments of the period have had on our lives. In Science, we will be learning about Marvellous Mixtures which is all about separating and evaporating. All classes will be exploring the story of Beowulf in English, ultimately writing our own narratives set in the Anglo Saxon and Viking period. In Maths, year 5 will begin the term with a unit on Multiplication and Division written methods before moving on to Fractions and Decimals. Meanwhile, year 6 will be covering Decimals, Percentages and Algebra.

The overview of this term's topic learning can be found here.

An overview of English coverage can be found here as well as a maths overview for the year here. Please see the maths page of our website for further details on our approaches to maths.

Home Learning

In UKS2, we set home learning tasks to support the children in consolidating the learning we have done at school during the week, as well as to help prepare them for the increased expectations of independent study coming up at Secondary School. A Home Learning book is provided to each child to complete tasks in, and further details of work set can be found in it.

Home Learning in UKS2 consists of:

  • One termly project linked to the topic: the children are given a choice of projects and expected to complete two. This is set at the start of term then collected and shared in during the final week of each term. Guidance and success criteria are provided to give children a starting point for their project, but we encourage creativity and variation of outcome. This term’s project tasks can be found here.
  • Spellings are sent home once every half term and children are expected to practise these at home. Children are tested on twenty of the words every Friday and each week the words tested will include the spelling rule has been taught that week. Some suggested strategies for helping to learn the words, can be found here.
  • weekly maths task, set and completed online through the ‘MyMaths’ website. This is set electronically on a Monday and checked online by your teacher the following Monday.
  • Children are expected to read daily at home. The children have been given a reading challenge sheet and are expected to complete ten challenges every long term. A reward will be 

We have the same high expectations of presentation in Home Learning as we do in class: dates and titles should be written and underlined; handwriting should be neat and joined; handwriting pens and pencils should be used for writing and pencils only for drawing and lines; lines and diagrams should be drawn with a ruler; additional sheets should be trimmed and stuck in neatly.

Although many year 5 and 6 children are independent enough to complete home learning tasks themselves, we do welcome parents supporting their children with their homework or checking their understanding. In UKS2, we hold a weekly homework club at school on a Tuesday lunchtime at 12.30pm, where children will have access to computers, resources and teacher support.

We try our best to match tasks to children’s abilities so that they are suitably challenged and find tasks accessible. However, if you are having difficulties in supporting or challenging your child with their home learning, please speak to their class teacher. Also, if you would like to further support your child in a particular area of their learning, please speak to their class teacher who will be happy to offer further suggestions and advice.

There are a range of websites out there to provide additional support and learning opportunities for your child’s learning, some of which can be found below:

Routines and Resources

A typical daily timetable for a class in UKS2 at Spurcroft can be viewed here. Although minor changes take place to accommodate trips, visitors and special learning opportunities, this will give you a guide of what subjects are generally covered during the day and how the day is structured.

Key dates for specific meetings, trips and events can be found on the calendar of the school website.


As well as the weekly school newsletter published on our website, a termly UKS2 newsletter is also sent out at the start of every short term. This provides parents with updates on the learning for that term, as well as give any specific information regarding UKS2 pupils. The most recent UKS2 newsletter can be found here.

Although we still send some paper copies of letters home with children, many of our letters are now sent electronically and we also send out regular communication via text. To avoid missing out on important information, it is important that the school office has up-to-date contact details. Please also contact the school office if you need another copy of a letter.


Everything children need to support their learning (books, stationery, etc.) is provided for them by the school. Some UKS2 children may choose to bring their own pencil case to school and we welcome this as it can help to prepare our older pupils for secondary school where this is expected. Here are some helpful reminders for children who do choose to bring their own resources to school:

  • Children frequently write using pencil – we find HB pencils most suitable.
  • When a child has earned their pen licence through consistently good handwriting and presentation, they also have the opportunity to write using a blue Berol Handwriting Pen in English, Science and topic lessons. Pencils continue to be used for all maths work, as well as drawing lines and diagrams.
  • Colouring pencils may be used for colour-coding or decoration though felt-tips are rarely used.
  • Use of rubbers is generally discouraged in favour of crossing-out and correct errors, though they may be useful for diagrams.
  • Children who choose to bring their own equipment to school are reminded that they are responsible for their own equipment and are not encouraged to share with others.

Although PE is often taught on set days, it is important that PE kits are kept in school every day in case extra PE lessons take place, comfortable clothes are needed for another activity or children require a change of clothes. PE kits can be taken home and washed on a Friday for the following week.

Children in Upper Key Stage 2 are all provided with their own iPad to be used and kept in school to supplement their learning. This is an invaluable tool for research and producing work, as well as a chance to provide important ICT skills to pupils in an ever-advancing world. Children sign an agreement at the start of the year regarding safe use of technology which teachers return to throughout the year. We also make sure screen-use doesn’t exceed recommended time limits.


Year 6 pupils sit statutory assessment tests in May each year. More information about these can be found in this PowerPoint, as shared with parents in the information meeting in January 2018. This will be updated with recent developments after the information meeting on Monday 14th January 2019.


Practice Paper Mark Schemes:

Set A Paper 1

Reading Set B

English Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling


The Upper Key Stage 2 Team:



Miss Claire Sutherland - Sycamore Class Teacher (Monday - Wednesday) Mrs Charlotte Littlechild - Rowan Class Teacher (Monday - Wednesday)

Mrs Chrissie Munday – Hazel Class Teacher (Monday – Thursday)

(UKS2 Lead)

Miss Jo Philp – Hawthorn Class Teacher (Monday - Tuesday)

Miss Elly Hase – Hazel Class Teacher (Thursday - Friday) Mrs Claire Exton – Rowan Class Teacher (Thursday - Friday) Miss Jo Philp – Hazel Class Teacher (Friday) Mrs Vicky Barrett - Hawthorn Class Teacher (Wednesday - Friday)



Miss Kirsten Jurgens – Sycamore Class Teaching Assistant and Intervention support

Mrs Nicola Morgan – Rowan Class Teaching Assistant and Intervention support Mrs Michelle Heather – Hazel Class Teaching Assistant and Intervention support Miss Louise Bunyan – Hawthorn Class Teaching Assistant and Intervention support

All of the teaching and learning staff above work together as a team, alongside the school admin staff, lunchtime staff and leadership team to provide the best opportunities for the eldest pupils in our school. Our modern classrooms can be found upstairs in the two-story building separate to the main part of the school, where full access to cloakrooms, toilets and additional learning areas nearby to classrooms. Our classes of approximately 30 pupils are taught the majority of subjects together as a class in their own classroom, though do get opportunities to share learning with other peers throughout the year and have the benefit of being taught computing, music, art and PE in specialised classrooms and spaces.