Welcome to Upper Key Stage Two

Why Do People Travel?

Hello and welcome back to a new year in Phase 5/6. We hope you are all well, have finished all the mince pies and chocolates and are excited about your learning this half term. 

Once again, we have planned a fun-filled range of activities for this half term, to explore our topic learning question 'Why do people travel?'

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In English this half term we will be reading the book, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

From this work, we will be writing newspaper reports based on Michael’s journey and moving onto character descriptions of the characters within the book.

This term, we will be looking at Micro-organisms. We will learn to describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.


In SPaG, we will continue to improve our spelling and grammar this half term. We will do this through revisiting some of the key areas we studied last year including word classes, conjunctions and time connectives. We will also spend this time looking at some more spelling rules we need to know.


This half term we will continue to look at fractions to consolidate our understanding of them. Focusing mainly on: adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying fractions. Due to the strong link between fractions and times tables, we will be practicing our times tables consistently.

We will later look at decimals, how to  round decimals, how to order and compare decimals and finally how to convert decimals into fractions.


This half term, we will be looking at the travels and discoveries of Captain James Cook. The children will learn about his life, the places he visited and the treasures that he found. He is our important person this half term and with strong links to the North, we are sure that the children will find him fascinating.

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In Geography, we will be looking at the journey that Michael takes in our shared text, Kensuke’s Kingdom. We will locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.

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In RE this half term we will look at the question ‘why are some places and journeys special?’ We will observe and study examples of religious and other world views and explain their significance.Important information to remember: 

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Children will continue to practice their Spanish speaking skills over the coming half term. Children will also during PPA be developing and exploring different types of music through a new programme of learning called Music Express. The theme for this term is Journeys and the children will have the opportunity to develop vocally, as well as learning to use some instruments and musical terminology.

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New spellings are given out each Monday and will be followed by a test the week after.

Homework is again being handed out in homework books on a Friday, homework tasks should then be completed and handed in on the following Wednesday.

PE will still continue on a Friday with the coaches so children should ensure they are wearing the correct footwear and appropriate clothing.

Homework Tasks

 Autumn 1 Homework
 Autumn 2 Homework
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Curriculum Newsletters

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