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Welcome to Upper Key Stage 2!

(Years 5 & 6)

Year 5 - Rowan Class   Year 5 & 6 Class - Sycamore Class    Year 6 - Oak Class



Spring Term – 1st Half


A warm welcome back Rowan, Sycamore and Oak Classes after our Christmas holiday. We had a fantastic Autumn term learning so much within our ‘Boom, Bang & Bash!’ theme whereby we read the historical novel ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by highly acclaimed children's author, Emma Carroll.


This term, our school theme is ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind' which is driven through our PE & PSHE curriculum. For UKS2, we will be learning how to keep our bodies ‘healthy’ by leading an active lifestyle and taking care of our personal hygiene. We will also learn how to keep our ‘minds’ healthy by looking after our well-being such as having time away from the digital word and screens, being outside in nature and finding time for hobbies and our personal interests.


Below you will find our Curriculum newsletter for Spring Term 1st half 2022 so you can be fully up-to-date with our learning this half term. We have so many wonderful learning experiences planned from building models of the heart and circulatory system in science, creating wonderful art whilst studying three artists: Keith Haring, Alberto Giacometti and Henry Fraser. These artists focus on ‘people in action’ in contrasting styles. Henry Fraser turned to art after an accident left him paralysed so he found great comfort and joy in creating art whilst rehabilitating and becoming accustomed to living with a disability.


As you can see, we will be very busy, fully immersed and learning key skills!

Spring 1 2022 UKS2 Newsletter

Autumn Term - 2nd Half


A warm welcome back Rowan, Sycamore and Oak Classes. We had a fantastic 1st half term learning so much within our 'Divide & Conquer' theme whereby we read the gripping novel 'Viking Boy' by Tony Bradman.


We are already fully immersed in our new theme 'Boom, Bang & Bash!' which is driven through our history study about World War 2 and how this was a significant turning point in British History. We are reading the children's historical novel 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by the highly acclaimed children's author, Emma Carroll.


Below you will find our Curriculum newsletter for Autumn Term 2nd half 2021 so you can be fully up-to-date with our learning this half term. We have so many wonderful learning experiences planned from a virtual Eden Camp visit, our Design & Technology project making all-terrain World War 2 vehicles using mechanisms, our Art & Design study focusing on World War 2 artists and designers; Henry Moore, Paul Nash & Donia Nachshen as well as learning songs from World War 2 and how they were used to lift the nation's spirits during difficult wartimes. 


We will be fully immersed in our novel, which will drive our reading and writing curriculum. 


As you can see, we will be incredibly busy and fully engaged!

Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter - 2021

Here is our UKS2 curriculum newsletter for this half-term for our 'Boom, Bang & Bash!'. 



UKS2 Curriculum Newsletter - Theme 'Boom, Bang & Bash!' - Autumn 2 2021

Pictures of our learning this half term

Autumn Term 1 - Divide & Conquer!

Our Divide & Conquer theme has been driven by our learning in history based on the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England. We have studied Viking raids and invasions, the resistance by Alfred the Great as well as Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066.. 


Over the past few weeks, we have been finding out about the homelands of the Vikings; who they were, where they lived, why they came to Britain and from which countries. We have carried out some research to find out more about Scandinavian countries and have begun working on a collaborative project in computing to create an online fact file about Viking home-life. 


We have been reading Viking Boy by Tony Bradman as part of our reading sessions. It tells the tale of a young Viking boy who goes on a terrifying adventure to avenge his father's death. Along the way he meets many interesting characters - some are almost too good to be true. We have taken moments from the story to write out own descriptive scenes and stories. 


In art we have been studying Viking amulets and have used clay to create our own intricate designs suing a variety of techniques. We are also very excited to consider appropriate Viking ingredients to plan and prepare a hearty Viking Stew in our cooking & nutrition lessons for DT. We will consider vegetables they had availability and what is seasonal. We will be designing and baking Viking bread to accompany our vegetable stew  based on additional ingredients to add flavour to our breads. 

Autumn 1 Curriculum & Learning - Divide & Conquer Theme

Autumn 1 - Curriculum Newsletter - Theme - Divide & Conquer

September - 'Meet the Team' meeting

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Year 6 Leavers - July 2021

Fond memories of your time at Thorpe Willoughby - Class of 2021

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Class of 2021, Year 6, you have been a dream to work with. We have so many fond memories of our time with you. Good luck in all of your future endeavours. We will miss you. From all of the staff at Thorpe Willoughby Primary School. xx

Your aspirations for the future - DREAM BIG!

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