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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



Year 6 Leavers

Fond memories of your time at Thorpe Willoughby

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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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Robinwood Trip - November 2021

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Fingers crossed, Year 6 will be heading off to Robinwood in November for 3 fun-filled days of outdoor adventure. Normally we would have this discussion in person in the school hall. However, due to COVID restrictions, that is not possible. So, here is a short video to hopefully answer all of your questions and to give you a little bit more information about the trip. If you have any further questions, please email us on

Spring Term 1 highlights


We may have spent another half term in lockdown but it didn't stop our creative juices flowing. Whether we were in school or working from home, every child has access to our exciting lessons and resources. We studied the Tudors, explored the infamous Tower of London, built our own Tudor houses, lost ourselves in the exciting novel Treason by Berlie Doherty, we even drew ourselves as Tudor lords and ladies. Oh, and we had lots of snow too. Who says lockdown is boring? Not us, that's for sure. 


Autumn Term 2

This half term we have been studying space. We have looked at key figures who were involved in the Space Race and the people who will be forever remembered for the part they played in getting the first human onto the surface of the moon.

Our art sessions have involved the use of paint and pastels to help us create a spaceman picture as well as our own interpretation of Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'. 

In computing we have been using Kodu to programme and create our own space-themed race-track game. 

Kodu Game Design in Computing

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Autumn Half Term Newsletter

Look at some of our fabulous work!

End of Term Topic showcase - Evolution

We have had so much fun studying the topic of evolution and adaptation. From discovering the life and works of Charles Darwin to exploring how scientists and farmers use selective breeding, we have covered it all. This week we celebrated the end of the topic with a showcase day where we took part in a 'Survival of the fittest' competition - how many star jumps can you complete in 4 minutes? We also looked at Darwin's finches and how he discovered that their beaks differed from island to island when he visited the Galapagos Islands. Their different shaped beaks meant that they ate different types of food - so we had a go. Using chopsticks, tweezers, toothpicks and plastic knives, we attempted to pick up all sorts of yummy things; it was a lot harder than it looked.

Finally, we discussed how animals had evolved and adapted to their different habitats. We had a go at designing our own animal from the future and identified how it would have adapted. 

Such a great day with lots of fun learning - just how we like it!

Welcome to Years 5 & 6 2020

Autumn Newsletter

If you missed our 'Meet the Teacher' event at the start of the Autumn term, please have a look at our presentation.

Welcome back to the Spring Term 2020!


Welcome back to the Spring Term in Upper Key Stage 2. We are already underway with our new topic 'Adventure & Explore' learning all about South America and the Amazon Rainforest. We are thoroughly enjoying reading our new class novel, 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell and can't wait to find out who 'the Explorer' is and why they are in the Amazon Rainforest.


We have lots of exciting learning activities and events planned from den building, to jungle art and science investigations. 

Den Building!  Jan 2020


We are loving our new class novel, The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. In the story, four children are left stranded in the rainforest after their plane crashes. In order to survive, they build a den for shelter. We decided to try out our own bushcraft skills by having a go at building our very own small-scale dens using natural resources from the school grounds.


Bear Grylls has nothing on us! Check out the photos for our mini-den creations!

Get Active!

A visit from a professional athlete Amy Hillyard - Jan 2020


We were very lucky to have a visit from a professional athlete - 400m sprinter Amy Hillyard. She put us through our paces with some training drills and inspired us to believe in ourselves.


We also worked hard raising sponsorship to raise an impressive £1080 to help fund Amy's training and contribute to school sports equipment.


We wish Amy all the luck in the world and look forward to seeing her compete in future Olympic and Commonwealth events. She will have our support - Go for it Amy!