Upper Juniors 2020 - 2021

Miss Jones

Mrs Harris



Years 5 and 6 are taught by Miss Jones, Mrs Harris teaches a morning dedicated of science and Mrs Clarke teaches an afternoon of PE. We are supported in class by Mrs Thomson, Mrs Davies and Miss Totty.



Dear Parents, 

Welcome back to a new term. I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing time over the festive period. This term is always a busy term for Class One as we begin to prepare the Year Six children for the SATs in May. Autumn term was an extremely positive term for everybody, and all pupils took on new challenges in Year Five and Six with such a positive attitude. Year Six took rose to the responsibility of being the eldest children in the school and the Year Five pupils have settled positively into the upper juniors. Pupils are aware of the high expectations in Year Five and Six and we continue to promote growth mindset, where children see challenges as a positive thing and that making mistakes is not a negative thing. 

This term we will be continuing to place a key focus on spelling, times tables and reading. Therefore, it is expected that children log on to Times Table Rockstars at home using the correct details provided by school, as we will be holding a weekly times table competition in school that will be focussed around their use of Times Table Rockstars. The use of this competition will also enable pupils to increase their confidence and achievement when accessing multiplication and division questions during maths. Children will continue to have a spelling test every Friday, where they will be tested on a weekly spelling pattern whilst are expected to learn a number of words from the Year Five and Six curriculum list. These spellings will be sent home and we would appreciate you supporting your child in learning these. Your support will reinforce your child’s learning at school. It is also important that pupils are taking their reading folder at home and reading independently or to an adult. If pupils are doing this, they must record it in their reading records as they will be monitored to see how often they are reading at home. 

Our topic this term is North America with a focus on Niagara Falls as it relates to our key text for the term. A topic web of learning has been attached with this letter. Please look out for anything on the television or in books that is related to North America and encourage your children to watch, read and discuss what they see. The children are more than welcome to bring in any resources or books they have at home about this topic.

As always, we do have an open-door policy. However, I would ask that if any parents have any messages they would like to discuss in detail, please do not hesitate to phone the office to arrange an appointment for a time after school.

I am very much looking forward to working with Class One during the Spring term after such a successful and positive Autumn term.

Best wishes,

Miss Jones.


Children in Year Five and Six have a reading folder and are expected to read regularly at home. This should be recorded in their Reading Record Book. It is also expected that pupils log on to Times Table Rockstars regularly to practice their times tables. Those children, who are in Year Six, are given Sats Revision Booklets for SPaG and Mathematics. It is important that children have a go themselves. Of course it is fine for parents to offer some support but it is important that when homework is returned we are able to gather an accurate picture of how children got on. Children consistently not producing homework will be asked to stay in at break time and complete. Again, this is part of our approach to preparing children for high school. Anyone having difficulties with the homework can speak with us in advance of the due date. Also, we are continuing to learn the Year Five and Six spelling patterns in school, with a weekly test on a Friday. Our weekly homework schedule is as follows –

Mon – Y6 children to produce 2 pages of Sats SPaG homework. Y5 to practice times tables.

Wed – Science homework from Mrs Harris to be produced (set previous week)

Thur – Y6 children to produce 2 pages of Sats Mathematics homework. Y5 to practice times tables.

Fri – spelling test including spelling patterns and a selection of Year Five and Six words (spellings sent out separately)

                         PE Provision


Each week your child will receive an afternoon of PE. This will be on a Thursday afternoon. Therefore, it is expected that your child will have correct PE kit with them on this day. Correct PE kit light blue t-shirt, blue shorts and appropriate outdoor trainers. If children own an Utkinton Sports kit, this may be worn. If they are unable to take part in PE for any reason, a note signed by a parent will be required to explain the reasoning. Pupils who do not have their P.E kit twice in a half term will stay in for one break time. Parents will be informed prior to this. On occasions when a child does not have a P.E kit, they will be supplied with spare kit to ensure they participate. Please can you ensure your child has the correct kit for each of these sessions. Our curriculum is built around the competition calendar at Tarporley High. If your child has been selected, a letter to will be sent on the Monday of competition week. All children have opportunity to be selected. Our commitment is that allchildren will have represented the school at least once by the end of the year.

* Full Class Newsletter for Autumn Term 2020 can be downloaded as PDF below.


Ready, Respectful, Safe

In Upper Key Stage Two, pupils recognise the importance of being ready to learn within a safe environment to ensure they enjoy their time at school and achieve their full potential. When starting Year Five and Six, the pupils were asked to produce class promises that link with our school values to make sure our learning environment is safe for all pupils and staff. The three values that each member of the class will aim to promote are as followed:


- To be Ready

- To be Respectful

- To be Safe


The class promises that link to these values are:

We promise to use kind hands, feet and words.

We promise to respect everyone’s decisions.

We promise to be respectful at all times.

We promise to look after my belongings.

We promise to be an inspirational role model.


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Contact the School

Utkinton Primary School

Quarry Bank, Utkinton,
Tarporley, Cheshire

Headteacher: Miss Lorna Pleavin

Main Contact: Jo Wright (Admin Officer)

Tel: 01829 732322

SEN Contact: Miss Pleavin

SEN Email: admin@utkintonce.cheshire.sch.uk

Chair of Governors: Mr Andy Canham