Welcome to Upper Key Stage 2 Phase. My name is James Cotton and I am the Phase Lead for Year 5 and 6. You can contact me by phoning the office or email:

There are 4 classes in Upper Key Stage 2 Phase, as follows:

Year 5:
Jays: Miss Lamb
Kestrels: Miss Connolly

Year 6:

Sparrowhawks: Miss Hale
Kingfishers: Miss Noble

At Palm Bay we believe that having small phases helps children feel nurtured and belong to a group that is wider than just their class.  We have play times together and have a weekly Phase assembly in mixed groups, to help the children make friends in all 4 classes and to make sure that all the adults get to know all 120 children.  Our assemblies cover all sorts of topics including friendships, growth mindset, perseverance, respect, creativity, achievement, teamwork, managing anger and conflict, as well as learning about current affairs. By focusing on these areas we are able to compete against each other every week in Friday quiz. There are a few local schools which compete in the same quiz and currently  Palm Bay are near the top!

Below are two PDF documents with important and additional curriculum information:

Important information

UKS2 Curriculum

A day in the life in Upper Key Stage 2:

8.45 – 9.00 – Children come in and organise themselves for their day. The teachers usually have calming music playing and the children are expected to come in and read the board to find out what to do. Their classroom is set up with an early morning work activity that is either re-visiting, improving previous learning or building on prior learning. There are adults available to support with this. Some children may also have some quality 1-1 time with an adult to read.

9.00-9.30 Guided Reading. During this session the children explore a range of texts and have lengthy discussions about their content. Children are encouraged to develop their reading skills and search for answer within the texts. Each day the activity changes to ensure the children develop a love of reading. They have a guided reading session with an adult in small groups. This is followed up the next day with a written task. The children will also complete a SPaG activity throughout the week. Towards the end of the week the children have the opportunity to read anything for half an hour. They can read leaflets, comics, use the Kindle, books, newspapers (for children) topic books, fiction and non-fiction texts are encouraged.

9.30-9.45 Literacy starter work. During this short time children are given the opportunity to work quietly and independently. They will have some aspect of literacy to complete whether it be; learning their spellings, handwriting, reading, looking at punctuation or grammar. During this time children are given pictures to stick in their books and are encouraged to write sentences focusing on a particular aspect of writing.

9.45-10.45 Literacy. The children work on texts that are closely linked to their topic. The lessons cover shared reading and writing, role play and independent activities. Again, the learning is differentiated according to the children’s ability to make it accessible for all. There is a focus on talk for writing where we encourage the children to talk about their writing and share their ideas. The sessions are fast paced and the children show good understanding of the particular genre they are learning about. The working walls around the classroom encourage the children to seek help with their learning promoting independence.

10.45-11.00 Playtime. Year 5 and 6 children have access to the field, the outdoor classroom, the small playground, tyres and trim trail. There is a fruit café for those children who wish to purchase a snack. Milk is also drunk at this time for the children who have milk.

11.00-12.00 Numeracy. During this session children will start the lesson with some oral and mental starters to get their brains thinking mathematically! Children are challenged appropriately during these sessions and enjoy taking risks with their learning. The children are not afraid to make mistakes and are encouraged to write on the windows! Lessons are differentiated according to their ability and we always encourage them to transfer the skills they have learnt to a real life situation.

12.00-12.30 Reading for pleasure activities

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch. Children all eat together in the hall and then go back out to their field. The midday meals supervisors set up activities for the children to do. There are play monitors on the playground ensuring children are happy and they have friends to play with. Some children are responsible for the play equipment and they help tidy up at the end of playtime.

1.30-2.00 Independent literacy or numeracy task. During this time the adults in the classroom are working with small focus groups on tasks related to the learning throughout the week. They maybe looking at handwriting, a writing focus or a numeracy extension for the children to work on.

2.00-3.20 Creative Topic. The children spend most afternoons working on their topic. Their topic work has either a science, computing, geography, history, French, DT or art focus and is all linked to the theme of the term. These sessions are usually creative and require the children to apply the skills they have been learning throughout the week. Most of the activities encourage collaborative working where children are actively involved in the learning process.