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Chloe Hallett (UKS2 class)

Class information

Your child is in Hallett class, named after Chloe Hallett who was the youngest British hot air balloon pilot. We think this person was important because she chose to focus on her dream worked hard to ‘rise to her best. The class teacher is Mr Yard and Mrs Bellamy is the Learning Support Assistant.


Class information

Just a little reminder that your child is in Hallett class, named after Chloe Hallett who was the youngest hot air balloon pilot. We think this person was important because she shows us how setting your mind on a goal will help you to achieve.

Your child’s class teacher continues to be Mr Yard and Miss Bellamy is the Learning Support Assistant in the class.


Our curriculum learning this half term

Our six curriculum ‘Uprights’ underpin the whole-school curriculum. Uprights are the ropes that hold up a hot air balloon. Each half term centres on a different Upright, the second being Leadership. We firmly believe that children need to learn to be leaders and followers and to respect those who take leadership roles. We are looking forward to choosing our school leadership positions soon. For more information about why leadership is an important part of our curriculum, please visit our website: https://www.upton-st-james-primary.torbay.sch.uk/curriculum/ The children will continue to be learning the British values, many of which link directly to Leadership.  Our worship centres around a Christian value each term – this term the value is truthfulness which links beautifully to leadership. We provide opportunities to families to join us in collective worship throughout the year.

Our Class Learning

An outline of our class learning is added to the school newsletter each week – please do take a look! We will also post regular updates through the Class Dojo App.

We also have a class page, which can be found on our website at: https://www.upton-st-james-primary.torbay.sch.uk/class-pages/



Reading is the gateway to all learning and is at the heart of our school curriculum. We ask that each child reads for 10-15 minutes each night and records their reading in their reading logs. Please can parents/carers sign reading logs to show that that your child has read and bring them back in each day ready to be checked.


We have a new Reading ‘Swap shop’ in the foyer area of the school office. Children are welcome to come and choose a book, sign it out in the folder, enjoy and then sign it back in! If you have any books to add to the swap shop, we would be delighted! Please keep this area tidy and only take one book at a time, so that there is enough reading material for everyone to access.


We invite families to join their children in a Reading breakfast before the school day once a half term. This is a wonderful opportunity to come into school and read alongside your child. We will also hold early reading and phonics talks for parents/carers of children in EYFS and KS1. We encourage you to come along to these to find out how best to support your child with their reading – dates can be found on the school newsletter. Our second reading breakfast this year will be on Friday 25th November 2022 at 8.30am – 9.00am – pop it in your diary now!


Our curriculum learning this term:

We are incredibly proud of our Upton St James curriculum. Our overall school curriculum map can be found on the school website by scrolling to the bottom of the website page. Each individual subject also has a separate page with information on how the curriculum is progressive across the school. https://www.upton-st-james-primary.torbay.sch.uk/curriculum/


Our class core curriculum learning will be:

In English, we will be learning all about suspense stories this half term. Focusing on the text ‘A Word in Your Ear’. We will continue to focus on the Year 5 & 6 English objectives.

In Maths, we will be learning how to multiple and divide before moving on to fractions for the rest of the half term.


Children all have a Numbots or Times Tables Rock Stars username and login. We ask that they practise their number skills using these sites for at least 15 minutes per week. Please let us know if you need help logging in.


Our wider curriculum learning will be:

At Upton we focus on wider curriculum subject each week so that it is taught in depth and to help children know more and remember more as the unit of learning builds over the week. The children’s home learning each week will include some research linked to next week’s learning. We ask that children bring this in on Monday to add to the class ‘Learning Journey’ display in the classroom.


In Geography we will be explore ‘Who are Britain’s National Parks for?’ and will be looking at local human geography and recapping on locational geography from previous years.

Key vocabulary that would be useful to learn and discuss with your child is listed below:

climate, economy, trajectory, attraction, advantage, disadvantage, diverse, distribution, recreation, zone, endangered, conservation, hazard, tourism, visitor, leisure, landscape, urban, rural, location, physical, human, process, land-use, environment, economic, natural resources, deciduous, coniferous, relief,  

enhance, conflict, management, heritage, culture, tradition, attraction, access, right, roam, wilderness, political, feature, evaluate, judgement 

viaduct, biodiversity, moorland, upland 


In Science we will be exploring all living things and their habitats. Looking in greater detail around how animals are classified.


In DT we will be exploring pulley and gears.


In Music we will be looking at Christmas songs ready for our Nativity.


In Religion and Worldviews (RW) we will be exploring ‘Was Jesus the Messiah?’



As last half term, our class PE day is Thursday and this term we are focusing on dance. The children will continue to be asked to come into school in their uniform and will get changed into their kit before the extended PE session. Please note that the children will not be able to take part in the PE session without their kit and a PE kit register will be taken each week.


Home learning

Our home learning expectations are that children complete daily reading, 15 minutes of Times Table Rockstars Practise and weekly spellings each week. This will then build towards a treat at the end of the half term. If the home learning in not completed, the children will have time to complete the learning instead of accessing the treat at the end of the half term.

Your child will receive a home learning book to complete any of these tasks in. Home learning will be set weekly on a Friday and children will have one week to complete the task.




School Motto

"Rising to our best"


‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12 v:30 – 31)

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