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Chloe Hallett (UKS2 class)

About our class 

Our class is called Hallett class, named after Chloe Hallett. She became the youngest British hot air balloon pilot in 2011 on her seventeenth birthday!


Mrs White is the teacher and Mrs Jennings and Miss Bicknell are the Learning Support Assistants in this class. Miss Osman currently teaches the Year 5's each morning. 


Morning starts

Pupils and their parents/carers are encouraged to come into the playground from 8.40am. The bell will ring at 8.45am and the children are asked to line up smartly holding their reading diaries to be checked on entering the classroom. The gate is closed at 8.55am and any child arriving after that time will be marked as late.


End of school day

The school day finishes at 3.20pm and siblings can be collected at 3.10pm.  Children should be in full school uniform every day, with any long hair tied back.


Home-school partnerships

We really value parent/carer-school partnerships so please do speak to your child’s class teacher on the playground if you have a quick message or ring the school office to book a telephone appointment if a longer conversation is required. You can also use Class Dojo to message your child’s class teacher and they will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible within school hours.


Our curriculum learning this half term

This half term is based around the theme of ‘Change’. Please see the curriculum information on our website about why ‘Change’ is an important ‘Curriculum Upright’ at our school. https://www.upton-st-james-primary.torbay.sch.uk/change-1/


In worship we will be focusing on ‘Loving our global neighbour’, as well as looking at the 10 a day - 10 things we can all day every day to balance our mental and physical health. Our worship value is Forgiveness. 


In English, we will be reading I am Cat by Jackie Morris. Over the course of the term we will be reading and analysing the text to identify effective ways to engage the reader and create imagery. Following this, we will be writing our own poetry based on our favourite animal. As we move through the term we will also be learning how to write powerful persuasive speeches liked to our focus on climate change as part of the Pupil’s Parliament.


In Maths, we will be learning all about finding the perimeter of triangles and parallelograms as well as dipping our toe into algebra before moving onto Our Future maths project where will learn all about calculating annual salaries, paying bills, mortgages and much more.


In our wider curriculum learning we will be exploring artefacts from the recent past in history, asking how they are the same and how they are different to the things we use today. In Science we will be finding out all about minibeasts, and in art we will be refining our painting skills, learning to select the best tools for the job and use a paint brush with care and control to achieve a planned outcome.



In History we will be reviewing our learning all about the Battle of Britain. Over the course of the unit we will compare the resources of the German Luftwaffe and the British Royal Air Force and develop an understanding has to why Hitler needed to defeat the RAF before launching an invasion of Britain.  

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

Grow words to learn:

Territories, diplomatic, dominance, government, evacuate, supremacy, tactics


In Art we will be studying Architecture: dream big or small. In this unit children are opened to the idea that artists and designers have responsibilities, in the case of architects to design homes that help us have a brighter future. Children discuss as a class if it is best to design aspirational homes which make us feel good to live in, or tiny homes which benefit the environment. Or perhaps we can do both?

We will explore the work of architects and individual builder/designers, and use sketchbooks and drawing to collect, process and reflect upon ideas. We will then go on to build an architectural model of their aspirational home or tiny house, before sharing as a class to see the village that has been made. 


In Computing we are studying a unit called Why are quizzes important?  We will be designing and making our own quizzes in Scratch using the IF…THEN..ELSE structure to select different outcomes for our quizzes.


In Religion and Worldviews (RW) we will be investigating how faith help people when life gets hard.


Useful websites and resources for English

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfkk7ty/articles/zbj3sk7 Exploring biographies

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrybvk7?scrlybrkr=aa14e44c SATS revision for Year 6

https://www.dtales.it/InteractiveTales/ Selection of interactive Fairy Tales


Useful websites and resources for Maths

www.mathsgames.com a range of interactive games and activities for all areas of maths.

www.topmarks.co.uk – a range of interactive games and activities for all areas of maths.


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



Our swimming day continues to be a Monday with an additional PE slot on Friday afternoon. We ask that your child comes in warm, winter PE kit on that day/those days.



We really value reading at Upton and ask that each child reads for 10-15 minutes each night and records their reading in their home reading diaries. Please can parents/carers sign the reading diaries to show that that your child has read and bring them back in each day.


Home learning

Each week your child will be sent home with a list of spelling to learn – they should practise writing these into interesting and ambitious sentences. We also expect the children to read 5 times over the course of the week and complete 15 minutes of TTRS to support their times tables knowledge and fluency.

Other useful websites to access







School Motto

"Rising to our best"


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

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