Welcome to Upper School
At this very unusual time, I would like to thank all of the parents for the wonderful support we have received as a phase. We know how difficult it is to motivate children to work at home so we know any work completed at home is a result of your hard work and persistence, as well as the children's hard work. Lots of you are getting into great routines of combining school work and hands-on activities, as well as lots of time in the garden. This is great to see and a lovely opportunity for us as families to take full advantage of.
I know that both the year 5 and year 6 members of staff are working hard to not only support children of key workers in school, but are being very hands on with supplying meaningful work for the children to do at home. Please continue to support as you have been and please please let me or any members of the team know if there is something specific you would like help with.
Sadly, we say goodbye to Miss Nicholson. Although we are sorry to see her go, we wish her the very best for her new role. At the same time, we would like to extend a huge welcome to Mrs Kapler, who is an experienced teacher with a buzz for learning. What an unusual time to be starting a new job. We do feel for you Mrs Kapler but do not worry, the parents are lovely and will be as supportive as ever.
It is unknown when we will return to school but in the meantime, please stay safe and stay happy. Do not be overly concerned with the amount the children are doing at home. As long as they are keeping the basics going and are happy, everything else will fall back into place when they return to school.
There is a range of activities to keep their interest. Please encourage use of a range:
- Google Classroom with lots of 'To Dos'
- Purple Mash
- DoJo Portfolio tasks
- TT Rockstars
- ActiveLearn with access to Bug Club
- Daily LbQ tasks
- PiXL Unlock app to practice spelling and grammar
- Daily BBC iPlayer lessons
If you have any queries about log in details or anything at all, please contact your child's class teacher via DoJo. Our communication at this time is paramount.
Sending lots of appreciation to all that you are doing.
Mrs Urciuoli :)
As the phase leader, I welcome you and your child to the phase. We, as a team, are excited to support them through the last stage of their primary school education.
Upper School consists of Year five and Year six: 6 classes in total. This is the phase where we begin getting the children ready for secondary school, making sure they have the independence, resilience and attitudes towards learning they will need to carry on with their educational journey.
Within upper school, we have an extremely strong team of teachers and leaders:
Mrs Urciuoli - Phase Leader and Assessment Leader
Mrs Welsh - English Leader and HLP Leader - Maternity Leave
Mr Addison - Reading Leader
Mrs Barnard - Hub Manager - Maternity Leave
Mrs Churchill - English Leader
Mrs Kapler - Year 5 Leader and Curriculum Leader
Mrs Judd - Science Leader
Mr Pallister - Music Leader
Miss Judge, Mrs Perridge, Mrs Nespoli, Mrs Jenkins, Mrs Bush, Mrs Tams and Mrs Brewer.
As the children get older, we appreciate it can be difficult for some parents to find the time to come into school around their work but we would greatly appreciate as much parental involvement as possible so do not hesitate to keep in touch.
Class DoJo is the most effective way to get into contact with your child’s class teacher. If you are not already set up on class DoJo, please can we urge you to do it as a matter of urgency.
We will also be running various parent workshops across the year. We hope to see you all there. If you have any suggestions of what support you feel you and the other parents could benefit from, we welcome the ideas.