Pendennis Road, Downend, South Gloucestershire, BS16 5JJ

01454 866516

Christ Church CofE Junior School

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Welcome to the Upper Band

A warm welcome to the Upper Band page. Here, you will find all the latest information about our learning in class, our homework and trips as well as special events. We have five classes in the Upper Band and a fantastic team of adults working with our year 5 and 6 children:

  • Puffin Class (5SG) - Mrs Groves (teacher), Mrs Byran (HLTA)
  • Jay Class (5KW) - Miss Wallbridge (teacher), Mrs Bryan (HLTA)
  • Kingfisher Class (5/6AD) - Mr Desmond (teacher), Mrs Thatcher (HLTA), Miss Roseblade (TA)
  • Falcon Class (6ET) - Miss Thackeray (teacher), Mrs Byrom (TA), Mrs Holmes-Volk (TA)
  • Kestrel Class (6LL) - Miss Love (teacher), Mrs Teller (TA)

Year 6 hoodies have arrived and they can now be worn in school!

Upper Band Term 2

This term, we will be focusing on science and learning all about different materials and their properties. We will also be observing how different materials change in different conditions and investigating changing states. We will also be designing an exciting project in our DT lessons, considering which materials will be best for the job as well as starting our first French lessons of the year.

What's on this term...

Monday 4th November - start of term

Friday 15th November - Children In Need

Thursday 21st November - Energy and Climate Change Workshops

Wednesday 4th December - Christmas Dinner Day

Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th December - Lower Band Nativity (during the afternoon on both days at Christ Church)

Monday 9th December - Upper Band Christmas Bazaar. Years 5 and 6 will be busy making crafts and tasty treats to sell at our annual Christmas Bazaar. Look out for more information about the games, food and fun activities which we have planned!

Monday 16th December - X-Mas Factor - children's talent contest

Friday 20th December - last day of term

Monday 6th January - INSET day

Term 3 starts on Tuesday 7th January 2020.

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Home Learning in the Upper Band

During years 5 and 6 at CCJ, children are expected to complete weekly maths, spellings, reading and English tasks.

We have new reading records which also double up as a weekly diary. We intend for children to use these to communicate about PE days, homework and other information from your child’s class teacher so please ensure your child is in the habit of bringing it into class every morning. Children should read 5 times a week and there is space for a parent signature so that every child knows both parents and teachers are monitoring this.

Please see below for our termly spellings overview. Spellings will be set every Tuesday and tested in class the following Monday.

As was the case last year, children still have access to DoodleMaths and the expectation is that children complete tasks little and often. Teachers will set one larger maths task each week.

New for 2019: your child now has access to DoodleEnglish and DoodleSpellings. These apps can be downloaded free online for tablets, PCs or smartphones - please follow this link. Just like DoodleMaths, the expectation is that children complete tasks little and often (about 5 or 10 minutes per day) to consolidate learning in class.