Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1HG

01977 794 179

St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together


 Upper Key Stage Two 


Class 5 Teacher: Mrs Walker Assistants: Miss England and Miss Butterfield


Class 5/6 Teacher: Mr Greatorex Assistants: Mrs Pickin and Miss Lambeth


Class 6 Teacher: Miss Beardmore HLTA: Mrs Cass


 Hello everyone and welcome to the Upper Key Stage Two page!

Our Christian Values 



School doors open from 8:40 - 8:55.       Home time: 3:20.


Here at St Giles we really want to develop a love for reading as it is a vital part of children's learning. It is a way to explore new ideas, develop their understanding of the world, expand their vocabulary and have fun. We encourage your child to read as regularly as possible and for you to talk together about the books they are reading. Children can read story books, non-fiction, magazines or even website pages and each time they have a reading session signed in their planner by an adult they can move up on our reading space race. 

If you are looking for recommended reading please see the following websites:

Recommended Books for Year 5  - Click here                                      Recommended Books for Year 6  - Click here




White Rose Maths is the scheme that we follow here at St Giles. Throughout the lessons, children will be given the ability to choose their own level of challenge (with obvious encourage and guidance) across both fluency and problem solving and reasoning activities. The ability to recall and use multiplication tables is also very important and to support your child we have subscribed to Times-tables Rock Stars . Your child has a login and will take part in timetables challenges that are matched to their ability, as they progress so will the challenges! 


PEPE is shown on your class Dojo page. Pupils should come to school in their PE kit and trainers and stay in it for the day. Please remember that school PE kit is a St Giles red PE top, black trousers/leggings/shorts and a black St Giles PE jumper.

Note to parents: We try our best to prepare our children through our normal curriculum and for life wider than school.  Remember, it's really important to be at school every day, on time and ready to learn.


Each week the pupils will be expected to do the following at home:

  • Read at home at least three times a week 
  • Complete a maths piece (which will be uploaded onto Dojo portfolio) to be handed in on the following Monday.
  • Complete a English piece (which will be uploaded onto Dojo portfolio) to be handed in the following Monday.
  • Learn spellings each week which will be tested on a Friday in class.

Keeping in touch with Class 5, Class 5/6 and 6

If you would like to keep up-to-date and see what your children are doing in class then head straight to Class Dojo. We post homework, spellings and our termly plans on there too! We update this regularly with class stories and photos. Everyone has a unique access code and you can see how your children are rewarded! We also use Twitter @stgilesacademy and Facebook - both sites are open pages so there's no need to sign up!

Recommended Reading!

The more you read the more you know...

As I am sure you are aware, as well as being an enjoyable pastime, reading impacts hugely on
children’s writing ability and general learning. We encourage children to read as much as possible,
both at home and in school. Here are some personal favourites and we have included a link to a website that outlines further books for your little book worms!

We have a bookshelf/reading area in class and school library where children are welcome to take books home to read. They are also invited to bring books from home in to read for pleasure! Our local library in Pontefract is amazing and we work closely with them throughout the year - if you would like any information on how you can use the library further please don't hesitate to ask us or visit the library in town.

'The Explorer' – Katherine Rundell

'Journey to the River Sea' – Eva Ibbotson

'The Nowhere Emporium' - Ross Mackenzie

'Running Wild' – Michael Morpurgo

For a challenge…'The Jungle Book' – Rudyard Kipling or 'The Hobbit' - J.R.R Tolkein