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Swifts 2020 - 2021

This half term, our topic is called:

Things that go bump in the night!


In lower Key Stage 2, we are using this half term to learn about animals’ habitats and Europe. We will be covering a range of different skills across all subject areas to bring together our knowledge. In literacy this half term we are beginning with the amazing suspense story “The Bear Under the Stairs” where the children are writing their own version. We will then be explore “The Tear Thief” before finishing our half term before Christmas with “The Polar Express”.


Important information:

Our forest school sessions are every Tuesday morning, so come to school prepared to go straight outdoors whatever the weather, but don’t forget to bring your school uniform to change back into before lunch!

We also have PE every Wednesday afternoon, so make sure you have the appropriate kit in school with you each week as we try to keep our PE sessions outdoors as much as possible.



Welcome back to school!

At Upper Arley, we are all excited to have you back in school this year, after what was a very strange year last year.


Some things are having to run a little differently this year, but we are keeping things as safe as possible so all our children to enjoy their school life!

Some of the changes we have made include;

Using our own equipment (all labelled and in individual pouches just for you!)

Your own space to work each day

Regular hand washing trips to make sure our hands are clean!

Separate play areas... and more.


It may be a strange time, but we are all in this together and we will become our own team this year.

Our classroom is set out and ready to use, with all seats and tables facing forwards to help keep you safe.

Let’s continue the hard work we showed last half term, and have a lovely rest of the year!


Miss J Minto


Welcome to Swifts

We are the beginning of key stage 2 as a class of mixed year 3 and 4 children. We enjoy a brilliant rich and broad curriculum offering a formal learning environment, supporting out key competencies and values and driving forward independence and co-operation. Our curriculum supports both the application of skills learned in KS1 and also new skills essential for our development throughout KS2. Through a varied subject led topic approach, we focus on the arts, humanities, technology and the development of our personal and social skills. As the children at the start of KS2 we take pride in leading by example to our peers in KS1, showing resilience in everything we do and compassion towards all of our peers. We are a fantastic team!

Autumn Term 2020 - Planning


Philosophy for Children is a wonderful way to bring adults and children together to discuss things that matter.  It enhances the children's thinking and communication skills, and boosts their self esteem, this has been proven to improve their academic achievement.



PSCO Visit - Our ASPIRATIONS for the future

Many of us know what we would like to aspire to in the future.

Firefighter, doctor, nurse, vet, police officer, engineer, mechanic and even a fisherman!