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UPPER PHASE YR 5/6 2015/16

There are three classes in this phase, AW, SY and KT.  They work together to deliver the curriculum and the phase is split according to ability to teach mathematics.


The teachers plan together and the classes work together as one unit for many aspects of the curriculum.  In this phase there is an increased focus on preparing the children for the next stage of their education.


In the Summer Term, the Year 6 pupils take part in a residential visit and together with Year 5, they put on a great performance. You can see what happened on last year's trip and in the play by clicking on the links.

During the Autumn Term, the Upper Phase have been using ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ as a stimulus for their writing. As part of this, the pupils chose a setting from the story and wrote a description of it. Their challenge was to include as many narrative techniques as they could. This included: ‘focus-focus-focus,’ similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification, prepositions, adverbial phrases. See what you can spot in each of the descriptions… 

Jess Papps Narnia 2017.pdf
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Joseph Mackman Narnia 2017.pdf
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Yvie Turner Narnia 2017.pdf
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Show Racism the Red Card Workshop

Thanksgiving 2017

Henry has recently joined us from New York. He very kindly bought in some pumpkin bread and mini pumpkin pies that he had made at home for Thanksgiving and told us all about this American celebration. The class enjoyed hearing all about it and asked him lots of questions.

Monarch Day 2017


Children and staff in the Upper Phase started the year by dressing up as their favourite monarch from British history.  This tied in with the topic for this term.  Below are a few pictures from the day.

Cressing Temple Barns Trip

On Wednesday 11th October, we (The Upper Phase of Earls Colne Primary School) went on what was an amazing trip to Cressing Temple Barns which is near Witham. We went because our current topic is British monarchs so we were finding out what life was like during their reign.

        On the coach, to pass the time, we happily chatted and sang songs with increasing volume. When we arrived, we disembarked from the coach and walked a short distance to the Barley Barn where we were greeted by our guides. Excitedly, we deposited our bags in the barn which is we then learned is the oldest barn in Europe! After we stopped chatting and calmed down, we were separated into our groups and guided to our first activity which we learned was about Tudor food.

        After we had walked down the gravel path, we arrived at our first activity – Tudor food. First, we were learning about what ordinary people ate in Tudor times which was interesting as I had never learnt about it before.  Excitedly, we then proceeded to try a curious assortment of Tudor food (for instance, oatcakes) which most of my group found disgusting unlike William and me who had been savouring every last morsel. Once we had finished eating the food, we were then taken to our next activity which I had been looking forward to because it was the Tudor court.

        After our first activity, we walked up to the now scuffed gravel path to the Tudor court. Interestingly, our guide told us that we were to re-enact a scene from the court. Unfortunately for me, I was to play a criminal who then died of pneumonia in prison. My character had been letting his dogs loose and on three occasions attacked a pig, a cow and on one occasion, a woman! Apart from me, there were four other jobs to do: the jailer, the clerk (which was a hard job as you had to know Latin, French and English, and you had to record the proceedings in the court), the jury and the judge.

        Our final activity before lunch was knight school. I had been looking forward to the activity because it involved archery which is an activity that I enjoy. Without waiting for our guide, my group and I rushed to it. To start off, we tried on some of the incredible knight’s armour. Unlike our other activities, this one was about a period in history that wasn’t the Tudors. This one was about the Knights’ Templar (a group of knights in the Middle Ages). After our briefing on the armour, we then learnt about the arrows that were used in the middle ages. Interestingly, the arrows were rubbed in dirt so they caused infections and were barbed so you couldn’t pull them out of your body. (Isn’t that amazing?) Finally, after waiting for ages, we eventually got round to firing arrows. Although I definitely wasn’t the best, I was one of the most skilled in my group.

        After a quick lunch, we then proceeded to our final activity – Medieval medicine (in the garden). The guide showed us various plants which surprisingly could be used for medicine and in some cases, for food. Two of the most memorable plants were stinging nettles and sage. The stinging nettles could be used for food and drink as you could use it to make tea and soup. The sage could be used for brushing your teeth.

        Finally, after our superb day, we once again had to board the coach and go. My favourite activity was the knight school because I love archery. What a fantastic day we had!


By Toby Wheal (Year 5)

Art Day

The Upper Phase have really enjoyed using their sketching and painting skills to create a self-portrait during their art day.

Some children even used what they had learnt during the art day to create a portrait of a famous monarch for their home school learning project!  Can you guess which famous monarchs and self portraits are below?



Due to continued bad weather, the school will not be participating in the Earls Colne Village Carol service tonight.



Unfortunately, due to sheet ice around and on the school site we have had to make the decision to close the school we would not be able to guarantee the safety of children and staff in the current circumstances.

Click here to find out about our amazing Fireworks Display.  We raised a whopping £6758 for our school.

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