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Year 6 - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Year 6

Welcome back to the second half of our Autumn term. We hope you had a relaxing half term break and are ready for the next part of our learning journey!

We have another exciting term to look forward to, so please read on to find out what we will be getting up to in the run up to Christmas.


In English, we will be moving on to our next class text, which is ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher. This is a relatively new text in year 6 and we will be linking lots of our future writing with the story. We will be completing speaking and listening activities to support our writing and embedding some of our newly learnt GPS skills. In addition, our reading lessons will continue where we will analyse and engage with a variety of short texts and extracts to continue to develop our reading skills.


In Maths, we will still be using our place value knowledge but linking it with the four operations and written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be practising the long methods for multiplication and division and applying these to problems and worded questions. In addition to this, we will begin working through the fractions, decimals and percentages element of the Maths curriculum. To help with this, please continue to practise your times tables at home. Remember you can use Times Tables Rock Stars to help you and we will be hosting a year 6 weekly battle, so please do join in!


In Science, our new topic will be Evolution, where we will study how animals and humans have evolved over time. We will be looking at inheritance and genes and how we inherit features from our family members. We will be studying Charles Darwin and the research he conducted into evolution.


In YPC, we have moved onto Invaders and Settlers, where we will be looking into how Britain was invaded by the Romans, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. Our History based topic will focus on the impact these groups of people had on Britain and why they invaded.


In PE, our focus will be gymnastics and breakdancing. We will be using our bodies to create individual balances, counterbalances and group balances on mats and apparatus. We will also be working collaboratively to create routines in dance.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.


Forest school will also be continuing this year. 6H and 6L will continue on alternate Monday afternoons, whilst 6P and 6NP will continue on alternate Tuesday afternoons.

Please come to school in appropriate clothing suitable for all weathers. As the weather is now getting much colder, please ensure you wear warm clothing and bring a suitable waterproof coat. You may also wish to keep a hat and pair of gloves in school for forest school sessions.


To support your child at home, please remember to read regularly, listening to your child where possible and enjoying a book together. It would also help if you could record in the planner and use this a tool for communication with the class teacher. All class teachers are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.


Please remember we are also here at the end of the school day if you wish to discuss anything with us.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another great half term.

Class 6P - Autumn 1

14th October 2021 Posted by Miss Perkins

I cannot believe just how quickly our first half term has gone, 6P! I am pleased with the excellent start you have all made in Year 6 and look forward to seeing your progress throughout the year. The children have enjoyed playing together and sitting together in table groups again (which has been amazing to see during this half term).

In English, we have been reading ‘Point Blanc’ by Anthony Horowitz, which has allowed us to write for a range of audiences. We have written a character description, a police report and a school prospectus, considering the purpose of each. We have welcomed our new ‘Vocabulary’ board which has allowed us to familiarize ourselves with a range of new words which we have learnt and included in each piece. Next half-term, we will be reading ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar (which we are very excited about!).

In Maths, we have been working on Place Value, as well as the four operations: multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. We have spent several weeks underlining the methods and ensuring we have a thorough understanding of the place value columns.

In our Science lessons, we have been learning all about the human body. We have learned about the functions of the heart and digestive system, learning the names of different parts and the role each one plays. We are even looking forward to dissecting a heart to learn more about its functions. We have considered what we put into our bodies as part of a healthy diet, looking at food labels and nutritional values.

In YPC, we began by looking at Impressionist paintings, first imitating the techniques and reproducing ‘Water Lilies’ by Monet before creating our own Impressionist piece. We have begun our new topic on Invaders and Settlers, looking at The Romans, Saxons and Vikings and their influence on Britain and have enjoyed learning about what invaders and settlers are. We will be continuing with this topic when we return after half-term.

On Thursday, we are excited to go on our first trip of the year to Brig House Centre. We are looking forward to taking part in lots of brilliant outdoor activities.

Have a great, well deserved half-term everyone!

Miss Perkins.

Class 6NP - Autumn 1

13th October 2021 Posted by Miss Potter

I can’t believe we have come to the end of our first half term together already. We have been so busy and the time has flown by.

In English, we have been reading ‘Point Blanc’ by Anthony Horowitz which has provided some excellent writing opportunities. We have written a character description, a police report and a school prospectus, considering the audience and purpose of each. We have enjoyed becoming familiar with a range of new vocabulary which we have included in each piece. Next half-term we are moving on to reading ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar.

In Maths we have been working on place value and number, as well as written methods for the four operations. We have revised and applied these methods to a range of arithmetic problems, making use of our own number sense to know when it is more appropriate to use a written method or a mental method. We have also be solving problems and reasoning with our answers.

In our Science lessons, we have been learning all about the human body. We have learned about the functions of the heart and digestive system, learning the names of different parts and the role each one plays. We have considered what we put into our bodies as part of a healthy diet, looking at food labels and nutritional values.

In YPC, we began by looking at Impressionist paintings, first imitating the techniques and reproducing ‘Water Lilies’ by Monet before creating our own Impressionist piece. We have just begun our new topic on Invaders and Settlers, looking at The Romans, Saxons and Vikings and their influence on Britain. We will be continuing with this topic when we return after half-term.

On Wednesday we are excited to go on our first trip of the year to Brighouse Centre. We are looking forward to taking part in lots of brilliant outdoor activities.

Well done for all your hard work this half term 6NP. I have really enjoyed getting to know you all and am so proud of how hardworking and resilient you are. Please have a well-earned rest and I will see you all after the half term break!

Miss P x

Class 6H - Autumn 1

13th October 2021 Posted by Mr Haigh

We’ve reached the end of Autumn 1 already. How quickly has the time passed?

I just want to start saying how impressed I have been by the maturity and focus all the children have shown since our return, and how caring and supportive they have been of each other. As we move towards returning to a more normal school life, it has also been lovely to see them sitting back in table groups and mixing on the playground.

We’ve been working incredibly hard and the children have adapted well to the increasing level of pace and challenge as the term has progressed.

In our English lessons we have been reading the excellent ‘Point Blanc’ by Anthony Horowitz (the follow up to ‘Stormbreaker’ which they enjoyed in Year 5). We have used the text as our stimulus for writing a character description, a police report and a school prospectus. We have also been focusing on extending our understanding of new vocabulary, as well as developing our comprehension retrieval and summarising skills. Next half term we are moving on to reading the amazing ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar.

In Maths we have been working on Place Value, as well as written methods for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. The children have remembered lots of the knowledge and understanding gained from previous year groups and have applied this well during lessons. However, times table fluency is a key target area for all children to focus on throughout the rest of this year.

We have been learning all about the human body in our Science lessons. We have learned about the functions of the heart, blood, water and the digestive system - learning the names of different parts and the role each one plays. We have also considered living a healthy lifestyle, including the impact of diet, exercise, alcohol and drugs on our physical and mental health.

In YPC, we began by looking at Impressionist paintings, first imitating the techniques and reproducing ‘Water Lilies’ by Monet before creating our own Impressionist piece. We have begun our new topic on Invaders and Settlers, looking at The Romans, Saxons and Vikings and their influence on Britain. We will be continuing with this topic when we return after half-term.

Have a well-deserved rest everyone.

Class 6L - Autumn 1

12th October 2021 Posted by Mr Lloyd

Our first half-term together in 6L has flown by!

We have been reading ‘Point Blanc’ by Anthony Horowitz in our English lessons which has provided some excellent writing opportunities. We have written a character description, a police report and a school prospectus, considering the audience and purpose of each. We have enjoyed becoming familiar with a range of new vocabulary which we have included in each piece. Next half-term we are moving on to reading ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar.

In Maths we have been working on Place Value, as well as written methods for Addition and Subtraction. We have revised and applied these methods to a range of arithmetic problems, making use of our own number sense to know when it is more appropriate to use a written method or a mental method.

In our Science lessons, we have been learning all about the human body. We have learned about the functions of the heart and digestive system, learning the names of different parts and the role each one plays. We have considered what we put into our bodies as part of a healthy diet, looking at food labels and nutritional values.

In YPC, we began by looking at Impressionist paintings, first imitating the techniques and reproducing ‘Water Lilies’ by Monet before creating our own Impressionist painting. We have now started our new topic on Invaders and Settlers, looking at The Romans, Saxons and Vikings and their influence on Britain. We will be continuing with this topic when we return after half-term.

On Thursday we are excited to go on our first trip of the year to Brighouse Centre. We are looking forward to taking part in lots of brilliant outdoor activities.

Have a great half-term everyone.

Mr Lloyd

Year 6 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

9th September 2021 Posted by Year 6

Welcome back to all our new, year 6 pupils. We hope you had a wonderful summer and a well-deserved break. We are very much looking forward to getting to know you this half term and working together over the next year.

We have an exciting curriculum to teach this year and lots to look forward to. Please read on to find out what we are going to get up to this half term.

In English, we will be reading ‘Point Blanc’ by Anthony Horrowitz. This follows on from the year 5 text, ‘Stormbreaker’. We will analysing the text, the characters and comparing the story to similar texts. We will also use this text as a stimulus for writing and our writing will focus on narratives, report writing and descriptive writing. Alongside this, will be GPS lessons, which will focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling needed for the writing.

In Maths, we will focus on place value and number. Children will practise their basic skills and number knowledge to secure their understanding. There will also be a focus on arithmetic and times tables.

In Science, our new topic will be ‘Animals including humans’. This topic focuses on the human body, the heart and keeping healthy. There will be opportunities for investigative work and group work.

In YPC, we will start with an art focus looking at impressionists. We will be studying the artists, ‘Monet’, ‘Cassatt’ and ‘Adam Ralston’. There will be opportunities to practise the skills shown in this style of art and create our own in the same style.

In PE, our focus will be Tennis and football. We will be refining racket skills, ball skills and how best to work in a team.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, teachers are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.

Forest school will also be continuing this year.

Please come to school in appropriate clothing suitable for all weathers. Please, as soon as possible, send in wellies to be kept in school.

To support your child at home, please remember to read regularly, listening to your child where possible and enjoying a book together. It would also help if you could record in the planner and use this a tool for communication with the class teacher. All class teachers are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates. The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download from the school website soon.

Please remember we are also here at the end of the day if you wish to discuss anything with us.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you.

Class 6H - The end of a year

20th July 2021 Posted by Mr Haigh

It is with great sadness that I have to say goodbye to such a wonderful class.

I am so proud of all of you. You have been through so much over the past two years and the maturity, resilience, bravery and positivity that you have shown is amazing.

Since our return in March, you have all shown such dedication to your learning. You are all now in a great position to make a fantastic start at your new secondary schools.

I hope you look back at your time at Yardley with fondness. I certainly will not forget any of you and will miss you all. I am looking forward to when you are able to come and visit us in the playground and let us know how well you are doing.

Thank you for making my time this year happy and memorable. I wish you all well for next year.

Please keep in touch.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Haigh

Class 6O - Goodbye 6O!

16th July 2021 Posted by Miss Orford

How strange to be writing this at home instead of enjoying our final week together.

I cannot put into words the pride and admiration that I have for every single one of you. You have been through so much over the past two years and the resilience, bravery and positivity that you have shown is incredible. One day, you will look back on this as adults and not be able to comprehend how crazy the world has been and how amazing you were in the middle of a global pandemic.

I know this week is not what we wanted for our final full week together but I am hoping to see all of your smiling faces next week and we will make sure we celebrate our final few days at Yardley together! I am counting down the days!!!

Since returning in March, you have all shown such determination to your learning. It hasn't always been easy, but you have worked so hard to ensure that you have gained the skills needed for your next chapter at secondary school.

I hope you will be able to look back at your time at Yardley fondly in years to come. I certainly will not forget any of you, you have all got me through a strange year in your own little ways. I am looking forward to the day that you are able to come and visit us in the playground and let us know the fantastic things you have accomplished.

Thank you for making my time this year incredibly happy and memorable. I wish you all the luck in the world and I know you will do yourselves very proud!

Please keep in touch, I will miss you all.

See you next week,

Miss Orford ​

Class 6P - Goodbye 6P!

16th July 2021 Posted by Miss Perkins

I can’t quite believe that it’s almost time to say goodbye. I know this last week wasn’t what we had planned, but I look forward to watching you all leave in style on Tuesday! We’re going to make it amazing for you and I hope to see you all there.

Regardless of the numerous lockdowns and having to self-isolate, 6P have done themselves proud this year. This academic year has been fabulous, the children have shone brightly throughout and have made good progress across the curriculum. As well as this, the children have gained excellent life skills that will see them well in secondary school. Every child has shown themselves to be resilient, determined and hard-working. I have no doubt that each child in 6P is going to thrive in their new secondary school - they are so very lucky to have you.

This half term, the children have enjoyed writing narratives, underlining their arithmetic skills, learning about Banksy and playing competitive games in PE. It’s been a joy to see so many happy, smiling faces!

I urge you all to spend some time reflecting upon your time at Yardley over the next couple of weeks. Think about all of your wonderful achievements and good times you have had with your friends. I do hope that when you are older, you look back at your time at YPS with a big smile on your face! We will miss you all.

Good luck for the future; you’re going to be FABULOUS!

Miss Perkins x​

Class 6NP - Goodbye 6NP

16th July 2021 Posted by Miss Potter

Wow, I can’t believe the time has come already to say goodbye. The year has gone so fast and what a year it has been. I’m so sad that we are not spending our final week together.

However, I want you to know just how incredibly proud I am of each and every one of you. In a year that has not been normal, I am proud of how hard you have worked and the resilience and determination you have shown. I know it hasn’t been easy but you have powered through and given it your all each and every day to make amazing progress and gain the skills and knowledge needed for the next part in your chapter. If you can survive the last two years, you can do anything!

I know that the secondary schools you are going to are incredibly lucky to have Yardley pupils who are so hardworking and who will go on to achieve such great things. I look forward to the day when you come back to visit us and tell us of all your accomplishments.

Thank you for a fun year. You have made me laugh, helped me learn new things and given me so many lovely memories. I will miss you all so much.

I know this week wasn’t how we planned to see out your year but I am looking forward to seeing you next week to have the best celebration ever.

I wish you all the luck in the world. Take care and stay safe,

Miss P x​