Year 6 Blog


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

29th April 2022 Posted by Year 6

We hope you have had an enjoyable and relaxing Easter break. We are extremely excited to welcome the children back for Summer 1 and the beginning of their final full term at Primary School. As always, it’s going to be a busy half term but we also hope an extremely enjoyable and memorable one. There are many things coming up to look forward to; read on to find out more.

SATs will take place the week beginning Monday 9th May. We will be using the two weeks prior to revise and practise key skills in Reading, Writing and Maths. The children have all made fantastic progress in their learning this year and this is their opportunity to demonstrate all the knowledge they have gained during their time at Yardley Primary School. We have done a lot of talk with the children around worry and stress this year surrounding these tests and the importance of sharing these with adults. If your child has any concerns, please speak to any of the Year 6 team as we would be more than happy to support.

In YPC, we will be learning about Perspective in Art, practising how to use techniques in our drawings. We will then be conducting artist studies, looking at the works of Jackson Pollock and comparing and contrasting them with the style of street artist, Banksy.

In Science, we will continue with our learning in our new topic: Electricity. We will continue to conduct investigations using electrical components, learn more about drawing circuit diagrams as well as understand and use relevant terminology to explain our findings.

In Computing, we will be creating our own blogs using the software, SWAY. This will involve researching, formatting and presenting information and looking at aspects of web design to present our blogs to suit our intended audience.

In PE, we will be spending three weeks taking part in Boxercise, building our fitness and stamina levels through a series of circuit training stations. We will then move on to our Rounders unit, applying skills such as throwing and catching and hand-eye coordination, as well as team work, communication and determination.

In PE, we will be spending the entirety of the six weeks playing tag rugby. The children will work on their ball handling skills and will work in a team to use the pitch effectively to score points.

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 continue as usual this half term. 6H and 6L will continue on alternate Monday afternoons, whilst 6P and 6NP will continue on alternate Tuesday afternoons.

We also have the Year 6 Residential at the Frank Chapman Centre to look forward to on Monday May 16th – Wednesday 18th May. Details of this will have been communicated to parents of those attending. For those children staying in school, we have lots of fun activities planned to keep you busy so you don’t miss out either.

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 classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

As we head towards the warmer weather, please ensure children put sun cream on before school, have a water bottle with them every day and a sun hat.

Thank you for your continued support.

Class 6P - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Perkins

I can’t quite believe that we have completed yet another school term. Spring is over and after our Easter break, we’ll be saying hello to the Summer holidays. The children have worked so incredibly hard this half term and I continue to be immensely proud of them.

In English, we have been writing a variety of narratives, some including speech and some written in the first and third person. We have enjoyed exploring our imaginations and have written some fantastic stories from comedy to horror. We’ve also been working hard to embed our Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) knowledge, so these can be used without effort in our writing.

In Reading, we have been enjoying reading ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ as our class text. We have been answering lots of comprehension questions based upon given extracts and have explored lots of different poetry. The interest and understanding the children have shown to the range of texts has been impressive.

In YPC, we have been looking at North America. In particular, we have been making comparisons between Birmingham, UK and Birmingham, Alabama. We have learnt a lot about the culture of North America and have made a holiday brochure, encouraging people to visit either Birmingham, UK or Birmingham, Al.

In Science, we have been looking at electricity. We have thrived in creating circuits and looking at the different scientific symbols used when we draw a circuit diagram. We have looked at different variables that may change the way in which a circuit may work and made predictions and conclusions based upon this.

In PE, we have enjoyed playing tag rugby. We have worked in teams to prevent the other team from scoring a try. We learnt how to pass the ball backwards in order to do this successfully.

It has been a wonderful half term, 6P! I look forward to seeing what Summer 1 brings. Have the most wonderful Easter break.

Miss P x

Class 6H - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mr Haigh

We have reached the end of yet another half-term. It feels like the year is racing away and it won't be long before the children leave for secondary school!

In English this half-term, we have written a narrative based on the short film ‘Teeth’, learning how to use speech to convey character and for the purpose of moving the narrative on. After finishing our class text, Letters from the Lighthouse, we have begun reading the book ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. Also set in World War II, it follows the story of an evacuee from London.

In our Reading lessons, we have studied a range of texts, including The Spider and The Fly, The Fallen, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, to name but a few. We have spent several lessons further developing our inference skills and covered a range of poetry too.

Our Maths focus has continued to be on securing arithmetic skills as well as developing reasoning and problem solving. In particular. We also been looking at shape, space and time including area, perimeter and volume, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, calculating time intervals and interpreting line graphs and pie charts.

In Science we have continued to learn about Light, looking at reflection and refraction in more depth. We have also seen how these concepts can be observed all around us in every-day life, such as how refraction can create a rainbow when the light from the sun is bent through water droplets when it rains.

YPC has allowed us to compare Birmingham in the UK with Birmingham, Alabama in the USA. We have made comparisons using a range of sources, such as maps and photographs and also undertaken a field study of the sounds we hear around local Birmingham and compared them with sounds recorded in Birmingham, Alabama.

In PE, 6H have been enjoying learning the rules and skills required in Tag Rugby. This has seen us develop all important team-work and communication skills. We have had to get used to passing backwards rather than forwards (this has been a challenge), as well as working together to score a try.

We have also been revising for the upcoming SATs in May. We have discussed how to become more independent in our studies as well as good habits to get into for secondary school.

Have a fantastic Easter break and a well-deserved rest.

Class 6NP - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Potter

It’s that time again! I can’t believe we have reached the end of another half-term. As always, the year seems to be flying by and it is hard to believe we only have Summer Term left before you leave us for secondary school!

In English this half-term, we have written a narrative based on the short film ‘Teeth’, learning how to use speech to convey character and for the purpose of moving the narrative on. After finishing our class text, Letters from the Lighthouse, we have begun reading the book ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. Also set in World War II, it follows the story of an evacuee from London.

In our Reading lessons, we have studied a range of texts, including The Spider and The Fly, The Fallen, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, to name but a few. We have spent several lessons further developing our inference skills and covered a range of poetry too.

In Maths, we have made so much progress with our arithmetic skills and are continually scoring highly on the weekly arithmetic tests in preparation for SATs in May. We have also covered several of the other areas in the Maths curriculum including Volume, Area and Perimeter, Measures (converting units and reading different units), ratio and reading and interpreting tables. Alongside this we have been further developing our reasoning and problem solving skills.

In Science we have continued to learn about Light, looking at reflection and refraction in more depth. We have also seen how these concepts can be observed all around us in every-day life, such as how refraction can create a rainbow when the light from the sun is bent through water droplets when it rains. We have also recently started a new topic on Electricity, looking closely at series circuits and drawing circuits using scientific symbols. This will continue after half term.

YPC has allowed us to compare Birmingham in the UK with Birmingham, Alabama in the USA. We have made comparisons using a range of sources, such as maps and photographs and also undertaken a field study of the sounds we hear around local Birmingham and compared them with sounds recorded in Birmingham, Alabama.

In PE, we have been enjoying learning the rules and skills required in Tag Rugby. This has seen us develop all important team-work and communication skills. We have had to get used to passing backwards rather than forwards, as well as working together to score a try.

As always, I am so proud of the resilience and determination that each and every one of you in 6NP demonstrates on a daily basis. You have already made so much progress and it has been a pleasure to see how far you have already come. I am looking forward to the final term with you all!

Have a fantastic Easter break and a well-deserved rest.

Miss Potter.

Class 6L - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mr Lloyd

We have reached the end of another half-term. As always, the year seems to be flying by and it is hard to believe we only have Summer Term left before you leave us for secondary school!

In English this half-term, we have written a narrative based on the short film ‘Teeth’, learning how to use speech to convey character and for the purpose of moving the narrative on. After finishing our class text, Letters from the Lighthouse, we have begun reading the book ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. Also set in World War II, it follows the story of an evacuee from London.

In our Reading lessons, we have studied a range of texts, including The Spider and The Fly, The Fallen, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, to name but a few. We have spent several lessons further developing our inference skills and covered a range of poetry too.

We have revisited Fractions, learning how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators and done lots of work on decimals, including multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We have continued to hone our skills at using written methods, introducing long multiplication to help us multiply larger numbers together.

In Science we have continued to learn about Light, looking at reflection and refraction in more depth. We have also seen how these concepts can be observed all around us in every-day life, such as how refraction can create a rainbow when the light from the sun is bent through water droplets when it rains.

YPC has allowed us to compare Birmingham in the UK with Birmingham, Alabama in the USA. We have made comparisons using a range of sources, such as maps and photographs and also undertaken a field study of the sounds we hear around local Birmingham and compared them with sounds recorded in Birmingham, Alabama.

In PE, 6L have been enjoying learning the rules and skills required in Tag Rugby. This has seen us develop all important team-work and communication skills. We have had to get used to passing backwards rather than forwards, as well as working together to score a try.

We have also been revising for the upcoming SATs in May. We have discussed how to become more independent in our studies as well as good habits to get into for secondary school.

Have a fantastic Easter break and a well-deserved rest.

Mr Lloyd

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

4th March 2022 Posted by Year 6

Hello everyone! We hope you have had a wonderful half term break and a well-deserved rest. We are extremely excited to welcome the children back for Spring 2 and a brilliant six weeks of learning. We know it’s going to be a busy half term but also a hard-working and rewarding one. There’s lots coming up and much to look forward to; read on to find out all about it.


During ‘Yardley Loves Reading’ time and in Reading lessons, we will be moving onto a new class text – ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. Discussion about the book will be encouraged across the year group and the children will be given a wide range of comprehension questions based upon it to enhance their understanding. Since starting Year 6, the children have progressed and established a good understanding of retrieval, inference, summarising and vocabulary, which we aim to embed this half term. The children will also have the opportunity to access and analyse other standalone texts such as: poetry, extracts from fiction texts and non-fiction texts such as biographies and reports.


In our English lessons, the children will use their class text as a stimulus for writing for a variety of purposes. We will also be using visual literacy to encourage their imagination to blossom. The children will be encouraged to independently write and showcase their fantastic knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling, aimed at an appropriate audience.


In Maths lessons, the children will develop their arithmetic fluency by completing a weekly assessment. We will be actively encouraging them to increase their confidence and pace. We will introduce the children to properties of shape, transformations, measurements, time, data handling and coordinates. In addition, we will be teaching the children to understand different types of mathematical vocabulary in order to successfully pursue reasoning and problem solving type questions.


In YPC, we will be learning all about North America. We will discover how to read maps accurately and will learn lots of new geographical vocabulary such as latitude and longitude. We will be looking at biomes, climate, mountains and different locations within the area. In addition, we will be learning about the cultures within North America and will be making comparisons between North America and the UK.


In Science, we will move onto learning about electricity. We will be doing lots of experiments with circuits, learning about the purpose of a battery and will be analysing electricity usage at home and around school.


In Computing, we will be using Kodu to create competitive games and we will progress from using keyboards to controllers.


In PE, we will be spending the entirety of the six weeks playing tag rugby. The children will work on their ball handling skills and will work in a team to use the pitch effectively to score points.

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 continue as usual this half term. 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 much colder in these winter months, 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 classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

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

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


If you haven't booked an appointment already, we would like to invite you to attend our Video Parents Evenings, taking place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15th March 3.40pm - 5.40pm

  • Wednesday 16th March 3.40pm - 6.20pm

Visit our Video Parents Evening page here to find out more and to book.

If you have already booked an appointment, please test that your device will work for your appointment. Click here to see how to test your appointment.

Class 6P - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Perkins

In English, we have had the opportunity to write a variety of extended pieces of writing. We wrote a scary narrative based on a creepy tale called ‘The Hairy Hands’, wrote an information text based upon a hybrid creature we created and wrote a persuasive leaflet, encouraging people to come to Britain after World War 2. All three pieces of writing allowed the children to showcase their fantastic knowledge and ability to write for a range of purposes.

We have enjoyed reading ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ this half term and have had lots of thoughtful discussions based upon it. The book is set during World War 2 and the children have enjoyed learning about this period of time. Next half term, we will be looking at poetry written during this time period and will write our own.

In Maths, we have been doing lots of work on fractions, decimals and percentages and have recently started learning about shapes and their properties. We have been working hard to retain the variety of different methods taught to us and have been completing weekly arithmetic assessments to improve our pace and confidence.

In Science, we have been learning all about Light. We have conducted many experiments and discussed in depth how light travels in straight lines, how shadows are formed and about how the eye is formed, functions and therefore enables us to see. We will continue with this during Spring 2.

In YPC, we looked at the Dyche Collection. We were lucky enough to have this exhibit feature for a short while within school. . The Dyche Collection is a series of photographs that were discovered locally in Birmingham. We considered reasons that these people may’ve had for leaving their home countries and immigrating to the UK in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This promoted a lot of discussion amongst the children and they very much enjoyed feeding back to their peers what they learnt about their families’ history, whilst in school.

Our other YPC topic has been fabrics and it has been wonderful to see the children get so involved in something practical. The children have enjoyed looking at functional products, designing their own product, practising different types of stitches and finally, creating their own functional product. Check out our class Twitter for some photos of these wonderful designs. The children will be bringing their products home in due course!

It has been a wonderful half term in 6P and the children have worked so hard throughout it. Have a restful break and ensure you have lots of fun. See you in a weeks’ time!

Miss Perkins x

Class 6H - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mr Haigh

Half term already? It only feels like a few weeks ago we were celebrating Christmas!

It has been yet another busy half term with lots of fantastic work taking place.

In English we have started to show the progress we are making through several extended pieces of writing. We created a hybrid animal from two different species and then wrote an information text based on this. We have also written our own ghost stories, based upon a sinister tale called ‘The Hairy Hands’, looking at building fear and tension in our writing using different techniques.

Our Reading lessons have focused on developing our ability to answer different types of comprehension questions including: retrieval, inference, vocabulary and summarising. We have also been reading the excellent ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll. We are thoroughly enjoying learning about evacuees and about life during World War II through this text.

In Maths we have been working on angles, drawing shapes from given dimensions and recapping the properties of shapes, such as vertices and faces, and looking at lines of symmetry and angles. We have also continued to consolidate the four operations, practising our arithmetic skills on a weekly basis.

We have been working very hard in our YPC topics this half term. We were lucky to have a small part of the Dyche Collection exhibited in school. The Dyche Collection is a series of photographs that were discovered locally in Birmingham. We considered reasons that these people may’ve had for leaving their home countries and immigrating to the UK in the late 1950s and early 1960s. We wrote a persuasive leaflet from the British Government based on this as part of our English work, trying to persuade citizens of the British Empire to come and help rebuild Britain following the end of World War II.

We have begun our new project on textiles, looking at how different fabrics can be joined to one another. Our challenge is to make a functioning holder for a phone or tablet using fabrics and different sewing techniques.

In Science, we have been learning about Light. So far, we have learned that light travels in straight lines, recapped how shadows are formed and also learned about the different parts and functions of the human eye. We have also conducted experiments and pattern seeking tests.

Have a well-deserved break and enjoy your half term.

Class 6NP - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Potter

Another half term done and we are now half way through the school year!

In our English lessons this half term, we have had the opportunity to write several extended pieces of writing. We created a hybrid animal from two different species and then wrote an information text based on this. We have also written ghost stories, based upon the story of ‘The Hairy Hands’, looking at building fear and tension in our writing using different techniques.

As a class, we have enjoyed reading the text ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ this half term and are thoroughly enjoying learning more about life during World War II. 6NP have shown a great level of maturity in their questioning and sharing of ideas when discussing the consequences of war.

In Maths we have been recapping the properties of shapes, revising familiar vocabulary such as vertices and faces, looking at lines of symmetry and angles. We have also looked at translation and reflection of shape and plotting coordinates.

We have been working very hard in our YPC topics this half term. We were lucky to have a small part of the Dyche Collection exhibited in school. The Dyche Collection is a series of photographs that were discovered locally in Birmingham. We considered reasons that these people may have had for leaving their home countries and immigrating to the UK in the late 1950s and early 1960s. We wrote a persuasive leaflet from the British Government based on this as part of our English work, trying to persuade citizens of the British Empire to come and help rebuild Britain following the end of World War II.

We have begun our new project on textiles, looking at how different fabrics can be joined to one another. Our challenge is to make a functioning holder for a phone or tablet using fabrics. We will be learning and making use of many new sewing skills using a needle and thread.

In Science, we have been learning about Light. So far, we have learned that light travels in straight lines, recapped how shadows are formed and also learned about the different parts and functions of the human eye and how they enable us to see. We have conducted experiments and pattern seeking tests using mirrors and torches, investigating reflection and how we can increase the number of reflections we can see.

In PE, I have been impressed by the level of skill displayed in Netball and Tri-golf. We enjoyed competitively playing against 6H and creating our own mini-golf course.

I am proud of how hard 6NP continue to work each day and the level of dedication shown to their learning. Keep up the good work and I will see you after the break. Enjoy the rest!

Class 6L - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mr Lloyd

In our English lessons, we have had the opportunity to write several extended pieces of writing. We created a hybrid animal from two different species and then wrote an information text based on this. We have also written our ghost stories, based upon a sinister tale called ‘The Hairy Hands’, looking at building fear and tension in our writing using different techniques.

We have been reading Letters from the Lighthouse this half term as our class text and are thoroughly enjoying learning more about life during World War II and will be looking at poetry written during this period before penning our own war poem.

In Maths we have been recapping the properties of shapes, revising familiar such as vertices and faces, looking at lines of symmetry and angles. We have also continued to consolidate the four operations, practising our arithmetic skills on a weekly basis.

We have been working very hard in our YPC topics this half term. We were lucky to have a small part of the Dyche Collection exhibited in school. The Dyche Collection is a series of photographs that were discovered locally in Birmingham. We considered reasons that these people may’ve had for leaving their home countries and immigrating to the UK in the late 1950s and early 1960s. We wrote a persuasive leaflet from the British Government based on this as part of our English work, trying to persuade citizens of the British Empire to come and help rebuild Britain following the end of World War II.

We have begun our new project on textiles, looking at how different fabrics can be joined to one another. Our challenge is to make a functioning holder for a phone or tablet using fabrics. We will be learning and making use of many new sewing skills using a needle and thread.

In Science, we have been learning about Light. So far, we have learned that light travels in straight lines, recapped how shadows are formed and also learned about the different parts and functions of the human eye and how they enable us to see. We have conducted experiments and pattern seeking tests using mirrors and torches, investigating reflection and how we can increase the number of reflections we can see.

Have a well-deserved break and enjoy your half term, 6L.

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

7th January 2022 Posted by Year 6

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.

We have another exciting term to look forward to, so please read on to find out what we will be getting up to as we start the Spring Term.


In English, we will be moving on to our next class text, which is ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll. The story is set during The Blitz in the Second World War and we will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of Britain in this time, through new vocabulary and first-hand accounts of what life was like at this time. We will have the opportunity to write descriptions, newspaper reports, diary entries as well as letters, like evacuees would have written to their families during this period.


In Maths, we will be moving on to shape and space. This topic will focus on properties of 2d and 3d shapes and position and direction, which includes coordinates. We will continue to consolidate our knowledge and application of the four operations through a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities. 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 Light. We learning about how light travels, reflection and refraction, as well as shadows, natural and man-made light sources and how our eyes function.


In our next YPC topic, we will be looking at North America. We will be examining the physical geographical features, such as mountains, rivers, climate and terrain as well as the human features through map work and case studies. We will also observe changes that have occurred over time and compare and contrast North America with other locations around the world.


In PE, our focus will be Netball and Tri-Golf. We will develop a range of individual and team skills such as communication and hand-eye-coordination, and learn different techniques applicable to both sports.

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 continue as usual this half term. 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 much colder in these winter months, 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 classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 1 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 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Miss Perkins

It’s the end of the Autumn term already – didn’t that come around fast? The children have had a fantastic start to Year 6 and have settled in really. I keep reminding the children that this is the longest stretch of school they have done in two years and they should be very proud of their resilience. Their dedication to learning and progressing has made me one very proud teacher!

In our English lessons, we have produced several pieces of writing based around our class text, ‘Holes’ by Lewis Sachar. We’ve written instructional texts, letters home and emotive diary entries. The children’s ability to write for a range of audiences has been brilliant and they have been avidly including relevant grammar, punctuation and spelling skills as they go. The progression I have seen has been brilliant! In our Reading lessons, we have focused on the skill of inference; making accurate assumptions to answer questions, using evidence present in the text.

In Maths, we have focused upon Fractions. The children have been comparing and ordering fractions, simplifying, finding equivalents and adding and subtracting them. They have done this with great confidence and determination and have been unfazed by new methods taught. The mathematical vocabulary frequently used by the children has been fantastic and is testament to how much knowledge they have. We will continue the Fractions fun in Spring 1!

In PE, we have been doing break dancing. The children have adored working in teams to come up with a sequence of break dancing moves, in time with the beat of the music. The children have learnt how to transition smoothly from move to move, making for a great break dancing routine. Their teamwork has been impeccable and a joy to observe!

In YPC, we have been learning all about the Romans. We have learnt about their rise to power, lifestyle and leaders. We have enjoyed a workshop from ‘Professor McGinty’ (which underlined our learning) and made Vindolanda tablets, just like Roman soldiers would have sent to their loved ones during their reign.

In Science, we have been learning about ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. Amongst many other things, we have learnt how DNA works, how the heart functions (by dissecting a heart) and how insects camouflage to avoid predators. The mature, scientific discussions we have had have been brilliant. We’ve worked well in our Science groups too, conducting many experiments to support our learning. We have learnt a lot in this topic and look forward to finishing it after half term.

Overall, Autumn 2 has been great. Now, it’s time to have a well-deserved break. If you are celebrating Christmas, please ensure you have a great one! If you are not, make sure you relax and enjoy this time with your friends and family. Have a wondering break, 6P! Stay safe and take care. See you on the 5th January!

Miss Perkins :-)

Class 6NP - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Miss Potter

We have made it to the end of what has felt like a very long term but I am incredibly proud of your hard work and for how far you have come.

In English we have really enjoyed reading the new text, ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. The story has been both engaging and informative. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary and have written some great pieces of writing including a diary entry from the point of view of Stanley (the main character), an instruction piece about digging holes and our own narrative. Next half term, I am looking forward to reading another new book called ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’.

In Maths, we have covered a lot more of the curriculum. We have explored the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages, working simultaneously between the three and solving problems. We have linked this to calculating fractions and percentages of amounts and are now using our knowledge to solve everyday maths problems. In addition to this, we are continuing to secure our understanding of number and working on developing our speed and accuracy with arithmetic questions.

In Science, we have enjoyed studying Evolution and learning about how plants and animals have evolved and adapted to their surroundings over time. We revisited our learning about fossils from year 3 and their importance in helping us understand how animals have changed over time and where they inhabited. After learning about Charles Darwin, we investigated his theory about finches and their beaks and emulated his study. We will continue this topic for a short while in the New Year before moving on to studying Light.

Our YPC this half term has been History based and we have learnt a lot about how the Romans impacted our life in Britain. We have a good understanding of Roman legacy and how their life differed to that of the Celts. We thoroughly enjoyed a visit from Professor McGinty who showed us many artefacts including Roman weapons and shields, currency and cooking equipment. In the New Year, our lessons will be Geography based and we will be studying North America.

In PE, we have perfected our gymnastics skills and enjoyed the opportunity to use the climbing equipment. We also enjoyed putting some of these moves into practice during our breakdancing topic.

Once again, well done on all your hard work this half term. Enjoy your well-earned rest over the Christmas period, stay safe and have the best time with your loved ones. To all our families, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year. See you in 2022!

Miss P x

Class 6L - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Mr Lloyd

What a busy half-term we have had!

We have just finished reading the book Holes, by Louis Sachar as our class text. This half-term we have had opportunities to write an informal letter, instructions and diary entries. We really enjoyed reading about Stanley and discovering the reason the real reason the boys had to dig a five-foot hole every day at Camp Green Lake.

In our Maths lessons, we have learned written methods for division before moving on to fractions, recapping and building upon our prior knowledge and making links between this and our division work.

We have begun our new Science topic this half-term: Evolution and Inheritance. We have seen how animals have evolved and adapted over periods of millions of years, as well as discussing Darwin’s theory of evolution and our own evolution has humans. We have looked at inheritance and how genes pass on characteristics in animals and humans to their offspring.

We have continued to study Invaders and Settlers in YPC, focussing on the Romans and their legacy upon modern Britain. We have seen the impact they have had in many ways, such as roads, towns and plumbing, as well as the calendar system we still use today. The idea of recording history also came from the Romans; prior to this, information was usually passed through word of mouth. The Romans wrote down their history, literature and laws. We learned that Latin has given us lots of words and phrases used today.

6L have continued to work extremely hard this half-term and it has been a pleasure to teach them every day.

Have a fantastic Christmas all and a very happy New Year. See you when we return to school on Wednesday January 5th.

Mr Lloyd

Class 6H - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Mr Haigh

So, we’ve made it to the end of this term – the last Autumn term at Yardley Primary School. The whole term has flown by and it has been a relief that the learning has not been interrupted. Once again, I would like to express how well the children have settled into Year 6 and the maturity and hard work they have shown.

In English, we have been reading the fantastic book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. The children have been enjoying this quirky text and we have used it as a stimulus for our writing including a letter and a diary entry. The children have had to show empathy with the main character and consider his feelings and emotions at different points of the story. I have seen progress in all of their work and have been impressed with their willingness to act upon feedback to improve their writing.

Our Maths focus continued to be on written methods for the four operations. This has helped to secure understanding and enabled us to catch up from last year. We have now moved onto working with fractions including: equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, calculating with fractions and converting mixed numbers and improper fractions. The children have quickly realised how important it is that they have a sound understanding of times tables, factors and multiples. Hopefully, the renewed focus on TTRockstars will help with this.

In Science, we have been learning all about ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We have had lots of interesting conversations about what we inherit from our parents, Charles Darwin and ‘The Theory of Evolution’, and animal adaptations. It has led us to question why animals and plants have the features they do and how these may have evolved.

Our YPC topic this term has been all about ‘Roman Britain’. We have discovered what life was life for the Celts before the Romans arrived, the changes the Romans made to life during their occupation and the legacy of what they left behind. This has included religion, monetary systems, the structure of towns and cities and leisure activities. We even had a visit from the fantastic Professor McGinty.

On top of all this, we have also been studying Computing, PE, RE, Music and MFL!

As you can see, we have had a very packed half term and the children have worked really hard. The Christmas break is thoroughly deserved.

Have a great Christmas everyone. See you in 2022.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Haigh.

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​