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January 04
Spring 1 in Y6

It is so exciting to welcome everyone back in this brand new year. There are so many things to look forward to in Spring 1! Read all about it here:


In English lessons we will use the text, ‘Holes’ written by Louis Sachar to explore a range of writing genres, including: instructional texts, informal and formal letters, diary entries, newspaper reports and recounts. English lessons will also incorporate a GPS focus where children will learn new spelling and grammar rules. The aim is for the children to then naturally feel confident enough to include these in their writing. 


During this term all Maths lessons will be tailored to meet the needs of the pupils through constant assessment for learning.

Some of the objectives we will cover this half term:


-                      2D and 3D shape work

-                      Angles

-                      Area and Perimeter

-                      Measure

-                      Reasoning and Problem Solving


This term, we will conclude our ‘Invaders and Settlers’ topic and we will be starting a brand new topic - ‘North America’. The pupils will locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. The pupils will develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.


Physical Education:

In PE this half term, we will be looking at handball. In handball we will learning about the different positions, the different types of passes you can make and how to shoot accurately. In handball we will be developing our throwing and catching skills as well as learning ways in which to use space effectively.

6P— Monday and Wednesday

6H— Tuesday and Friday

6O— Tuesday and Wednesday

6NP— Monday and Wednesday

Can we please request for children to come into school dressed in their PE kits on their PE days.


If your child wears earrings, there are three options: 

1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.

2) Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E. lesson.

3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have P.E.


To start with, we will continue with our work on spreadsheets. We are looking at different ways a spreadsheet can be used in order to find out information. We will then move onto Scratch where we will be programming our own games involving algorithms.



We will be finishing off our ‘Animals Including Humans’ topic by doing some exciting experiments such as dissecting a sheep’s heart! We will then move onto a new topic ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We will recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. Pupils will learn to recognise that living things produce offspring and how animals and plants adapt to suit their environments and that adaptation may lead to evolution.


RE / PSHE / Collective Worship:

Collective worship will take place at the end of the day and will involve a weekly theme.



You can help by ensuring your child knows their times tables out of sequence. Time Table Rockstars, Purple Mash, My Maths and the learning platform will always have lots of useful resources.

Try to ensure your child has the opportunity to read both fiction and non-fiction books at home with some discussion afterwards. This will help with spellings and understanding of different texts.

Please fill in your child’s planner daily! ​

December 16
Merry Christmas 6O

​I cannot believe 2020 and the Autumn term is nearly over, the last ever at Yardley for our year 6 pupils. And what a year it has been!

I have been so impressed with the maturity shown by all pupils in 6O. We have had to adapt to a whole new way of learning and you have all risen to the challenge and shown me how amazing you all are. 
In English, we finished 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and wrote a persuasive brochure to try and get everyone to visit Narnia. We created our own images to illustrate our writing and included lots of exciting events such as 'Aslan Day' and Christmas every month. Lots of our pupils loved this story and have been talking about it constantly throughout the term. I have been particularly happy with the fantastic level of writing from all pupils. 

In Maths, we have made massive progress with number and fractions and had a heavy focus on improving our pace of the four operations. Please remember to keep practisng those times tables over the Christmas period and use Times Tables Rockstars! I wonder who will be able to beat me? #ROCKLEGEND
In Science, we have finished our topic of 'Animals including humans' where we made blood and discussed the way a healthy lifestyle can work.

In YPC, we finished our topic of 'Invaders and Settlers'. We very much enjoyed our Boudicca lesson and finding out how the Romans lived. We are really looking forward to our new topic 'North America' in the New Year. 

I know it has been a very difficult first half term in Year 6, but we can all do this together. Well done year 6 for all your hard work this term. You have made huge progress already and deserve a break! Have a fantastic Christmas and enjoy your time with your loved ones. I look forward to seeing you all in January!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year. 
Miss Orford :)​
December 15
6P - Goodbye Autumn 2 and goodbye 2020!

Autumn 2 is complete and I would like to thank 6P for the amazing resilience and determination they have demonstrated throughout an even more peculiar half term. Despite their usual teachers unforeseen absence, Mrs J and Miss P have commented on how fantastically well they have worked throughout Autumn 2. They have showcased their eagerness to learn and wowed even more teachers than their usual one. Well done! In addition, the high amount of work handed in on Purple Mash during our two week isolation period was amazing.

In English, we enjoyed finishing the rest of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. We even watched the film as a treat at the end, which we very much enjoyed! The persuasive brochures we produced – that encouraged people to visit the wondrous land named Narnia – were gorgeous to look at and to read. Fabulous presentation and eagerness to include all appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling learnt has been a delight to see.

In Maths, we have worked hard this half term learning lots about fractions. We have learnt how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, simplify and convert improper fractions to mixed numbers with great confidence. We will continue to extend our knowledge as we enter the Spring term. In addition, we have consolidated our knowledge of past methods taught and explained our understanding with confidence. I am so proud of you, 2B!

In YPC, we have enjoyed investigating different artefacts and learning about what they represent in terms of how the Romans lived. We have discovered just how much the Romans have impacted our lives today from roads to languages. Forest School has been great fun too, as we have enjoyed going outside, learning about how the Vikings and Celts made tools from wood… even getting to make our very own versions!

In Science, we have done lots of fabulous work about the way our body works. We have focused on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and how to do this effectively. We learnt all about the functions of blood and even got to create our own bottles of ‘blood’ which was really exciting because we saw all of the different components that make it! Watch out as well as we will be analysing food labels at home because we now know how different colours represent what is good or bad for us!

It has been a marvellous half term and I look forward to watching the children learn even more in the new year. I am so proud of all of the children in Y6 and how hard they have worked. It is now time to have a well-earned rest. Have a super holiday and make sure you stay safe! A very merry Christmas to all those celebrating and I hope you all have a jolly new year. Here is to a fabulous 2021!

Miss Perkins.​

December 14
The end of Autumn and 2020!

Wow, what a term it has been! First of all, well done for making such a great start to year 6 in what can only be described as a very strange year. I am so proud of how hard each and every one of you have worked and dealt with the ongoing changes in school.

In English we have now finished The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and have completed some super writing including our beautiful persuasive brochures. The children showcased some how far they have come in their learning and included a whole range of writing techniques. As well as this, we thoroughly enjoyed watching the film and discussing the many similarities and differences between that and the book.

In Maths, I have to say how incredibly proud I am of the progress my set has made. Everyday their mathematical understanding develops and this is evident in their confidence when completing arithmetic questions and problem solving. We have also completed lots of shape work and calculated area, perimeter and volume.

In YPC, we have learnt lots about the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Our favourite lessons have been looking at the artefacts and discussing what they tell us about how the Romans lived and how they impacted our lives today. In Forest School, we continue to enjoy our outdoor learning and have been lucky enough to make hunting tools from wood, just like the Vikings and Celts would have.

In Science, we have really enjoyed learning about how our body works and how we can ensure we live a healthy lifestyle. Our favourite part of the topic has been learning about the heart and of course, dissecting one to get a better understanding. We were also very excited to make blood and learn all about the components that make up the blood in our bodies.

We have crammed so much into this term but there is still so much to come in the new year. However, I think we have all earned a very well-deserved rest, so have a lovely holiday and stay safe. Merry Christmas to all our families celebrating and a very Happy New Year. I will see you all in 2021.​ 

December 14
Autumn 2 - 6H

So we've finally reached the Christmas break - my favourite time of year.

I just want to start off by saying how incredibly proud I am of all the children during this term. Despite all of the disruption and uncertainty we are living with at moment, they have all shown themselves to be mature, resilient and hard working. Their commitment to continuing their learning during the 2 week isolation was amazing. Keep this up 6H.

As always, we've packed a lot into this half term and had some fun along the way.

In English we have now finished 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. The class throughly engaged with this text - they even clapped and cheered at the end. One of our writing tasks was to create a brochure persuading people to consider Narnia as a holiday destination. The children thought really hard about the descriptive and persuasive vocabulary and phrases they could use to make Narnia appealing to all. For example, winter and summer activities, a range of accommodation and food, as well as meeting the needs of those looking for excitement or just relaxation.     

Across all the Maths groups we have been continuing to focus on our arithmetic and reasoning skills, as well as as working with fractions, long division, geometry and shape and measures. 

In YPC we have been learning about the Roman invasion of Britain. We have been learning about key events and figures as well as their legacy. The children were fascinated to find out how much of an impact the Romans still have on our lives today, including: language, place names, roads, religion, money, town planning and even our calendar. Next , we're going to look at the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons.

Science has all been about 'Animals including humans'. We have learnt about the function of the human heart, why we have blood and what it does, medical drugs, sugar content in various foods, and the impact of eating a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle.

Our Computing lessons have focused on 'Excel'. The children have learnt how to create and format worksheets including formulas for calculating area, perimeter and times tables.

In PE we have been developing our gymnastics sklls and playing handball.

As you can see, a very busy and hard working term. A rest is now well deserved.

Take care and stay safe.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

November 06
Autumn 2 in Year 6

Welcome back Year 6. This half term we will be learning about:


In all English lessons, we will continue to use the text, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ written by C.S. Lewis to explore a range of writing genres, including: balanced arguments, persuasive writing, instructional texts, informal and formal letters, diary entries, reports and recounts. English lessons will also incorporate a GPS focus where children will learn new spelling and grammar rules. In addition, we will use short stories and stories told by video to help us write short, creative pieces of writing during this half term.    


During this half term, all Maths lessons will be tailored to meet the needs of the pupils through constant assessment for learning. 

Objectives we will be covering include:

· Written methods for all four operations

· Fraction, Percentages and Decimals

· Shape (2D and 3D)

· Algebra

There will also be a focus on times tables fluency. This is so important and where possible, assisting your children in learning their times tables at home will be most beneficial.



We continue our topic ‘Invaders and Settlers’. It is a history-based topic where pupils develop their knowledge of the Romans. This topic explores the history of Britain and how it exists because of a mixing of cultures. The English language itself evidences the variety of languages that were used when invaders came to Britain as it is made up of words from many cultures. Language, lifestyles, beliefs/traditions, and inventions are some of the most important areas within this topic. Children will also get the opportunity to showcase their artistic flair by creating Roman shields, making Viking longboats and by cooking like the Romans may have done in forest school.


Physical Education:

In PE this half term, we will be looking at gymnastics. We will be looking at different methods of travel, jumps and rolls. The children will create sequences of movements and perform them to an audience.  Later in the half term, we will be learning the skills of dance (with a focus on skipping) including how to correctly use the rope and how to jump in different ways in keeping with music. 


6P— Monday and Wednesday

6H— Tuesday and Friday

6O— Tuesday and Wednesday

6NP— Monday and Wednesday

Children are required to come into school dressed in their PE kits when their class has PE.


If your child wears earrings, there are three options: 

1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.

2) Children can have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E. lesson.

3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have P.E.



In computing this half term, we will be working with spreadsheets. The children will be using formulae within spreadsheets, generating number sequences and using graphs to explore equations and solve problems.



In Science we are starting our new topic ‘Animals Including Humans’. We will spend lots of time exploring how the human body works, how the heart functions and why water is so important for our bodies. We will discover how similar some animal’s bodies are to our own and conduct many experiments to assist our understanding. Keep your eyes peeled, there are many exciting things ahead!


RE / PSHE / Collective Worship:

Collective worship will take place at the end of the day and will involve a weekly theme.

Each week, teachers will be choosing an ‘Ambassador of the Week’. This will be based upon a chosen weekly behaviour such as resilience or citizenship.




You can help by ensuring your child knows their times tables out of sequence. Time Table Rockstars, Purple Mash, My Maths and the learning platform will always have lots of useful resources.

Try to ensure your child has the opportunity to read both fiction and non-fiction books at home with some discussion afterwards. This will help with spellings and the understanding of different texts.

If you have any messages or questions for your child’s class teacher, please use their planner as a method of communication and if you have listened to your child read, please make a note of this.

Have a wonderful Autumn 2!​

October 21
A brilliant start to a very strange Year 6.

A whole 7 weeks has gone already!

It has been fantastic meeting everyone in the class again after a very different year. The progress I have seen in all subjects is amazing and I cannot wait to see what you can all do with another half term.

We have been very busy over the last half term, we have been enjoying our class text The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis and are already looking forward to finishing it and starting a new text. I am so impressed by the quality of writing that we have produced, it has improved every week and I cannot wait to start redrafting into our published writing books.

We have thoroughly enjoyed finding out about Invaders and Settlers, in particular, the Romans. We have learnt so much and also created some fantastic art work.

I want to say a huge thank you to all of the pupils in Year 6 for making what could have been a very unhappy start, an absolutely brilliant one. I look forward to seeing your faces every day and I am incredibly proud of the mature and caring pupils you have shown me you are.

I am looking forward to another great half term with you all. Have a rested break and we will see you in November :)

Miss Orford x

October 20
6P and Autumn 1

Autumn 1 is over… I can’t quite believe how fast it has gone! I would like to say a huge congratulations to all of the students in 6P (and the rest of Y6) for an amazing start to the year. They have adjusted brilliantly to their new expectations and have made a really good impression upon their teachers. Dedication, maturity and resilience are just some of the delightful traits that have shone through from the children.

In English, we have been writing some marvellous pieces of work based around our class text – ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. I am in awe at the wonderful efforts the children have made. They really have been showing off their fantastic knowledge and beautiful presentation! We have written a letter, a non-chronological report, a setting description and an incident report. The children have been using what they have learnt in their GPS lessons to enhance their writing, for which they should be extremely proud. This is something we will keep working on as we enter Autumn 2.
In Maths, we have been doing lots of work on place value. We’ve covered everything from long multiplication to division, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000 and multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000 (to name a few things we’ve learnt). The children’s understanding is lovely to see and I look forward to seeing this progress further as we move through Y6. I can’t wait to start teaching you all about fractions next half term!
In Science, we have covered a topic we missed due to lockdown in Y5. We have spent lots of time learning about ‘Properties of Materials’, which has involved many enjoyable experiments. We have loved looking at reversible and irreversible changes, at which material would best insulate warm water and have looked at the reaction made when you mix baking powder with vinegar. Seeing the children get so involved has been so great! 6P are little scientists!
In YPC, we spent three weeks doing our ‘Pictures, Paintings and Photographs’ topic. We looked at several artists and the different ways in which they use materials to express themselves. We looked mainly at Julian Opie and then created our own Opie-esque self-portrait. The standard of art produced was outstanding and it was so clear to identify who had drawn what!
We have also started our ‘Invaders and Settlers’ topic, talking mainly about the Romans. This will continue during Autumn 2. Our Forest School trips have been amazing and we've been able to build our own Viking longhouses.
In PE, we have adored playing football. The team work in 6P is admirable and the progression throughout this half term has been great. Keep it up!


Well done once again! I can’t wait to see you for an equally brilliant Autumn 2.
Miss Perkins.


October 19
Autumn 1 in 6NP

​What a great start to the year 6NP have made! I can't believe the first half term is over already. We have been so busy and I am really impressed with the hard work and dedication you have already shown. You have settled into year 6 well and have shown a superb amount of maturity in dealing with the ongoing changes. Keep it up! 

In English, I have seen some stunning writing around our text, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. We have enjoyed reading the book and discussing the different themes and characters. Our writing has included letters, an incident report, poetry and description writing. We have shown a good understanding of the story and the characters so far and this has been evident in our independent writing. 

In Maths, we have focused mainly on number and place value. We have demonstrated a good understanding of the four operations and are beginning to use these more fluently in other areas of maths, including problem solving, fractions, decimals and percentages. We will continue to look at these more after half term. 

In YPC, we really enjoyed catching up on the Year 5 topic, 'Paintings, Pictures and Photographs'. We have a beautiful display of art work in the style of Julian Opie, which the children really enjoyed drawing and painting. We have recently started our new topic, 'Invaders and Settlers' and have learnt about why the Romans invaded Britain. This will continue after half term. In addition to this, we are so lucky to be going to forest school regularly. We really enjoy these session and are showing great skills such as team work and resilience. So far, we have built shelters and dens. 

In Science, we have just finished our 'Properties of materials' topic, which has been investigation led. We have enjoyed exploring lots of different materials and their properties. We look forward to our next topic, 'Animals including humans'. 

I have also been impressed with many other subjects including PE, Music and MFL! In 6NP, we have some superb singers, fantastic footballers and terrific tennis players! I can't wait to see what next half term brings us!

I hope you all have a well deserved half term, stay safe and I will see you when we're back! 

Miss P. 

October 19
Autumn 1 in 6H

​Half term already! This term has gone so fast.

The class have made a fantastic start to year 6. Everyone has settled in well to their new classes with new class mates. Mr Haigh has been really impressed with the positivity and resilience we have shown during these strange times.  
We have worked hard this half term and have shown we understand the level of effort and focus needed to be successful in year 6.
In English, we have been reading 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. We have really enjoyed this book and discussing its various themes. Our writing has focused on letter writing, an incident report, a non chronologcial report and poetry. In our Reading lessons, we have been learning how to recognise question types and the strategies for answering them.
In Maths, our focus has been on written methods for the four operations, place value, dividng and multiplying by 10, 100 and 100, fractions, decimals and percentages. Long division has proved to be a challenge and our knowledge of timestables is an area we all need to focus on - Timestable Rockstars will help with this. We have also been calculating with fractions. 
Our YPC lessons started with 'Pictures, Painting and Photographs'. We discussed the messages they can convey and learnt how to critically evaluate them. We also practised art techniques in the style of Julie Opie and Picasso. We have now also started our 'Invaders and Settlers' topic. So far, we have learnt why the Romans invaded Britain.
In Science, we have been learning all about the 'Properties of Materials'.
This has been an investigation led topic where we have looked at insulators, dissolving materials, reversible and irreversible change and the separation of materials.
Forest school has been great fun where we have been making Viking long houses and even playing conkers.
We're looking forward to another fun and hardworking term in Autumn 2.
Enjoy the break everyone and stay safe.


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