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Year Six

Hello and welcome to Year 6.
Summer 1 2024

Year 6 have worked hard this half term to prepare for their SATs.  They tackled SATs week with calmness and determination, trying their best with every question.  Everyone at Beech Hyde is very proud of them.

In English, Year 6 particularly enjoyed reading ‘Night of the Gargoyles’ by Eve Bunting.  They developed their suspense writing skills and used various techniques to create tension.  They wrote some super stories to describe the mischievous activities the gargoyles got up to over night.


In science, Year 6 have been learning more about classifying living things.  They have particularly enjoyed finding out some quirky creatures and then creating some of their own.


In geography, Year 6 have been learning about fair trade.  They particularly enjoyed the international trade game.

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In PE, Year 6 have been focusing on their fielding, batting and bowling skills while playing rounders.  They enjoyed playing a friendly match against St Dominics.

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Year 6 did a super job in presenting their class assembly on Tigers and are proud to have adopted a tiger through the WWF.

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Year 6 love their leavers hoodies that were provided by our amazing BHA.

Spring 2 2024

Year 6 have enjoyed their English topic on Africa this half term.  They have learnt about Nelson Mandela and his achievements, writing detailed biographies about him.  They have also read ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ by Beverly Naidoo and learnt what it would be like to grow up as a child in South Africa during apartheid.  They have worked hard to write the story ending from an alternative point of view.


Year 6 have worked hard in maths this term.  As well as practising their arithmetic skills, they have worked hard to master ratio and proportion, interpreting pie charts and finding the mean.


In art, Year 6 have continued to work on their ‘Cityscapes’ unit.  This half term they have focused on the work of Antoni Gaudi.  They have used collage to make their own trencadis animals and have made Gaudi inspired sculptures from clay.

In computing, Year 6 have been writing online safety stories for younger children.  They have drawn the illustrations and written the stories and combined these on the laptops.  They are looking forward to sharing their stories with the younger classes.
This half term, Year 6 also enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day.  They enjoyed talking about their favourite books and made superb book characters from paper cups.
Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Book Club with Sixth Form students from St Albans School.  They have read ‘Owen and the Soldier’, ‘Goldfish Boy’ and ‘Once’.

Year 6 have also done a super job on the sports field and have been great representatives for Beech Hyde in both football and netball.  The netball team won the Small Schools Competition at the netball rally.


Spring 1 2024
In English, we have enjoyed reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.  We wrote our own newspaper articles about an event from the story and scientific descriptions of our own magical creatures that could be found in Narnia.

As part of National Storytelling Week, Year 6 created storytelling strips.  We used these to tell our story to a partner before writing our description of Lucy discovering a new world through the wardrobe.


Year 6 also used the Hollow Woods pictures to tell their own stories, both individually, in pairs and in small groups.


In maths, we have been working hard on both our arithmetic and problem solving skills.  We enjoyed dressing up for digits on Number Day and playing dice games to improve our number skills.


In art, we have been looking at cityscapes.  We tried hard to draw London landmarks having been given half the building. 

We have also drawn our own cityscapes using one-point perspective and painted them with watercolour.


In RE, we have continued our work on Buddhism.  We have particularly enjoyed designing and drawing Buddhist stained glass windows.  Having watched a video clip of Buddhist monks making a sand mandala, we tried to draw our own mandalas.


In French, we have been learning the French alphabet and practising how to spell French words.  We all took part in the annual Beech Hyde French Spelling Bee.  Everybody worked hard and congratulations go to our runner up, Cienna, and our winner, Ysabel.

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Year 6 made worry monsters.  We are very pleased with them!


Autumn 2 2023
In Year 6, we have enjoyed reading Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Elf Road by Pie Corbett in English.  We have written our own portal stories inspired by Elf Road. 

We read and performed the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll before drawing our own version of the Jabberwock and writing non-chronological reports.


In RE, we have been learning about the story of the Buddha and how Prince Siddhartha left his life of luxury in the palace and saw old age, illness and death.  He realised that suffering came to everyone, despite their wealth, and everyone could be taught to find happiness.  We created our own comic strips to retell the story.


In DT, our topic for this half-term has been hats!  We looked at a range of hats, thinking about their purpose and the material they were made from.  We were challenged to make a hat from newspaper before making a hat from cardboard to represent one of the Beech Hyde positive minds characters. 


Finally we designed and made a hat for our Mad Hatter's Tea Party inspired by a character from Alice in Wonderland.  We really enjoyed wearing them to the tea party!



In Year 6, we have thoroughly enjoyed preparing for Christmas – making Christmas cards and reindeer decorations, taking part in Christmas jumper day and our last Christmas lunch, running in the Santa dash, singing ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ in sharing assembly and going to the pantomime.

Autumn 1 2023

Year 6 have made a fantastic start to the year.

Our class is called Tigers this year – we have enjoyed finding out about tigers and creating a class collage.  We use our own tigers on our daily check in board.


In English we enjoyed reading ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson and have focused on writing setting descriptions.  We have also written persuasive travel brochures to persuade people to visit the Amazon and our own journey stories.


In art, we have worked hard on our unit on Portraits.  We have created self-portraits in the style of Julian Opie and Andy Warhol as well as creating portraits of Miss Rogers inspired by Pablo Picasso.


In science, we have been learning about light.  We enjoyed reflecting light using mirrors and investigating creating and changing shadows.


As part of Mental Health Day, we each made a network hand, thinking carefully about our support networks and who is there to help us when we need it.

We loved our residential trip to Kingswood.  We enjoyed the range of activities, including zipwire, abseiling, leap of faith, climbing, aeroball, archery, caving, shelter building, nightline and beach adventure.  We developed our team work, independence, resilience and definitely grew in confidence.  It was a super week that provided memories that we will always treasure.

Year 6 have enjoyed reading the story of Carrie's War in English and studying World War Two in history.  This culminated in a World War Two day where the children learnt all about life as evacuees.

Year 6 went on their residential trip to Kingswood where they took part in activities such as abseiling, caving, aeroball, problem solving, leap of faith, Jacob's Ladder, archery, zipwire and bushcraft.  They loved spending time on the beach as well.  They challenged themselves, work well together as a team and were a delight to spend time with.
As part of Languages Day, the French Ambassadors taught a French lesson to each of our classes.  In Year 6, we learnt more about the country of Ukraine, learnt some key phrases in Urdu, Cantonese, Mandarin, Romanian and Ukrainian.  We also drew pictures of famous landmarks around the world and learnt how to say hello in the language of each country.


Year 5 and 6 worked together to put on a fantastic end of year production, 'The Amazing Adventures of Superstan'.  The acting, singing, dancing, costumes and props were all fabulous and the audience gave us a standing ovation!

Year 6 have been working hard on their transition to secondary school learning about ways to be organised, how to make new friends and how to make the right decisions.  We wish Year 6 all the best at their secondary schools.

Year 6 have worked incredibly hard this year to prepare for their SATs and they tackled the week with confidence, resilience and maturity – we are all very proud of you!

In English, Year 6 have produced some super pieces of work based on ‘Night Of The Gargoyles’ by Eve Bunting and ‘The Giant’s Necklace’ by Michael Morpurgo.


In maths, Year 6 have been practising drawing angles by making fish for our angle aquarium.  They then used this skill to create pie charts to present data.

Some of our Year 6 pupils took part in the Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala at the Royal Albert Hall.  One of the songs they performed was ‘From Now On’ which Year 6 gave an emotional rendition of in musical sharing assembly.


Year 6 took part in a DT workshop at Katherine Warington School in Harpenden.  They built shelters in groups using their DT workshop and equipment.



As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Year 6 read a range of story books about anxiety, created their own blob pictures and made worry monsters.


In English, we have enjoyed our topic of Africa.  We researched countries in Africa and created factfiles, found out about Nelson Mandela and wrote biographies and enjoyed reading Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo before writing the end of the story from a different point of view.


We enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day.  To inspire a love of reading and share our book recommendations, we have created entries for our class reading scrapbook.


In science, we have been classifying living things.  We created our own classification keys to sort animals.

During science week, we learnt a lot from the visiting scientists, explored ecosystems within the ocean and created colourful fizzing artwork by mixing food colouring, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.  We also enjoyed dressing up in science themed costumes!



In art, we have continued to enjoy our ‘Cityscapes’ topic.  We created clay sculptures inspired by Gaudi.


Year 6 were chosen by the Environment Agency to test their latest Minecraft Education project - Rivercraft.  They provided valuable feedback to BlockBuilders to make the game even better.



Year 6 love the new members of our school community – the guinea pigs!  They have been responsible pet owners by feeding, looking after and cleaning out the guinea pigs.  They love their weekly cuddles!


Year 6 have also done a super job at representing the school in both football and netball matches this term.



Year 6 have enjoyed reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.  We created royal decrees as the new Kings and Queens of Narnia, wrote our own stories and created our own mythical creatures that could be found in Narnia.

In science, Year 6 have been classifying living things.  We started by looking at classifying vertebrates and invertebrates into groups depending on their features.


In RE, Year 6 have continued to learn about Buddhism.  We have been inspired by quotes from the Dalai Lama.  We chose a quote and illustrated it being inspired by nature.

In computing, Year 6 have started to write online safety stories for the younger children in school.  We have typed the stories and drawn the illustrations.  We can’t wait to be able to share them with the children in KS1.

In art, Year 6 have made a great start to their work on ‘Cityscapes’.  They had to draw the other half of London landmarks and then have created their own cityscape using one-point perspective.



In English, we have enjoyed reading Alice in Wonderland as an example of a portal story.  We wrote rules for the Queen’s Croquet and an account of the trial into who stole the tarts.  We also wrote our own portal stories based on Pie Corbett’s Elf Road, where we focused on our use of carefully chosen vocabulary.  We have finished this half term by reading and performing The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.

As part of our Remembrance Day activities, Year 6 created blackout poems.  Alex and Steven laid a wreath on behalf of Beech Hyde at the Wheathampstead Remembrance Parade.


To encourage a love of reading and trying new genres, our librarian, Mrs Armstrong organised a book tasting for Year 6.  Lots of children were inspired to try reading something different!


In French, we have been learning how to say the letters of the alphabet and we all took part in the Annual Spelling Bee.  Well done to this year’s winner who was Abbie!

In PE, we learnt the New Zealand war dance, the Haka and performed it as part of Musical Sharing Assembly.

As part of Anti-Bullying Week and our PSHE unit ‘Celebrating Difference’ we designed our own odd socks to celebrate the fact that we are all unique.  We also created friendship paperchains. 


To celebrate Just Talk Week, Year 6 learnt and performed the song ‘It’s OK, Just Say’ to let people know it's OK not to feel OK and to encourage people to talk to someone.  We also loved making and using our sock puppets!


In English, we have thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson.  Inspired by the setting of the story, we created our own travel brochures to persuade people to go on holiday to Brazil and the Amazon.  We are very proud of the finished results!


In computing, we have been programming our own ‘Pong’ games.  We enjoyed playing ‘Pong’ before thinking carefully about the elements of the game we would have to program.  We are looking forward to being able to play each other’s games.


Our art topic has been Portraits.  We have drawn portraits of a number of celebrities, looking carefully at the facial details. 

We have also studied a variety of portraits by a range of famous artists, including Julian Opie, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, before creating some of our own.


Year 6 particularly enjoyed creating portraits of Miss Rogers in the style of Pablo Picasso’s Dora Marr.


In music, we have enjoyed learning and performing the song ‘Happy’ by both singing and playing the glockenspiel.  We have also composed our own pieces of music focusing on the pulse and the tempo.


For World Mental Health Day, Year 6 took part in a positive affirmation treasure hunt and then created their own positive affirmations to be displayed in the classroom.