Rucstall Primary School

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On the Farm /Minibeasts

I hope you all had a fun half term break. Mrs Kemp and I are looking forward to hearing all about what the children did in their time off.

Ash class enjoyed another busy half term. The children did come amazing writing during our traditional tales topic. They have continued to build on their mathematic and phonic skills as well as planning and creating some beautiful fairy tale character collages. The children have learned about what is needed for a healthy lifestyle. Why not ask them for some tips?

For this half term, we will be focusing on farms and then minibeasts. We are all very excited about our planned trip to Wellington Country Park. The activities booked will definitely inspire lots of learning. We will continue to practise our writing skills and we are really enjoying learning about blends and clusters in Phase 4 phonics.

The class will join the rest of the school in Art Week when we will be focusing on printing techniques - hopefully culminating in a large collaborative piece of art.

In maths, we will keep practising numeral formation, and we will revisit many of the areas already covered such as money and time. 

In Understand the World, we will learn about how animals and humans change as they age. We will alos investigate the life cycle of a butterfly. We are lucky to have some wooden planters near our new mud kitchen. The children have already planted a variety of seeds and we are keen to see what grows well.

In PE, the class will be practising for sports day so please provide plimsolls or trainers for your child to wear.

I can hardly believe that we are starting our last term in Ash Class, the year seems to have flown by with so much learning and fun! We will be talking to the children about their move to Year 1 and of course, they will spend time with their new teacher both in Ash Class and on step up day in July.


Mrs Koranteng





Once Upon a Time

How lovely to have had a sunny Easter weekend! Did you enjoy a restful break? Let’s hope the fine weather continues so the children can make the most of our new outdoor resources. Ash Class love using the adventure trail and are very excited about the mud kitchen that’s being installed. Please remember to send in a pair of wellies for your child – thanks to those who already have!

Last half term flew by in a flurry of pirate adventures and dinosaur facts, phonics, writing and maths activities plus lots of lovely art work. The children are justifiably proud of their achievements and loved showing off their Learning Journey files at the recent homework show.


This half term we will be focusing on traditional tales. We will revisit lots of old favourites such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We will practise our writing skills by re-telling our favourite stories and trying to come up with our own versions too. We will be learning some new songs as well as planning and creating a collage of a fairy tale character.

In phonics the class are progressing well with most children growing in confidence to read and write Phase 3 digraphs. We will start Phase 4 of the Letters and Sounds programme which revises the previous phases and focuses on blends and clusters (two adjacent consonants) such as tr/nd/fl.

Remember daily reading practise at home will really benefit your child’s development!

In maths we will keep practising numeral formation, learn number bonds to 10, count in twos and fives and solve problems using our developing knowledge of maths.

In Understand the World we will learn about the life cycle of a bean and will all plant a sunflower to bring home to nurture. We will be thinking about how to stay healthy; exercise, a varied diet and good hygiene.


Mrs Koranteng


Treasure Hunters/Dinosaurs


I hope you all enjoyed the half term holiday – the weather seems to be improving and it feels like spring is on the way.

Last half term the children continued building up their phonics skills, in particular recognising and using digraphs when reading and writing. We will continue to revise Phase 3 of the Letters and Sounds programme –practising blends and extending our recognition and spelling of high frequency words. The class also practised recognising and ordering numbers to 20. They have been busy working on other maths skills such as doubling and naming and describing 3d shapes.

We really enjoyed learning about people who help us. Visits from paramedic ‘Aunty Sam’ and police officer Koranteng helped us with our questioning skills and we found out lots of interesting facts about their jobs. Our Superheroes topic led to some super writing and culminated in Superhero Day which was great fun!


This half term we will be learning about Treasure Hunters with a spotlight on maps and time connectives and then our topic will be Dinosaurs providing inspiration for factual writing writing. Our focus books will be ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ and the beautiful picture book ‘Voyage’. We will then look at a variety of information texts about dinosaurs.

In Understanding the World we will be learning about how we use the internet to find information and finding out about the Christian celebration of Easter. We have some fun art projects planned and our Tuesday PE lessons will be based on dance.

Cooking letter

Topic Web Spring 1 2019

People Who Help Us/Superheroes


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready for a new year! Mrs Kemp and I would like to say thank you for all the thoughtful cards and gifts.

Ash Class had a fun and very busy autumn term which was packed with learning.

The children have been working hard in phonics and as well as recognising all Phase 2 phonemes (the sounds made by the letters of the alphabet) many are becoming very competent at reading and writing the Phase 3 digraphs (when 2 letters come together to make a new sound e.g. s and h together are ‘sh’). This is something we will continue to practise as we move into Phase 4 of the Letters and Sounds programme.

The class are getting really good at numeral recognition and have been learning about the properties of 2d and 3d shapes. They used 2d shapes to create some lovely pictures of bears.

We had an exciting Space Day and enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Secret Planet. The children wrote postcards about the visit. The class learned about the Nativity Story and talked about how we and others celebrate Christmas. The children were all superstars in the Infants’ Christmas performance! We used our computer skills to make Christmas cards for our families.


This half term we will be learning about People Who Help Us and then Superheroes. We will be using non-fiction books to find out about different occupations and then our focus books will be ‘Superworm’ and ‘Supertato’. We are planning to design and make some emergency vehicles and will have a special Superhero Day!


Topic web |Autumn 2 2018

Space & Teddy Bears


Ash Class have settled into Rucstall Primary School beautifully. We spent last half term getting to know each other and learning about classroom routines and rules.


The children have started their phonics programme and already know lots of the phase 2 phonemes (the sounds made by the letters of the alphabet). The children are excited about the Paw Patrol certificates they earn for learning the Year R high frequency words. Please keep practising these at home.


The class have been working on numeral recognition and careful counting.


The first few weeks of this half term we will be learning about Space. Our focus books will be ‘Whatever Next?, ‘On the Moon’ and ‘QPootle 5’. We are planning to make some junk model rockets, do some space themed dancing and enjoy a special Space Day!

Later in the half term our topic will be Teddy Bears and we have lots of fun activities planned. We will also be learning about the Nativity story and will be joining KS1 for a Christmas play.


All About Me…..


Our first topic this term will be All About Me…………


Starting school is such a big and exciting step for children and their families. Mrs Kemp and I are really looking forward to seeing you all again and have been busy getting Ash Class ready for you to play and learn in.

We can’t wait to find out all about you and for you to get to know us.


In the first few weeks the children will be learning about school and classroom routines. Together we will be exploring Ash Class’s learning environment, both inside and out and finding out about Rucstall’s Values. We will practise kindness and good manners.

Our two main books for this topic are “Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly” and “My World, Your World”. We will be celebrating our similarities and differences.

The class will quickly start our phonics programme which is the basis for learning to read and write. We will also be practising our counting as well as shape and number recognition skills. In Understanding the World we will be thinking about our bodies, our families and learning about different celebrations, in particular Diwali.



Below is the Topic Web giving you more information about our topic.




Mrs Koranteng