Rucstall Primary School

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Treasure Hunters/Dinosaurs



I hope you all enjoyed the half term holiday despite the stormy weather.

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. A visit from police officer Koranteng helped us with our questioning skills and we found out lots of interesting facts about his job. Our Superheroes topic led to some super writing and included a 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 sending and receiving skills.

See below for topic web.

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, Mrs Morgan 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!


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!

Mrs Koranteng

See below for our topic web.

Topic Web Spring 1 2020

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.

See below for our topic web.

Topic Web Autumn 2 2019

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

Topic Web Autumn 1 2019