Rucstall Primary School

A caring, fun loving, learning community


Once Upon a Time



How lovely to have had a sunny Easter weekend! I hope you have enjoyed a restful break. Let’s hope the fine weather continues so the children can make the most of our wonderful outdoor area, especially the woods and the mud kitchen!

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 looking their Learning Journey recently.


For this half term we will be focusing on traditional tales. We will revisit lots of old favourites such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’. 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 poems 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 an increasing number of Phase 3 ‘special friends’.

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.

During the week before half term our focus will be the Queen and her Jubilee celebrations. We hope you’ll be able to join us for the picnic on May 27th!


Mrs Koranteng


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 ‘special friends’ (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 each day as part of our Read, Write, Inc. programme.

The class are getting really good at numeral recognition and have been learning about the properties of 2d shapes.

We had an exciting Space Day and were amazed to discover a crashed U.F.O. next to our mud kitchen. The children wrote reports for the Space Agency. The class learned about the Nativity Story and talked about how we and others celebrate Christmas. Did you enjoy our Nativity 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

We have been learning about dinosaurs and fossil hunters.

Our 'Pirate' topic culminated in a treasure hunt around our beautiful school grounds.

We've enjoyed learning about how the Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year.

'People Who Help Us' topic. This has been interesting and lots of fun!

We designed and made emergency vehicles. Aren't they fantastic?!

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, Mrs Dunne and I are really looking forward to seeing you all 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’ 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.


Mrs Koranteng

Look at us in PE!

Phonics in Ash Class

Merry Christmas from Ash Class!

We enjoyed designing and making our Christmas stockings.