Rucstall Primary School

A caring, fun loving, learning community


Hazel Class


This holiday we would like you to have fun and enjoy spending time with family! I have attached the sounds and some monster words if you want to have a go at sounding them out. 


Have a lovely holiday,


Mrs McHugh, Miss Ginn and  Mr McKnight

Autumn 1 - Pirates


I’m very excited to announce that our first topic will be Pirates. In English, we will be looking at different pirate books. We will be using them to help us write our own stories as well as writing a letter to warn sailors from the awful pirates! In geography, we will be explorers exploring the continents looking for clues to find the pirate's treasure.


Our P.E days are Monday and Friday, so please ensure you wear your PE  kit in to school on those days. PE will be taking place outside so please ensure correct kit is worn.


Homework will be set on a Friday and check in will happen the following Friday. Please check the website for the homework each week.


First day


This afternoon, we had a wonderful time decorating our own potatoes inspired by Mr Potato head into superheroes and monsters. It was lots of fun and we are excited for all the fun and learning we will do in Year 2.

Treasure chest adventure!


Today we followed a Pirate’s treasure map and found some Pirate’s treasure. It was amazing! We found some new pencil cases for our desks and even some gold bars!

Can you label a pirate ship?


Today we looked at the different parts of a pirate ship. We even made up actions for these features. Can you guess what we are showing in these photos?

The Pirate’s reading challenge


Today we found some more treasure! This time, it was bookmarks with our names on them. We found out that if we read four or more times in a week, we will get special stickers to decorate our bookmarks.



Today our pirate asked for our help in finding the best material for a mop to absorb all the water on his boat. We investigated different materials and found the kitchen roll to absorb the most water.

  Antony Gormley Sculptures
Today we were inspired by the Artist Antony Gormley. We created starfish out of clay.

The Sinking Science lesson!


Today, we investigated what floats and sinks as our Pirate needed to make a raft. We found out that sticks float and rocks sink!

Using the results from our investigation

Today we used our investigation results to make a raft. We thought about what materials float and sink! We didn't use any rocks! Using our teamwork and our knowledge of materials we made some fantastic rafts. 

Phonics Pirates


Today we were given a challenge from Mr potato head to see if we could read different words using our phonics. It was lots of fun and we used all of our phonics sounds to help us - if you want to see these sounds please look at the top of the page. How many sounds can you read? 

Welcome Mr McKnight


This week we are welcoming a new addition to the class. 

Pirate day


For the end of our topic we had a pirate day. We wore pirate hats, went on a hunt for clues and a solved pirate quest. It was lots of fun!