Rucstall Primary School

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Happy New Year!


Welcome back to Lime Class for 2023.


We hope you all had a lovely break over the Christmas holidays.

The children have already come back with positive attitudes and a desire to continue to build on their previous learning.


This half term we will cover lots of different units of work across the curriculum. Please see the newsletter for the updates.


PE days will be Wednesday indoor and Thursday outdoor. As always, we will endeavour to update you if there are any changes. 


We look forward to another fantastic term and working alongside you and the children together.


Mrs Murphy and Mrs Hemmings

Update - 8th September

Today, Lime class had their first gymnastics lesson of the half term. They remembered lots of different balances and shapes from previous learning and also tried lots of new ones!


Below are the photos taken as the children rotated around the different mats with various balances and shapes on each mat. 


The children will continue to build on these and build them up into a routine later in the half term. 

Update - 12th September

Today, Lime class had their school visit to Butser Ancient Farm, linked to our History unit of work around Stone Age to Iron Age. Joe, our guide for the day, was fantastic and very knowledgeable, asking the children lots of questions and providing lots of facts.


We got to look inside several different types of houses, discuss how they were made and the materials available. The children participated in pottery making, chalk carving and an archaeological dig to find artefacts.


I hope the children have come home talking about the visit and were enthused and excited. We will continue to build on this lesson throughout our History lessons this term.


Thank you to everyone involved in supporting the trip. 

Update: 29th September


Today the children in Years 3, 4 and 5 had the opportunity to attend a scooter and skateboard workshop. Alex, a skateboard teacher, taught the children about being safe on scooters and skateboards, wearing the correct safety equipment and how to correctly hold and balance on both.

The children absolutely loved riding and learning tricks on the scooters and skateboards.


Below are some pictures from Year 3's session this morning.


It was lovely to see all the children engaged and everybody tried everything!


Update - 16th October


In Science, Year 3 have been learning all about magnets, magnetism and conducting several investigations using magnets.


Below are a selection of photos taken during our investigations. The children so far have investigated magnetic and non magnetic metals, the distance at which magnets attract or repel and last week they stacked magnets to create patterns using the poles on a magnet.


Key vocabulary the children have learnt this half term:

attract               repel              non-contact force              magnetism             exert

poles                North                 South                             distance                 magnetic

Update - 21st October


Today in DT, Lime class experienced lots of different foods and used their senses and to describe the taste, smell and texture. 

A variety of foods were tried and tasted, discussing each time the type of taste and vocabulary we could use.

Words like soft, dry, chewy, sharp, strong, bitter, sour, sweet, salty, spicy and soggy were all used!


Below are some pictures from their taste testing session.

Update - 3rd November

On Wednesday, Year 3 were transported back to the Stone Age to experience the way in which people created art. We focused on cave paintings and looked at evidence found by archaeologists in caves from around the world linked to the Neolithic period.


We closed all the blinds and covered the windows with paper. All lights were turned off and the children used 'fire light' (LED candles) to immerse themselves fully into cave life.


Here are there pictures during the lesson and their finished products.


Update - 8th November


Today in Science, Year 3 learnt about the 3 main types of natural rock. 

Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous.


They learnt about how each are formed and the similarities and differences between each one.


They then got to make each type using starburst sweets to represent the sediments.


Here are the pictures. The lava/magma was heated in the microwave by me to show the heating process. The children all got to touch and feel the igneous rock once it had cooled.

Update - 18th November


Today, Year 3 got to practise some kitchen skills in preparation for making our soup for our DT unit this half term. 


The skills were:

peeling vegetables

chopping safely

measuring using scales, jugs and spoons


All children understood how to keep safe and used the equipment correctly. 

Below are some in action photos to show the children utilising those skills ready for soup making!

Update - 1st December


In French, Year 3 have been learning commands and instructions to use in the classroom.

They have learnt:


lisez = read                                                rangez vos affairez = tidy up

parlez = speak                                           travaillez en paires = work in pairs

regardez = look                                         en rang = line up

touchez = touch                                        levez vous = stand up

ecrivez = write                                           asseyez vous = sit down

ecoutez = listen                                        levez le main = put your hand up

dessinez = draw                                       venez au tapis = come to the carpet

repetez = repeat                                      ouvres vos livres = open your books


We have also created actions to help us remember the instructions. I am using them in place of English instructions wherever possible also so that the children embed them outside of the French lessons.

Update - 2nd December


In Gymnastics, Year 3 have had Charlotte from CM sports teaching them about using gymnastic balances and shapes to build routines using equipment.

They have used benches, horses, climbing ladders and mats to create routines and demonstrate balances and shapes in a variety of ways.

Below are some pictures from a recent lesson.

Update - 9th December


Year 3 made their tomato soup as part of their DT food unit of work today.

They safely used the chopping skills we had learnt to prepare the vegetables. 

Everybody tasted it - some needed slightly more persuasion! We then evaluated how it tasted and if we would change or improve the recipe for next time.


Below are some pictures of the preparation - and of course, the reactions to tasting it!


(Personally, it was too watery for me! I love a thick soup! But the flavour was lovely!)

Update - 9th January


Today in Science, we finished our Rocks and Soils unit of work with an investigation about different soils absorbing water.


We put 5 different soils into bottles, added water, shook and left for the afternoon to see what would happen.


Peat separated the most - with some soil still at the bottom, water in the middle and some absorbed, and peat soil left at the top.


Others changed colour very obviously and some soil settled at the top, almost floating.


Below are our results. We will keep the bottles for a few days and re-evaluate our findings. 

Multiplication - column method