Rucstall Primary School

A caring, fun loving, learning community


Maple Class 20-21


Spring 1



The Anglo-Saxons


Hello Maple Class! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families and are feeling well rested. I know it is a bit of an unusual start to our Spring half term but I am glad we got to meet before resuming online learning. I have been very impressed with the quality of your work both in class and online, and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve over the coming weeks.


This half term we are learning about the Anglo-Saxons!  We have already started finding out about who the Anglo-Saxons were and why they came to Britain. We will be learning about where the invading troops came from and where in Britain they settled. We will then be investigating how life in Britain changed.


In English, we have been enjoying reading and discussing the story 'Beowulf'. This links to our topic of Anglo-Saxons and we have already started completing a series of activities linked to the text. We are developing our reading and writing skills focussing on descriptive language and are building up to creating our very own hero myth! 

In Maths, we have been learning about Whole Number. So far we have revisited Place Value and have moved on to rounding. Over the coming weeks we will be moving on to addition and subtraction.  Every Friday, we have a times tables test where everyone has 10 minutes to answer 40 multiplication and division questions.  We have been extremely impressed with how many of you have passed your tests and moved onto the next one!  You are obviously working hard on these at home and school - keep up the great work! 


In Music, we are learning to clap along to a steady, marching beat, developing a sense of pulse and rhythm and keeping in time with the music. I have really enjoyed watching the clips you have been sending in! Keep practising the songs to learn the lyrics each week.


Our P.E. days are Monday and Wednesday.  Thank you for remembering to come to school wearing your P.E kit on those days.  Please make sure your kit is warm enough for the change in weather - we do both P.E sessions outside.


For homework, please remember to complete a page of your times tables book each week, including the division questions!  You also need to read at home at least 4 times please.  This includes reading independently at home, so you are allowed to fill in the reading record yourself.  We check all reading records and times tables books every Friday so please remember to bring them into school to prove your hard work!  If you have time, please also try to spend some time on TTRockstars and Spelling Shed throughout the term - the login details are in your homework folders.


Thank you Maple class for your hard work so far this half term.  We have many things to look forward to together!