Rucstall Primary School

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Spring 2





'Go with the Flow'

Welcome back Maple Class, I hope you have had a super half term break and looking forward to another new topic!


This half term, our topic is all about Rivers. This half term will be packed full of new learning and an exciting new topic. 


Why are Rivers so important?

Water is a precious resource we have. This topic aims to promote and encourage understanding and an active response in relation to improving the water situation locally and globally. We will find out about rivers and how they erode, transport and deposit materials.


In Science, we will be learning all about 'States of Matter', we will compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We will be observing some materials change state when they are heated or cooled and we will identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.


This half term, Maple class will be having their swimming lessons at the sports centre in town. These will be for five weeks and we will be taking you to the sports centre every Wednesday morning, so do not forget your swimming kit and towel! Please make sure your normal PE kit is in school as usual on Monday please.

On Fridays, we have the Hockey coach in school so please pack black joggers and black trainers for outside PE, as it can get quite chilly in the afternoons.


During Art and design, we will learning to pain a river scene using watercolours and in Computing, we will be using the green screen to recreate the joy of surfing on the Severn Bore.


In English, we will be writing our own story to a great picture book - 'Float' by Daniel Miyares and we will be reading our stories to KS1.


Homework: Mymaths will be set up for you to continue with practising what we are learning in class and maths, which will be coming up, so the more practise, makes it easier with new maths concepts! Also, don't forget to read 4 times a week and keep on learning your times tables, keep those challenges going on TTrockstars! Remember- we have a spelling shed login to practise those Year 4 spellings.


Spring 1 





Happy New Year Maple Class.


I hope you have had a great Christmas and a restful break and looking forward to a new and exciting year ahead!


This half term, our new topic will be Anglo-Saxons. This is our second history topic of the year and I have planned some very engaging lessons for you. We are hoping to welcome an Anglo-Saxon visitor to our school for a day of stimulating activities.


During the topic, we will be learning about Britain's settlements by Anglo Saxon and Scots and the struggle by the Anglo Saxons for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the confessor.


In science, we will be describing the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans, identifying the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions, constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains including identifying producers, predators and prey.


In PE, we are lucky enough to have a ‘Chance to Shine Cricket’ coach who will be leading cricket sessions outdoors on Wednesdays and on Thursdays, I will be teaching circuit training indoors. Please remember your PE kits on a Monday and leave them in school until Friday. For outdoor PE, you may wish to bring black jogging bottoms to wear for the colder weather and your outdoor trainers. You will need your normal black shorts and white T-shirt for indoor PE.


During our DT sessions, we will be learning all about weaving and what the Anglo-Saxons would have made as well as trying some of our own weaving.


Autumn 2


Vive La France!


Welcome back Maple class, I hope you enjoyed your half term?

This half term, our topic will be about France. We will be using our geographical map reading skills to locate France in atlases and on globes. We will be finding out  about the culture of France and we will look at the similarities and differences between France and England, from schools to food and locations. 

In science, we will be learning about sound and how it travels, finding patterns between the pitch of a sound and the features of the object that produced it and finding patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it. There will be experiments and investigations to determine how sound is made. 

During Tuesdays PE, Mrs Ferguson will be teaching football skills and on Thursdays, you will be learning gym in the hall. Please remember your outdoor PE kits on a Tuesday as its getting colder!

In computing, you will be creating France fact files, producing a France power point to share with your peers and we will be learning about online safety and how to keep ourselves safe when using the internet.

During art, we will be researching french artists and we will be creating our own Matisse masterpiece.

For our experience day, we will cook and enjoy a delicious french breakfast! 





Welcome Year 4 to Maple Class. I hope you have had an enjoyable summer holiday. 

We will be starting the year with a topic all about 'Robots'. 

In English, we will be writing instructions about 'How a robot dog works'. Also, we will be reading books about Robots and the Iron man. and writing a diary extract.

Our SMSC question to be discussed in class is, ' Is it possible that Robots could take over the world?'


In science, we will be looking at electricity and investigating, ' Is it possible that a Robot could have lights and a buzzer from one power source?'


Our PE days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, so please ensure your full kit is in school on a Monday and left for the week. Please include an outdoor PE kit for Tuesdays.


Diary Writing

Robot Building