Rucstall Primary School

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Week beginning 1st June 2020


Hello Rowan Class,


I hope you all had a lovely half term? Are you enjoying the sunshine? I have been very busy at school this week helping the children with their learning.

Have you entered any of the competitions? I have seen some fabulous entries, I think the judges will find it very difficult to choose! Keep an eye out on the website for when the winners are revealed!


I have uploaded next week's offsite learning for you. Look out for the week quiz set by the staff in the video centre and lots of other videos to see!


Take care, be safe in the sun!


Miss Coulter




Week beginning 25th May 2020


Hello Rowan Class,

Given than next week would be half term, we are not setting our usual work. However, if you would like to keep occupied, and prefer some continued structure, we are posting three competitions for next week.

There will be a mathematics, English and science competition running. You can try as many of them as you like, it is up to you! But please remember to spend some time with your family and enjoy this lovely weather we are having.

All the information for the competitions are below.

Happy Half Term!

Miss Coulter



W/C 18.5.20


I hope that you are all keeping safe. Please find the learning for this week attached, all the best! 

W/C 11.5.20


I'm sure that you're all making the most of the sun this week and I hope that you're all keeping well. 


I hope that you have all enjoyed any VE Day celebrations you were able to take part in! We have talked a bit about World War 2 in class, so I hope that you have been able to learn some more about it and why the 8th of May is so important. If you would like to continue talking about it, there are lots of resources on the PSHE section of the Learning for All page, I'll link it below. 


I have also spotted that Daniel Radcliffe has read the first chapter of the Philosopher's Stone, and I know that some of you really enjoyed it in class. 


There is also a school-wide music competition currently happening. Make sure your entries are in before Friday 15th May for a chance to win the prizes! 


I'm sure that you're all very busy outside in the sun, but if you have time you might like to try some of the learning as well. Keep safe!



W/C 4.5.20


Despite the change in the weather, I hope that you are all doing well! I have attached some home learning that you might like to try if you are cooped up inside. You can always do as much or as little as you like, and you always have TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed. I hope that you are keeping busy through all this. 


I have attached the link for Justin Welby's assembly, you might like to listen- sitting cross-legged on the floor is not required! In the first assembly, about hope, the Archbishop of Canterbury is joined by other schools and the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson. 


I have also attached the link for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). They have lots of activity sheets and resources to help you identify birds and insects in your garden. They even have a Caerlaverock Webcam where you can watch the badgers each evening. I look forward to hearing about any wildlife that you have spotted and identified! 

W/C 27.4.20


I hope that you are all keeping well! I really enjoyed my phone calls this week, and hearing all of the amazing things you have been getting up to. I got to talk to your parents (and some of you!) and lots of you have been baking and playing in your gardens- some people have even camped out overnight! I'm so glad to hear that you are enjoying yourselves, because that's the most important thing at the minute. 


I have attached the home learning for the week beginning 27/4/20, so if you would like to keep going with that please find it below. 


I have also found a couple of (short!) podcasts that you might find interesting, you could even listen and play your video games at the same time! 


Overall, you seemed to be keeping well and staying busy, and making the most of the beautiful weather (with sun cream and hats, I hope!). Keep it up! 

W/C 20.4.20


I hope that you have all had a good Easter and are continuing to stay safe. Looking after yourselves is the most important thing to do at the minute. I have uploaded some plans for home learning, and there are a lot of additional ideas on the Learning for All page. You can give them a go if you would like, as it can be helpful to have a routine as the weeks go on. Stay safe and keep washing your hands! 

Easter Holidays

Given that next week is the start of the Easter holidays, we will only be posting material for one of those weeks. This is to enable you some continued structure, should you desire this, but to also allow all families time to spend together during what would usually be a time without any school work.

Happy Easter from all the Rucstall Primary School Team! 

W/C 6.4.20


I have attached some work for this week, have a look and try what you can. You might also like to try keeping a list of all the books you read (or listen to!) or writing in a diary or a blog. There are lots of things to keep you busy and new things are always being added to the Learning for All page of Offsite Pupil Work. I hope that you're all still doing alright, keeping fit and talking to each other.


Stay safe!

Offsite Learning 6.4.20

W/C 30.3.20


I hope that you are all enjoying the sunshine this week! 


I have attached some ideas for Maths and English this week- if you would like to give them a go, all the information is in the document below. They might be helpful in building some normalcy into your week. 


You might find them to be helpful, but please don't feel that you have to use them. I'm not expecting a certain amount to be completed and I won't be checking up on anyone. This is a stressful time and it's far more important to look after yourselves. 


From now on the website will be updated weekly, with helpful links for English and Maths that you might like to use. You can also carry on with your TT Rockstars, MyMaths and Spelling Shed. 


Please make sure that you're staying safe!



Hopefully you found the maths from last week to be straightforward enough- 74/100 = 0.74 = 74%. There is a clear pattern once you have a fraction with a denominator of 100 or 10 (6/10 = 0.6 = 60%). If you are happy with that, you could move on to fractions that are not over 100. For example, you know that 2/50 is equivalent to 4/100 (top and bottom multiplied by 2), and then you can find the decimal (0.04) and percentage (4%). 


If you're happy with that, you can move on to calculating 1/4, 1/5, 2/5 and 4/5. Please see the PDF that I have attached to show how I would work them out and I have also attached a powerpoint that explains them in a different way (although you do not need to know 1/6 or 1/8).


If you are ready to move on, you can watch the video I have added which explains about calculating percentages of amounts. If you would like to try this, there are questions at the bottom, with the answers included.


I have updated your MyMaths so you can practice this and check if it's right, thank you to those who have done the activity set last week!


In English, you could write a narrative (story) about what would happen if Hagrid suddenly knocked on your door to tell you that you were a witch/wizard. What clues will tell you that he is coming? How will you build the suspense? How would the conversation go? Remember new speaker, new line! How would other people react to Hagrid? What would they think of his news? 


For topic learning, if you have resources you can build a model of a magical school. This could be done with Lego, boxes, or toys. If you don't have any, you can draw your designs. Maybe you will have stables for the unicorns (or dragons!), a swimming pool for learning to breathe underwater, or a giant slide from the top of a tower. 



Just to update you on what we have been doing in school this week. It might be nice for you to recap what we have learnt, or to go over it again- if you can teach it to someone else then you really understand it! 


In maths we have converted fractions, decimals and percentages. I have found a video that explains it nicely and have attached some questions for you to try out. MyMaths has also been updated to support this learning. 


In English, we have looked at the themes that many books contain, I have also attached a list. It can be handy to be familiar with these as they pop up in lots of books. For example, our class book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, has lots of themes such as friendship, courage and acceptance. There is no right or wrong answer- you might think it has clear themes of escape rather than journey. As long as you can back up your decision with the story, you can choose any theme you think applies. 


You could try choosing a theme and listing as many books (or films!) that apply, or you could choose a story and list the themes that you have identified. Remember, it is important to explain why you have chosen these so 'because' is always an important word! 


As part of our ongoing Harry Potter topic, you could also try writing instructions for a potion. What will it do? What ingredients will you need? How could you make it sound as magical as possible? 'Ask the golden hen for a feather.' 'Travel to the mysterious shop opposite the park, choose the smallest onion you can find, when you walk back, only walk on the left side of the pavement.' 'Stir the potion two times clockwise, and then lift it up and down.'