Rucstall Primary School

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Rowan Class 20-21

Summer 2 


Welcome back! I hope that you had a restful and enjoyable half-term and that you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather! 


Our topic for this half-term is Ancient Greece, which gives us an exciting opportunity to make connections with our Ancient Egypt topic earlier in the year. 


In English we will be looking at Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans. We will use this book to develop our inference and prediction skills, as well as looking at the vocabulary used throughout the novel. 


In history we will be able to learn about Ancient Greece in more detail, about their empire, political system, and to learn about their gods and goddesses. We will also be looking at how the Olympics have shaped the games that we still have today. We will be able to critically examine the impact of Ancient Greece on our lives in 2021. 


In art we will be able to look at Ancient Greek vases, and we will have a go at making our own out of clay. We will be able to decorate them to show famous Greek myths. 


Our PE days will continue to be Mondays and Fridays, please remember to wear your PE kits to school. Our times tables books and reading records will also continue, please remember to fill these in weekly. 

We had a great time visiting the Planetarium today! We learnt a lot about space and planets, and we were able to remember our learning from our topic in September. 

Summer 1 


I hope that you all had a lovely Easter break! 


Our topic this half-term is Harry Potter. This will form the basis of our writing journeys as we look at instructions for creating potions and non-chronological reports about mythical animals. 


In music we will look at a piece about a mythical creature and use this to compose our own piece of music. We are continuing to develop how we think about notes in music and how we can capture our compositions. 


In science we will be looking at properties of materials and how we use these in our everyday lives. We will spend time looking at liquids and why they behave the way that they do. We will identify characteristics that belong to some liquids and all liquids, and consider why this might be. 


Our PE days will be on Mondays and Fridays so please ensure that PE kit is worn to school on these days. 


Please carry on with your reading records, times tables books and TT Rockstars. 

Spring 2 


This half-term our topic is Planet Earth. This follows on quite nicely from our Space topic in the Autumn, as now we will look at the Earth as a planet. We will look at the different countries, climates and animals around the Earth and we will make connections to our previous learning. 


In English we will be focusing on The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. We will use this book to develop our prediction, inference and retrieval skills throughout the half-term. We will use this book to write instructions to help an explorer survive, and look at how the characters are feeling throughout the book. 


We will be looking at different landscapes in art. This will help us to develop our understanding of the planet as artists and we will be able to make connections to our geographical knowledge. 


In science we will be looking at living things and their habitats. We will learn about the life cycles of different animals and how they are similar to/different from ours. 


Our PE days this half-term are going to be Mondays and Fridays. Please remember to wear your PE kits to school. 


Our times tables books and reading records will continue. Please remember to fill these in weekly. 

Spring 1

I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas! I hope that you all were able to have a rest and make some memories! Thank you very much for your kind presents, they were very generous. 


This half term we will be learning about Ancient Egypt. This is a fascinating topic with a lot of new words to learn!


In our writing we will be writing a recount of an archaeologist exploring an ancient Egyptian tomb. We will also write a newspaper report about Howard Carter making his famous discovery, and maybe writing a letter to the British Museum. 


In History we will look at this ancient civilisation and what life would have been like. We will learn about their writing, burials and kings. This learning in History will support our learning in other subjects. 


In science we will be learning about forces and how they are in action around us. 


This half term our PE days are Monday and Friday, please wear your PE kit into school. As it is still cold, please consider wearing tracksuit bottoms. 


This topic will be very exciting to learn about!

Ice Skating 


We had a lot of fun ice skating today!



We made Christingles in class, with the help of Mrs Heels! We learnt about what each part represents and why people make them around the world. 

Superhero Day

We dressed up as real life superheroes. After, we made thank you notes to the people we dressed up as. We wanted to say thank you for keeping us safe, especially during lockdown!

Autumn 2 


I hope that you all enjoyed your half-term!


In school, we are now learning abut Italy. This is a great opportunity to develop our Geography skills and learn about a new European country. We will be able to compare it with our knowledge of Basingstoke and England. 


We will also be learning about Italian food and hopefully making some pasta of our own! This is a very exciting topic to learn about as we look at the impact that the Romans have had on modern day Italy. 


Please note that our PE days have changed this half-term and are now Tuesday and Thursday. Please consider tracksuit bottoms as an alternative to shorts in this cold weather. 


Remember to continue with MyMaths, TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed. 



Testing Our Parachutes


We have designed and created parachutes to help a rocket land on a far-off planet. Today we got to test them! 

Autumn 1

Hello and welcome to Year 5, Rowan Class! 


I am looking forward to meeting you all! Our topic for Autumn 1 is Outer Space. This is a very exciting topic because there are always more things to learn! We will be learning about outer space in Science, and in Geography we will look at how this affects Earth- how we have day/night, for example. We will be doing some very interesting pieces of writing. We will be able to research astronauts and their training in a lot of detail as well as letting our imaginations fly free. 


Our PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, please remember to wear your PE kits to school. 


Please check the homework page below and keep up with TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed.