Rucstall Primary School

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Hello Rowan Class,


What an exciting year we have had so far! I hope you all had a restful Easter break and are looking forward to our last term before your final year at Rucstall.


Please have a look at our newsletter to find out more information about what we are going to be learning about. 


Miss Scott and Mrs Hemmings

The beginning of our writing journey!

We interviewed each other to find out if we have the skills and qualities needed to be an astronaut. This will help us to write about the astronaut training programme. 

Our Space Non-Chronological Reports

Our English learning journey has come to an impressive close. We completed the first drafts of our non-chronological reports before using feedback to edit and improve our writing. Our final reports about the European Space Agency astronaut training programme have now been sent to Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to go to the International Space Station. We hope to hear back from Mr Peake soon!

Our Design and Technology unit came to a delicious close! We have spent the past few weeks researching how pizza is made and what pizza looks like in different countries. We used our findings to inspire our own designs and were very excited to bring our ideas to life. We measured, weighed and combined ingredients to create the perfect flavour sensation and really enjoyed being able to eat the end product.

This half-term, we have been reading 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'. This inspired us to write a persuasive letter to the government about the UK's law on refugees.

We have really enjoyed our class novel, 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'. We reviewed and evaluated the book to share our thoughts on what we have read. Rowan Class highly recommend reading it!

We have been working very hard to create our own cushions in design and technology. This involved learning different types of stitching and choosing the best way to sew a range of materials.

We have been using ProBots to design and create a program to control a robot.

We have been learning to design and write programs using sequence, repetition and selection. We challenged ourselves to write a program to operate a Probot around an obstacle course. We found it difficult to de-bug through problem solving to achieve our aim.

This half-term, we will be writing a letter of complaint about the living conditions of Victorian workhouses. We have been getting into character to imagine what life was like in Victorian times.

We finished reading our class novel 'Street Child', and this inspired us to write our own diary entry from the perspective of the main character. Year 6 were very impressed when they came to help us edit and improve our work. We all have next steps to work on for our next writing journey and are already working hard to achieve them..

In computing, we have been learning how to use Crumble. We are going to be creating and using our own nightlights, but first we needed to have a go at using the equipment. .

We have continued our learning about the Victorian era in history. We researched workhouses by comparing different sources, which told us more about the living conditions during that time. We then collated our ideas to help us write about it. Stay tuned to see our finished double page spreads...