Rucstall Primary School

A caring, fun loving, learning community


Welcome message 


Welcome back to the Spring term! We hope that the children have had a wonderful Christmas and managed to get a good rest and are ready for the busy term ahead.  


This term the children will be working incredibly hard, not only in preparation for upcoming tests, but in all areas of the curriculum.  Please look out for the class newsletter which will inform you of all of the fun and exciting learning we have planned!


We strongly believe that education is a shared partnership with school and home.  We encourage parents to become fully involved in their children’s learning and also in the life of the school. We very much hope that you will feel part of our school community and will approach us if you have any concerns, problems or questions.


We look forward to an exciting, yet busy, second term.


Mrs Healy and Miss Radford.

Bikeability - Day 1

Willow Class had their first day of Bikeability training.  After initial assessments, most of the children were able to progress towards Level 2 where they headed out onto the roads to develop skills for cycling on single-lane roads with simple junctions and learn about the core functions for safe and responsible cycling.   

Art Day February 2023

Willow Class have produced some wonderful watercolour landscapes/seascapes inspired by the work of Turner.  They applied all of their learnt skills of blending, perspective and sizing of details depending on their position in the painting and then added the finer details in the foreground/background to create a final piece as seen in the photos below.  The children then walked around the school to view the other classes and parents were invited in at the end of the day to share the work too.



STREET DANCE - January 2023


Willow Class have choreographed their own street dance inspired routines.  


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Yellow Spotted Lizard Non-Chronological Reports

Our wonderful finished Maya inspired weaving

In Art, the children have been designing and creating a woven product in the style of Maya crafts.

DT - Shelters 


Willow class have been looking at shelters this term in DT.  After thinking carefully about a product for a user and a purpose, the children chose to make animal shelters.  We looked at what would make an effective shelter for their chosen animal and then practised our woodwork skills needed in order to be successful when it came to making them.  By carefully measuring, sawing and joining wood together securely, reinforcing aspects to make our shelters more sturdy and using a glue gun safely, we came up with these wonderful products.  


Willow Class have been studying the Maya as their history topic.  We used evidence from artefacts and paintings to produce a factfile on what they believed the game would have looked like.  After this, the class decided that they would like to have a go themselves (although we did have to agree to new rules as it was hard not using our hands!)  Thankfully, the losing team were not sacrificed! 

Keeping safe around fire 


Willow class were given the opportunity to tick off "keeping safe around fire" and "know how to be safe with sparklers" on their Keeping Safe Passports.   We took the opportunity to share our horror setting descriptions from our last unit of English with each other around the fire. This was all finished off with a tasty treat of toasted marshmallows.


Tag Rugby October 2022


The Year 6 children have been implementing the skills and knowledge they have been learning in their PE unit this half term in a competitive tag rugby event against 3 other local schools.  The children won 2 of their matches (3-0 and 3-1) and drew the other (4-4).  For a class who have only been learning the rules of the sport for 6 weeks, this is an incredible achievement!  Well done Willow Class! 

October 2022


Year 6 have been learning about Mayans in History. They re-enacted a traditional Maya sacrifice and have finished their unit by writing up their learning into double page spreads.