Monthly Blog

Please see below our online blog of what extiting thing each class has been getting up to each month:


In April, Class 1 learnt about farms, looking at crops and farm animals. They researched the roles of farming equipment and had a visit from a tractor! The children really enjoyed this topic.  They also studied the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, writing their own stories; changing the characters; and they even planted beans in their home made greenhouse and watched them grow. As well as all of this, they completed a cress experiment to learn how plants grow and what they need to survive. In Class 2, the children learnt about the Easter story and the feelings associated with this time of year for Christians. The highlight of this month was finishing off their D&T topic with a Teddy Bear's picnic trip. They went to St Mary's for the day, where they worked together to make their own sandwiches, fruit skewers and biscuits. They then walked up to the local park, sat outside, ate a picnic and played. The weather was fabulous and they had a great day! Classes 3 and 4 have been so busy throughout April. The children wrote some fantastic newspaper reports based on a dragon entering the school, they were all so creative. They took part in a lot of practical work this month. During their science lessons, they became scientists for the day and made circuits using bulbs, batteries and switches. They also investigated which materials were conductors and insulators. As it was the run up to Easter, the children used their drama lessons to retell the story of Passover. To finish off such a busy, but exciting month, the children went on a residential trip to Whitemoor Lakes. They got to take part in so many different activities and a brilliant time was had by all! Class 5 have been studying the Mayan civilisation during their History lessons. They have been learning about the Titanic in English and writing their own information texts on the topic. During their Art topic, they have been using charcoal to create different pictures. Year 6 children have been working hard to prepare for their SATs tests; they have all put in so much effort and we know they will do amazing! As you can see, April has been a very exciting month for us all. We are all looking forward to a restful Easter holiday to prepare us for the summer term!


In March, Class 1 have learnt all about the arrival of spring. They looked at how bulbs grow and learnt about the role of different parts of a plant.  They focused on the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and the importance of choosing the correct material for a job! They also did lots of academic work such as learning about adding and subtracting and all about the importance of money and time. March was a super busy month in Class 2. The children and teachers loved dressing up for World Book Day and completing all of the book related activities throughout the day. Mr Challinor organised a Health and Well Being Day. All of the children loved coming to school in their PE kits and doing the different sporting activities that he had planned. As the weather was so nice, our school disco took place outside, it was the best one ever! In Classes 3 and 4, the children loved learning all about their fantastic village as part of their history topic.  They went on a walk around Kings Bromley: Mr Howard went along and gave them a tour and told them what the village used to be like - a great time was had by all!  The children gave an amazing production of Robin Hood; all of the parents and staff loved it – it was truly spectacular! The children also had the privilege of performing some of their production songs at the Local retirement home in Kings Bromely and the children sang so beautifully that the residents were asking them to come back! In Class 5, the children have been exploring resources around the world and learning about how these commodities fluctuate in price. In English, they have been writing their own narratives based upon the story: Watership Down. The Year 6 children have been working hard to prepare for their SATs tests. As well as all of these things, we also took part in lots of activities as a whole school. As class 2 mentioned, we all took part in World Book Day which the children loved – pictures of this can be found under the gallery section on our website. The PTA hosted a Big Breakfast and lots of us came along to support them. We had a lady come in to talk about railway safety. Finally, we had a non-uniform day for Red Nose Day and some of the children attended the Mothering Sunday Service in Church. March has been a fabulous month; we can’t wait to see what April brings!


All of the classes at Richard Crosse have been very busy throughout February. We can’t wait to tell you all of the exciting things we have been up too! In Class 1, the children looked at Chinese New Year.  They built ‘the Great wall of Class 1’ inspired by the Great Wall of China and other Chinese buildings. They also decorated pancakes in preparation for Pancake Day. Class 2 had great fun on their trip to the National Space Centre. They loved looking at all of the exhibitions and going into the Planetarium to watch information clips on space travel. Another highlight for Class 2 was staying at school for the sleepover. The children were very well behaved and enjoyed eating tea and spending extra time with their friends. In Classes 3 and 4, the children performed their fantastic songs that they created at the Staffordshire Agricultural Society. February has been a musical month for Years 3 and 4 as they also created their own musical instruments in science, which linked in with their sound topic. As well as all of this, they took place in a debate on HS2 looking at the pros and cons in geography and took an imaginary walk through New York to create descriptions in English. In Class 5, the children have been creating their own stories based upon myths and legends; as part of this, they were able to create choice based stories using specific computer software. They have been designing magnificent Greek masks in Design and Technology. The Year 6 children have continued to work with Dr Allen to build the Green Power electric Car – it is coming along brilliantly! As well as all of this hard work, we got to enjoy a restful half term which prepared us all for the upcoming events in the run up to Easter.


We have had a great start to 2019 at Richard Crosse. All of the classes have started new and exciting topics! In Class 1, they started their child chosen topic of ' People who help us'. They investigated the case of the missing fridge!  School Police officers used baked cheese straws to tempt and entice a naughty mouse to hand himself into the arresting Police Officers. As well as all of this, they also had a Jolly Postman picnic whilst wearing hand- made hats. During their picnic, the excited children served the Jolly Postman a sandwich for his lunch. In Class 2, January has been the start of their super-sonic space topic, which they were extremely excited about it. They investigated different space stories and explored writing their own - Miss Derry was very impressed. Carrying the space theme on, in Art, the children learnt how to manipulate and mould clay and used their new-found skills to construct their very own outer-space aliens. In History, they have thought about what they already know about space and what they would like to find out. Class 2 had a great lesson learning about Tim Peake and watching some of the exploration video diaries he made whilst he was in space. The children are beyond excited about their upcoming trip to The National Space Centre! Class 3 and 4 had a visit from the Manchester Camerata to create their very own song, based on the book ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Walliams. Most of the children went to Young Voices and had a fantastic time! Topping their day, was meeting Spandau Ballet super star, Tony Hadley!  He was true gold! The children have prepared and planned their own investigations in science, based on sound.  They also designed and described their own superheroes in order to write a non-chronological report in English.  In PE, the children created their own dynamic dance routines and they are looking fitness fabulous! January has been extremely busy, but most enjoyable, exciting month for the children in classes 3 and 4! Throughout January, Class 5 have took part in many incredible activities. They’ve had a school trip to St Mary’s Church in Stafford to partake in a 50th year anniversary of Christingle; the children had the opportunity to show off their stunning singing talents and were able to learn more about how Christingle began. Dr Allen has been working with the class to build our Green Goblin electric car. So far, the children have built the seat and attached it to the chassis. The children have used a variety of tools and learnt lots about the mechanics of the car – they can’t wait to see how it progresses over the coming months!


December has been an extremely busy but most enjoyable month, I’m sure you’ll agree. Our children love the run up to Christmas.  In Class 1, the children have enjoyed baking and decorating their Christmas biscuits along with a week of nativity fun, full of festive stories and Christmas crafts. The children have enjoyed practising and proudly performing their own version of the Nativity story along with Class 2. Their “Christmas Eve Kerfuffle” play was full of hilarity and Christmas spirit!  The children’s costumes were incredible and their enjoyment and excitement was felt by all.  The children learnt a life lesson of the true meaning of Christmas - to give rather than receive and especially to give love to all those around them. In Design and Technology, class 2 have sewn snowmen puppets. Class 3 have crafted up chaos with their ‘Rockin Reindeer’ personalised photo frames for their annual Christmas fayre - showing off their artistic skills to family and friends. Class 3 and 4, worked religiously creating and decorating their own Christmas stockings to surprise their families. Hopefully these will be ready to stock up with Christmas goodies.  Dr. Allen has been teaching the children in class 4 to play music melodies on the hand chimes, which will be showcased at our annual Christmas Church Service on Friday 21st December at 9.30am. In Class 5, the children have been learning to play their guitars, ready for our school concert on Thursday 20th December at 10am.   The children’s musical skills enhance their extra curriculum learning and it has to be acknowledged that the children always enjoy their ‘Inner Rockstar!’ In Design and Technology, the children have had fantastic fun designing, building and decorating their own personalised fabulous fairground rides - absolute brilliant, cutting-edge fun! Year 6, enjoyed our annual school tradition of delivering Christmas cards to our close-knit church community. Finally, everyone at The Richard Crosse C of E Primary School would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to a very Happy New Year for 2019!


Class 1 started their first child choice topic ‘superheroes’ this month. During this topic, the children got to build their own superhero headquarters! They have also learn all about bonfire night and Diwali. Whilst learning about Diwali, the children made diva pots out of clay and acted out the story of Rama and Sita. Class 2 have showcased their maths skills through the whole school maths workshop for parents and carers – they were very impressed! Class 3 and Class 4 have rein acted the mummification process as part of their history lessons – they had a brilliant time! Class 5 have been on several trips this month. They went to Burton Brewery as part of their history topic. They also went to The National Arboretum to celebrate the centenary ending of the First World War. Year 5 have been really lucky as they got to visit Stoke City football club. The Christmas Fayre also took place this month. It went really well and everyone really enjoyed themselves. We are looking forward to the rest of the upcoming Christmas activities.


We have been very busy throughout October. In Class 1, Mrs Nilsen showed off her baking skills by making and decorating monster biscuits with the children. They also explored the changing season by completing creative activities using natural materials. Class 2 have been making pizzas as part of their maths work about fractions. They also made angel delight as part of their English topic ‘writing instructions’. Class 3 and Class 4 took a walk to the local river. Whilst there, they created landscape pictures using oil pastels. Class 5 have taken part in several sporting activities this month. Some of the children attended a football tournament at Pirelli Stadium 3G Pitches. There was a tri-federation football tournament and a girl’s football tournament at Marston’s. All of the children that took part did amazing! Everyone has a wonderful half term and now we are ready for the upcoming Christmas term.


September has been an exciting month for everyone at Richard Crosse. All of the children have settled back into school and have taken part in various activities. Class 1 welcomed all of their new Nursery and Reception children. They took part in their ‘settling in’ and ‘all about me’ topics. They have also had a senses week, which they found very exciting, especially the blind tasting activity! Reception children attended their first church service – Harvest Festival. The children in Class 2 have been busy making their own dragons. They then acted out a Chinese dragon parade around the school. Class 3 and Class 4 have had Stoke City football players come into school to teach them PE – the children loved it! Finally, Class 5 went on a residential trip to Kingswood at Dearne Valley. They took part in lots of different activities and a wonderful time was had by all!

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