This week’s Star Reader…..

Well done to Aidan who is our star reader this week :-). Aidan has been reading and quizzing throughout the whole of lockdown and has gained 100% on the past five Accelerated Reader quizzes that he has taken. Keep up with you excellent reading Aidan!

Please remember that you can continue to quiz while you are at home through the Accelerated Reader app. Happy reading everyone!

New Year, New Decade….. New Beginnings…..

New Year, New Decade…..  New Beginnings…..

As we enter a new year and new decade, it is a good time to reflect on the things that are important to us and how we can make small changes to make our lives better.

Many people see a new year as a new beginning or a fresh start and make resolutions in order to try to make themselves a better person. Common New Year’s Resolutions are:

  • To do more exercise
  • To eat more healthily (eat less chocolate!)
  • To try something new i.e. a new hobby
  • To help the people around you more

Sticking to your New Year’s Resolution may be difficult, however if you persevere and stay committed you will succeed.

For the Rushall Dragon Team, the new year also marks a new beginning….. It is now time to hand down our writing baton to Year 5 as we now need to focus our energy on our SAT’s. After February half term there will be a new team of reporters who will continue our work further.

We would like to thank everybody who has supported us through buying the newspaper and reading our blog.

Happy New Year from everyone in the Rushall Dragon Team.

By David, Arthur, Louie, Matthew, Eleanor and Lauren

The Rushall Dragon Team

Children in Need

Children in Need


On the 15th November 2019, the whole of the UK participated in a range of fundraising events to raise for Children in Need.

Children in Need is a BBC charity organisation to raise money for disadvantaged children across the UK. Children in Need was first established in 1980, since then the charity has raised over one billion pounds!

This year, in order to encourage people to donate money towards Children in Need, popstars including Louis Tomlinson and the pop band Westlife sang live on BBC1. In addition to this, players from the England Football Team (including Captain Harry Kane) surprised children from the England Amputee Football Association and attempted to play football using crutches.

Our school also took part in a range of activities to raise money for Children in Need. They included:
• Cake Sale
• Pennies for Pudsey
• Miniature Golf
• Dance off
• Book Sale
• Throwing wet sponges at the Teachers
• Penalty shoot-out
• Year 6 Sponsored Silence


The whole of the UK raised a whopping £47million for the charity. As a school, we raised over £700- this is highest amount ever raised in school! The Year 6 Sponsored Silence was extremely successful, raising over £400. We would like to thank everybody who contributed.

By David and Matthew


Rushall Remembers

Rushall Remembers

Remembrance Day takes place annually on the 11th of November. It is commemorated by the whole of the nation who pause for two minutes silence to remember the soldiers who have fought or are still fighting in combat.

Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day) marks the day when World War One ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. You may be wondering why people wear poppies on Remembrance Day? The answer is, this flower grew on the battlefield after World War One ended. As a result, the poppy has now become a symbol to remember those who lost their lives during conflict around the world and those who have been killed due to terrorism.

On this day, ceremonies are held at churches, cenotaphs and war memorials across the country and abroad. The Royal Family and important politicians also gather at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London for a memorial service.

Poppies and poppy wreaths laid at The Cenotaph, London.

Locally, a Remembrance parade is held annually at the Walsall Cenotaph. Many different groups participate including: Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Sea Cadets, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and many more. They sing hymns and listen to speeches and stories from the Bible. During the procession, they also salute and pay respect to the Mayor.

What do you do each year to remember the fallen soldiers?

By Eleanor

Year 6’s Residential Trip to Condover Hall

Year 6’s trip to Condover Hall



On Wednesday the 18th of September 2019, Year 6 and four teachers travelled by coach to Condover Hall (Shropshire) for their residential trip.

Condover Hall is an elegant Grade 1 three-storey Elizabethan sandstone building which also houses an activity centre and onsite accommodation for Primary and Secondary school aged children.

During their time there, Year 6 took part in a range of challenging but exciting activities.

Here are a few that they participated in:

Gladiator Wall

The Gladiator Wall was a tough challenge to complete. The activity involved climbing through obstacles while being suspended high in the sky.  Alfie from Year 6 informed us, “I enjoyed the challenge very much and was ecstatic when I finally reached the top.”



The ‘Trapeze’ is a tower with blocks on either side that help you to climb further. You have to reach onto the top platform, then jump off into the air and grasp the metal bar hanging in front of you.


Survival Skills

Survival Skills was an activity where Year 6 were required to make a fire using only cotton wool and natural materials. They were also challenged to create a den using the resources around them.


Wet n’ Wacky

Year 6 were tasked with a number of  competitive team games within the swimming pool. This involved collecting fish with a range of numbers on, or quickly racing to a ball to be the first to throw it through the hoop.



In Busted, the class of Year 6 were required to answer a series of general knowledge questions to outwit their opponents.


As you can see, Year 6 had the adventure of a life-time during their time at Condover Hall. Maybe next year you will too……………

By Arthur and Eleanor

Special Reading Areas

Special Reading Areas

We are very excited to announce at Rushall that we have a brand new room dedicated solely to reading. As this room is meant to be motivating and inspirational, we have filled it with bright colours and called it the ‘Rainbow Reading Room’. In this room, children will work with Teachers and Teaching Assistants to develop their fluency and confidence in reading.

In addition to this, we would like to make you aware of other special reading areas in our school. There is a cosy ‘book nuck’ under the stairs where you can read the ‘First News’ newspaper, Aquila magazine (which discusses big ideas for inquisitive kids) and topic related texts and stories. You can also read in the pavilion, ‘The Rushall Retreat’ and your class reading area. Please also remember to visit the library which is operated by our Pupil Librarians daily at break and lunch.

Remember to have fun whilst reading at Rushall!

By Louie and Lauren

Reading continues to Sky-Rocket at Rushall!

Reading continues to Sky-Rocket at Rushall!

Over the holiday, Ellis and his sister, Felicity took part in the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ which was held at all Walsall libraries.

In order to complete this challenge, the book worms had to read a total of six books in just six weeks. Ellis informed us that he read three books from the Capitan Underpants collection and three Dogman books. Ellis later added that his favourite book was ‘Dogman Unleashed’ as it was the funniest out of all of the books he read.

The reward for participating in the challenge was a shiny, golden medal and a fantastic certificate to be proud of. Ellis stated, “I particularly enjoyed the challenge of reading six books in such a short amount of time.”

If anyone else has completed this challenge, please let the ‘Rushall Dragon’ team know.

By David and Matthew