Primary School

A partner school within the John Taylor MAT


FairActive Award


We are very proud to have achieved the Fairtrade, ‘Fairactive’ award for schools. As a FairActive School, we take action for Fairtrade! Being a ‘Fairtrade School’ means joining a worldwide movement – a movement where young people learn that, whatever their ... Read more

Branston Show


Congratulations to Nell G, Seth O, Katy D, Millie T, Daniel N, Ella M and Niamh O for winning first prize for their art work at the Branston Show which was held on Bank holiday Monday – a fantastic achie... Read more

Welcome back


A very warm welcome back to all of our children and families. I would like to begin by thanking the whole Rykneld community for making me feel so welcome in my first week as Head Teacher, it really has been overwhelming. I ha... Read more

Sports Days Update


Unfortunately, due to the ongoing heavy rain, wet field and no forecast of sun to dry, we have decided to also cancel tomorrow’s Y1/2 Sports Day. This gives everyone advanced notice.New dates are as follows:

Y3/4 – Friday 28th June – 9.15am

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Y3/4 Sports Day


As you may have expected, Y3/4 sports day events will not take place today due to the weather. We will let you know the rearranged date as soon as we have decided.

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Visit to Morrisons



On Wednesday, 4C walked to Morrisons to celebrate being the best attended KS2 class during Spring Term 1. The children were given a tour of ‘Market Street’, where they learned about how fresh food is prepared. They then had lots of fun making their own pizzas and fill... Read more

Police Cadets Presentation Assembly



Congratulations to a group of our Year 6 pupils who have successfully completed a police cadet course which has taken place in school. During the sessions the children enjoyed learning about the role of the police, how to keep themselves safe and how to get involved in supporting... Read more

StarActiv8 Foundation Workshops


This week, the children had the fantastic opportunity of learning new skills by taking part in martial arts (KS1) and beatboxing (KS2) workshops provided through the StarActiv8 Foundation. Many thanks to everyone for the clothes donations.

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Reception Cookery Sessions


All of our Reception children had a brilliant time cooking this week. The sessions started with a safety talk about how to stay safe in the cookery room, especially when using ovens and also the importance of washing hands. The children looked at a recipe, ... Read more

RNLI Visit


On Thursday, the children in Reception were very excited to have a visit from Andy Williams, who is a volunteer for the RNLI. Andy talked to the children about keeping safe in and around the water.  He talked about his role as a RNLI volunteer and shar... Read more

Author Visit


The children had a fabulous time meeting the author Luke Temple this week, they found out about his writing, how he became a writer and his different books. The children were very excited to meet Luke and asked lots of questions - they were amazed to find out that as a child he found writing and ... Read more

Year 1 Journey to Africa


Year 1 had a fantastic start to their new theme this week with a flight to Africa. They boarded the plane with their passports and travel bags, having refreshments along the way. Throughout the day the children enjoyed a range of activities, including creating a musical piece based on the work of... Read more

Big Bang Day!


Year 6 spent a really interesting Tuesday at the ‘Big Bang Day’ at JTFS. The children learnt a great deal about DNA, genetics and cloning during a theatre talk about the genetic make-up of superheroes; they also were lucky enough to stargaze and learn about galaxies and how the earth ... Read more

Reception Soccer Stars Sessions


On Monday the children in Reception took part in a taster session for soccer stars. The children played mini football games and developed their ball and movement skills Well done to all of the children who listened carefully to the coaches and worked well together as a team. Back in the classroom... Read more

Year 1 Tudor Cooking


1A started cooking sessions this week linked to the Tudors. They have been learning about the different foods eaten during this time and made their own Yeoman's Pudding. Both children and adults enjoyed the experience - thank you to all of the parents who joined us. 1B and 1H will be cooking ... Read more

Year 2 Launch Day


As part of the launch for their new theme Land Before Time, Year 2 became palaeontologists and archaeologists for the day. The children enjoyed making their own salt dough fossils and investigating dinosaur coprolite to identify whether it was a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore. They are now all ... Read more

Natural Disaster


Arriving at school like they’d woken up during a natural disaster, Year 4 enjoyed a fun-packed launch day on Tuesday! The day started with a journey to see ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. Inspired by Julian Opie, the children created contemporary portraits of the characters within... Read more

Happy Christmas


At the end of what has been a very productive and successful term, I would like to thank the children who have worked exceptionally hard and the staff for providing many exciting learning opportunities. Many thanks also to you all for your continued support, which is much appreciated.

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Christmas Productions


We have enjoyed two fantastic Christmas performances this week. On Tuesday, our Year 1 children performed brilliantly in ‘Shine Star Shine!’ and today, our Reception children impressed us all with their Nativity ‘Away in a Manger‘. Well done to all of the children, you hav... Read more

New Twitter Page


Just a reminder that our new Rykneld Twitter page is now active! To follow us, search for: @RykneldS or Rykneld Primary School.

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Girls' Football Tournament


On Thursday, 14 girls took part in a Dove Valley Football Tournament at the Pirelli Stadium. The two teams both played brilliantly, with one team reaching the semi-finals! All the girls worked well as a team and supported each other throughout the evening. They did Rykneld proud and most importan... Read more

Dino-Mike Visit


To launch their theme ’Land Before Time’, Year 1 have taken part in an exploratory workshop with Dino Mike. The children found out lots of interesting facts about dinosaurs, held a range of fossils, including one of a T-Rex’s jaw, learnt about Mary Anning and thoroughly enjoyed ... Read more

We Will Remember


Several of our Year 2 children were proud to lay a wreath at the War Memorial at Branston this week. Thank you to everyone who has bought a poppy at school, we will let you know how much we raised once we have this information.

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Resourceful Romans Theatre Workshop


Today, Year 3 met a Roman slave trader and performed short scenes from Roman times as part of a theatre workshop. They used drama, freeze frames and role play to learn about life for the Romans. They also had the opportunity to meet a consul from Rome who needed help building Hadrian’s wall... Read more

Community Peace Day


To commemorate the end of WW1 and the peace that followed, children from Years 4, 5 and 6 have created a piece of artwork, during a lunch time art club. This will be displayed at All Saint’s Church, Branston as part of their Community Peace Day on Saturday 3rd November 10am-4pm. Photographs... Read more

Boccia Tournament


Last Thursday, 6 children took part in a Boccia competition at Robert Sutton. Our teams competed against other schools in different heats but just missed out on a place in the semi-finals by a couple of points. All of the pupils should be very proud of themselves for doing so well against the oth... Read more

Harvest Assemblies


Many thanks to everyone who provided tins and dried food produce for our Harvest Assemblies on Monday. Your donations are very much appreciated and have been distributed, by the local church, to both the YMCA and St Giles.

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Year 6 World War II Workshop


On Tuesday, Year 6 children all arrived at school looking the part, with fantastic costumes, ready for their World War 2 experience. The Royal Mail kindly funded the morning where two very knowledgeable visitors shared their experiences and artefacts. The children took part in a Home Guard drill,... Read more

Year 2 Pirate Workshops


The Year 2 children welcomed a pirate visitor on Wednesday! They enjoyed learning about different pirates in the past, looking at pirate treasure and even learning some French and Spanish words! They designed and made their own pirate posters and designed their own Jolly Roger flags.

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Staffordshire Regiment Visit


On Wednesday and Thursday, Year 5 visited the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, followed by the National Memorial Arboretum. They were lucky enough to walk through a trench system so they could imagine what life might have been like for soldiers in

in WWI and also got to try on uniforms an... Read more

Year 1 Seaside Day


Last Friday, Year 1 enjoyed a seaside adventure. During the morning they had 3 workshops which included drama, music and beach games. The children enjoyed taking part in the activities and then wrote a postcard about it to their families. In the afternoon the children took part in creative activi... Read more

End of Term


As another school year comes to an end, I wanted to say a big thank you to parents, governors and staff for the support given to ensure a successful year for the children. The year has been a whirlwind with so many successes due to the hard work and attitudes of the children – they deserve ... Read more



On Friday, armed with their sleeping bags, Year 4 came back to school ready and raring for the first sleepover in the history of Rykneld Primary School. The night was made up of an obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, a film, ice lollies and many other delicious snacks! We were so impressed by the ... Read more

Dove Valley


On Wednesday evening, our athletics teams raced their hearts out against 6 other schools. We had fantastic results starting with a bronze medal for Charlie Woollands in the Year 4 sack race, followed by a silver medal for Harry Dawn and a gold medal for Thomas Sherratt in the Year 5 potato race. ... Read more

Charity Fundraising Day


On Thursday as a school, we really showed a tremendous amount of support to our football team, England. The children and staff all went to such great efforts dressing up, which in turn has helped to support our school charity, Breast Cancer Research. The School Councillors have worked tirelessly ... Read more

Sports Days - KS1 Tuesday 26th June & KS2 Wednesday 27th June


The weather forecast for both sports days, next week, is predicting high temperatures with plenty of sun. Therefore, please can I remind parents to apply sun cream to their child before coming to school and to also send them to school with a sun hat, sun cream (to reapply if necessary) and a wate... Read more

Year 5 Launch Day


On Friday, Year 5 had a fantastic day to launch their new theme, School of Rock. The children came to school dressed as their favourite musician and it was great to see such variety in the artists they chose, from Bob Marley through to Taylor Swift! As part of this launch, both classes created th... Read more

Sports Days


Key Stage 1 Sports Day will take place on Tuesday 26th June and Key Stage 2 Sports Day on Wednesday 27th June. Both events will start at 9.30am.

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Year 4 Homework Projects


As part of their Stone Age theme, Year 4 have been enjoying reading and watching Stig of the Dump. Over the past two weeks, the children were set the task of constructing their interpretation of Stig’s den. Inspired by Clive King, the children’s imaginations have truly run wild and th... Read more

Online Safety - Fornite


Many of our children are playing the online game Fortnite, which is rated suitable for players aged 12. The NSPCC have recently issued some guidance urging parents to be vigilant because Fortnite automatically lets users speak to other gamers through text chat and voice chat. This means that chil... Read more

Staff News


Following interviews on Thursday, I am pleased to inform you that Mr Wildman has been appointed as a class teacher from September. This additional position is necessary due to the ongoing expansion of our school and I am confident he will be a valuable asset to our team.

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Year 2 visit Morrisons


As part of the "Fearless Are Here" theme, Year 2 have been designing healthy foods for our Olympians this week. The children went shopping to buy the ingredients and then used their skills of cutting, peeling and grating to create their salads. They have also talked about different food... Read more

Social Media


Whilst we are aware that many social media apps that the children are currently using have great benefits, we would like to remind you that all social media apps come with age restrictions (listed below). As such, if you choose to let your child use them, we advise that you retain any relevant pa... Read more

School Closure 02.03.18


We have decided to stay closed tomorrow (Friday 2nd March). Due to current conditions and the forecast overnight and tomorrow, we have made this decision as early as possible to help our families with childcare arrangements. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause, the decision has not... Read more

School closure 01.03.18


Dear Parents,

Rykneld will be closed today due to the heavy snow and dangerous travelling conditions for pupils and staff in the morning. We will update you later about tomorrow

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Tree planting cancelled


Due to the forecast bad weather, the tree planting on Friday 2nd March has now been cancelled. Many thanks to all of those parents who volunteered to help, we will contact you with further information once a new date has been arranged.

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Safer Internet Day



This week the children have been celebrating Safer Internet Day. In Key Stage 1, through stories such as DigiDuck, the children have been learning about their digital footprint and how their social media lives will always stay on the internet. They have learnt about how to spread... Read more



Year 6 had a wonderful week at Shugborough! They hiked across Cannock Chase (at day and at night...and both in the pouring rain!), enjoyed caving, BMXing, climbing, archery, orienteering, bridge building and improved their ability to work as a team. Lots of children tried and succeeded at new act... Read more

B & Q Competition


Many of our pupils enjoyed taking part in a Christmas colouring competition just before the holiday. The competition was arranged by B&Q and we are very grateful to them for including our school and providing prizes to all pupils who entered. The chocolate coins have been distributed today! W... Read more

Year 1 Performances


Well done to all of the Year 1 children who, on the last Monday of term, put on two brilliant performances of ‘Humph the Camel’! The children should be very proud of their efforts and their wonderful singing and acting.

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School Reopen Tuesday 12th December


Dear Parents,

The school will reopen tomorrow but there are some parts of the grounds that are very icy - please take care and keep to the paths. The school drive is particularly icy a... Read more

Closure for Snow 11.12.17


Dear Parents,

Rykneld will be closed tomorrow due to the heavy snow and dangerous travelling conditions for pupils and staff in the morning. We should be open as normal on Tuesday and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the closure.



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Hrothgar the Viking Cometh to Rykneld!


Year 4 enjoyed a real treat on Thursday. Blowing a horn and waving his axe, Hrothgar the Viking invaded the Year 4 classrooms to take the children back in time to the days of Norsemen and women. Headin... Read more

Rykneld Fire Update


Please open the letter below for more information about today's incident.

Rykneld Update Letter

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#Be Kind


Across the school, we have been supporting Anti-Bullying Week. The effects of bullying can have a huge impact on children, and our Anti-bullying Week has been a great way to raise awareness in our school. During this week, we have promoted difference and equality at Rykneld, with a particular foc... Read more

Remembrance Day


It has been lovely to see so many children buying poppies and wearing them with pride this week. All children have been busy making their own individual poppies in class, which have made a fantastic display in the entrance to our new building. Also this morning, a group of Year 2 children walked ... Read more

Yamaha Music Session


On Wednesday, Key Stage 2 had a great time ‘rocking out’ with the Yamaha Music School. The children learnt about the different notes and some even got to play along to some of their favourite songs.

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Year 2 Pirate Workshop


Year 2 had a fabulous day with our Pirate visitor on Thursday! The children enjoyed exploring pirate artefacts, making pirate flags and advertisements for sailors for the ship belonging to Captain Purwash. They are looking forward to sharing some of their creations in their assemblies next week!<... Read more

Online Safety Award


We are delighted to announce that we have just achieved our 360 safe accreditation for high quality online safety standards and provision. We now join only 1 other school in the Burton area who have achieved this mark and we have also b... Read more

Outdoor Theatre Performance


On Thursday night, our Rykneld families were entertained by an outdoor performance of “Dogs Don’t Do Ballet.” They watched a mixture of dancing, puppeteering and singing and even the weather was kind! We are hoping to hold some more of these events during the next academic ... Read more

New Phone Number


I would like to provide a further reminder that from Thursday 14th July at 4pm our existing school phone number will no longer work. Our new school number to use from that time will be 01283 247475. Other schools who have already migrated to the new system did experience problems... Read more

A Win for Neptune!


KS2 Sports Day

This morning we held our Sports Day for the older pupils and the event was a great success with the children participating well to earn points for their houses. The results of the event are as follows:

Neptune 653, Earth 545, Jupiter 531... Read more

Green Flag Glory!


Congratulations to our Eco Warriors who successfully achieved our school’s Eco Green Flag award. On Wednesday afternoon, they had to showcase all the eco work we do at Rykneld to an Eco-Schools Assessor. The children spoke with confidence and enthusiasm on all areas of the eco curriculum fr... Read more



The Year 6 children at Rykneld have spent all week creating manifestos for their self-selected and self-created political parties. They designed numerous posters and leaflets, gave out business cards on the playground an... Read more

Olympic Swimmer Amy Smith visits Rykneld


On Thursday we were very fortunate to have an Olympic athlete lead us in a whole school fitness circuit. All classes from reception to year 6 joined in, completing 4 different exercises; spotty dogs, star jumps, leg drives and press ups. Amy Smith, ... Read more

Hockey Tournament


Last Friday, Rykneld took part in a hockey tournament for the first time in many years. The tournament was held at the Shobnall Leisure Centre and it was a fantastic afternoon. Unfortunately we lost our first game but then drew the second game. The team soon got in to the swing of things and won ... Read more

World Book Day


This week the children have celebrated World Book Day by dressing as their favourite character.  In class, the children have talked about their favourite books and shared their likes and dislikes. They have been writing book reviews... Read more

Young Voices Choir


On Monday night our Young Voices choir performed along with over 6000 children and professional artists at a concert at The Genting Arena, Birmingham. The children represented Rykneld superbly and thoroughly enjoyed singing, beatboxing and dancing! Well done to all of you and thanks to Mrs A... Read more

Welcome to our new Website!


Welcome to our new website.  Please feel free to take a look around and let us know your thoughts.

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