White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Ducklings, Goslings and Cygnets are hatching new ideas and exploring and beginning to learn about the world around them.

We dive into new learning experiences, always making a splash, do our best to get along swimmingly and are discovering how to spread our learning wings and fly. To see our weekly learning scroll down past the Phonics section. Thank you. 


This Terms Theme

'Queen Elizabeth II'

(For more information about this term's theme, scroll down to our curriculum map)


Upcoming events


Week beginning 4th February -


We will be running Read with Me sessions where we give parents the opportunity to come and see their child read 1-1 with their class teacher. Sign up information to follow shortly.


Parent and Child Woodland Learning sessions 2:30pm


11th March - Ducklings

12th March - Goslings

14th March  - Cygnets


Come and join us to find out what our Woodland Learning is all about. A chance to join in alongside your child on a typical woodland learning session.


Reception Learning Celebration

Thursday 4th April 2:30pm start in the hall then into our classrooms. 

Our chance to show you all that we have learnt this term about Queen Elizabeth II




Meet The Team

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see member of the Reception team or contact the Team Lead, you can do this by email, nhoward@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk or losullivan@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk or call us.

Academic Year 2018-2019

Spring Term Curriculum Map

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Phonics Letter Sounds



Phase one (Nursery and Reception)

Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environment sounds, instrumental  sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks

Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound or each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple caption.

Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase Children learn to blend and segment longer words with the adjacent consonants, e.g swim, clap, jump.

Phase five (Throughout Year 1)

Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.



Below is a chart showing the order that children will be taught in.

Phase 1

  • Listening to and for sounds
  • Rhythm and rhyme
  • Alliteration


Phase 2

  • Sounds taught: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k , ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
  • Tricky words: the, to, go, no


Phase 3

  • Sounds taught: j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er
  • Tricky words: no, go, I, the, to, he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, her, all, are


Phase 4

  • Recap all previous sounds
  • Teach reading and spelling tricky words: said, so, he, we, me, be, have, like, some, come, was, you, were, little, one, they, all, are, do, when, out, what, my, her
  • Read and write the words with their initial and/or final blends: st, nd, mp, nt, nk, ft, sk, lt, lp, tr, dr, gr, cr, br, fr, bl, fl, gl, pl, cl, sl, sp, st, tw, sm, nch, shr, str, thr


Phase 5

  • Learn new phonome zh
  • Teach new graphemes for reading ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e
  • Teach reading tricky words oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, water, where, who, again, thought, through , work, mouse, many, laughed, because, different, any, eyes, friends, once, please.
  • Teach spelling words said, so have, like, some, were, there, oh, their, people Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked.
  • Teach alternative spellings for ch, j, m, n, r, s, z, u, i, ear, ar, air, or, ur, oo, ai, ee, igh, oa, y/oo, oo, sh


Phase 6

  • Understand and supply suffixes—ed, ing, ful, est, er, ment, ness, en, s, es
  • Understand the rules of adding ing, ed, er, est, ful, ly, y
  • Investigate how adding suffixes and prefixes changes words
  • Introduce the past tense



Phoneme - The smallest unit of speech-sounds which make up a word.

Grapheme - The written representation of sounds

Tricky word - Word which can’t be sounded out

Key words - High frequency words

VC Word - Vowel consonant word (it, as)

CVC Word - Word made up of a consonant, vowel, consonant (cat, dog)

Initial sound - First sound in a word


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Length - 14.01.19 


Our Maths learning this week has been focused on ordering different items based on their length or height. We have ordered ourselves, collected sticks from the woodland, measured ourselves using socks and compared the lengths of different objects within our classroom. 



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This week in Reception Class as part of our Maths learning we went on a bear hunt. We were learning all about positional language whilst we explored. We learnt the meaning of 'over, under, through, next to and on top.' 

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Kents Cavern - 4th and 14th December

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We had a fantastic time looking for Santa in the caves. We had a tour from a elf who taught us a Christmas dance, showed us how do to some magic and helped us pick out a perfect present to give to Santa. 

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This week we have been practicing for our Nativity taking place on Tuesday 11th December. We have done lots of rehearsals and even preformed in front of the whole school. Half of Reception class had a fantastic time visiting Santa in the caves at Kents Cavern and the rest of the class can't wait to go next week!



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Estimating - 12.11.18


We have spent our week estimating different things we see and do and then counting to check if we were right. We have estimated how many hops we can do in a minute, how many toys we can see in different pots and how many sweets are in different packets. 

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Recycling and Composting 07.11.18 


We were lucky enough to have a visit from Alex Mack who works for Recycle Devon. She taught us all about the benefits of composting and how to look after our environment. We had a fantastic time pretending to be the mini beasts who munch on the compost. 

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Patterns 8.10.18 


In Reception this week we have learning all about repeating patterns. We have been making patterns with sound and with different objects. 



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In Reception this week we have been experimenting with colour mixing and making our own rainbow toast. We also discussed how the bread changes when we put it in the toaster.  

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We have loved exploring our woodland area this week. We have been using the mud kitchen to make different concoctions and going on number hunts with our friends.   

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Our First Few Days at School

We have had a fantastic time exploring our new learning environment and making lots of new friends. We can't wait to start learning all about farms next week! 

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