White Rock Primary School

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White Rock Primary School


Buntings are a family of birds that includes the Cirl Bunting. This bird is very rare and can be found by the coast in South Devon. Just like us! Many Buntings are long distant migrants which means they travel many miles around the world every year. Just like we will be doing in our learning in this Term's theme!


This Terms Theme


The theme for the Autumn term is 'A Day in the Life of a Paleontologist'. This will give us plenty of opportunities to learn collaboratively across classes and year groups. We will begin our learning by asking the children what they are curious to learn about. We will be learning about different dinosaurs, making fossils and exploring materials.

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


P.E & Dance days

P.E. Days are Thursdays and Fridays.

Please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school all week. We will ensure that they are sent home at the end of every half term


Home Learning days

Home Learning will be handed out on a Friday and collected in on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning if you wish.


Upcoming events

Wednesday 21st November - Year 1 Learning Celebration


Meet The Team

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Mrs Wallwork) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mrs Dowdeswell or Mrs Jarrett).




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Friday 18th January - Maths

We are learning about equal groups and sharing in Maths. Miss Wallwork tried to share her biscuits with Mrs Varney but clearly struggled, so we looked at strategies of sharing equally! Can you find any equal groups at home? Do you share your sweets with your sibling? Maybe you could teach them some strategies too!

Thursday 17th January - Gymnastics

We have started our Gymnastics lessons this week, with a focus on bunny hops! 

Tuesday 15th January - Science

In Science we have been learning about the body. We played a game where we had to find the different body parts and label ourselves. We also looked at the five senses and which body parts are used for each. Which senses have you used today?

Tuesday 15th January - Computing

We have been learning how to use the mouse and keyboard to log onto the computers and find our way around websites. We've begun using Purple Mash to create pictures and tinker with different tools. Can you log onto Purple Mash at home and create a picture? We'd love to see it!

Friday 11th January - P.E. 

We enjoyed a very active session of P.E. with Mr Leaman today chasing and catching. 

Wednesday 9th January - Phonics

After our exciting Christmas holidays we are straight back into our Phonics learning, crawling along a trail of paw prints whilst learning the 'aw' grapheme!

Academic Year 2018-2019

Autumn Term Curriculum Map

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Monday 3rd December - Phonics

This week we are learning ay, ou, oy and ey. We've been playing lots of different games to help us learn these graphemes - what phonic games have you played at home? Can you think of your own games to help you learn the graphemes? We'd love to share them!

Wednesday 28th November - Maths

We have introduced the symbols for greater than and less than in Maths this week and looked at how to compare and represent amounts. We said that the crocodile likes to eat the bigger numbers, can you find any numbers around your home? Which is the biggest? Which number would the crocodile eat?

Thursday 22nd November - Art

In art we have been learning about primary and secondary colours. We use classroom resources to create a colourwheel! 

Wednesday 21st November - Learning Celebration

Lots of our grown ups came to our Year 1 Learning Celebration, where they got to look at our learning books and share the activities we do in Year 1. It was a great opportunity to show what we do and how we learn!

Friday 16th November - Art

Today we have been learning about primary and secondary colours. We painted designs of Pudsey using these colours!

Wednesday 14th - Maths

We are learning to recognise each digit in a two-digit number. We've looked at teen numbers and are now learning about tens. What two-digit numbers can you find? 

Thursday 8th November 2018Fiction and Non-Fiction

We are learning all about fiction and non-fiction books. Which books have you read at home? Can you find any features of a non-fiction text? We've found labels, contents, glossaries, photographs... What have you found?

Monday 5th November - Maths

For our 3D shapes we went on a shape hunt in our school grounds! We found cylinders, spheres, pyramids, cuboids, cubes and cones. What shapes have you found in your area?

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Thursday 1.11.18 - Handwriting

We have been practising our handwriting in shaving foam this week! Which creative ways have you used at home to practise your handwriting?

Monday 29.10.18 - Maths

This week we have been learning about positional language. We read the story 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' and went outside to explore different positions. We used the vocabularly "under, on top of, beside, in front and behind". 

Tuesday 16th October 2018 - Maths

In Maths we have been looking at images and amounts. We've been partitioning these and identifying the parts and amounts. After this, we've used double-sided counters to represent the parts and write addition calculations. We've looked at varying the ways of writing our calculations - putting the whole and the end or beginning and looking at where the symbols go. 

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - Maths

In Maths we have been learning about partitioning amounts. We have identified the whole of an amount and parititoned it, looking at the different parts. We've used the Part Part Whole model to represent this. 

Thursday 27th September - Maths

Uh oh! Who's been walking through our class room today? Someone's left us dirty footprints all over our room... We measured the prints using cubes and found of that they were the same length as a baby Diplodocus! So we are now looking for other signs of dinosaurs roaming the school... 

We then measured our own feet to find out if we have the same size feet as any baby dinosaurs.

Tuesday 18th September - Dinosaur Day!

Today we've had a really exciting morning - Chris came in with some dinosaur fossils! We learnt about how long dinosaurs were on the Earth for, what happened to them, and learnt exciting facts about a range of different dinosaurs. Then we got to learn about what a fossil is, where it comes from and how it's made. We wore our Paleontologist badges and excavated a range of different fossils!

Friday 7th September - P.E.

Today we met Mr Leaman for our first P.E. session - what an exciting afternoon we had! Mr Leaman and Mrs Varney were crocodiles and we had to cross their river.. Some of us made it but lots of us got caught!

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Wednesday 5th September - First Day!

Welcome to Year 1 - Buntings have enjoyed various activities relating to our new Paleontology topic, such as creating dinosaur eggs and measuring how long dinosaur feet were!

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