White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Magpies are known for their intelligence. We are also resourceful and curious and being part of the upper years team, we are able to gather knowledge and apply this to our daily learning.


This Terms Theme


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


P.E & Dance days

Please ensure that a PE kit is brought into school on Monday and taken home on a Friday. All items of PE kit (and uniform) should be labelled with the child's name and class. PE for the Autumn Term will be on Friday and Dance will be on Wednesdays. 

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 Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning if you wish.


Upcoming Events


Parents' evening - Tuesday 2nd October and Wednesday 3rd October

Boat trip - 9th and 10th October 

Ski trip - 31st October 
Sing around the bay - 2nd November 
Year 5 Reach Outdoors Kayaking - 8th, 15th and 22nd November

Year 5 Learning Celebration - Friday 14th December 


Meet The Team

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Mr Beattie) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mrs Gidley or Mrs Foster).




Academic Year 2018-2019


Spring Term Curriculum Map

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Wednesday 16th January - Learning Journey - Historical sources


Today we arranged historical sources into a chronological timeline of events for when Henry VIII dissolved the English monasteries. We then made our own storyboards to represent the events. 


Wednesday 9th January 2019 - Maths - multiples and factors

We have started our new Maths journey, focusing on Multiplicative Reasoning. We used a variety of resources to make arrays to find factors of numbers. After this, we looked at factor pairs and identified patterns and made predictions about number facts. 

Autumn Term Curriculum

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Monday 26th November 2018 - Antarctic adventures!

In class today, we experienced what life would have been like for Scott of the Antarctic. We had a dressing race, where we needed to put on our thermal clothes as quickly as possible to beat the freezing winds of the Antarctic. We also ate food like the team would have eaten - digestive biscuits (a good energy source) and cold baked beans (tinned food would have lasted the long journey). Surprisingly, most of us enjoyed the cold beans! The most difficult challenge we faced was putting up our tent in the cold winds of the continent!

Thursday 22nd November – Reach Outdoors – Archery
As part of our Reach Outdoors Learning, children took part in archery. We played games to test our skills and accuracy by using the target to choose our dream holidays and design pizzas! Have a look at all the fun we had!

Friday 16th November 2018 - Children in Need

On Friday we celebrated Children in Need day by helping to raise as much money for the cause as possible. We took part in lots of activities including running races, obstacle courses, and guess the name. Check out our crazy hairstyles! 

Thursday 15th November 2018 - Reach Outdoors - Indoor Climbing 
Wow! What a fantastic day Macaws had with Reach Outdoors. We have shown we can work as part of a team and we really challenged ourselves to try new things. When doing our climbing, we had to make sure everyone was safe and offer words of encouragement to our friends. Everyone pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and reached new heights! Take a look at us in action.

Tuesday 13th November 2018 - PHSE - Anti-Bullying Week

This week is Anti-Bullying week. In today's assembly, Miss Clayton talked to us about the importance of respecting one another.  She discussed the difference between being rude, being mean and bullying. To stand up to bullying we are wearing odd socks to show that we are all unique.

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Thursday 8th November 2018 - Hashing

As part of our Reach Outdoors Learning, children took part in Hashing. Hashing is a running game in which one group, known as the hare, make a trail by leaving marks. Other groups attempt to follow the trail and catch up to the hare. The children had to use teamwork skills, communication skills and listening skills in order to complete the tasks. We had lots of fun trying to trick the opposing team using a range of different marks. Look at all the fun we had!

Friday 2nd November - Anti-Bullying Workshop

To mark Anti-Bullying Week, White Rock invited Actionwork into school to deliver a workshop to the children about Anti-Bullying. This was a performance on all kinds of issues and topics such as health, racism, teenage pregnancy, cyberbullying, homophobia, body image, self-harm, citizenship, relationships, friendships, transitions, PSHE and safeguarding issues. This interactive workshop delivered a strong message about simply being kind.





Wednesday 31st November - School trip to Plymouth Ski Centre

Year 5 became snow explorers for the day and experienced what life would have been like for Scott of the Antarctic! We managed to ski down the slopes using the correct techniques before trying the toboggan and snow tubes! We had a phenomenal time and had lots of fun!  

Monday 29th October - Maths - Fractions and decimal numbers 
Today in Maths, we used cuisenaire rods to parts of a whole. We then had to calculate the equivalent fraction, decimal and some of us even moved on to finding equal percentages!

Wednesday 17th October – Science - Friction

Today in Science, we investigated the functions of Friction. We found out that Friction is a force between two surfaces that are sliding, or trying to slide, across each other. For example, when you try and push a book along the floor, friction makes this difficult. We also found out that Friction produces heat. If you rub your hands together quickly, you will fell them get warmer. Give it a go! We did! 

Can I explore my Human Rights?

In PSHE, we discussed Human Rights and their importance within our society. We discussed which rights we believed to be the most important to us and why. Also, we talked about which rights we might have at home and in school. The children then selected 5 rights which they deemed to be the most important to them and created a poster displaying these.

Boat Trip to Brixham 

Year 5 were incredibly lucky and were able to take part in a boat trip from Paignton to Brixham! When we arrived, we sketched the Golden Hind. We also felt what it was like for a real life sailor to travel on the water. Mr Lane (the captain) gave us all the chance to steer the boat towards our destination! Here come Macaws Class!

As part of our Learning Journey 'A day in the life of an Explorer", we have been looking at Sir Francis Drake. In Art sessions, we have made our own sketches of the Golden Hinde, focusing on the detail of the ship. Here are a few of the finished pieces. 

Maths madness and perfect place value!

In our Maths journey so far, we have been investigating the place value of numbers up to one million. We decided to have a play around with counters and place value charts to help us get to grips with these larger numbers. Mr Beattie said we could even draw images on the table to support our learning! Have a look at what we did!

Our Learning Journey

We have started our learning journey by gaining a sense of what life was like during the Tudor period. Macaws participated in a carousel of activities based around this time period. We looked into: early exploration, Tudor transport, food and drink, Kings and Queens, fashion and learnt some interesting facts through a quiz! We had great fun and learnt lots of eye opening facts - we even made our own sea biscuits! 

Sir Francis Drake even surprised the children with an appearance!

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Tudor Life in Macaws

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