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

Autumn Term Curriculum Map

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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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