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
'THE DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN EXPLORER '
(For more information about this term's theme, scroll down to our curriculum map)
P.E & Dance days
P.E. Days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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 Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning if you wish.
Wednesday 10th October - Year 5 Boat Trip
Wednesday 31st October - Year 5 Ski Trip
Thursday 8th, 15th and 22nd November - Reach Outdoors
Friday 14th December - Year 5 Learning Celebration
Meet The Team
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Miss Cockle) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mrs Gidley or Mrs Foster).
Thursday 10th January 2019 - Science - Space and the Universe
Today we investigated and answered our own favourite science questions involving Earth, space and the Universe. Questions included "What are black holes?", "What is at the centre of the Earth?" and "How big is the Universe?"
Thursday 20th December 2018 - Science Home Learning
In connection with our learning about space and the Solar System, the children's Home Learning for the last couple of weeks has been creating their own model of the planets in our Solar System. They could use whichever materials they wished and be as creative as they wanted to be. They worked extremely hard on their models and came in with some really imaginative creations.
Monday 3rd December 2018 - Space Exploration
To begin our topic of Space, the children had to participate in Astronaut Training where they needed to complete several different activities. These involved designing their own Space Rover, calculating the weight of their cargo being loaded onto their ship and exploring the planets and their moons.
8th - 22nd November 2018 - Reach Outdoors
This term, the Year 5 children have had the opportunity to participate in various activities with Reach Outdoors including climbing, kayaking, hashing and archery. The children have shown great determination across all activities and have tried hard to challenge themselves.
Friday 16th November 2018 - Children in Need
This week, White Rock have been raising money for Children in Need. Today, the Year 6 children were running a day of fundraising activities ranging from naming the bear, guessing the number of sweets in the jar, putting money on Pudsey's face and many sporting events. Magpies came dressed in a range of different outfits and were very creative with their hairstyles!
Wednesday 14th November 2018 - Life in Antarctica
Today, the children were exploring different aspects of Antarctic life and learning about what life would be like if they lived there. They worked as a team to put up a tent, explored the different clothing they would need to wear and tried some of the foods they would eat if they were there.
Wednesday 31st October - Plymouth Ski Centre
In connection with our learning about explorers, we visited Plymouth Ski Centre today so the children could experience what it would have been like for Scott of the Antarctic, the land explorer that we will be learning about. They participated in activities such as skiing, tobogganing and tubing.
Monday 29th October - Maths - Cuisenaire Fractions
Today in Maths, the children were exploring equivalent fractions using Cuisenaire rods. They were looking at the relationship between different rods and how this relationship could be represented through fractions.
Thursday 18th October - Science - Balloon rockets
In connection with our Science learning about forces, we explored the force created by air through creating balloon rockets. We discussed how the force and speed at which air comes out of a balloon pushes the balloon in the opposite direction.
Wednesday 10th October - Boat Trip to Brixham
Today, the children travelled on a boat from Paignton to Brixham to experience what it would have been like for the British and Spanish who fought in the Spanish Armada. While aboard, the children had the chance to steer the boat and also see some of the amazing wildlife along the Torbay coasts. We then walked to visit and sketch the Golden Hind which was the boat that Sir Francis Drake captained.
Monday 8th October - Science - Magnetic Force
Today, we continued our learning around forces and experimented with Magnetic Force. We spoke about the magnetic field and how the different poles on the magnets attract and repel those of another magnet.
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - PSHE - Can I explore my Human Rights?
In PSHE today, we learnt about 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.
Wednesday 19th September 2018 - Science - Parachutes and Air Resistance
Over the last couple of weeks, the children have been exploring forces and air resistance. We talked about the effects that air resistance has on moving objects and the children then designed and created their own parachutes which we tested.
Friday 7th September - Learning Journey - Tudor exploration
For the past couple of days, the children have been exploring what it would have been like for people living during Tudor times. This is linked to our theme of explorers and our study of Sir Francis Drake. Magpies participated in a carousel of activities based around this time period. They learned about food through making 'ships biscuits', researched about Kings and Queens of the period, looked at traditional clothing and looked at means of transport.