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Year 5 Magpies

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.

Welcome to Y5 Magpies Class


In 5 Magpies, the teacher is Miss Cockle.


PE: Please ensure that PE kit is brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday.  All items of PE kit should be labelled with the child's name and class. 


Home Learning: All home learning is to be completed in your Home Learning books and will be given on a Friday to be completed for the following Wednesday. 


Team Lead: Mrs Sage

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher or contact the Team Lead. 


Mrs Sage: lappleby@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk


KS2 Lead: Mrs Foster: lfoster@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk    



Upcoming Events 


Upcoming Events 


Friday 9th February 2018: Last day of Spring 1

Wednesday 21st February 2018: Music performance and percussion workshop with the Junkman

Monday 12th March 2018: Performance by Live Music Now duo (flautist and harpist)

Thursday 29th March 2018: The Learning Celebration

Thursday 29th March 2018: Last day of Spring Term

Monday 16th April 2018: First day of Spring 2

Academic Year 2017-2018

Spring Term Curriculum Plan

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8th February 2018: Art


An artist will be visiting Years 5 and 6 and will work with them to create artwork to hang in the mezzanine in school. The children have been experimenting with different patterns and exploring how to create effective designs in preparation for the creation of this artwork.

26th January 2018 - Science home learning


In relation to our science topic of Earth and Space, the children created models and presentations based around research of a planet of their choice.

18th January 2018: Investigating Angles


In our learning in geometric reasoning, we have been learning how to estimate and accurately measure angles. We were given an assortment of angles and had to quickly order them from smallest to largest, estimate their size and describe them using our prior knowledge. After this, we had to accurately measure them and look to see how close we were. We have been exploring angles in everyday contexts to consolidate our understanding.

10th January 2018: Regular and irregular polygons


Today, in Maths, we have been learning to identify regular and irregular polygons. As part of this, we had to make our own polygons from six equilateral triangles.


9th January: Dartmouth Academy Art Day


10 Year 5 students attended an Art morning at Dartmouth Academy today. They worked in the art studio and use a variety of multi-media to portray emotion. This involved working with pastels - using music as a stimuli to mark-make. After this, we painted using ink and created a collage with photographic images of ourselves. The whole morning taught us how to compose a piece of work all based around using colour emotively. 

Autumn Term Curriculum Plan

Autumn Term Curriculum Plan  1

Tuesday 7th November 2017 - Breakdancing

Year 5 had an exciting afternoon learning how to breakdance. We had Matt from 'Just 4 Funk' in to demonstrate and teach us, which ended with a dance battle to show off our new moves.


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Dance this half term

In Dance in Year 5, we have been using photographs to create dances. We created solos, duets and group dances which then ended in a whole class dance showing the different way photographs are taken and used in everyday life. We had to focus mainly on smooth transitions between each element of the dance. These photographs show us creating photo frames with our bodies.

October 2017: Fire Safety Talk to Year 5


Year 5 had a very informative talk from the fire brigade from Torbay. During this talk we had to spot hazards in various rooms in a household and also learnt how to make a fire escape plan with our families. We all learnt how to increase our awareness of things that could potentially cause fires and also learn what to do in the case of an emergency. After this, one of us was lucky enough to dress up in their uniform and experience the weight that they have to carry around when on duty. 

October 2017: Visit from the police!


In connection with learning about heroes, we were delighted to host a talk from a Year 5 parent who works in the police. We learnt alot about the various roles in the police force and also had a go at being detectives by solving a mystery crime - through examing the clues and the process of deduction. After this, we were very excited as we got to do fingerprinting too! Alot of us are thinking that in the future we may also like to work in the police force.  

October 2017: Animals In Distress


We were delighted to invite some of our local heroes from Animals in Distress charity to come to talk to Upper Years. All of us were amazed at how the charity first began and the amount of animals that are rescued and happily re-homed each year. All of Upper Years were fantastic at donating food and toys to the shelter and thank you to all of you for your kind donations. Animals in Distress were overwhelmed by your kindness and sent each class a certificate of thanks. 

Animals in Distress

Science learning

In Science, we have started learning about forces. We were asked to design and make a parachute using: plastic bags, cubes, string, paper, elastic bands and tape. As we were not told the best way to do it, we had to consider how we could balance the weight of the canopy to the cube. We needed to ensure it floated well but not away and also eventually fall to the ground - but not too quickly! After we designed and made our parachutes, we tested them in groups and he results were very surprising. Through doing this, we have learnt about surface area, gravity and air resistance. 

Friday 29th September 2017 - Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Research


Some of the Year 5 and 6 children were lucky enough to be invited to join the Macmillian Cancer Research coffee morning at Beverley Park. They were able to decorate their own cakes with butter icing and hundreds and thousands. All the children enjoyed eating them and said they were delicious! Here are some photos of our morning:

Peer discussion on heroes


In connection with our new theme, we have been looking at what makes a person a hero. We realised that all of the heroes we could list were very inspirational people and had qualities and had made sacrifices in order to be that way. 

All of us thought about how we could become inspirational people and listed the qualities we are most proud of and discussed the sacrifices we could make to be an inspiration to other people. This included sacrificing our time to help others or give some our personal belongings to charitable causes. 

Peer discussion on heroes