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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 teachers are Mrs Sarah Jarrett & Miss Tanya Perry. The learning support assistants are Mrs Rose, Mrs Bagnall and Mrs Edmundson.


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 Appleby-Sage

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

Mrs Jarrett: sjarrett@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

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


KS2 Lead: Mrs Jarrett: sjarrett@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk    



Upcoming Events 


Friday 26th May 2017: Last day of term 

Monday 5th June 2017: Back to school 

Monday 12th June 2017: Skill building day at South Devon College

Thursday 15th June 2017: Sports Day 

Monday 17th-Thursday 20th July 2017: Bikeability

Friday 21st July : Last day of term 

Academic Year 2016-2017

Summer Term Curriculum Plan

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Andy Goldsworthy inspired Outdoor Art

Friday 19th May 2017: Dartmoor Trip


We had a wonderful experience today on Dartmoor - to link with our theme.  Starting at Princetown Visitor Centre we learnt about how the author Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by the moors to write Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles. We then got to dress up as a prisoner or Sherlock Holmes!  After this, the heavens opened and we saw Princetown in all its glory. Immense clouds burst rain and hail! However, that did not stop us! When the rain subdued a little we ventured out onto the moors on our hike with our three professional guides. Our target was Hart Tor. Here the views were spectacular. On the way back we saw ancient villages and saw how the armies used to practise shooting - with granite posts in the ground marking the distance from their target. We will use all of our experiences today in our learning next week. 

Thursday 4th May 2017: Inspiration Day at PCSA


Year 5 had a wonderful day today at Paignton Community and Sports Academy's Inspiration Day. We tried out a variety of exciting learning opportunities including: Meet the animals, Science Workshop, Dance Mats, Tae-kwondo, Music, Archery and Battlefield Live. The theme for the day was PCSA's school motto 'Believe and Achieve'. We could challenge ourselves by trying something new and sometimes were out of our comfort zone! However, we all conquered fears and tried our hardest to achieve our very best. Some of us impressed the instructors so much we came away with gold medals!

Raft Building - Young's Park

Due to the Easterly winds, we were unable to participate in our planned trip of kayaking on Wednesday 3rd May. However, we were delighted to be able to take part in raft building instead. Using barrels, rope and wooden beams, as well as skills such as tying a range of knots, we had to follow a plan and build a raft which we launched on the lake.

Kayaking Trip

On Thursday 27th April, Magpies went on the first of three kayaking sessions. We learnt how to paddle forwards and backwards and the basics of how to steer the kayak.

Spring Term Curriculum Plan 
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Grenville House Residential 

First day on residential at Grenville House. We used our teamwork skills for raft building and had a 'dip' in the sea!

Crate wobble!

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Leap of Faith

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Grenville's Got Talent

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In art we have been learning about the artist Kandinsky. We have been using paint and colouring pencils to work in his style. Our final piece of work in this topic has been to make our own piece of felt using his work as a basis for our design.

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Maths - Converting fractions and decimals.

In Maths, we have been learning about converting fractions to decimals. We used the cuisenaire to help us with our understanding.

We were asked the question:

If the orange rod represents 1 whole, 1.0 and 100%, what else do we know?

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Ancient Egyptian Home Learning

Magpies were asked to research all about Egyptian pyramids and some of the children have created some amazing pyramids and found some really interesting facts.


Music Visitors

Pop Duo Paper Horse Visits Magpie Class......

We were lucky enough to welcome a pop duo - Paper Horse - to our class. It was a really valuable opportunity for  our pupils to experience real live musicians as many of them would not have the opportunity to see live performance out of school. The duo shared their own songs and we played some games looking at pitch and tempo etc.

Some questions we asked were:

Molly - When did you start playing guitar ad the drum?

Have you released any of your songs?

Were all the songs you played your own?

Tayla - How long have you been practising and have you made any mistakes?

Comments from the children:

Jack M - "I loved it, because it was so much fun"

Molly - "It was joyful, the tunes were really catchy"

Francesca - "I had lots of fun because we don't normally do Music like that"

Lori - "It was inspiring and now I want to play the guitar"

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Conducting ....

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Eye Eye Ippy - A traditional folk song

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Greek Cooking Day

Year 5 had a Greek cooking day and talked about traditional Greek dishes. All children had the opportunity to make Greek Feta Salad, Tzatziki and Humous. They investigated other traditional Greek recipes and then tasted the various dishes in the afternoon.

'I learnt how to use the knife properly'

'The cherry tomatoes were really tricky to cut up in quarters because they were small and slippy'

'I've never tasted olives before and they were disgusting'

'I really like humous it's lovely with toasted pittas'


In Science we have been learning about materials and reversible and irreversible changes. We watched an experiment: whereby mentos were placed into a bottle of coca cola. We observed what happened and came up with some scientific questions about what we wanted to find out next. After this, we did our own experiments. We had to place water into salt, flour and a dispersible tablet and observe the changes: noting which changes we thought were irreversible and which were reversible. Leading on from this, we will look at controlled variables to plan our next experiments to further investigate the properties of materials. 

Coca Cola and Mentos experiment

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Investigating Reversible and Irreversible Changes

Position and Direction in Maths - Can I explain angles as a measure of turn?

Autumn Term (second half) curriculum plan

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Friday 2nd December 2016: Explosive Chemistry Workshop


Five Year 5 children were lucky to be chosen at random to partake in a workshop held at Brixham College. The focus was on explosive chemistry! On arrival we all had a safety talk about the need to wear safety goggles and to stand up when using the apparatus.  We learnt about what makes fireworks explode and turn their amazing colours. Through doing this we set fire to copper which made a turquoise colour and potassium which turned a vibrant violet.   After this we made sparklers! We had to dip a wooden splint into water and then into filings or iron and magnesium before putting it under the flame.  The teacher then set our teams a challenge. We had to make a model of Guy Fawkes our of the materials in the room. Our challenge was to design it so that when it was set alight it would catch fire and burn longer than the other teams. The final challenge we had of the day was to design a rocket that when air was pushed through it would travel the furthest. We learnt alot of fun facts and enjoyed the hands on experience of working in a real chemistry lab. 

Tuesday 29th November 2016 - Tribal Dance


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Autumn Term Curriculum Plan

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Our Learning


The focus of our learning throughout the Autumn term is 'Soupcon d'Europe' (taste of Europe). We will be immersing ourselves in the rich variety of culture that Europe seasons the world with.  Included in this will be cross-curricular Music, Dance, Science and Literacy.  In upper years, we also look forward to developing our French language skills through learning basic communication and discovering narratives through singing traditional and modern French songs. 

Wednesday 16th November 2016: Soupcon D'Europe Learning Celebration 


What a brilliant day! The children in class Magpies were very excited to share their learning with their families. The day began with a morning of cooking! We worked hard in our class to produce a whopping 100 portions of Spanish pasta salad! We all had an opportunity to chop vegetables and and learnt very valuable lessons about kitchen hygiene and knife safety.  After preparing all of the food, we displayed it ready for our families to buy a takeaway from our food stall. During the learning celebration we performed 'La Seine': A song in French from 'A Monster in Paris' as well as the French dance - The Bourree.

Tuesday 15th November 2016: Reading and interpreting timetables

This week in our Maths learning, the children in class Magpies have been developing their understanding of how to read and interpret timetable information by looking at some real-life examples and planning journeys using public transport services

Wednesday 2nd November 2016: Our learning in Science


In our Science learning this week, Magpies have been using their observational skills to look at how different plants adapt in varying habitats around the school. The children visited the field, the hedgerow, the allotment and the woodland area. The class found it fascinating to see how different plants prosper in the various environments and the different insects that are attracted by those plants. It was very clear to see how the plants were conditioned by the amount of light and humidity in those areas. Through doing this research, the class were able to observe the differences between the habitats and how the plants have adapted to survive in the habitat that they live in.


Tuesday 1st November - Our French Dance Bourree

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Thursday 13th October – Dartmouth Castle Quest


Magpies had a fantastic day at Dartmouth Castle and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Dartmouth Castle Quest! The children were handed a bag with a letter in it and had to collect clues to work out who had written the note. The children journeyed back through time: up to the gun towers, down to the canon rooms and along the battlements to look for clues and do a variety of maths problem solving activities. As a result of this trip, the children were able to place our local area into the timeline of European History, seeking out evidence of the local connections to the Spanish Armada and other historical invasions.

Thursday 6th October 2016: Leadership training


We had a wonderful time over the last few days doing leadership training with 32 Year 5 children.  All of the children learnt what resources a leader needed in order to do their role well.  Part of the two days involved games that developed leadership qualities and teamwork; taking part in a young persons board and accepting and rejecting bids for funding; preparing speeches to candidates whose applications they had not accepted; self-reflecting on what qualities they have to bring to their team; planning, presenting and designing a leadership opportunity and making a bid to the teachers for funding.  The two days were a real success and all of the participants received a certificate and badge for their hard work and dedication to the two day course.  We look forward to developing these leadership opportunities further. 


Thursday 29th September 2016: Our learning in maths


In our Maths learning this week, we have been looking at measurement and converting between mm, cm and m. As part of our learning, we have been measuring everyday items and understanding the value of the units of measurement.


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Wednesday 28th September 2016: PSHE


As part of our PSHE this term and in line with our Modern British Values, Magpies have been specifically focusing on the theme of Mutual Respect.

The children were given a class list and asked to write a respectful comment about each of their class peers. These comments were given to the respective children. After reading the comments they chose four of their most favourite comments. These comments were transferred to the outline of a body which represented themselves.

The children were really pleased with the comments they received from their fellow class mates. This gave the children a boost in confidence when reading the positive comments that their peers had written about them, in addition to realising the mutual respect they all have for each other.

Tuesday 20th September 2016


In Class Magpies, we have been using our investigation and problem-solving skills to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have consolidated our learning through the use of practical activities such as playing games and using mathematical models and images.

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Friday 16th September 2016: Alien Investigation!


In our Maths learning this week, we were given the challenge to build aliens using multi-link cubes. Each different coloured cube was worth a different value. We had to apply our knowledge of multiplication and addition to create as many different aliens with a total of 950. See some our fascinating creations below.

Alien Investigation!

Thursday 15th September 2016: Designing and making parachutes in Science


In Magpies, we have been investigating gravity and air resistance by designing and making our own parachutes. We had to think carefully about our designs and the resources we used. After we had designed and made them, we took them out for a test flight!

Parachute Making!

Academic Year 2015-2016

Our Learning


The focus of our learning during the Summer  term is 'Whether the weather!'. Throughout this topic, we will be exploring the key differences between weather and climate.  We will also be focussing on extreme weathers across the globe and looking at the impact these have on the demographics and environment.  Included in this we be researching and writing about how weather affects the way we live our lives. As part of our theme we will becoming Scientists in order toexplore how water is a vital resource and examine its various sources.

Upcoming events 


Monday 20th June-Friday 1st July: Careers curriculum (at school)

Tuesday 21st June: Half of Year 5 visiting Brixham fish market and Occombe farm 

Thursday 23rd June: Flame Festival at Brixham Community College (school event)

Saturday 2nd July: White Rock Summer Fete

Tuesday 5th July and Wednesday 6th July: 8-12pm. Year 5 open mornings at Brixham College (parents to take children if they would like to attend)

Thursday 7th July:Transition day: Meet your new teacher!

Tuesday 12th July:  Half of Year 5 visiting Brixham College for a Healthy Eating workshop 

Tuesday 12th July:  Open morning at Paignton academy 9.15am-11.20am. (parents to take children if they would like to attend).

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Tuesday 12th July - Healthy Eating Workshop at Brixham Community College

Some of us were lucky enough to go to Brixham Community College and took part in a Healthy Eating Workshop. We learnt all about how to eat healthily and even made our own burgers.


Riley - At Brixham my favourite part was making burgers and eating frozen grapes!

Erin - At Brixham Community College when we did healthy eating, I really enjoyed eating the burgers we made.

Lundy - I enjoyed the healthy eating experience because we got to make beef burgers and sausages. We also got to eat frozen grapes!

Poppy - At Brixham College I enjoyed playing pictionary, making burgers/sausages and especially eating frozen grapes. 


Friday 24th June 2016:  Physiotherapy workshop                                                                                        


Today we learnt many new things about life as a physiotherapist, in connection with our careers curriculum.  We learnt about the physiological make up of a person and the qualifications needed to become a physiotherapist. It was very interesting to test out our balance and learn about how we have different strengths in different limbs.  Our visitor even demonstrated acupuncture on Mr Page!  Many of us thought that this sounded like a very worthwhile future career

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Careers Curriculum - 20th June - 1st July

Magpies have been enjoying visits from professionals during Careers Curriculum.  Parents and volunteers have kindly agreed to come into school to talk to the children about their chosen career, what their day to day job entails and the skills and qualifications they would need if they wanted to pursue that particular job.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed the different experiences that the experts have provided. 

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Tuesday 21st June 2016:  Brixham Fish Market and Occombe Farm


We had a wonderful day today exploring the harbour and fish market at Brixham.  We had a tour which included learning about cuttlefish pods, crab/lobster pots, scallop pots and how fish is caught and sold at the market. We found out some amazing facts such as: Last year in Brixham alone they landed 4500 tonnes of cuttlefish which had the market value of 5.5 million pounds!  We also discovered that Salcombe was the best local place to find scallops and 5 million pounds worth can be brought in each year. 


After this, we went to Occombe farm to have a presentation about sustainable fishing.  It was positive to discover that Brixham fishermen have been ploughing time and resources into developing more sustainable ways of fishing.  This included nets with bigger holes (to allow the smaller catches to be set free), also roller balls on their dredgers to prevent damage to the sea beds.  This was followed up by cooking a delicious fish wrap and an art workshop constructing mobiles.  These will be on display at the Fishstock festival in Brixham in September.


   Thursday 16th June 2016: Sketching skills.                                             


In our learning in Art, we have been exploring sketching using different mediums. To begin with we experimented using  charcoal, graphite and pencils. Through mark-making we were able to explore the materials and create differing effects. After we had practised, we went outside and focused on creating detailed sketches of natural materials. 





Thursday 16th June 2026:  South West Energy Centre


Year 5 had a wonderful trip to the Energy Centre today.  We had a guided tour around the centre and learnt about renewable energy. It was fascinating to explore an ecologically friendly German-built house.  The walls were incredibly dense and the extra-strength triple-glazed windows meant that heating the property demanded minimal energy.  Lots of us were really amazed by the grass roof. It funnels the water down through a pipe and feeds the toilets and all of the grey water requirements for the whole building. This inspirational trip has made us think about projects that we could design in the future: to ensure that we produce maximum energy with minimum impact on our environment.

Friday 27th May 2016:  Budding Gardeners!


We had a lovely morning weeding our Year 5 flower bed and turning over the soil ready for planting.  It took a lot of hard work as some of the weeds had really stubborn roots.  After weeding and turning over the soil we raked it and planted wild flower seeds.  We look forward to seeing them grow and bloom.


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MAGPIES - Handwriting Hall of Fame

In Magpies, we are working really hard on our handwriting. By the end of the year we want everyone to have achieved the standard - 'maintaining legibility, fluency and speed in handwriting through choosing whether or not to join specific letters'

Some of us are already on the hall of Fame for having consistently joined handwriting, the rest of us are nearly there. We all know our individual handwriting targets and are working really hard to achieve them. Keep it up!


Week beginning 16th June - News Broadcast on Natural Disasters.

We have been writing our own news broadcast scripts on our chosen natural disaster. First we researched a recent natural disaster, then we watched some news broadcasts, read some news scripts and created our own success criteria.

This week we are busy rehearsing our news broadcasts and we soon have finished performances that we have used with 'green screens' and our own props.


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Wednesday 5th May - PCSA Inspiration Day

Year 5 spent the day at Paignton Community Sports Academy. The children were lucky enough to experience a range of activities like: Battlefields, Dance Mats, Animal Encounters, Science Experiments & Music. 

The motto for the day was 'Believe and Achieve'


Wednesday 21st April 2016:  Why do ships float?                                                                                                


During our learning in science we have been looking at water.  Included in this we have been carrying out investigations about the water cycle and buoyancy.  We posed the question, why do ships float? Through carrying out our own investigations we predicted whether we thought certain items would float or sink! This created more scientific questions which we look forward to trying to solve.

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Ukulele lessons

Every Tuesday, we have ukulele lessons.  We have learnt the chords C, F, G,, A, Am, Em, Dm and D.  We are learning to play Jason Mraz 'I'm Yours', Bruno Mars' 'Count on Me' and 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' using these chords.


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Paddleboat Theatre

This half term, we are having drama lessons with Paddleboat Theatre Company.  We have learnt to mime narrations and put actions to unknown stories.  We will be performing in Exeter at the end of July!

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Monday 7th March 2016:  E-Safety at Paignton Community College


We had a very informative morning today at Paignton Community College.  During this workshop we learnt about the huge importance of E-Safety, this included: Cyber-bullying, sexting and trolling. We learnt about the essential ways we can keep ourselves safe whilst using the internet at home and ensuring all of our privacy settings are on.  After watching some videos about internet safety it made us realise that we needed to be just as careful in our virtual lives as we are in our actual lives. During the session we designed our own E-Safety posters using all of the knowledge we had learnt.

7th December 2015: Cooking at Paignton Community and Sports Academy

In connection with our 'Brilliant Bodies' theme we have taken our learning about healthy diets into the kitchen! We prepared some healthy food to serve at the @White Rock Science Spectacular. The children really enjoyed the experience and learnt some new skills.