White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


The Brambling can be found most commonly in the British Isles during the cold winter months, the rest of the year it explores other regions of the world. They travel in large groups (usually in the thousands!) and we will take this characteristic of this bird and use it in our classroom to ensure that there is a sense of teamwork to encourage all children to work together and support each other in their learning journey!


This Terms Theme

'Once upon a time...'

This term Year 1 are learning all about fairy tales! We have already listened to a wide variety of stories. We will be adapting them and writing our own versions. We will also be learning how to create different story settings in preparation to perform our own puppet show to Reception children. The children will have an opportunity to role play their favourite character. We would like to invite you to share our learning on Wednesday 17th July 2019. 

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


P.E & Dance days

P.E. Days are Thursdays and Fridays.

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.


Upcoming events

 Wednesday 17th July 2019 - Year 1 Learning Celebration


  Meet The Team


If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Mrs Dann or Mrs Proctor) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mrs Dowdeswell or Mrs Jarrett).






Summer term curriculum map.

Thursday 18th July - Phonics

Today we learned the alternative sound for 'ea'. We sorted out words from our word hunt into 'ea' (head) and 'ea' (sea). 

Wednesday 17th July 2019 - Learning Celebration

Today we had our Learning Celebration where we sang a song about trees. We identified trees by looking at their leaves and then we planted our own apple seed. Hopefully it will grow into a beautiful apple tree.

Friday 12th July - Literacy

Today we acted out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff to Reception children and then they joined in acting out the story with us.

Thursday 11th July - PE

With Mrs Tyson we practised our throwing and catching skills. We also had a go at throwing the javelin.

Friday 5th July 2019 - Wake and Shake

Today we had fun dancing to a new wake and shake song called Waka Waka This time for Africa. 

Thursday 4th July - Transition Day.

Today we had fun in our new Year 2 class with Mrs Brownen. Here are a few photos of us in our new classroom.

Tuesday 25th June 2019 - Computing

Today we logged on to the computers using our personal logins. In Purple Mash we used a program called 2Publish to create a stroy board about the Three Little Pigs.

Monday 24th June 2019 - Stover Country Park

Have a look at the photos of our amazing trip to Stover Country Park. We had a go at pond dipping, mini beast hunting and we walked around the lake looking for squirrels, birds and different trees. 

Thursday 20th June 2019 - Maths

This week we have been using number lines to solve addition and subtraction calculations. 

Tuesday 18th June - Phonics

Today we learned about the alternative pronunciation of the letter 'i' as in find. We had to sort words into two columns, 'i' as in find and 'i' in tin.

Friday 14th June 2019 - Handwriting.


Today we have been focusing on the neatness and joining of our handwriting.  We have learned the horizontal join between op and oy. 

Thursday 13th June 2019 - Phonics

This week we have been learning to spell the tricky words have, some, come, like, said, when and what. We sang a song to help us remember which letters come next.  Here is the link so you can join in with us.


Wednesday 5th June 2019 - Teddy Bear Workshop

Today we have some medical students come and visit us. They showed us lots of different medical equipment that they use in their hospital. We learned about what each piece of equipment does. Then we helped our teddy bears feel better by bandaging them up!

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Today we made our own clocks to help us tell the time. We learned about the minute hand and hour hand. We made o'clock and half past the hour on our clocks.

Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

Today we watched a theatre performance of the Three Little Pigs. It was so funny!

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Today we took our Science learning outside. We learned about evergreen and deciduous trees and their leaves. We found out  we can recognise trees by looking at their leaves.  In the playground we found Cherry Laurel, Pine, Oak and a Horse Chestnut tree. We sketched the trees and their leaves. 

Thursday 16th May 2019.

Today we collected leaves, sticks, and twigs to measure using non-standard units. 

Tuesday 14th May 2019.

In our Art lesson today we picked our own Daisy and examined it under a magnifying glass. We were then able to draw a detailed sketch of our Daisy.

Thursday 9th May 2019

Today in Dance we did some paired dancing. We acted out Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf making friends, then Little Red Riding Hood realises the Wolf is not very nice and they are not friends any more. 

Thursday 9th May 2019

In our Maths lesson we have been recgognising coins and learning the value of the different coins. We set up a shop and had to use the correct money to pay for our snack before we went out to play today.

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Today we created concentric circles by mixing primary colours together. 

Monday 29th April 2019

Today we were looking at different parts of a plant. We dissected the plants and observed them through a magnifying glass. We then arranged the different parts of the plants to make a plant made up from all the different plants.

Thursday 25th April 2019

Today we were learning about 3d shapes. We found objects from around the classroom and sorted them into Cyliinders and Not cylinders. 

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Today in our handwriting me practised a diagonal join to an anticlockwise letter.



Wednesday 27th March - Visit by the Queen and our Garden Party

Today we were really excited as the Queen joined us at our Garden Party. We shared our learning about Queen Elizabeth II. We made jam sandwiches and decorated cakes!

Wednesday 27th March - Phonics

Today we took our phonics outside! We have been learning 'ee' and 'ea'. We wrote words with these digraphs in them with our chalk.

Wednesday 20th March - Plymouth Aquarium

Today we had an exciting trip to Plymouth Aquarium where we learnt all about the different sea creatures.  We talked about their habitat and what they like to eat.

Friday 15th March 2019 - Comic Relief !

Everyone one looked amazing dressed up for Comic Relief and had a fun day raising money for an important cause. 

Friday 15th March 2019 - SCIENCE WEEK!

What a great week we've had enjoying the challenge of building houses to 'beat the flood'! 

Wednesday 13th March 2019 - Phonics

Bramblings had fun learning the split digraph i-e. We made kites filled with i-e words and went outside to fly them - it was the perfect windy day for kite flying!

How many i-e words have you spotted at home?

Thursday 7th March 2019 - World Book Day

We had a great World Book Day today going on a book hunt around the school and sharing books with Year 4. We all looked fantastic in our costumes .... Did anyone spot Where's Wally?

Monday 4th March 2019 - Punctuation

Today Bramblings and Buzzards went on a very blustery hunt for capital and lowercase alphabet letters!

Monday 25th February  2019 - The Queen's Handbag

We listened to the story of 'The Queen's Handbag' and the worked as teams to order the pictures. Mrs Dann was very impressed with our collaboration!

Thursday 14th February 2019 - Handwriting

We are enjoying the challenge of joined up writing and made the most of the beautiful weather to continue our learning outdoors!

Wednesday 13th February 2019 - Tricky Word Bingo!

We had great fun playing tricky word bingo to help us remember our tricky words!

Wednesday 6th February 2019 -  Maths 

Bramblings have enjoyed recognising and sorting coins this week. We had to look carefully at the shape and colour of them.

Thursday 31st January 2019 - Phonics

Today we have been learning the 'au' digraph. We went on a 'word hunt ' and enjoyed using our phonic fingers to decode the words and decide if they were 'real' or 'nonsense' !

How many 'au' words can you spot at home?

Thursday 31st January 2019 - Handwriting

It was a very exciting morning in Bramblings as we practice our first handwriting join 'al' and 'at'. We all rose to the challenge and impressed Mrs Dann with our concentration and resilience. 

Keep practicing at home!


Thursday 24th January 2019 - PSHE

Today we had a visit from some Firefighters. We learnt about how to look out for different fire hazzards. We learnt how to protect ourselves and practised the, 'Stop, drop and roll' procedure. Mrs Varney told us what it was like to wear the firefighters uniform. She told it was very heavy!

Thursday 24th January 2019 - Maths

We have been learning the difference between grouping and sharing. We got into groups of three and we had nine groups. We noticed this was tricky for us to see so we got into columns of three. This made it easier for us to count the groups.

Monday 21st January 2019 -   A Special Visitor!

We have been learning lots about Queen Elizabeth II. We had a few questions we wanted to ask her, so we were very excited  when our special visitor turned up to answer some of our questions. We found out what the Queen's favourite food was, what her dogs are called and how many Palaces she has! 

Friday 18th January 2019 - Science

Today in Science we had fun matching our baby photos to photos of us today! We used our observational skills to look at different features to see if we could match them up. Lacie, Owen and Eddie Mitchell managed to match the correct baby photo with the current photo.  We had to put pictures in chronological order of how we grow up and change then write about it.

Thursday 17th January 2019 - Gymnastics

This term, with Mrs Tyson, we will be doing Gymnastics. Today we learnt how to do Bunny Hops and Frog Jumps. 

Tuesday 15th January  2019 - Science

In Science we have been learning about the body. We laid on the table to be drawn around and labelled parts of our body. We also looked at the five senses and which body parts are used for each. Which senses have you used today?

Tuesday 15th January 2019 - Computing

We have been learning how to use the mouse and keyboard to logon onto the computers and find our way around websites. We've begun using Purple Mash to create pictures and tinker with different tools. Can you log onto Purple Mash at home and create a picture? We would love to see it!

Academic Year 2018-2019

Autumn Term Curriculum Map

Wednesday 19th December

Today in our Phonics lesson we learnt about the split digraph 'i-e'. We wrote 'i-e' words and a sentence. We also had to match 'i-e' words up with their pictures and find real and alien 'i-e' words.

What 'i-e' words can you spot?

Wednesday 19th December

Today in Maths we  have been learning about subtraction. We created our own number stories to go with calculations.

5 - 2 = 3

Mrs Simpson had five apples, she ate two apples. How many did she have left?


Friday 14th December

Today we did our first number workout! We had to represent our number using resources from our Maths toolkit. We partitioned it, wrote calculations, found out if it was odd or even and wrote the number as a word. We will be learning about a different number each week.

Friday 14th December 

Today we wrote our capital letters M, N, O and P

Wednesday 4th December

In our phonics lesson today we looked at the digraph 'oy'. We played a roll and read game where we had to roll the dice and sound talk the words form the corresponding number. 

Wednesday 28th November.

Today we have been learning about the vocabulary greater than and less than. The symbol we use looks like a crocodiles mouth. The crocodile always eats the bigger number!

Thursday 22nd November

Last week we learnt how to mix secondary colours form primary colours. Today we created colour wheels with resources from our classroom.

Wednesday 21st November

Lots of parents came to visit the Learning Celebration, where they could join in with the dinosaur activities the children have been enjoying.

Friday 16th November

Today we dressed up in spotty clothes and had wacky hair styles! We had fun taking part in the activities organised by Year 6 children.

Tuesday 13th November

Today we went on a word hunt to find CVCC and CCVC words.

Friday 9th November - Look at us doing our Wake and shake

Still image for this video

Friday 2nd November

Today we recognised a variety of 2d shapes.

Thursday 1st November

Today in our phonics lesson we were learning the digraph 'th'. We said Thank You to the tooth fairy because a lot of us in Bramblings have been losing our teeth!

Wednesday 27th September 2018


Today dinosaurs were roaming the school! Who's been in our class...was it a T-Rex? We found footprints on our carpet and used non- standard measures (cubes) to find out how long they were.

Tuesday 18th September   Dinosaur Day!

Today we were paleontologists. We went on a through a journey through time and discovered facts about dinosaurs, how long they lived on earth for and why they became extinct. We loved being scientists and excavated a range of different fossils! In the afternoon we had a visit from Sophie the Tyrannosaurus Rex and her baby sister. We were all very brave and went and said hello to her even Mrs Fenner was brave and came and said hello!

Thursday 13th September  Science - Materials


Today we looked at lots of objects and talked about the materials they were made of. We thought of adjectives to describe them :

  • hard 
  • soft 
  • smooth
  • shiny
  • bumpy             


Can you find objects around your house and say what material they're made from?

Tuesday 11th September  Literacy - Adjectives


Bramblings have been learning about  'adjectives'.

"Adjectives will make our writing more interesting to read!"

Monday 10th September  Handwriting - Long Ladder Letters


We've been practising our long ladder letters in lots of different ways.


Remember to practise them at home too!

Friday 7th  September  Phonics


We have loved our first phonics lessons and remembered to use our phonic fingers to segment and blend words.


How many air words can you find at home?

Thursday 6th September  Phonics

Bramblings enjoyed going on a 'word hunt' to find 'ai' words!

Can you be a digraph detective at home?

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