White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Buntings are a family of birds that includes the Cirl Bunting. This bird is very rare and can be found by the coast in South Devon. Just like us! Many Buntings are long distant migrants which means they travel many miles around the world every year. Just like we will be doing in our learning in this Term's theme!



'Free To Be Me...'

This term Year 1 are learning about the similarities and differences between each other and how we can be free to be who we want to be. Our class texts 'Amazing' and 'Beegu' will be used to help highlight how to show acceptance of one another and how to think positively about ourselves. 



P.E/Dance Days are Tuesday and Friday each week. 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 will be handed out on a Friday and collected in 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

Monday 7th September - First day of Autumn Term 

Friday 25th September - Whole School Individual Photos

Thursday 1st October - Black History Month 

Monday 5th October - Parents' evening 

Thursday 8th October - Parents' evening 

Friday 23rd October - Break up for Half Term

Monday 2nd November - Non-Pupil Day 

Tuesday 3rd November - Children back 

Monday 16th November - Anti-Bullying Week

Thursday 3rd December - Reports Out 

Thursday 10th December - Human Rights Day

Friday 18th December - Break up For Christmas




f there are any issues or concerns, please contact your class teacher (Mrs Walker) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mr O'Sullivan, Mrs Jarrett);





Spring Term

Spring Term Curriculum Map

Autumn Term

Autumn term curriculum map

Final week in school- Christmas dinner day and craft sessions

This final week before Christmas we have experienced Christmas dinner day with the rest of the class in the dinner hall. The hall was decorated beautifully as usual but this year we also had the most wonderful winter wonderland themed display in the middle which the children found delightful.

We hope they have enjoyed their final week in school as much as we have! 

Monday 7th December 2020- Polar Express Writing Experience Day

Today, we immersed ourselves in the story of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. We came to school in our PJ's (including ALL of the Year 1 teachers and LSA's) and carrying our golden ticket and embarked on a train journey to the North Pole! We heard the train 'thundering' and the 'hiss and squeal' of the metal. The children worked in groups to story map and sequence the story. Then we had hot chocolate and cookies. The day ended with all children receiving the first gift of Christmas. We can't wait to see the stories they produce as a result of this fabulous day!

Thursday 3rd December - Fine Motor Skills

This week in our continuous provision we have used the play dough to recreate our dinners. We then used our fine motor skills to practise using our knife and fork correctly to cut up our food.

Friday 27th November 2020- Reading for Pleasure!

In school, we regularly allow our children to access several high quality picture books independently. The children are given free choice when choosing and there is a range of fiction and non fiction stories to choose from. This time is dedicated to acting out stories, sharing stories with one another or reading alone. As you can see from the pictures this is a time of the day the children love! See if you can spot the hidden Buntings!

Week beginning 16th November 2020 - Continuous provision learning.

This week wanted to show have often we are busy learning through play in Year 1! We have been creating worry dolls in keeping with our topic Free to be Me and using them to act out stories which we then wrote independently in our Learning Journeys.

We have been zoo keepers at the Science table and spent a long time putting the escaped animals into the correct enclosure according to whether they are Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals, Fish or Birds.

We were independently sorting 2d and 3d shapes in a variety of ways.

We also have a designated role play area based on the children's interests and the children have enjoyed using their Maths, Writing and knowledge of the World to stay in role having fun and learning too! 

Wednesday 11th November 2020- Geography naming the continents of the world.

For our Geography learning this week we have been identifying the World's continents. We also looked at a globe and a map and had an interesting discussion about whether or not they were showing the same thing! After much debate we realised that they were both showing us the World! We then worked in teams to place a continent in the correct area of the map. See the photos below to see how we got on.

Tuesday 3rd November 2020- Science: Animals and their habitats

For our Science journey this half term, we will be looking animals (including humans). This week we are focusing on sorting animals based on their habitats. We had to work scientifically by using our observation skills. We also ensured we looked and felt the part by wearing our very own scientist lab coats!

Looks at the photos to see how we got on!

Wednesday 21st October 2020- Spanish lesson numbers and colours.

We have Spanish once a week and the children thoroughly enjoy joining in with the fun learning activities Mrs Head does with them! 

So far we have learned the Spanish for; good morning/afternoon/evening, how to say our name, how we feel, some types of food, colours and numbers up to 6.

In this week's lesson we learned a song and recapped how to count to 6 in Spanish.

Here are a couple of phrases we now know;

Como te llamas? (pronounced commoh tay yammas)- this means what is your name.

Que tal? (sounds like kettle!) - this means how are you?

Wednesday 14th October 2020 - Handwriting

This week in our handwriting we have been practising our Long Ladder Letters 'u' 'y' and 'j'. We practised them each day, take a look at our amazing letter formation!

Friday 9th October 2020 - PE

Today in our PE lesson with Mr Leaman were were working on developing our teamwork skills. We took it in turns to move the beanbags or balls from one hoop to the other. We worked out that the beanbags could be dropped in the hoops, but the balls had to be put down carefully or they would roll away.

Tuesday 29th September 2020- Writing Hook Lesson An Alien has Crash Landed!

This week, we had an exciting incident on our playground!

An alien crash landed and we had to look around the outdoor area for clues as to its whereabouts.

This was to help 'hook' the children into their new writing journey studying the story of Beegu.

We also received a letter from the 'Secret Alien Police Force' asking us to write them a letter explaining what they thought the alien looked like and were it may be.

We also then acted out the story of Beegu to show a clear understanding of the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Monday 21st September- Learning Journey: I am Amazing

For our learning this week, we have been thinking about what we are amazing at in school. We then went into our continuous provision activities to show our fabulous learning skills. Check out our amazing learning below!


Wednesday 16th September 2020- Science sorting materials

This week, we have been looking at the materials that everyday objects are made from. We identified metal,wood, plastic, cardboard and glass. We have also had lots of fun sorting materials outside and creating structures from plastic only or wood only. See the pictures below!

Monday 7th September 2020 - Our First Day!

Wow, What an amazing day we have all had today! Everyone settled back into school really really well I am so proud of you all well done! We have been working together to build structures, we showed perseverance when making straw houses and showed off our creative side making puppets.

Check out some photos of our amazing learning.

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