White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School

Welcome to Yr 1 Buntings Class


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! 


The Class Teacher in Buntings for this year is Miss Alex Wallwork. Our Learning Support Assistants in this class are Mrs Yvonne Dugdale, Miss Nicola Washbrook and Mrs Angie George.  


The theme for the Summer term is 'Be Curious...'. This will be a whole school focus and will give us plenty of opportunities to learn collaboratively across classes and key stages. We will begin our learning by asking the children what they are curious to learn about. We will be learning about plants and animals. We are growing our own sunflowers. We will see who will grow the tallest one! Which class will win the challenge?


For more information on our curriculum please look at our ''Summer Term Curriculum Plan' below. 


P.E. Days:  Wednesdays and Thursdays

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: 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.


Year 1 and 2 Teaching and Learning Lead: Alison Dowdeswell

Key Stage One Lead: Sarah Jarrett


If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher (Miss Wallwork) or alternatively please contact a team leader:







Whole school Science learning celebration Thursday 28th June 2018 

Sports Day - Wednesday 6th June 2018

Reach Outdoors -Tuesday 19th June 2018

Fermoys Visit - Monday 21st May 2018

Parents evening - Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th July 2018

Academic Year 2017-2018

Thursday 12th July - Maths

We have been learning about positional language and direction in Maths. We have had lots of opportunities to get the Beebots out, we've navigated peers to destinations and made our own treasure maps! 

Tuesday 19th June - Reach Outdoors!

Today was a very exciting day as we spent all morning with the team from Reach Outdoors. We did lots of team building games and activities where we had to share ideas, work together and be organised. It was great fun!

Friday 15th June - Science

We are learning all about identifying and classifying animals! Have you spotted any animals in your environment? Perhaps you could consider what features that animal has? 

Thursday 14th June - Maths

We're still solving calculations using a variety of resources - we've had the dinosaurs out today with our Part Part Whole models. I wonder if you can make any subtraction stories up about things that you see in your environment?

Thursday 7th June - Maths

This week we have been using resources to solve calculations involving addition and subtraction. We have used the Part Part Whole model to represent calculations and are beginning to use cubes to do this too. 

Tuesday 8th May 2018 - Science

We had a very exciting day today - Mrs Veitch came into school to plant seeds with us all! We're looking forward to caring for our plants over the next few weeks and seeing them grow! 

Wednesday 2nd May - Maths

We are learning how to measure using non-standard units (cubes) and standard units (centimetres).

Friday 27th April - Maths

For our elicitation task we had to make cupcakes - but we didn't have a recipe to follow. We didn't know how to use the scales or how much we needed - the cakes weren't great! Hoepfully after learning about measurement they will be more successful!

Wednesday 26th April - Phonics

We opened up Year 1 doors and did a whole year Phonics afternoon full of activities and games!

Tuesday 24th April - Writing

In Writing we are learning to write riddles. We went outside to look at the different plants and write riddles for them! Have a look at some of the riddles we have written...

Wednesday 18.04.18 - Science

This term we are learning all about plants - we have been out in the school grounds exploring what is growing. We dug up some plants and picked them apart to identify the different parts and talk about what that part does. 

Tuesday 17th April 2018 - Maths

This week we have been doubling numbers. 

Tuesday 30th January 2018 - Plymouth Aquarium

We had an extremely exciting trip to Plymouth Aquarium! Have a look at the photos to see some of the things we got up to...

Wednesday 17th January - Maths

In Maths we have been learning how to partition amounts in different ways.

Tuesday 16th January - The Gingerbread Man

We have begun our writing journey of 'The Gingerbread Man'. We listened to the story, then we each made a gingerbread man to take home! Let's hope the children managed to eat them for pudding and they didn't all run away...

Friday 5th January 2018 - Maths

We have been learning about capacity. Today we had a capacity race! It was great fun and we used a lot of mathematical vocabulary.

Tuhrsday 30th November Riverford Visitors

Today we had a very exciting visit from the team at Riverford. We learnt about some different fruits and vegetables and had the opportunity to peel, grate and chop them. Then we were challenged to make a rainbow using our different fruits! It was great fun - and the best part was eating the rainbows at the end! 

Tuesday 14th November - Spelling

We have been learning our tricky words in Year 1. Today we did a relay race! It was great fun, ensuring that we spelt the word correctly then seeing which team would be the fastest.

Monday 20th November - Knife Skills

We are becoming more independent in Year 1 at meal times. Today we practised using our knife and fork together to hold our food and cut it. We're looking forward to lunch time to show the dinner ladies how independent we can be when cutting up our own food!

Friday 10th November - Maths

In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. Today we use 3D shapes to print with. We painted the face of the shape and printed it onto paper.

"It's a triangle!" 

We looked at how the faces of 3D shapes are 2D.

Wednesday 1st November - Handwriting

We have been learning how to form our letters correctly outside today! We use chalk to write and painted our letters on the ground!

Tuesday 31st October 2017 - Art

Today we searched for Autumnal leaves outside, then we did leaf printing with them! We cut out the silhouette of a bug, printed over it then peeled off the bug to reveal the silhouette. 

Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Dance

In Dance in Year 1, we have been experimenting with how our bodies can move to music. We have used different jumps and turns to produce creative movements. This week, we expressed different feelings through dance, including happy, angry and sad.

Tuesday 17th October 2017 - Buntings Under Arrest!

Today the Police came in to teach us how to stay safe! We used ink to print our finger prints, tried on uniforms and got to explore the Police car and van. The Police talked to use about what they do and how they protect us. It was a fantastic experience for our children!

Tuesday 10th October - Maths

We have looked at the Part Part Whole model today in Maths. We looked at different ways to partition numbers and even got to write on the tables!

Thursday 5th October - Maths


We are learning our number bonds to 10 - why don't you ask your child to tell your the number bond rhyme that we have been learning. 

Netball Session - Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Today we had a fantastic opportunity to have a taste of netball. Netball Kidz came into school to lead a session for our children. It was great fun and we're hoping to see lots of faces at the free taster session on Saturday! Please speak to your class teacher if you would like some more details about the Netball Kidz free taster sessions. 

Wednesday 27th September 2017 - Phonics

We have been doing lots of phonics learning in Year 1! Can you spot any of the graphemes we have learnt in your books?

ai   ee   igh    oa   oo   ar

Tuesday 26th September 2017 - We're going on a minibeast hunt!

Today we went to explore the school grounds to find mini beasts. We found butterflies, snails, slugs, woodlice, spiders. Can you find any mini beasts in your gardens? Where could you look? 

Parent Readers Needed!

Please speak to Miss Wallwork if you are able to spare some time to listen to our children read.

Monday 25th September 2017 - Maths

We have been learning how to find and show one more/less than a given number. Here we are using counters and number lines to work this out.

Thursday 14th September - African Necklaces

Today Mrs Dann showed us how to make African necklaces!

Tuesday 12th September 2017 - Fruit Kebabs

In Year 1 we have been reading 'Handa's Surprise'. Today we used our fine motor skills to cut and thread fruit to make fruit kebabs. We enjoyed eating these outside and are looking forward to writing about our experience! 

Wednesday 6th September 2017

Our first day in Year 1!


Today was our first day in Year 1 - We have been dancing, learning some French and playing phonics games.

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