White Rock Primary School

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White Rock Primary School


Buzzards are beautiful, graceful and strong birds of prey. They have to find their own food by hunting, so they constantly have to learn where food can be found and how they can get it. Buzzards learn every day in the same way we do.  Buzzards have fantastic looking and listening skills. These skills are as important to us in our learning as they are to Buzzards in their daily life.



'Through the Keyhole'

This term Year 1 have a historical focus. We will be going back in time and learning about what family homes used to look like. Our class text The Three Little Pigs will be used to help us story write and will also link to our Science learning on materials. 



P.E Days are Thursday's and Friday's. 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 Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning if you wish.



Parents evening  - 28th and 29th January 2020

Learning Celebration - 17th March 2020 - 2.30pm




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






Spring term curriculum map


Thursday 5th March 2020 - World Book Day

What a fun day we all had! We came to school dressed as our favourite book character. We explored the school hunting for book trail clues and then we took our favourite book to Year 5. The year 5 children read to us and we read our books to them. They were impressed with our reading skills!

Monday 10th February 2020 - Art

We have been learning how to draw pictures using lines. You can see here we have been drawing our houses. We had to draw in one continuous line. Each time we drew our house we were able to draw with more detail and accuracy. 

Friday 31st January- History; Representing homes from the past

For our topic 'Through the Keyhole' we have been looking at homes from the past. We looked at some of the earliest homes and discussed how we could represent them. We decided that we could re create a Celtic roundhouse using our version of Wattle and Daub. We mixed straw and some clay with mud and created our own homes in the woodland area. We had such an amazing time working together as a team! Some of us had a go at being Archaeologists and even found an artifact under the ground! Look at the pictures below to see some of the houses that we created.

Wednesday 15th January 2020- Science -  Everyday Materials

In our Science learning, we looked at the different materials that make up everyday objects. We put our hands into a feely bag and without looking, we had to identify the material the object was made out of. We also linked this to our Theme learning and discussed which materials were made more recently than others. This helped us to understand why early houses did not have glass or plastic windows. We then worked collaboratively to label the materials we could find in the classroom. This Friday, we set home learning which directly links to this lesson and we look forward to seeing what materials are in your homes!

Monday 6th January 2020- History

For our topic 'Through the Keyhole' we looked at how houses have changed over time. We looked at the earliest houses built in Great Britain and how they were made. We discussed the different materials used to create them and answered questions about why the earliest houses may not have been made out of bricks. We learned that Saxon houses were mostly made out of wood because there were so many forests to use for the building materials. We used lolly sticks to recreate the types of houses the Saxons would have lived in.

Monday 16th December 2019 - Writing

Today we role played the story Polar Express. Then we worked in groups to create our own story plans.

Tuesday 10th December - Polar Express

Today we had our Polar Express ticket stamped and we boarded the train heading for the North Pole! Whilst we listened to the story of the Polar Express we could hear the thundering of the train on the tracks. We heard wolves howling in the forest as we sped past. We ate our cookie and drank our luxury hot chocolate! When we returned from the North Pole we all received a reindeer bell from Santa's sleigh. What an amazing adventure we had!

Friday 29th November 2019 - Handwriting

Today in Handwriting we focused on our letter formation and practised our zig-zag letters. 

Thursday 14th October 2019 - Art

Today we learned that blue, green and yellow are primary colours. We experimented and mixed two primary colours together to make the secondary colours orange, green and purple. Have a look at some of the lovely colour wheels we created.

Wednesday 6th October 2019 - Science

In Science we are learning about our senses. We had to use our senses inside and outside and talk about our findings!

Monday 28th October 2019 - RE

Today we celebrated the Hindu festival 'Diwali'! Our visitor told us the story of Rama and Sita. We decorated Diya pots and learned a traditional Indian dance. What an exciting first day back!


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Tuesday 15th October 2019 - Phonics Workshop

Today our parents joined us for a phonics lesson. After listening to Mrs Jarrett in the hall telling them all about our phonics they joined us in the classroom. They joined in with our lesson and helped us sound talk our 'trash' and 'treasure'' oa words.

Friday 11th September 2019

We have been learning about Rosa Parks. We listened to her life story and then worked together to role play her eventful day on the bus.

Monday 30th September 2019 - Literacy

In our Literacy lessons this week we have been learning the difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction books. We learned that fiction books are story books and  Non-Fiction books are books that tell us facts about different things. 

Wednesday 25th September 2019 - Handwriting

This week we have been practising our curly caterpillar letters c and a. 

We wrote the letter c in different ways. Have a look at how we got on. 

Tuesday 17th September 2019 - Theme

In keeping with our theme 'The Same but Different', we have been looking at the world. We started by looking at the 7 continents that make up the world and then looked at where the different oceans are located. We worked together as a team on our tables to label the continents and oceans.

Friday 13th September 2019 - Science

In Science we have been learning about living things. We looked at different animals and talked about how they can be grouped. Outside our  classroom we saw a seagull, rabbit, worm, guinea pig and our goats!

Wednesday 11th September 2019 - Writing

We have been perfecting our letters by writing them on the tables!

Thursday 5th September 2019 - Handwriting

In year 1 we learn to perfect our letters. Here we are making sure the letters l and t are really tall. They are part of the long ladder family!

Wednesday 4th September 2019 - First day of Year 1!

We had lots of fun on our first day!

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