White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School

WELCOME TO YEAR 1 BUZZARDS

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.

 

THIS TERMS THEME

 

'#Explore More'

 This term, we will focus on cross curricular Science learning by linking Science to Art, DT, Writing and Maths. We will be looking at naming and labelling a variety of plants and trees. We will also be looking at seasonal changes and presenting our findings in our learning celebration. Our class texts 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Tree' will be used to link our Science learning to story writing and picture book creating. 

 

P.E AND DANCE DAYS

P.E Days are Tuesday'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 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

Monday 19th April- First day of Summer Term

Monday 3rd May- Bank Holiday

Monday 17th and Thursday 20th May- Parent's evening

Friday 28th May - Break up for Half Term

Monday 31st May- Bank Holiday

Monday 7th June- INSET day

Tuesday 8th June - First day back after half term

Wednesday 7th July- Science Museum

Wednesday 14th July- End of Year Reports

Wednesday 21st July- Sports Day

Friday 23rd July- Final day of Summer Term

 

 

Meet the Team 

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to contact your teacher (Mrs Proctor) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mr O'Sullivan or Mrs Jarrett).

sproctor@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

losullivan@white-rock-pirmary.torbay.sch.uk

sjarrett@whiterockprimary.torbay.sch.uk

ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021

Summer Term

 

Summer term curriculum map

ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021

Spring Term

 

Spring term curriculum map

Tuesday 30th March - PE

Today we took advantage of the glorious weather and had a PE lesson. We warmed up by running,hopping, jumping and skipping around and froze when the whistle was blown. We are all really good at skipping! We then got into teams and had had some team races. We skipped, ran and jumped. We then had the challenge of balancing a beanbag on a bat which we were really good at so we had an even harder challenge. We had to balance a tennis ball on our bat while we ran to the end of the courtyard and back. This proved a bit more tricky and required a lot of concentration and skill. Have a look at what fun we had.

Friday 26th March - Continuous Provision

In our continuous provision this week we have enjoyed writing stories about Easter using the story stones to help us plan out our story. We have used different Maths resources to help us work out mathematical problems. To help us with our spellings we found the magnetic letters to make the words and we also practised writing them in the sand. We had a Tea Shop in our role play corner and we wrote our own menus and served food and drinks to our guests. We also enjoyed some quiet reading in our book corner and using plasticine we sculpted animals that we had researched. What a fun week we have had. 

 

Wednesday 17th March 2021 - Maths

This week in our Maths lessons we have been learning about Mass and Weight. We have learned to use the language 'heavier' and 'lighter' when we are describing objects. We turned ourselves into human balance scales to compare which objects were lighter or heavier. We also used the balance scales to see how many cubes had the same mass/weight as an object. We also found out that the biggest object is not always the heaviest object. 

Monday 8th March - Friday 12th March - OUR FIRST WEEK BACK 

What an amazing first week back we have had! On Monday we eased ourselves back into the routine of school by completing some teambuilding STEM, Phonics and Writing activities. We completed writing the story of The Mousehole Cat and had fun with our choosing activities.

Buzzards we have had a great first week back and I am really proud of the way you came back into school and settled back into our routines after being at home for a long time doing your remote learning. You are all  A - MA - ZING!

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 and this year we 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 - Polar Express Day.

Today we got to wear our pyjamas to school as we were having a Polar Express day. Mrs Proctor stamped our golden tickets and we climbed aboard the Poloar Express bound for the North Pole. We listened to the story and sound clips from the film where we had to use adjectives to describe what we could hear. We heard the wolves howling in the woods, the train thundered along the track and the brakes screeching to a halt against the metal of the track.  We decorated our own biscuits which we got to eat with a lovely mug of hot chocolate. Some of us were adventurous and had whipped cream on our hot chocolate. After listening to the story again, we story mapped out the story by drawing pictures to help us remember the correct sequence of what happened. Then, after watching the film we were given our first gift of Christmas. We learned that all of Buzzards believed in Father Christmas as we could all hear the bells when we jingled them. What a fun day we had.  

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. 

Wednesday 25th November - Maths

For our Maths journey, we have been learning how to represent teen numbers using numicon and cubes. We enjoyed using the numberblock puppets to help us see how many tens and how many ones we needed.

Week beginning 16th November 2020 - Continuous Provision learning.

This week we wanted to show how 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 used them to act out stories which we then wrote independently in our Learning Journeys. We used the magnetic letters to spell out some of the spellings we have learned during the term and then put these words into a sentence.

We have been zoo keepers at the Science table and classified the escaped animals and put them into the correct enclosure according to whether they are Amphibians, Reptiles, Insects, Mammals, Fish or Birds.

We sorted 2d and 3d shapes in a variety of ways.

In our role play area - Post Office - we have enjoyed using our Maths, Writing and knowledge of the World to have fun and learn. We have written letters, postcards and posted them into our post box, not forgetting the stamp of course! In our outdoor provision we have enjoyed using chalk pens to practise our number formation. We used our mathematical knowledge to order the pegs from 0 - 20 and found hidden treasure in the sand and had to match the labels to form one of our tricky words.

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

In our Geography lesson this week we identified the World's continents. We found out there are seven continents, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Antarctica and Australasia. We also looked at a globe and a map and had a discussion about whether or not they were showing the same thing. We realised that they were both showing us the World! We then worked in teams to label the continents correctly.

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

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

 

Thursday 22nd 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 10.

In this week's lesson we learned a song and recapped how to count to 10 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 on our whiteboards. 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

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

An alien crash landed and we had to search 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 we thought the alien looked like and were it might be. In class we 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.  We have made an amazing display of our writing and pictures of us doing what we are amazing at. We found out that Buzzards class are amazing at all kinds of things including Maths, Writing and different sporting activities. Check out our amazing display below!

 

Wednesday 16th September 2020 - Science

This week, we have been looking at the materials that everyday objects are made from. We identified metal,wood, plastic and fabric. 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 - First day

Wow, what an amazing day we have all had in Year 1 today. Everyone settled back into school really well. I am so proud of you all, Well done. 

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