White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

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.


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. 


Welcome to Year 1 Buzzards Class
The class teacher this year is Mrs Alison Dowdeswell and the LSA's who work in this class are Miss Nicky Washbrook and Mrs Angie George.

P.E. day: Monday and Wednesday 

Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school all week. We will ensure that kits are sent home at the end of each half term.


Home Learning: Handed out on Fridays and collected in on Wednesdays. 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 1 Lead: Sarah Jarrett


If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher (Mrs Alison Dowdeswell) or alternatively contact a Team Leader.








Academic Year 2017-2018

Monday 16th July

In our Maths we are learning about directions. We had to programme a Beebot using vocabulary such as left, right, forwards, backwards, quarter turn and three quarter turn. 

Tuesday 19th June

Today we had staff from Reach Outdoors come and play some team games with us. All our activities were linked to our learning on animals! 

Friday 8th June 2018

Today we learnt how to form a horizontal join. We joined the letters o and y and o and p.

Wednesday 6th June 2018

Today was Sports Day! We had fun in the sun and enjoyed racing over hurdles, balancing an egg on a spoon and other great activities!

Tuesday 22nd May

Today we celebrated out Maths learning with a picnic. We had to measure ingredients to make our own cake, measure our own juice and make an accurately measured placemat.

Monday 21st May 2018

Gary from Fermoy's came to teach us all about sunflowers today! We found out that some sunflowers can grow taller than a bus! He also explained why some of our own plants are not growing......!

Thursday 18th May 2018

Today was National Outdoor Learning Day so we took our Maths outside!

Monday 16th May 2018

We are very excited to announce that our plants have started to grow!

Tuesday 8th May 2018

We planted our own seed today! We listened carefully to instructions on what to do. We will care for our plant and hope that it grows some pods!

Tuesday 1st May 2018

We are working hard to learn all our graphemes! We sometimes learn with Bramblings and Buntings. We play games and learn outside as well!

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Yesterday we used non-standard units (cubes) to measure how far we could jump! Then we came inside and discussed how many cubes long our jumps were. We were able to compare the longest and shortest jumps. 

Tuesday 24th April 2018

In Maths we are learning how to half shapes and amounts. We used beans and shared them equally between us. We used the 'part part whole' method to help us to do this!

Friday 20th April 2018

This is what we do to help remember our graphemes. We see how may times we can write a grapheme in 1 minute, we find alternative graphemes, match pictures to the correct grapheme and sound talk words with our chosen grapheme in it. Mrs Dowdeswell has set us the challenge of learning ALL 44 graphemes by half term. She says she knows we can do it! Come on Buzzards!!

Thursday 19th April 2018

We used plants that we had brought in from home to look at really closely. We identified the different parts of each plant. We used a magnifying glass and noticed that some leaves and stems have very tiny hairs on them!

Wednesday 18th April 2018

We have learnt what the different parts of a plant are called and have discussed what would happen if a plant didn't have a stem, roots, flower or leaves..!

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Today we learnt how to form a diagonal join to an anti clockwise letter. We are trying to join all our letters. When our letters are small, neat and joined we will be able to write using a pen!

Monday 16th April 2018

We are curious about plants.........We went outside and looked to see what plants grew in our school grounds. We found dandelions, buttercups, daffodils and many trees!

Academic Year 2017-2018

Tuesday 20th February 2018

Today we had a visit from 'The Junk Man'. He makes all his instruments from recycled items. First we listened to some pieces of music then we had the chance to play the instruments ourselves!

Tuesday 2nd February 2018

Year 2 came back to us today with their fables, written especially for us!

Tuesday 30th January 2018

We have been to Plymouth Aquarium. We learnt about food chains and the harm that plastic causes to our ocean life.

Friday 19th January 2018

Year 2 are spending some time with us over the next couple of weeks. They have asked us what our favourite animal is. They are going to write a fable about it and then read it to us! 

Friday 19th January 2018

We are learning about different materials. We did a Science investigation today which involved using magnets. It was great fun!

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Today we made gingerbread men! We had to listen carefully and remember how we made them because we will be writing about it tomorrow!

Friday 5th January 2018

Writing - Have a look at our writing! We have been writing about our families. When we had finished some of us read our writing to our peers.

Friday 5th January 2018

Maths - We are learning about capacity. Today we had great fun racing to fill different sized containers!

Thursday 4th January 2018

Handwriting - Last term we learnt how to write our letters correctly. Now we are learning how to join our letters!

Thursday 30th November 2017

Today we had some visitors from Riverford Farm! We looked at lots of different fruit and vegetables such as pomegranates, clementines, red cabbage and cucumbers. We had the opportunity to cut, grate and peel. Then we created a 'rainbow' and ate everything!

Monday 20th November 2017

In Maths we are learning about 2d and 3d shapes. We printed 2d shapes using 3d shapes!

Friday 17th November 2017

Everyday we do a 'Number Workout'. We learn everything about a number. We find out if it is odd or even, we make calculations using that number, we represent it using objects from our Maths Toolkit and we say what is one more and one less. We started right at the beginning.

Wednesday 15th November 2017

We are learning all about human body. We made people using playdough and used labels to show the different parts of our bodies.

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

Today Stuart and Lisa came in to talk about their roles in our community. They answered our questions and then we got the chance to look inside their police vehicles. They showed us their handcuffs, identification and spray. We even tried on parts of their uniform!

Thursday 12th October 2018

Today we did some team building activities with 'Reach Outdoors'. We had to listen well to follow instructions and help each other out.

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

We have been writing our letters in the sunshine!

27.9.17 Bug Hunting!

Fruit Kebabs! Thursday 14th September 2017

Today we worked with Miss Wallwork and made some fruit kebabs. Then we ate them!

Design and Technology - Wednesday 13th September 2017

Today Mrs Dann showed us how to make African necklaces!

Art - Tuesday 12th September 2017

We have been learning about Africa because that is where the fictional character 'Handa' lives. We are using different media to create a picture. Today we used chalks on paper.

Measuring! Monday 11th September 2017

In Maths we are using vocabulary such as 'longer' and 'shorter'. We made playdough worms to show our understanding of this mathematical language.

Wednesday 6.9.17 Our first day in Year 1!

Today we have been very busy! We have been dancing, learning some French and playing phonic games.

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