White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Redwings are sociable birds who enjoy working together towards a common goal, just like the children in Redwings class. We are also determined and enjoy demonstrating our resilience in all of our learning.

This Terms Theme

'Once upon a time...'

This term we will be learning about traditional tales. This will include looking at different versions of familiar stories including Jack and the Dreamsack and Hansel and Gretel. We will be exploring our own dreams and ambitions as well as learning different types of plants, possibly even beanstalks!

(For more information about this term's theme, scroll down to our curriculum map)


P.E & Dance days

P.E. Days are Tuesday and Wednesday.

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 25th March - Year 3 Learning Celebration


Meet The Team

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




Academic Year 2018-2019

Autumn Term Curriculum Map

Above Water, Water Education! Friday 12th July 2019 


Today in Year 3 we had a visit from 'Above Water' an educational charity that teaches children about staying safe in the water. We learnt what lifeguards have to do when someone is in danger in the water and how to keep ourselves safe. We tried on a lifeguards uniform and even saved someone from drowning! Our instructor told us by lying on our backs in the water, even if we can't swim, will prevent us from drowning. We also learnt how to make a big motion with our arms to get the attention of an adult if we feel unsafe in the water.

Our instructor told us that we are allowed to ask our parents/guardians to put their phones down when we are in any type of water, even the bath. 7 children died last year due to parents/carers being on their phones whilst a child was in water. Have a look below at all the important and fun learning we did today!

Money Workshop - Thursday 11th July 2019

Redwings were visited by 2 members of staff from one of our local banks this week. We got to be travel agents and designed a perfect holiday for different families. We had to stick to a strict budget and make sure that the family did all the activities they wanted to! We also made posters and presented our holidays to the rest of the class.

Tuesday 2nd July - Seed dispersal

This week, Redwings have been learning about seed dispersal. We sorted seeds in to 3 groups based on how they are dispersed. We found out that seeds that travel by wind, water and on (or in!) animals. We then designed seeds that would be able to travel by air. 

Freddie even managed to find some seeds that are dispersed by humans!

Visit from Adam Nevill - Friday 21st June 2019


This morning, Year Three were lucky enough to be visited by author Adam Nevill. He talked to us about how he creates suspense in his stories and taught us how to write our own. He told us that we need to make our characters scared in order to scare our readers, as well as some other trade secrets! We helped Adam by drawing a scary version of the tiger before listening to Adam’s version of The Tiger Who Came to Tea…’Sophie’s Last Tea’ and then wrote our own versions.

Skillsbuild at South Devon College - Thursday 13th June

This week, Redwings were lucky enough to attend the Skillsbuild event at South Devon College. We got to visit lots of traders to find out what they sold, we built our own dream houses and even got to try out virtual reality headsets! Have a look at the photos below to see how we got on...

Friday 7th June 2019 - Fantastic Fractions!

This week Redwings have been calculating fractions of amounts. We learned that we have to divide the whole into equal parts and then multiply to find non-unit fractions. This may became much easier to 'swallow' when we started using skittles...!


Friday 3rd May 2019 - Assembly Performance

This week two children from Redwings demonstrated that they sing as sweetly as our namesake birds during a whole school celebration assembly. They performed two songs, have a look at the videos below!

Fight Song

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I'm A Mess

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Wednesday 24th April 2019 - Scientific Seeds

This week Redwings started a Science experiment to find out what plants need to grow. We decided that they need nutrients from soil, water, air and sunlight. We planted cress seeds and then put some in a dark box, and some in the sunlight. We are going to water some of them and leave others without water. We are going to monitor them over the next few weeks to see how well they grow.

Bushcraft at Whitehill Country Park - Thursday 21st March 2019

This week we had our first visit to Whitehill Country Park. We did archery, den building and fire building. Whilst we were building our dens, we came across lots of King Alfred's cakes! These are brown fungi (names after King Alfred because apparently he always burnt cakes!) were the first way to transport a fire as they hold embers which made it easy for people to relight fires as they travelled. In archery, we had to use bows to aim at a target and try and get the highest score! Have a look at the photos below to see how we got on.

Science Week - 15.3.19

This week has been Science Week at White Rock Primary School. In Redwings, we looked at how electricity is conducted and how that helps many countries around the world. We then learned about sustainable energy and how wind and solar power can help underdeveloped countries. We then made our own wind powered machines. 

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day 2019

What an amazing day we had! We started off by reading stories to children in the nursery, we then took part in a book trail. We had to answer questions about famous books and authors and follow the clues all over the school! In the afternoon, we did a book quiz and even designed new covers and blurbs for our favourite books. Have a look at the pictures below to see how we got on.

Wednesday 27th February 2019

This week we began our new Literacy Journey. We are going to be learning about Britain and the European Union and how leaving might affect our lives. We will be writing letters to our local MP, Kevin Foster, to persuade him to come and talk to us about Brexit. Check back here for updates on our learning! 

Gymnastics Spring 1 Half Term

In Year 3 this half term, we have been practising our Gymnastics skills, including egg rolls, log rolls, rock'n'rolls and teddy bear rolls. We have also been learning different balances and how to do forward rolls accurately.

Wednesday 6th February

This week we have finished our Literacy journey and have written our time travel stories. We have been learning about complex and compound sentences as well as how to use rich vocabulary. Have a look at our stories below and see where we have applied our learning.

Wednesday 30th January 2019

In French this week, we learned how to say our ages in French as well as ask other people how old they are. We had to say 'quel âge as-tu?' and reply with 'J'ai sept/huit ans' to find a partner who was the same age as us! Have a look at the photos to see how we got on.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

In music this week, Redwings have been learning a song from the musical 'Oliver Twist'. We listened carefully to the different instruments we could here and compared it to other musical theatre songs. Look at the video below for a 'sneak peak' of our performance... 

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Wednesday 16th January 2019

This week we have been learning about right angles, acute angles and obtuse angles. We used 'angle eaters' to compare different angles around our classroom before using our new knowledge to solve problems involving angles.

Wednesday 9th January 2019

This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from 3 firefighters from Paignton Fire Station. We learned how to keep ourselves safe in the event of a fire as well as how to prevent fire. We also learned about the importance of having and testing smoke alarms.

Thursday 20th December 2018 - Learning Celebration and WildWood @Escot.

What an amazing end to our first full term as Redwings! On Tuesday, we were able to share our learning with our adults at Redwings Learning Celebration. We were so pleased that so many adults came to see us singing and dancing.

Then, On Wednesday we went to Wildwood @Escot where we met some Celts who told us all about life as a Celt. We went on a woodland walk to see the different animals that would have been roaming free during the Roman times, such as Lynx, wolves and boars. We also had a go at different Celtic activities such as wood and metal work and got to look at the houses that Celts would have lived in. We had an absolutely fantastic time!

Wednesday 12th December 2018 - Light and Shadow

This week we have been learning how shadows are created. We asked scientific questions about the process of light and then investigated this using torches.  We learned that shadows occur when a light source is blocked by an object. 

Wednesday 5th December - Writing compound sentences

This week Redwings went on a treasure hunt to find out about the history of chariots. We then used these fact to write compound sentences. We had to include the conjunctions 'when', 'although, 'before' and 'after'.

Wednesday 28th November 2018

This week we have been making Roman chariots. We used different materials to create the wheel structure and the body of the chariot. Have a look a the photos below to see how we got on.

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Roman Home Learning

For the past three weeks, Redwings have been making Roman artefacts at home. We have made Roman villas, chariots, shields and even a Roman mosaic!

Have a look at the pictures of our home learning below... 

Anti Bullying Week - Wednesday 14th November 2018

Following on from the anti-bullying workshop last week, we have been thinking carefully about  the theme of this years anti-bullying campaign - 'Choose Respect'. We thought about how we show respect to everyone, both in school and at home. We then generated words that linked with respect.

We also explored what bullying would look like so we can help to 'spot it and stop it'!

Wednesday 7th November 2018 - Anti Bullying Workshop

This week Redwings took part in an anti-bullying workshop. We watched a drama performance and thought about how we can include everyone and celebrate our differences.

Wednesday 31st October 2018 - Fossils and sedimentary rocks!


In Redwings we have been learning all about fossils! We have looked at fossils found in Lyme Regis and have been explaining the process of fossilisation. Did you know that fossils can only form in sedimentary rock? Have a look below at our amazing learning.


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Adding 100 to a 3 digit number

This week in Maths we have been using place value counters, diennes and number line to add 100 to a 3 digit number. Have a look at the photos below to see how we got on! 

Mythical Descriptions

This week Redwings have been learning about Roman myths and legends. We created our own mythical creatures and used adjectives, adverbs and similes to describe them. Have a look at our learning below.

Redwings become Romans!

We really enjoyed starting our first day of Year 3 as Romans. During the day, we made and baked traditional Roman honey and ricotta tartlets and enjoyed eating these during our Roman banquet. We also got to design and make our own shields and found out some interesting facts about life in the Roman Empire. 

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