White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Robins are cheerful and friendly birds, well known for their distinctive colouring and beautiful song.These colourful characters are lively and outgoing, and will brighten anyone's day. Although small in stature, they are daring and adventurous, and use their inquisitive nature to innovate and solve problems. As young members of the year 3/4 team, Robins use these skills to work together harmoniously and set their sights high and soaring in the sky. 



'The Same But different ...'

In Year 3 we will be learning about what it means to be a member of our society. We will be looking at Torbay’s history to see how this has changed. We will also be exploring different cultures and religions and comparing them to our own lives.



P.E. Days are Wednesday and Thursday.

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.



Diwali workshop - Monday 7th October

Learning Celebration - Monday 9th December



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






Autumn term curriculum map



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Wednesday 11th December 2019- Chris Ofili

Last week, Year 3 immersed themselves into the work of the artist Chris Ofili. We started by learning about who he was and we found out that he was the first black artist to win the Turner Prize. After that, we then experimented with different painting techniques to see which one would create a piece of artwork similar to that of Ofili. In line with our learning about Katarina Johnson-Thompson, we drew around pictures of her and created silouhettes of her to put on our final pieces. We decided that paint splatting was the most effective. We all had so much fun preparing and creating our final pieces. Check out our learning below... 

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Wednesday 4th December 2019- Forces

In Science this week, we have started our new topic of forces and magnets! To start with we had a discussion about what a force was and decided it was something to do with pushes and pulls. We then made a prediction about which car would need the most force travelling along different surfaces. As a class we then conducted our own experiment and decided that pushing the car along the stones needed more force because of the bumpy surface. 

Wednesday 27th November 2019- Maths Investigation

In Maths we have been investigating multiplication and linked this to scaling. We used the cuisenaire rods to support us with our derived number facts and were able to use this to represent different products, for example: if the small white rod represents 4, which rod represents 16? Check out our learning below.

Wednesday 20th November 2019- Katarina Johnson-Thompson Biographies

This week, we have concluded our learning around Katarina Johnson-Thompson by writing our own biographies about her. We included the features of a biography including; subheadings, third person, paragraphs and even our Year 3/4 words to help us! Check out our learning below...

Anti-Bullying Week - Wednesday 13th November 2019


This week is anti-bullying week. In class we have discussed what bullying is. We decided that bullying is intentional and repetitive and deliberately hurts somebody either physically or emotionally. As a class, we discussed what we would do if we aw somebody being bullied and the impact this would have on them. Have a look below at our mind maps and write-up.

Wednesday 6th November 2019- Heptathlon

In Year 3 we have been learning all about Katarina Johnson-Thompson! We found out that she competes in world championships and the Olympics in the heptathlon event. During PE we have taken part in our own heptathlon events with the help of some Year 6's! Here are some quotes from the children...


"I ran so fast, I got a stitch! I need to sit down!"


"It was so much fun, there were so many activities."


"I had to stop and walk halfway around the field. Katarina Johnson-Thompson must be so fit!"



Wednesday 30th October 2019- Columnar Method

This week in Maths, Year 3 have began to use the columnar method to help us when adding together two 3 digit numbers. Firstly, we drew our place value grid on our tables and then used place value counters to represent each number. We then had to count up how many ones, tens and hundreds we had in each column and wrote our answer underneath. Check out our amazing learning below... 

Hate Crime Awareness week 12th - 19th October. 

This week is Hate Crime Awareness Week. In Year 3, we have discussed what the term 'hate' means and what a 'hate crime' is. Our definition of a hate crime is any crime that has been motivated by hostility based on a person's identity. A person's identity can include their race, religion, gender or age. We have made posters to make others aware of what hate crime is and have given advice to people if they feel a hate crime has happened. Check out our posters below...

Monday 7th October- Diwali Workshop.

Today Year 3 had the amazing opportunity to participate in a Diwali Workshop. Firstly, we learnt that Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights. We learnt how to make animals with our hands and we used this within our Bollywood dancing. We all tried really hard to learn the moves and keep in time with the music. This afternoon we all decorated and made our own Diya lamps which are used during Diwali festivities to bring light into people's homes. Check out the photos below to see what fun we had!

Save the Planet! Tuesday 1st October 2019


This week in assembly we have been learning about Greta Thunberg and her powerful messages about our future. We decided to make one small change each to help save our planet, this could be choosing to walking to school once a week, taking our reusable bags to the supermarket or eating one veggie meal a week. With small changes, we can make a big difference. Check out our pledges and posters below!

Monday 23rd September 2019 - The Same but Different


Today in Robins, we have been discussing what makes a person 'good' or 'bad'. We looked at lots of villains from different films and books. We realised that a lot of these characters were made to look un-appealing e.g. The 2 ugly sisters, Scar, Jafar. We then looked at Quasimodo. At first we thought he must be evil, un-kind and mean because of the way he looked, however, the more we found out abut the character, the more we realised that we had judged him unfairly. Have a look at our initial thoughts and final reflections in our writing below.


Some quotes from the lesson. 


"After watching the clip I now think he is sweet, brave and kind hearted."


"I can tell he is a kind, protective man."

Tuesday 17th September 2019 - How muscles work


This week in Robins, we have been learning how our muscles work. We discovered that when we use a muscle the opposite muscle relaxes. We made these diagrams to show this. We also discussed how muscles grow and how to keep our bodies healthy.

Place Value - Wednesday 11th September 2019

This week in Year Three we have been learning about the place value of 3 digit numbers. We have been using lots of practical resources to represent numbers and have learned about the importance of using correct mathematical vocabulary to describe hundreds, tens and ones. Have a look at the photographs below to see how we got on.

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