White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Kestrels are enterprising and creative, and they approach all their endeavours with focus, commitment and enthusiasm, so they can soar above the land.  As the older members of the year 3/4 team, the Kestrels use all these skills to be positive role models to the whole White Rock team.



'The Same But different ...'

For more information about this scroll down to our Curriculum map.



P.E. and Dance will be on a Tuesday.

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.



Thursday 26th September - European day of language

Tuesday 1st October - Thursday 31st October - Black History month

Friday 18th October - Anti slavery Day

Monday 4th November - UK Parliament week
Wednesday 11th December - Year 4 Learning Celebration




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





Leonie's Rap

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Science - Friday 17th April 

Isla's music

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Ramona's music

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For the whole of this term, Year 4 are studying the history of communication technology. We are starting at what we know now - smart phones, laptops, tablets, games consoles and how they're all reliant on the internet. From there we'll be using history skills to find out about earlier inventions that have had a huge impact on the way humans communicate with each other - the telephone, morse code, carrier pigeons and then all the way back to hieroglyphics as early written communication. Simultaneously, we will have the pleasure of working with Paddleboat Theatre Company on a production relating to Roald Dahl's 'The BFG'.

Friday 13th March - Poetry

This week, we have started our new learning journey looking at poetry. In teams of four, we have identified some descriptive devices used in poetry such as metaphors, personification, alliteration and onomatopoeia. Kestrels produced some fantastic poems. Check out our learning below! 

Friday 6th March - Art learning and World Book Day

Today we celebrated World Book Day with a book trail around our school, a book quiz and a reading session with Year one where we shared stories. We also celebrated our favourite book characters by coming to school dressed up as them! 

Friday 6th March - A new member! 
We have had an additional member to Kestrels this week- our school guinea pig, Thunder! We have shown great team work and responsibility by taking it in turns to look after Thunder- replenishing his water, food and bedding, daily. And of course, giving Thunder lots of cuddles.

Wednesday 12th February - History and Science

During History Kestrels have learnt all about Samuel Morse, the creator of the Telegraph. The Morse code was a break-through in communication. We decided to create our very own and communicate with each other using our knowledge of circuits! Take a look at our fantastic work! 


Friday 31st January - Year 4 Trip to the Apple Store and Royal Albert Memorial Museum. 

What a fantastic day! We had so much fun exploring the museum and finding out how to create our own emojis! Take a look at the photos below! 

Monday 20th January - Science


Kestrels built on their prior knowledge of electricity to build a circuit. We first identified that electrical energy can be converted into other types of energy such as light, heat, movement or sound. With this in mind, Mr Beattie set Kestrels a challenge to create movement using a battery, wires and a motor. After, we drew a scientific diagram of our circuit and labelled it correctly. 

Wednesday 15th January - PaddleBoat Theatre


What a fantastic day! PaddleBoat Theatre came to White Rock and Kestrels loved it. Katy, Hattie, Stuart and Michael where amazing and the children had so much fun. Kestrels dived straight in with a fun and exciting game to break-the-ice. After, we focused on body posture and how we can change our bodies to resemble a type of character. Take a look at all the fun we had below! 

Friday 10th January 2020

What an exciting first week back to White Rock Primary school! Kestrels have been extremely enthusiastic with this term's learning about communication technology. We have used our research skills to create a technology time line starting at present day going right back to the Ancient Eygptians when hieroglyphics were invented as an early form of written communication.  In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication, ensuring we have mastered multiplying by 10 and 100 by using resources to represent number sentences and images.



Autumn term curriculum map


Please see below for more information about our Reach Outdoors Residential coming up:

Monday 4th November 2019 - Geography

In Kestrels, we wanted to find out where Grandpa Chatterji lived. We knew he lived in India but we did not know where that was. We used co-ordinates on a world map to locate certain countries. We found out that India was 20ºN and 78ºE!

Thursday 31st October 2019- Grandpa Chatterji 

This week, we have been immersed in our new class text- Grandpa Chatterji. Firstly, we wrote a character description and read them to our Kingfisher or Kite partner. Our partner drew what we described and we reflected on what we could improve for the next time we write a character description. We then used our reflections to plan a character description for Grandpa Chatterji and Grandpa Leicester. We made sure we included expanded noun phrases to add extra description as well as prepositional phrases. Check out our learning below!

Wednesday 16th October 2019 - SPaG

This week, we spent time investigating apostrophes. We found out you can use an apostrophe to show that you have omitted some letter when you are joining words together. We played a game and matched the correct words with contracted word. Check out all the fun we had! 


Wednesday 9th October - African Dance Workshop

As it is Black History Month, Year 4 had the opportunity to take part in an African Dance Workshop this week. All the children had big smiles on their faces throughout and really enjoyed learning some traditional African moves to live drumming.


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Thursday 3rd October - Science - Teeth

During Science, Kestrels have been looking at teeth! We looked at the marks we made when biting into an apple. We then looked at all the function our teeth have. Take a look at our learning! 

Thursday 26th September - Maths - rounding

Rounding rounding rounding! We played a fun game with dice to consolidate our rounding skills! We look at rounding numbers to the nearest 10. 

Wednesday 18th September - Learning Journey

Before we started to write our own diary entries. We created a storyboard of our class book 'Bill's New Frock'.  We acted out key parts of the story to give us a clear idea of how Bill was feeling. Take a look at our amazing drama! 

Tuesday 17th September - Science 
During Science Kestrels have been exploring how dangers to the environment can pose a serious threat to living things. We created a food web which highlighted the knock on effect damage to one living creature can cause!  

Wednesday 11th September- Maths- Place Value

In Kestrels we have been looking at place value focusing on ones, tens, hundreds and thousands. We have used a variety of resources such as diennes, bead strings and place value counters to facilitate our learning. We then played a game to consolidate our learning. We had lots of fun! 

Thursday 5th September - Learning Journey - Who am I?

Our theme for this term is "The same but different", Kestrels have been looking at similarities and differences between themselves and other children from around the world. We have focused on simple and compound sentences to make our writing more interesting.

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