White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School



Macaws are known for their intelligence; they thrive on activities designed to challenge them. They are resourceful, curious and have big ideas. Being part of the upper years team, Macaws are able to gather knowledge and apply this to their daily learning.




'Free to be me.'

 In our learning this term, we will be thinking about ourselves and how to look after our physical and mental well-being. As part of PSHE, we will develop our understanding of how to support each other and make a positive contribution to the school and wider community. 



PE for Macaws will be on Monday mornings and Dance will be on Thursday mornings. Please ensure your child comes to school with the correct kit, which is clearly labelled. For more information about kit requirements, please visit our 'Physical Education & School Sport' Page. 
We will ensure that PE kits are sent home at the end of every half term.  



Home learning will be sent home on Fridays and should be returned to school on Wednesday. Home learning should be completed to the best standard possible and Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars should also be completed weekly. We celebrate the efforts of Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars in our assemblies with special class shout outs and certificates.  



Monday 7th September - First day of Autumn Term 

Tuesday 15th September - Swimming 1

Tuesday 22nd September - Swimming 2

Friday 25th September - Whole School Individual Photos

Tuesday 29th September - Swimming 3

Thursday 1st October - Black History Month 

Thursday 1st October - Kayaking and Raft Building

Tuesday 6th October - Swimming 4 

Wednesday 7th October - Parents' evening 

Thursday 8th October - Kayaking and Raft Building

Tuesday 13th October - Swimming 5 

Wednesday 14th October - Parents' evening 

Friday 23rd October - Break up for Half Term

Monday 2nd November - Non-Pupil Day 

Tuesday 3rd November - Children back to school

Monday 16th November - Anti-Bullying Week

Thursday 3rd December - Reports Out 

Thursday 10th December - Human Rights Day

Friday 18th December - Break up For Christmas



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




LETTER - Return to school - Year 5 - September 2020




Autumn term curriculum map

Wednesday 21st October 2020 - Spanish

During Spanish sessions this half term, we have been learning to say greetings, numbers 1-31 and months of the year.  We have begun to write words in Spanish and have been working on the pronunciation of some of the more difficult Spanish words.  iFenomenal Magpies, Macaws y Merlins! iTrabajo estupendo! Have a look at our videos to see how we are getting on. 


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Friday 16th October 2020 - Writing - Dr Mae C Jemison 

To celebrate Black History Month and World Space Week, Year 5 have been looking at the life of Dr Mae C Jemison.  We have used our inference skills when looking at images of Jemison to look for clues that can lead us to finding out information about her life. As a class, we have looked at a variety of sources and have extracted key information that we will use in our biography writing. Scroll through the images to see some of the information we have found out. 

Thursday 1st and 8th October - PE - Reach Outdoors at Goodrington

As part of our outdoor learning, Macaws were lucky enough to take part in Raft Building, Coasteering and Kayaking at Goodrington with Reach Outdoors. We were able to work on our teamwork, water confidence and learn important water-based skills. 


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Tuesday 29th September 2020 - PE - Swimming 

This term, we have been going to Brixham to swim. We have all gained in confidence and have been working on improving our strength and technique when in the water. 

Tuesday 22nd September 2020 - Art - Evaluation

As part of our Art learning in Year 5, we have been evaluating the work of a famous Parisian artist called Jo Di Bona. His artwork has a creative yet unique style, which mixes a range of pop culture with graffiti, collage and bright colours. He is often recognised for the large murals he creates for popular galleries across the world. As a class, we started off by evaluating his artwork into our sketch books with discussions about what we like and dislike. The end goal will be creating a self-portrait of ourselves in a similar style to his.

Wednesday 16th September 2020 - Science - Ozone Layer


As part of the 'International Day for the preservation of the Ozone layer' we started our first Science topic - Space. In our learning, we explored the importance of the ozone layer and why it needs to be preserved. As a class, we completed an experiment with hot water, cold water and chewing gum. The steam from the hot water caused holes to open through the chewing gum and this reflected the impact CFCs have on the ozone layer.

Ozone depletion experiment

Friday 11th September 2020 - PHSE/Art - Our first week in Year 5


This week in our PSHE lessons, we have been thinking about ourselves and discussing our well-being. Individually, we identified strategies to manage our worries and anxieties using our five senses. As a class, we have spent time discussing what it feels like to be welcome and how we are a valued member of Macaws class. We linked our PSHE learning to Art, and were given the challenge to draw the missing half of our face. Have a look at the photos below to see how we got on. 

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