White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Macaws are known for their intelligence. We are also resourceful and curious and being part of the upper years team, we are able to gather knowledge and apply this to our daily learning.


This Terms Theme

'Once upon a time...'

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


P.E & Dance days

Please ensure that a PE kit is brought into school on Monday and taken home on a Friday. All items of PE kit (and uniform) should be labelled with the child's name and class. PE for the Autumn Term will be on Friday and Dance will be on Wednesdays. 

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

Tuesday 7th May - Year 5 children to Primley Court Nursing Home begins.

Monday 10th June - Bikeability phase 2 begins.

Friday 14th June - SRE parents' meeting.

Monday 17th June - SRE week begins.

Wednesday 10th July - Year 5 Learning Celebration.

Monday 15th July - LGBTQ+ parents' meeting.

Tuesday 16th July - LGBTQ+ workshops for Y5 and Y6 pupils. 


Meet The Team

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 (Mrs Gidley or Mrs Foster).




Academic Year 2018-2019


Summer Term Curriculum Map

Friday 12th July - Water Safety Workshop

Years 5 and 6 were fortunate today to have a visitor from Open Water, a charity which educates children in water safety and believes the best way to guard against drowning is to educate by sending professional open water beach lifeguards into schools. They have devised their own E.S.C.A.P.E WATER programme to comprehensively deliver drowning prevention and water awareness to local schools. 

Elizabeth-Grace Dunn-Sims performance

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Wednesday 2nd July 2019- Maths -  Money Minds Workshop

Today, we had some visitors from The Yorkshire Building Society. They came to school to talk to us about budgeting - a skill that we will need as we get older. 

First, we played a game of Bingo that helped us to think about different financial words that we might come across when we are planning a holiday. Andy called out a word and we had to match it to the definition on the sheet. 

Next, we looked at different holiday profiles. We had to make decisions about how the family would get to the airport, what the best ticket prices would be and any extras the family wanted. We also had to ensure that we had remained within the budget.  

After breaktime, we designed our own posters and presented the information to the rest of the class. We had a really good morning and used a range of skills. 

Sing Around the Bay - Final song

Sing Around the Bay - Opening song

Sing Around the Bay - Macaw's Song

Wednesday 12th June - Dance

Macaws have been showing off their dance motifs when exploring characters from the story of Alice in Wonderland. 


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Thursday 6th June - Sports Day


What a fantastic day! We showed commitment, heart and courage! Mr Beattie was very proud of us especially when we looked after the younger children of the school and helped them with all their events. 

There were even a few surprised selfies on the Ipad.

Thursday 23rd May - Maths

Today Macaws and Merlins took their learning outside and worked collaboratively to investigate perimeter. In teams of four, we had to complete a range of challenges all based around rectilinear shapes. Take a look at our amazing learning! 


Friday 17th May - Physical Education
During Physical Education, Macaws have been working hard to improve their athletic performance focusing on the shot put and sprinting technique. We are all very excited to show off our learning at Sports Day! 
Friday 10th May - Art

During Art, Macaws have been developing their techniques focusing on how Artist use line, shape and tone for purpose. We have been inspired by the local Artist Annie Drew to draw animals you might find in fairy tale stories. Take a look at our amazing drawings!

Thursday 25th April 2019 - Maths - Fractions

In maths this week, we have been identify equivalent fractions and converting mixed numbers to improper fractions. We were able to use counters and cubes to represent this and made use of our multiplication facts. 

Spring Term Curriculum Map

Tuesday 19th March 2019 - Our Learning Celebration!


Take a look at the images and video from our learning celebration. We showed off our quill writing skills, our Tudor art work in a gallery, our Tudor dancing and our Tudor inspired mystery story video! 


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Monday 18th March 2019 - Maths - Using a protractor to measure angles. 


For our Maths learning today, we took part in an angles hunt. We needed to accurately measure angles around the school using a protractor to uncover some hidden clues. Once we had found the clues, we needed to unscrabble the letters to reveal a hidden word...

Thursday 14th March 2019 - Science Week


For Science week this week, we have been carrying out the topic "Ditch the dirt". For this, we have been investigating the issue of dirty and contaminated water in Turkana (Kenya). We started the journey by collecting water from a polluted water hole using various equipment. We then had to make filters to try and filter to water to make it safer to drink. We designed this filters first, made them and we will be evaluating how effective they are at cleaning the water. 

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

This year, for World Book Day, Macaws teamed up with Buntings to share a story with them. We also went on a book trail around the school to answers some clues and find a hidden message. 

Monday 4th March - Maths - Geometric reasoning


In Maths, we have started to identify 3-D shapes including cubes and other cuboids from 2-D representations. 

Gymnastics Spring 1 Half Term

In Year 5 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.

Thursday 24th January -  7th February 2018 - Reach Outdoors - Caving, Climbing and Bushcraft.
Macaws have had an excellent three weeks with the Reach Outdoor team. When climbing, we had to make sure everyone was safe and offer words of encouragement to our friends. Everyone pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and reached new heights! For most, the highlight was caving, children had an amazing time exploring local caves and even witnessed complete darkness! A fantastic experience! 

Friday 25th January 2019 - Music Performance 

Today we have been lucky enough to have two muscians come and share their amazing talent with us. They talked to us about some of the different percussion instruments they use. They played some songs that we know and others that made us feel calm.  Some of use were lucky enough to play some of the instruments with them. 

Friday 25th January - Physical Education - Handball


During Physical Education this term, Macaws have been developing their coordination, teamwork and communication skills through Handball. Handball is fun to watch and play, because it is fast and the teams score lots of goals! Check out the action! 

Wednesday 16th January - Learning Journey - Historical sources


Today we arranged historical sources into a chronological timeline of events for when Henry VIII dissolved the English monasteries. We then made our own storyboards to represent the events. 


Wednesday 9th January 2019 - Maths - multiples and factors

We have started our new Maths journey, focusing on Multiplicative Reasoning. We used a variety of resources to make arrays to find factors of numbers. After this, we looked at factor pairs and identified patterns and made predictions about number facts. 

Autumn Term Curriculum

Monday 26th November 2018 - Antarctic adventures!

In class today, we experienced what life would have been like for Scott of the Antarctic. We had a dressing race, where we needed to put on our thermal clothes as quickly as possible to beat the freezing winds of the Antarctic. We also ate food like the team would have eaten - digestive biscuits (a good energy source) and cold baked beans (tinned food would have lasted the long journey). Surprisingly, most of us enjoyed the cold beans! The most difficult challenge we faced was putting up our tent in the cold winds of the continent!

Thursday 22nd November – Reach Outdoors – Archery
As part of our Reach Outdoors Learning, children took part in archery. We played games to test our skills and accuracy by using the target to choose our dream holidays and design pizzas! Have a look at all the fun we had!

Friday 16th November 2018 - Children in Need

On Friday we celebrated Children in Need day by helping to raise as much money for the cause as possible. We took part in lots of activities including running races, obstacle courses, and guess the name. Check out our crazy hairstyles! 

Thursday 15th November 2018 - Reach Outdoors - Indoor Climbing 
Wow! What a fantastic day Macaws had with Reach Outdoors. We have shown we can work as part of a team and we really challenged ourselves to try new things. When doing our climbing, we had to make sure everyone was safe and offer words of encouragement to our friends. Everyone pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and reached new heights! Take a look at us in action.

Tuesday 13th November 2018 - PHSE - Anti-Bullying Week

This week is Anti-Bullying week. In today's assembly, Miss Clayton talked to us about the importance of respecting one another.  She discussed the difference between being rude, being mean and bullying. To stand up to bullying we are wearing odd socks to show that we are all unique.

Thursday 8th November 2018 - Hashing

As part of our Reach Outdoors Learning, children took part in Hashing. Hashing is a running game in which one group, known as the hare, make a trail by leaving marks. Other groups attempt to follow the trail and catch up to the hare. The children had to use teamwork skills, communication skills and listening skills in order to complete the tasks. We had lots of fun trying to trick the opposing team using a range of different marks. Look at all the fun we had!

Friday 2nd November - Anti-Bullying Workshop

To mark Anti-Bullying Week, White Rock invited Actionwork into school to deliver a workshop to the children about Anti-Bullying. This was a performance on all kinds of issues and topics such as health, racism, teenage pregnancy, cyberbullying, homophobia, body image, self-harm, citizenship, relationships, friendships, transitions, PSHE and safeguarding issues. This interactive workshop delivered a strong message about simply being kind.





Wednesday 31st November - School trip to Plymouth Ski Centre

Year 5 became snow explorers for the day and experienced what life would have been like for Scott of the Antarctic! We managed to ski down the slopes using the correct techniques before trying the toboggan and snow tubes! We had a phenomenal time and had lots of fun!  

Monday 29th October - Maths - Fractions and decimal numbers 
Today in Maths, we used cuisenaire rods to parts of a whole. We then had to calculate the equivalent fraction, decimal and some of us even moved on to finding equal percentages!

Wednesday 17th October – Science - Friction

Today in Science, we investigated the functions of Friction. We found out that Friction is a force between two surfaces that are sliding, or trying to slide, across each other. For example, when you try and push a book along the floor, friction makes this difficult. We also found out that Friction produces heat. If you rub your hands together quickly, you will fell them get warmer. Give it a go! We did! 

Can I explore my Human Rights?

In PSHE, we discussed Human Rights and their importance within our society. We discussed which rights we believed to be the most important to us and why. Also, we talked about which rights we might have at home and in school. The children then selected 5 rights which they deemed to be the most important to them and created a poster displaying these.

Boat Trip to Brixham 

Year 5 were incredibly lucky and were able to take part in a boat trip from Paignton to Brixham! When we arrived, we sketched the Golden Hind. We also felt what it was like for a real life sailor to travel on the water. Mr Lane (the captain) gave us all the chance to steer the boat towards our destination! Here come Macaws Class!

As part of our Learning Journey 'A day in the life of an Explorer", we have been looking at Sir Francis Drake. In Art sessions, we have made our own sketches of the Golden Hinde, focusing on the detail of the ship. Here are a few of the finished pieces. 

Maths madness and perfect place value!

In our Maths journey so far, we have been investigating the place value of numbers up to one million. We decided to have a play around with counters and place value charts to help us get to grips with these larger numbers. Mr Beattie said we could even draw images on the table to support our learning! Have a look at what we did!

Our Learning Journey

We have started our learning journey by gaining a sense of what life was like during the Tudor period. Macaws participated in a carousel of activities based around this time period. We looked into: early exploration, Tudor transport, food and drink, Kings and Queens, fashion and learnt some interesting facts through a quiz! We had great fun and learnt lots of eye opening facts - we even made our own sea biscuits! 

Sir Francis Drake even surprised the children with an appearance!

Tudor Life in Macaws

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