White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Magpies 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. 



'The Same But different ...'

 In our learning this term, we will be celebrating the differences within communities around the world. We will be delving into different religions, cultures, beliefs and celebrating the diversity found in us all. We invite parents and carers to attend our learning celebration on Thursday 28th November at 2.30 pm.  



PE for Magpies will be on Friday mornings and Dance will be on Wednesday 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.  



Thursday 26th September - Reach Outdoors starts for 3 weeks

October - Black History Month 

Tuesday 8th October and Wednesday 9th October - Parents' Evening

Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October - Individual School Photos 

Wednesday 16th October - Last day of half term

Monday 28th October - First day back after half term 

Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November - Anti-bullying Week 

Thursday 28th November - Year 5 and 6 Learning Celebration

Wednesday 4th December - Reports out 

Saturday 7th November - WRAPS Christmas Fayre 

Thursday 19th December - Christmas Dinner 

Friday 20th December - Last day of term



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







Autumn term curriculum map


Science - Tuesday 10th December 2019 - Separating Materials


This week, Magpies made an alien soup which was created using a range of materials such as: sand, paper clips, water, salt, food colouring and pasta to investigate whether we could separate the materials back to their original properties. Jack questioned "will the salt turn yellow when the water evaporates because of the food colouring?". Magpies managed to retrieve some of the objects, although found that they were unable to retrieve the food colouring after it had mixed with the water.

Music - Thursday 5th December 2019 - Creating Musical Notations


In Music, Year 5 created their own musical notations and body percussions to perform. They had a short period of time to discuss and walk through  their performances before performing them to the class either individually or in pairs. They were challenged with making a range of sounds without using their voices. Well done Magpies!


Science - 25th November 2019 - Materials


This week Magpies have been carrying out scientific experiments to understand the differences between solutions and mixtures. We looked at how particles differ between liquids, solids and gases and discussed reversible and irreversible change. We noticed that we could separate salt-water, which showed it was a reversible change. We also created posters in groups to demonstrate this process and presented these to the rest of the class. We will now be writing an explanatory text to explain how the process of separating salt and water.

Wednesday 20th November 2019 - Buddhism Workshop


Today, Year 5 had a visit from Jeremy and Jeanine Woodward who are Buddhist.  As part of our Religious Education learning, they talked to us about the Buddhist faith. Some of the main precepts of Buddhists is to be kind, to treat each other with respect, not to kill, and not to tell lies. We came up with some of our own precepts. We also looked at a map to see where the Buddhist faith originated and how the faith spread around Asia. 

Our visitors explained to us what Karma means to Buddhists. They explained that doing something with intent comes back to you. Doing something kind can have a positive impact just as doing something unkind with intent may have a consequence. They explained that they believe that everything in life is interlinked.

Jeanine showed us a piece of paper and got us to think about how making the piece of paper is interlinked. From the people who cut the trees down, to the lorry drivers who transport the paper, she explained that we need all the links to work together.  

As Buddhism spread throughout Asia, there became different strand of Buddhism. They have different artefacts too. A statue or ornament of Buddha is there to remind them of the first Buddha. It is not who they worship. Prayer wheel, they put mantras inside and you then spin it so that they prayer are set throughout the world.

Prayer flags have the wind horse in the middle and they have mantras written around them. They are left in the wind. They are just left them for the mantras to spread even when they get tatty. Each colour represents something: Blue- Sky, White – Air, Red – Fire, Green – Water and Yellow – Earth.

Anti-bullying week - 11th - 17th November 2019


Over the duration of this week, Magpies took part in a range of anti-bullying activities. On Tuesday, the whole class participated in wearing odd socks as part of a national campaign to show that everyone is unique. We had a go at creating our own socks to show that every design is different, pictured is just some of the socks we designed.

Religious Visit - Wednesday 6th November 2019 - Humanist


Today in Magpies, we had a Humanist come in to tell us about their beliefs and how it differs from other beliefs. We considered how different objects can have different meanings to people. There was a lot of reflective learning and we finished the lesson by looking at the 5 things that make us happiest.

Art - Evaluating Christopher Ofili's Artwork - Thursday 31th October 2019


Today in Magpies we evaluated the work of artist Christopher Ofili. The painting we looked at was called Afrodizzia and we explored how he used certain colours to express his feelings. We concluded that the bright contrasting colours presented a positive and joyous view towards his emotions. We then used different colours in our paintings to explore how we can use this to contrast and harmonise our work.

Reach Outdoors - Kayaking - Wednesday 16th October 2019


As part of our Outdoor and Adventurous activities learning, we were lucky enough to take part in Kayaking at Goodrington with Reach Outdoors. After bringing the kayaks back to shore, we managed to get in the sea for a little swim!

Monday 14th October 2019 - RE - Hinduism Workshop


As part of our Learning Journey topic 'The same but different', we have been learning about different religions. Today, we all took part in a workshop about the Hindu faith. We learnt about the different goods such as Bramha who is the Creator God, Vishnu the Preserver God and Shiva the Destroyer God. We also found out that Hinduism is one of the oldest Religions in the world.

Wednesday 9th October - Dance - Zamble African Dance Company

This morning, Zamble African Dance Company visited the school and performed Assembly with all the children. They were involved in traditional African dancing and chanting.


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Ocean Youth Radio - Y5 "The Same But Different" - Monday 7th October 2019


In Year 5 this week, we were able to take part in a workshop in link with our theme. "The Same But Different". Our class recited the poem "The British" by Benjamin Zephaniah, which was recorded and aired to listeners. 6 children from Magpies and 6 children from Merlins' class were selected to broadcast their learning live. Have a listen!


Science - Circuits - Tuesday 1st October 2019


In science this week, Magpies were predicting and investigating different materials to discover whether they were conductors or insulators. We tested this by creating a circuit consisting of a bulb, wires and a battery. We then put added different materials to the circuit and if the bulb still lit up, then we knew the material was a conductor, if it didn't it was an insulator.


We concluded that if objects were metal, then they would conduct electricity.

Dance - Wednesday 25th September 2019


Today in dance, Magpies used a range of dance moves to express their emotive language. They then were tasked with creating a solo performance that would be performed at the end of the lesson. The dance was performed to the song 'Just give me a reason' and they were tasked with including the following in their performances:

Face in the palm of the hands


Fall to the floor quickly

Stand up and reach out

The solo performances were excellent and it was clear to see the emotions the children were attempting to show.

Guided Reading - 20th September 2019


This week in our Guided Reading sessions we were exploring different books which are challenging, yet exciting. Group 5 have been focussing on 'The Chronicles of Narnia' and some groups have been looking at the popular pantomime story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We have completed a range of activities (questioning, inference and prediction) to demonstrate our understanding of the stories.

Monday 9th September - Populations of different places


Today in Magpie's class we worked in small groups to look at the population of different towns and cities. These were given in the form of place value counters, so we then deciphered these to find the population of these locations and then wrote them in number form.

Science - Classifying Materials - Friday 6th September 2019


In today's science lessons we looked at a range of materials and discussed their similarities and differences. We then had a go at classifying them into Venn and Carroll diagrams by either writing or drawing the materials in them. We looked at a range of key vocabulary that we could classify them under:

- Transparency

- Absorbency

- Hardness

- Flexibility

Science - Classifying materials

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