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.

Welcome to Y5 Magpies Class


In 5 Magpies, the teacher is Miss Cockle.


PE: Please ensure that PE kit is brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday.  All items of PE kit should be labelled with the child's name and class. 


Home Learning: All home learning is to be completed in your Home Learning books and will be given on a Friday to be completed for the following Wednesday. 


Team Lead: Mrs Sage

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher or contact the Team Lead. 


Mrs Sage: lappleby@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk


KS2 Lead: Mrs Foster: lfoster@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk    



Upcoming Events 


Thursday 19th April 2018:  Reach outdoors

Thursday 26th April 2018: Reach outdoors

Thursday 3rd May 2018: Reach outdoors

Thursday 10th May 2018: Reach outdoors


Academic Year 2017-2018

Tuesday 26th June 2018 - Geological coastal walk

The children took part in a coastal walk from Goodrington Beach to Saltern Cove today and learnt about the geological history of Paignton and how rocks have evolved over time. They thoroughly enjoyed the trip and had great fun exploring all the different types of rocks and how they were formed. 

Monday 25th June 2018 - Paignton Zoo trip

Today, Year 5 visited Paignton Zoo and explored a lot based around evolution and adaptation. The children toured the zoo, discussing on the way the different adaptations that various animals have made in order to suit their environment. They were then part of a workshop with the zoo which talked about the evolution of animals and howthey have changed over millions of years. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt so many new and interesting things. 

Thursday 14th June 2018 - Skills Build Day at South Devon College

Year 5 attended a skills building day at South Devon College where they were taught a variety of useful skills used across and within many different careers and jobs. We had a wonderful afternoon at the college learning some new skills to do with the construction industry. All of our groups took part in different workshops, these included:






This trip taught us that there are many different career paths out there that we may like to consider when we are older and gave us a good taster of a wide variety of industries.

Wednesday 6th June 2018 - Sports Day 

The children were very excited today to work collaboratively together within their house teams. All children demonstrated excellent cooperation and teamwork skills and the day was filled with celebration and enthusiasm. They worked incredibly hard and tried their best across all events!

Thursday 17th May 2018 - Music Soundscapes 

Today, the children combined their Art and Music skills to create their own soundscapes. They sat outside and listened to the environmental sounds around them, thinking about which pictures and drawings could represent the sounds they could hear. 

Wednesday 9th May 2018 - Science

During Science this term, we are learning about the life cycles of plants and animals. Today, we looked at the reproduction of plants and the different parts of daffodils. We dissected them to explore the different parts and discussed the functions of them. 

30th April - Home Learning (Stephen Hawking)

As part of this term's 'Be Curious' theme based around Stephen Hawking, the children were tasked with presenting information about Hawking in various ways. 

Monday 23rd April 2018: Ocean Youth Radio


Today we had a visit from Ocean Youth Radio. We looked at very old footage of Paignton and compared and contrasted the images from years ago to what we know of Paignton today. It was interesting to see how many of our geographical landmarks differ from the images that we saw and how many of our favourite places we visit in the bay, have been transformed beyond recognition.  After looking at the images, we had to create our own adverts encouraging people to come on holiday to Paignton. We learnt how to use the digital recording equipment to record our adverts and look forward to hearing them once they are edited. 

19th April - 10th May: Reach Outdoors

This term, the Year 5 children have had the opportunity to participate in various activities with Reach Outdoors including climbing, kayaking and paddle-boarding. The children have shown great determination across all activities and have tried hard to challenge themselves. 

Spring Term Curriculum Plan

Wednesday 14th March 2018 - Yorkshire Building Society Maths workshop

Today, a couple of members of YBS came to do a workshop with the Year 5 children involving money and budgeting. The children were tasked with planning their own party in teams. They needed to work together to use their understanding of budgeting to discuss the costs of their party and distinguish between what they needed and what they wanted. The children thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and demonstrated a lot of reasoning and thinking skills when working. 

Monday 12th March 2018. Live Music Now Performance


This afternoon we were entertained by Heather and Rosanna from Live Music Now on the concert harp and flute. They presented a repertoire of familiar themes and some classical favourites too such as: Saint Saens, The Swan and Ave Maria. by Schubert. We were really surprised to learn about the origin of the flute and see how many different playing techniques you could use on the flute. This included beat boxing, flutter tonguing and chirping sounds. 

Live Music Now Performance

21st February 2018 - Junkman musician

Over the past couple of days, a musician known as 'The Junkman' has come in to carry out performances and workshops with the children across the school. He has created astonishing and fantastic pieces of music with a variety of different materials ranging from various types of wood and plastic tubing to metal street-lamp covers. The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to have a go on all of the instruments and create their own piece of music as a class. 

8th February 2018: Art


An artist will be visiting Years 5 and 6 and will work with them to create artwork to hang in the mezzanine in school. The children have been experimenting with different patterns and exploring how to create effective designs in preparation for the creation of this artwork.

26th January 2018 - Science home learning


In relation to our science topic of Earth and Space, the children created models and presentations based around research of a planet of their choice.

18th January 2018: Investigating Angles


In our learning in geometric reasoning, we have been learning how to estimate and accurately measure angles. We were given an assortment of angles and had to quickly order them from smallest to largest, estimate their size and describe them using our prior knowledge. After this, we had to accurately measure them and look to see how close we were. We have been exploring angles in everyday contexts to consolidate our understanding.

10th January 2018: Regular and irregular polygons


Today, in Maths, we have been learning to identify regular and irregular polygons. As part of this, we had to make our own polygons from six equilateral triangles.


9th January: Dartmouth Academy Art Day


10 Year 5 students attended an Art morning at Dartmouth Academy today. They worked in the art studio and use a variety of multi-media to portray emotion. This involved working with pastels - using music as a stimuli to mark-make. After this, we painted using ink and created a collage with photographic images of ourselves. The whole morning taught us how to compose a piece of work all based around using colour emotively. 

Autumn Term Curriculum Plan

Tuesday 7th November 2017 - Breakdancing

Year 5 had an exciting afternoon learning how to breakdance. We had Matt from 'Just 4 Funk' in to demonstrate and teach us, which ended with a dance battle to show off our new moves.


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Dance this half term

In Dance in Year 5, we have been using photographs to create dances. We created solos, duets and group dances which then ended in a whole class dance showing the different way photographs are taken and used in everyday life. We had to focus mainly on smooth transitions between each element of the dance. These photographs show us creating photo frames with our bodies.

October 2017: Fire Safety Talk to Year 5


Year 5 had a very informative talk from the fire brigade from Torbay. During this talk we had to spot hazards in various rooms in a household and also learnt how to make a fire escape plan with our families. We all learnt how to increase our awareness of things that could potentially cause fires and also learn what to do in the case of an emergency. After this, one of us was lucky enough to dress up in their uniform and experience the weight that they have to carry around when on duty. 

October 2017: Visit from the police!


In connection with learning about heroes, we were delighted to host a talk from a Year 5 parent who works in the police. We learnt alot about the various roles in the police force and also had a go at being detectives by solving a mystery crime - through examing the clues and the process of deduction. After this, we were very excited as we got to do fingerprinting too! Alot of us are thinking that in the future we may also like to work in the police force.  

October 2017: Animals In Distress


We were delighted to invite some of our local heroes from Animals in Distress charity to come to talk to Upper Years. All of us were amazed at how the charity first began and the amount of animals that are rescued and happily re-homed each year. All of Upper Years were fantastic at donating food and toys to the shelter and thank you to all of you for your kind donations. Animals in Distress were overwhelmed by your kindness and sent each class a certificate of thanks. 

Animals in Distress

Science learning

In Science, we have started learning about forces. We were asked to design and make a parachute using: plastic bags, cubes, string, paper, elastic bands and tape. As we were not told the best way to do it, we had to consider how we could balance the weight of the canopy to the cube. We needed to ensure it floated well but not away and also eventually fall to the ground - but not too quickly! After we designed and made our parachutes, we tested them in groups and he results were very surprising. Through doing this, we have learnt about surface area, gravity and air resistance. 

Friday 29th September 2017 - Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Research


Some of the Year 5 and 6 children were lucky enough to be invited to join the Macmillian Cancer Research coffee morning at Beverley Park. They were able to decorate their own cakes with butter icing and hundreds and thousands. All the children enjoyed eating them and said they were delicious! Here are some photos of our morning:

Peer discussion on heroes


In connection with our new theme, we have been looking at what makes a person a hero. We realised that all of the heroes we could list were very inspirational people and had qualities and had made sacrifices in order to be that way. 

All of us thought about how we could become inspirational people and listed the qualities we are most proud of and discussed the sacrifices we could make to be an inspiration to other people. This included sacrificing our time to help others or give some our personal belongings to charitable causes. 

Peer discussion on heroes

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