White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School



Merlins are resilient, resourceful and energetic. They are independent and use creativity to achieve excellent results to become successful young adults. Merlins are keen to explore their environments and enjoy exciting adventures further afield.



'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 PHSE, we will develop our understanding of how to support each other and make a positive contribution to the school and wider community. 



PE for Merlins will be on Friday 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 

Monday 17th September - Swimming Session 1

Monday 21st September - Swimming Session 2

Friday 25th September - Whole School Individual Photos

Monday 28th September - Swimming Session 3

Thursday 1st October - Black History Month 

Monday 5th October - Swimming Session 4

Wednesday 7th October - Parents' evening

Monday 12th October - Swimming Session 5

Thursday 14th October - Parents' evening 

Thursday 15th October - Kayaking and Raft Building

Thursday 22nd October - Kayaking and Raft Building

Friday 23rd October - Break up for Half Term

Monday 2nd November - Non-Pupil Day 

Tuesday 3rd November - Children back 

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 (Mrs Gidley) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mrs Foster).



LETTER - Return to school - Year 5 - September 2020


Autumn TERM


Autumn term curriculum map


Friday 27th November 2020 - Home Learning - Dialogue Writing 

Here are some links to Roald Dahl books to help you find a small section of dialogue to complete your home learning this week. 

Thursday 26th November 2020 - PHSE - NSPCC and Childline

This week, we have been thinking about how to keep ourselves safe. In class, we have discussed who we can talk to and who can support us. We watched an assembly created by the NSPCC and Childline. They gave us lots of information to help us and talked about who we can contact if we need help. 


Monday 16th November 2020 - PHSE - Anti-Bullying Week

Today marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week. This morning, we listened to Mrs Tomkinson's assembly and watched 'Andy and The Odd Socks' singing this years new song. Lots of us wore odd songs to celebrated that every is unique. 

Friday 13th November 2020 - PHSE - Armistice Day

This week, we have been remembering all those who have been in conflicts since The First World War. On Armistice Day, we did our two-minute silence while we thought of all those who had made sacrifices for others. To link this with our Learning Journey we looked at a poem. We thought about the structure, the poet's choice of language and the different ways we could interpret it. We have also been practising our handwriting to make sure that we are forming all our joins correctly and hitting the criteria for a Year 5 writer. 

Friday 13th November 2020 - Children in Need

Congratulations to Ramona and her Mum. Ramona said to her Mum that if she walked to school in her onesie she would donate TWO WEEKS pocket money to Children In Need. Well done - You looked amazing. 

Friday 6th November 2020 - PHSE - Parliament Week

As part of ‘Parliament Week 2020’, Year 5 have been learning about balanced arguments and debates. We started off by looking at the features of speech writing, in order to help us plan our own balanced argument. After we had completed our writing , some of us stood up and delivered our speech to the rest of the class. We had to make sure our voices were clear and we had a good pace - but not too rushed - so that everyone could hear what we had to say. We have shown that we have excellent listening and communication skills and that we are able to share our views with each other.  

Thursday 22nd 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 Merlins! iTrabajo estupendo! Have a look at our videos to see how we are getting on.



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Thursday 22nd October - PE - Reach Outdoors at Goodrington - Part 2

For our second session with Reach Outdoors, we all got to build a raft. We worked together as a team, with one of the instructors, to see which team could build the strongest raft. It was such good fun!

Thursday 15th October - PE - Reach Outdoors at Goodrington

As part of our Outdoor and Adventurous activities learning, we were lucky enough to take part in some body boarding at Goodrington with Reach Outdoors. While we were in the water, we were able to work on our water confidence. We we also learning about important water-based skills and how to keep ourselves safe. 

Merlins at Goodrington

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Merlins at Goodrington

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Merlins at Goodrington

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Friday 9th October 2020 - Writing - Dr Mae 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.

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-potrait 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 Merlins 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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