White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Eagles are high flyers, tenacious hunters and have excellent vision. Once they have a goal in mind they strive to obtain it and never let it slip through their talons. As King of Skies, they soar high with ambition and innovation.


This Terms Theme

'Once upon a time...’


Year six will be focusing on writers that have had an impact all over the world. JK Rowling, Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, Anne Frank, Michael Rosen, William Shakespeare and Floella Benjamin have all left lasting legacies on the world of writing and the children will be exploring why. In addition to the creative elements, they will concentrate on the technical aspects of writing and what features contribute to various genres of writing. 


P.E & Dance Days

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

We will ensure that they are sent home at the end of every half term


Home Learning Days

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. All pupils in Year 6 are expected to complete their Home Learning to a high standard and be handed in on the due date. Those pupils who have not completed the task will be expected to stay in during the first twenty minutes of Thursday lunchtime.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday 8th January 2019 - Start of Spring Term

Wednesday 6th February - UK Parliament Assembly 

Thursday 14th February 2019 - Break up for half term

Monday 25th February 2019- First day back after half term 

Thursday 28th March 2019 at 2.30pm-3.00pm - Year 6 Learning Celebration

Friday 5th April 2019 - End of Spring  Term

Monday 23rd April 2019 - Start of Summer Term

Wednesday 24th April 2019 - Space Dome - Evolution and Inheritance 

Monday 13th May 2019 - SATs - English SPaG Paper 1 and 2

Tuesday 14th May 2019 - SATs - English Reading

Wednesday 15th May 2019 - SATs - Mathematics: Paper 1 - Arithmetic and Paper 2 - Reasoning

Thursday 16th May 2019 - Mathematics: Paper 3 - Reasoning

Friday 25th May 2019 - Break up for half term

Monday 20th May 2019 - Parent Meeting for the Year 6 Residential 6.00pm-6.30pm

Monday 3rd  June 2019- First day back after half term 

Monday 17th June 2019 - Thursday 20th June 2019 - Year 6 York Residential 

Thursday 18th July 2019 - Year 6 Performance @2pm and @6pm

Monday 22nd July 2019 - Year 6 Leavers Assembly @2pm

Monday 22nd July 2019 - Year 6 Leavers Disco - 6pm-7.30pm

Tuesday 23rd July 2019 - Woodlands Trip

Tuesday 23rd July 2019 - Last day of Summer Term 


Meet The Team

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).



Tuesday 16th July 2019 - LGBTQ Workshop

Today, Year 6 took part in a LGBTQ workshop. We had visitors from an organisation called Proud2Be. They really got us thinking about what we say and how our actions can have an impact on others. 

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. 

Monday 8th July 2019- Drama -  Making props 

The end of year performance is getting very close. We have begun to make the set and props to use in the show. 

Monday 1st 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. 

Wednesday 26th June 2019- Drama -  Rehearsals

This week, Year 6 have begun their rehearsals for the end of year production. We have already managed to learn three songs and dances. We are all working really hard so that our audience enjoys 'Robin Hood and his Sherwood Hoodies'.

Friday 15th June 2019- Home Learning -  Lyrics

Here is a link for the second song (Helping Hand) in this year's performance - 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies'.





Thursday 13th June 2019 - York Residential Information

Some of the pupils have asked for the itinerary and checklist.

Not long now!

Monday 10th June 2019- Let's Think in English

Today, we have completed a 'Let's think in English' session about a book called 'The chronicles of Harris Burdick'. We looked at some images that he had drawn and discussed the possible genres of each of the tales. 

Friday 7th June 2019- Home Learning -  Lyrics

Here is a link for the first song in this year's performance - 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies'.


Tuesday 4th June 2019- York Residential - Facebook Page

Here is the information if you would like to sign up to the Facebook page. Remember you will need to look for the group and people will only be accepted if they have submitted their name on the slips. When we are away in York, you will be able to add people on a list in the office. When searching for the group, please click the 'group' tab at the top of the page!

Monday 3rd June 2019 - Science - Heart rate

Eagles class have been using their scientific thinking skills to investigate this problem:

Laura says:

'I can control my heart rate.'

Is she correct?

They have thought about how they can conduct their experiment, the data that they need to collect and how they can make it a fair test.

Eagles have learnt to take their own pulse rate and performed various different exercises to try and change their heart rate.

Friday 24th May 2019- Drama - Auditions for the Year 6 Performance.

Today, some of us auditioned for parts in the end of year production. We all felt a bit nervous but gave it a good go. Watch out for photos of our rehearsals after half term!

Monday 13th May - SATs Week.

This is an important week for Year 6 as they take their Key Stage 2 SATs assessments. We've charged their brains by filling their bellies with breakfast every morning this week... 

Tuesday 30th April 2019- PHSE- Drug and Alcohol Awareness Workshop.

This week, Year 6 had a visitor come into class to talk about different drugs and how they can effect our bodies. We learnt that some drugs - such as the ones prescribed by a doctor - can help us, whereas others can be dangerous and are illegal. We also thought about drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, which we can get over the counter. Here are some photos of us at the talk: 

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - Science - Explorer Dome visit.

Year 6 were lucky enough to have been visited by Space Odyssey, who presented their Natural Selection and Evolution Show. This supports the year 6 Science Curriculum topic of Evolution and inheritance and this fascinating subject was presented in an original and spectacular fashion! A breathtaking film following Charles Darwin on his voyage of discovery.

Thursday 28th March 2019 - Year 6 Learning Celebration 

Today we performed our Learning Celebration to our parents. Here we are waiting for them to arrive:


We produced some fantastic Artwork to show our adults and we completed some magazine articles. 


Friday 15th March 2019 - Comic Relief 

Today we were able to wear non-school uniform to help to fundraise for Comic Relief. We also did some activities to add more funds to this great cause. 

Monday 11th March - Science - The Wind Turbine Challenge



To celebrate Science Week Eagles took part in the Wind Turbine Challenge.

They were asked to design a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the
floor up to bench height. The winning team were the ones producing a machine that lifted the most weight.

The design of the wind turbines was linked to the work of charity Practical Action, who use science and technology to help lift the world's poorest people out of poverty by giving them solutions to their technical needs, such as renewable energy.

Kieran, Connor, Ieesha and Casey

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Thursday 7th March - Art - Portraits 

Eagles have continued to explore Tudor Portraits and the children have used their sketchbooks to research, collect ideas and explore techniques with paints, pencils and oil pastels before committing their ideas to a final portrait.

Thursday 7th March 2019 - Reading - World Book Day 

This year, for World Book Day, Eagles teamed up with Condors 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. 

Thursday 28th February - PSHE

As part of our learning about Citizenship and modern British Values, we have been focusing on Rule of Law and Democracy by seeing how the British Houses of Parliament operate and represent us.

We have been fortunate enough to borrow a Parliament Loan Box and use it to debate our own laws, including 'should children be made to wear School Uniform?' and 'Should the voting age be lowered to 16?'

Parliament's loan boxes help develop classroom debates, introduce the concept of law making and support pupils' understanding of the democratic process through active learning.

Tuesday 26th February 2019 - Music - Recorders 

In Music, we have been learning to play 'Tudor Feast' in preparation for our Learning Celebration. We have learnt the notes , A, B, C, D and E. We had to really concentrate to get all the note in the correct order. 

Dance - Gymnastics Spring 1 Half Term

In Year 6 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 learnt how to do forward rolls accurately and side rolls, as you can see in the photographs.

Thursday 14th February 2019 - General Knowledge - Timeline

Today we were developing our general knowledge information by playing the game 'Timeline'. We talked about different historical events and decided on their chronological order. Any events we were unsure of, we researched online. 

Tuesday 12th February 2019 - Art - Elizabeth I's Collages

Today, we have been using ideas from other artists to help inform us about our drawings of Elizabeth I. We have been inspired by the Elizabethan artists use of colour and the symbols within their artwork.

Tuesday 5th February - Maths - The Mean Height

Today, we used metre-sticks to measure how tall we are. We used calculators  to add all the heights together and then used our skills of long division to work out the mean height in Eagles class. During the week, we have been learning about different averages (mean, mode, median and range) and how they are calculated. 

Monday 4th February 2019 - Science - Eye Colour

In Science, we have been looking at how we inherit different features from our parents. We have been working out how the colour of your eyes are linked to your parents. 

Friday 25th January 2019 - Music Performance 

Today we have been lucky enough to have two musicians 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 us were lucky enough to play some of the instruments with them. 

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - Spelling - 'ough' words

This week, we have been learning about 'ough' words and have complete a dictation exercise:

I take it you already know,

Of tough and bough and cough and dough.

Others may stumble, but not you,

On although, thorough, plough and through.

We have also been putting these words into groups to help us remember the spellings. 


Thursday 8th January 2019 - Learning Journey - Elizabeth I's Religious Settlement

This week we have been beginning to look at the changes in religion during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The photos below are us deciding on whether the statements belong to the Catholic faith or the Protestant faith. Elizabeth I  knew that both faiths would need to compromise for them to get along. Next week we will be looking at one of her speeches. 

Tuesday 8th January 2019 - Fire Safety Talk

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 had a very important talk this morning. They learned about fire safety, including fire hazards around the home, the emergency services and how to stay safe. The children had really good knowledge but also learned lots of new information to help keep them and those around them safe. 

Academic Year 2018-2019

Autumn Term Curriculum Map

Thursday 6th December 2018 - Year 6 Learning Celebration

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Learning Celebration this afternoon. The children we very proud to share their class book and perform the poems for you. Here are a few photos of the afternoon.  

Tuesday 4th December 2018 - Art - Year 6 Project

Today we had a go at producing some origami fish to add to our display. It was quite a challenged but we all persevered. The finished result was amazing.

Some of us also began to do some seahorses, while others in the class used plastic bags to create fish and a giant seagull.

Tuesday 4th December 2018 - PE - Table Tennis Tournament Final

This Term, Year 6 have been taking part in a Table Tennis tournament.  Pupils from each of our four houses took part and today was the final.

Well done to everyone who took part and made it such a success.

Wednesday 28th November 2018 - Literacy - Performance Poems

As part of our Home Learning, we were asked to memorise and perform a poem to the rest of the class. At times, some of us found it a bit awkward and embarrassing but we all had a go and encourage each other.



Friday 23rd November 2018 - Art - The Year 6 Art Project 

Today, we completed some designs to create the pier, on the canvas, for our large art project. We then transferred them onto lolly sticks. We thought about engineering designs to inspire us.

Some of us had the chance to paint the background to the canvas and then we stuck on the lolly sticks.

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.

Friday 9th November 2018 - Art and History - Armistice Day

In order to commemorate Armistice Day on the 11th of November, Eagles looked at Historical sources from World War 1. The children then used the information learnt from these sources to write a Diary entry from the perspective of a Soldier serving in the trenches in The Great War. Eagles then used their learning around shape and colour in Art to create an illustration for their History learning.

Monday 5th November 2018 - Computing - Typing Skills

Today, we have been in the ICT suite to type our short stories. We have been thinking about using both our hands to type so that we are quicker and more efficient. We have also used our editing skills to improve our writing. We are looking forward to seeing the final results in our class book which you will  able to read at the Year 6, Learning Celebration on Thursday 6th December at 2.45pm.

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Friday 2nd November 2018 - Anti-Bulling 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.




Thursday 18th October 2018 - Maths - Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

 As part of their Maths learning about Fractions, Eagles have been exploring the value of fractions when expressed as decimals and percentages as well as fractions. They have also shown their understanding of the size of fractions below one whole by placing them on a numberline. Doing this practically on the tables really helps their understanding and fluency.

Tuesday 16th October 2018 - Hate Crime Awareness Week



Today we have had a discussion, in Eagles, about Hate Crime Awareness Week. As a school, we are creating a box of all the things we've been learning about this week.

Monday 15th October 2018 - Maths - Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

In Eagles, we have been working really hard on our knowledge of fraction, decimals and percentages. Mrs Gidley gave us all a different fraction, decimal and percentage and we had to go and find the rest of the people in our group.  

Tuesday 9th October 2018 - Science - Light

This week, we have been answering the question 'Does light travel in straight lines?' At first, we thought that it couldn't just travel in straight lines because light gets everywhere. We had a look at how the light of a torch reacts if you cover it or moved objects in front of it. We noticed that their were beams of light and that the light created shadows. We then lined up some cardboard with a small hole in the centre. We noticed that the light would only travel through the holes if they were lined up exactly. We therefore concluded that light must travel in straight lines.

Friday 28th September 2018 - PE - Danceathon

Eagles had a great time taking part in the Danceathon and helping to raise money for the new dance studio. Here we are busting some moves!

Thursday 27th September 2018 - Science - Light

Today, we have been thinking about how the position of a light source changes a shadow. We have used the metre sticks to take measurements and collect data. As a class, we decided that the higher the light source the shorter the shadow will be.

Tuesday 25th September 2018 - Textiles - Making Pompoms

As part of a bigger project, Eagles have been making pompoms. It was easy to make the pompom makers and wrap the wool around but once we'd cut the wool it was very difficult to keep it together and make the final pompom. We all tried hard and did get a few finished!!!

Friday 21st September 2018 - Spelling - Words ending in '-able' and 'ible'

This week we have been using different strategies to help us remember how to add '-ible', '-able', '-ibly' and '-ably' to the end of words. We have created a class list of all the words we can think of and we know that if we are unsure of how to spell a word, the '-able' ending is more common. Here we are practising saying our spellings to other members of the class:

Tuesday 18th September 2018 - Art - Designing a front cover

As part of our Learning Journey 'A day in the life of a Writer', we have been looking at Anne Frank. In Art sessions, we have made our own designs of the front cover of her book. Here are a few of the finished pieces of artwork:

Thursday 13th September 2018 - Reach Outdoors - The Dewerstone

Wow! What a fantastic day Eagles have had with Reach Outdoors. We have shown that we can work  as a team and lots of us have really challenged ourselves to try new things. When doing our climbing, we all had to check that everyone was keeping up and talk to one another to help if someone was finding it difficult. Some of us were a bit unsure about gorge scrambling but once we started, it was AMAZING! 


Gorge Scrambling

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Gorge Scrambling

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Gorge Scrambling

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Monday 10th September 2018 - Maths - Multiplication

At the start of term, we have begun to think about our Maths skills. We have been using the dienes and other resources to help us visualise bigger numbers. In learning time, we have been ensuring that we are using the correct Mathematical language and showing our understanding by explaining our thoughts to others in the class. This is getting us to think deeper and apply our understanding in new concepts.

Transition Day

In July, we had a great transition day together. We worked so hard in our Writing and Art sessions that we have already completed a display ready for September.

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