White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School


Hawks are highly intelligent creatures, who strive to be committed and enthusiastic in all that they do. Their outstanding vision allows them to seek out opportunities and remain focused. They fly to great heights with speed, diving with great accuracy and precision to achieve their goals, even when facing difficulties.




'Building Britain'




Hawks have their dance session on a Thursday morning and their PE session on a Friday morning. 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.



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.



Monday 6th January 2020 - First day of Spring term

Monday 27th January 2020 - Parents Evening

Thursday 30th January 2020 - Parents Evening

Friday 14th February 2020 - Last day of Spring 1

Monday 24th February 2020 - First day of Spring 2

Thursday 19th March 2020 - Learning Celebration 2.30-3.00

Friday 27th March 2020 - Last day of Spring Term

Wednesday 15th April 2020- First day of Summer Term

Friday 8th May 2020 - May Bank Holiday

Monday 11th May 2020 - SATs - SPaG Paper 1 and 2

Tuesday 12th May 202 - SATs - Reading

Wednesday 13th May 2020 - SATs - Maths Paper 1 and 2

Thursday 14th May 2020 - SATs - Maths Paper 3

Friday 22nd May 2020  - Last day of Summer 1

Monday 1st June 2020 - First day of Summer 2

Tuesday 2nd June 2020 - Friday 5th June 2020 - Year 6 Residential 

Tuesday 14th July 2020 - Year 6 Performances @2pm and 6pm

Monday 20th July 2020 - Leavers Assembly @2pm

Monday 20th July 2020 - Leaver Disco @6pm-7.30pm

Tuesday 21th July 2020 - Woodlands Trip 

Tuesday 21st July 2020 - Last day of Summer Term 





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







Spring term curriculum map

Thursday 5th March 2020 - Literacy - World Book Day

Today was World Book Day. We dressed up as some of our favourite book characters; some of us dressed as ourselves because we are all authors. This morning, we tested our book knowledge by getting into teams and completing the World Book Day 2020 Quiz. Later on in the day, we shared stories with Year 2 and followed the book trail around the school.

Friday 28th February 2020 - Maths - Coordinates

To continue our Maths learning around geometry, Hawks have been learning about the reflection, translation and rotation of shapes in a variety of contexts. Today, we looked at coordinates and were able to plot shapes onto full coordinate grids and describe the position of the vertices of these shapes. They then plotted the initial of their names and described the positions of the points they had plotted using coordinates. 

Tuesday 11th February 2020 - Science - Electricity

As part of our Science learning this term, Year 6 have been learning about electricity and how to built complete, successful circuits. They carried out an investigation to answer the question, "How does the function of a component vary in different circuits?" They completed a set of five tasks, where they changed the number of cells to see if the voltage made a difference to the performance of a light bulb, motor or buzzer. 

Wednesday 5th February - Maths - Calculating the mean

This week in maths, we have been learning about how to calculate the mean, median, mode and range as an average of a set of data. Hawks measured the height of their learning partner and recorded it in a table. We then calculated the mean height of the class by adding up all the data and dividing the total by how many children were measured. 

Thursday 30th January - Fire Safety

Key Stage 2 children were visited today by some real-life Firemen! They talked about how the children can be aware of fire safety and what to do in the event of a fire emergency.

Friday 31st January 2020 - Art / History

As part of our History learning this term, Year 6 have been learning about the Battle of Waterloo. We have linked our Learning Journey with our Art learning to sketch an image of Napoleon. Year 6 have been learning to appreciate the value of working from a visual reference so that their artwork is accurate. They have applied their knowledge of experimenting with line and their observation skills. 

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 - History / Speaking & Listening / Science

As part of our historical and scientific learning, Year 6 have been looking at the invention of the light-bulb. By writing and presenting arguments, the children have used their speaking and listening skills to debate whether the true inventor was Swan or Edison. They have researched and examined historical sources to inform their arguments and written persuasively to present their opinions and attempt to persuade the opposing side to change their viewpoints.

Tuesday 14th January 2020 - History - Inference skills

This week we have been learning about World War One. We have been looking at a variety of sources and using our inference skills to help us to think about what they can tell us about the life as a soldier during World War One. We will be using this information to inform a diary entry from the perspective of a soldier on the front line. 

Thursday 9th January 2020 - Art - Drawing

This term our topic for Art is 'Drawing'. We are going to look at how artists use different drawing techniques and equipment to have an impact on their audience. First, we were given the task to draw a bicycle from memory. Then we were given 10 minutes to draw the bicycle again, but this time using a reference. We then compared the two drawings to see which was more accurate.




Autumn term curriculum map


Wednesday 4th December - Science

Year 6 are studying the circulatory system in Science, and as part of our learning about the heart we were able to watch the dissection if a sheep's heart. By looking at and examining the hearts we were able to contextualise our knowledge of the parts of the heart and how they function in preparation for writing a report about the heart.

Thursday 28th November 2019 - Art- Year 6 Learning Celebration

Today, we held our learning celebration, in the hall, for this term's topic, 'The same but different.'

Each class in Upper Years,  had a large canvas, which we turned into our own piece of artwork. We all prepared our sketchbooks to help us develop techniques and think about our use of colour.  We were inspired by the artist Chris Ofili.

Thank you for all those who were able to attend, but don't worry if you couldn't come, here are some photos to show you what we did. 

Wednesday 20th November 2019 - RE- Buddhist 

Today, Year 6 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.

Friday 15th November - Children in Need

The Big Morning Move is the perfect activity to kick off your day of fun-filled fundraising. The children will feel fresh and focused after taking part in this specially tailored activity session. Year 6 donated £1 each and participated with the live stream of Joe Wicks and his Big Morning Move, designed especially for Children in Need!


Tuesday 12th November 2019 - PSHE - Anti-Bullying

Today, Hawks wore odd socks to school. This is to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week. As a whole school, we sang and danced to 'Change' by Andy and the Odd Socks, which was recorded and is going to be made into a video. This video is going to be sent to Breeze FM. 

Wednesday 6th November 2019 - RE - Humanist Workshop

Today, Hawks had a visit from a member of the Humanist UK society. As part of their Religious Education learning, they were introduced to the belief systems of Humanists. Humanists believe that this life is the only life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They have trusted to the scientific method, evidence, and reason to discover truths about the universe and have placed human welfare and happiness at the centre of their ethical decision making. This visit will help Year 6 children to consider all manners of faith and belief systems and further visits from members of other faith societies will enrich their knowledge of the various cultures and faiths that make up our diverse country.

Wednesday 30th October 2019 - Maths - Fractions on a number line


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

Monday 14th October 2019 - Art - Jewellery Workshop


Today, we had a visit from John Doble, of Doble's Jewellers, to launch the Breeze FM's Young Designer of the Year 2019. They are asking children aged 12 and under to design a unique piece of jewellery for a loved one this Christmas. The Breeze and Doble Jewellers will judge all of your wonderful entries and a winner will be selected to have their creation beautifully crafted in Doble's workshop, using materials to the value of £500! They showed us some different jewellery and talked to us about how some items can hold secret messages. We also saw a ring that could turn into a bracelet along with another ring that could hold poison! A White Rock pupil won this competition last time, so let's keep our fingers crossed!

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 gods 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.


Still image for this video


Still image for this video

Friday 4th October 2019 - PE - Dodgeball


Today in PE we played a game of dodgeball. Dodgeball is a team sport in which players on two teams try to throw balls and hit opponents while avoiding being hit themselves. There is a lot of skill involved with dodgeball which Hawks will be learning about in the upcoming weeks. 


Friday 27th September 2019 - Drama - Paddleboat Theatre


Today, we got to watch a performance from The Paddleboat Theatre about the life of a famous journalist called Clare Hollingworth. She was the first person to report the start of World War Two. We were all very interested in finding out about her life and all amazing this she did. 

In the afternoon, we also did a workshop with the actors. We had to think about all the characteristics you would need to be a good journalist. 

Wednesday 18th September 2019 - Learning Journey - Newspaper Articles


This week we have been learning about and planning newspaper articles. Our Learning Question was, 'can I use grammar and vocabulary to shift levels of formality in my writing?' We used the book 'The Island' by Armin Greder as a stimulus and reported on the invasion of the Island by the unidentified man. Today we have been writing our articles up onto templates. 



Thursday 12th September 2019 - PE - Reach Outdoors: Coasteering


Coasteering is an exhilarating, combined rock and water activity that Year 6 have loved! Catered to every individual level, this activity is suitable for those with no fear of heights or water as well as those who may not be quite so confident.  During their Coasteering trip, Hawks experienced rock climbing and scrambling techniques, as well as how to jump from heights into the sea safely. Wearing sturdy footwear, wet suits, buoyancy aids and helmets, Hawks traveled along the Fishcombe Cove section of the coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea. They all had a fantastic afternoon and even spotted a family of seals!

Tuesday 10th September 2019 - Maths - Comparing Large Numbers


Today, we played a card game with our learning partners to show our understanding of comparing large numbers. We each had 10 cards and one at a time, we turned over a card and chose where to place it. The goal was to make the largest number possible. We got quite competitive towards the end! 

Thursday 5th September 2019 - Maths - Place Value


Today, we looked at large number's and talked to each other about the different values of the digits. We then went on to multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. We used the Maths equipment to help us show our understanding, as well as using the large number within a number story. 

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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