White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School

 

The Brambling can be found most commonly in the British Isles during the cold winter months, the rest of the year it explores other regions of the world - just like the explorers we will be focusing on during the Autumn term! They travel in large groups (usually in the thousands!) and we will take this characteristic of this bird and use it in our classroom to ensure that there is a sense of teamwork to encourage all children to work together and support each other on their learning journey!

WELCOME TO BRAMBLINGS

 

The class teacher for this year is Miss Hannah Tucker. The LSAs that work within this class are: Mrs Foulkes and Mrs Rose.

 

The theme for the Summer term is 'To Infinity... and Beyond - Space!'. We asked the children what their interests were and what they would like to learn about and space was a very popular suggestion! We have already 'kicked off' our theme with a Space Day full of different space related activities. We will continue to inspire the children and explore the subject of space in many different ways within school as well as having the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips! 

For more information on our curriculum please look at our Summer Term Curriculum Plan below.

 

The theme for the Spring term was a whole school theme called 'We Are Seven Billion Stars'. We used this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmcRa70LHe8) as our hook and initial talking point to discuss what the term community meant to the children. We had a visit from Occombe Farm which gave the children a first hand experience of how to care for chickens. We were fundraising throughout this term to enable us to purchase and raise our very own flock of chickens! 

 

The theme for the Autumn term was 'Explore'. Initially we looked at exploring 'under the sea' and the next area of children's interest was the Rainforests. Some of the exciting learning opportunities that have happened include; a trip to Brixham Fish Market and a tour of the Golden hind, as well as a beach trip where we will be exploring the rock pools and creating team sand art! There is a history focus during this half term beginning with Sir Francis Drake and the history of pirates. 

During the second half of the Autumn term, the children have explored the Rainforest. The children in KS1 have been to the zoo and explored Rainforest animals. They researched and focused on the different elements of the Rainforest including the layers, animals that inhabit it as well as the wide variety of plants. To enhance their learning on the Rainforest we also looked at Fairtrade and created posters to present the facts that we have learnt.

For more information on our curriculum please look at our Autumn Term Curriculum Plan below. 

 

P.E. days: Thursday and Friday

 

Home Learning: Handed out on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning, if you wish.

 

Team Leader: Mrs Sarah Jarrett.

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher (Miss Tucker) or contact the Team Leader.

sjarrett@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

htucker@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

UP COMING EVENTS...

Space Showcase - Thursday 25th June

Curriculum Plan Summer Term 1 - To Infinity... and Beyond!

When I'm Gone (KS1 Performance)

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Library Van Visit

Bramblings visited the library van this week and were able to choose some exciting new books for our school library. Pop in to our school library and have a look at what we chose... 

The quails have laid eggs!

 

More 'eggciting' news from the White Rock Chicken Coop. Our quails have laid their very first eggs. We all had a very close look at the egg itself as well as what it looked like inside.

Live web chat with Christopher Lintott

We were lucky enough to have a live web chat with an astrophysicist called Christopher Lintott. Christopher used to be a pupil at White Rock and he told us that when he was at our school he loved science and was always asking lots of questions about why things happened.

He talked to us about space and the planets and answered lots of our questions.

Explorer Dome

To really make our theme come alive we were able to visit the Explorer Dome. We learnt lots of new facts and saw some amazing images of stars! We are all very excited to now make up our own stories from looking at the patterns made in the night sky!

Cinema Visit

Maths

We have begun to explore the concept of measurement within our maths sessions. We have been investigating different units of measurement and finding the most interesting objects possible to measure! We had the opportunity to go into the playground to complete our learning as well as in the classroom. 
 

Chicken and Quail UPDATE!

We went to visit our chickens and quails in their new home! We cannot believe have fast they have grown! Everyone had the chance to go into the pen and investigate the new coop. We all think our chicks will be very happy there!

To Infinity... and Beyond!

We had a fantastic space day full of exciting adventures and activities. We all had an opportunity to: sketch ourselves on the moon; dance like astronauts; compose a space inspired soundscape; learn the names and order the planets and witness a rocket experiment. We even got to meet some 'real life' astronauts and a 'NASA commander'...

Curriculum Plan Spring Term 1 - We Are Seven Billion Stars

Year 1 Mathematics Spring Term Objectives

Compare, describe and solve practical problems for:

  • Lengths and heights [for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half]
  • Mass/weight [for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than]
  • Time [for example, quicker, slower, earlier, later]

Measure and begin to record the following:

  • Lengths and heights
  • Mass/weight
  • Time (hours, minutes, seconds)
  • Recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.

 

  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs
  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
  • Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero
  • Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7 = – 9.
  • Solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.

The chickens and quails are growing!

Maths - Repeated Addition
Maths - Investigating different lengths of time!

Map Investigation

As part of our Geography focus for this half term we have been exploring the different features of a map.

WORLD BOOK DAY!

To celebrate World Book Day we all dressed up as one of our favourite characters from a Traditional Tale. Everybody looked fantastic! We really enjoyed exploring all different types of books and sharing our favourite ones with Year 4! 

To celebrate World Book Day we visited a local book shop!

The chicks have arrived!!

Day eleven in the White Rock chicken incubator! We candled our eggs in a dark room using a bright torch. Have a look at the pictures below to see what is happening...

There was a crack in the egg and the first egg tooth appeared.......

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We were all visiting the incubator for regular updates and are very excited about our new arrivals!

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Then there were two.........

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KS1 cake sale!

The children in KS1 decided to do a 'chicken cake sale' to raise money for our own chicken coop. For home learning they designed and made their cakes and then sold them to the rest of the school. Thank you for all your help!

We raised an amazing £403.84

FARMER DAY

The children in Year 1 and 2 had a day of 'immersion' in our topic. They spent the day dressed up as farm characters. We had Verity's Grandma, who is a farmer, come to visit us and talk about different types of chickens and how to care for our eggs.

The activities the children experienced were collage, making chocolate crispy nests, Six Little Chicks quiz, labelling and setting up the incubator and walking around the school grounds for the best place for our chicken coop! It was a busy and fun filled day!