White Rock Primary School

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White Rock Primary School

Welcome to Yr 1 Buntings Class

Buntings are a family of birds that includes the Cirl Bunting.  This bird is very rare and can be found by the coast in South Devon.  Just like us!  Many Buntings are long distant migrants which means they travel many miles around the world every year.  Just like our Explorers we are learning about in this Term's theme! 

The Class Teacher in Buntings for this year is Miss Sarah Durnford.  Our Learning Support Assistants in this class are Mrs Debbie Tummon and Mrs Sandra Wooll.  


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 Spring Term is a whole school Theme called 'Seven Billion Stars. We used this video  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmcRa70LHe8as our hook and an initial talking point to discuss what the term community meant to the children. On the first day back all children and adults came dressed in the uniform for their community. Recently, we have had a visit from Occombe Farm recently which gave the children a first hand experience of how to care for chickens. We will be fundraising throughout this term to enable us purchase and raise our very own flock of chickens!


The Theme for Autumn Term was "Explore".  Initially we explored "Under the Sea" and then explored areas according to the children's interests. Some of the exciting learning opportunities that experienced included a trip to Brixham to the fish market and a tour of the Golden Hind as well as a Beach trip where we explored rock pools and created team sand art! There was a History focus beginning with Sir Francis Drake and the history of Pirates.  For more information on our curriculum, click on the Autumn Term plan.


P.E. Days:  Wednesdays and Fridays


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 Durnford) or contact the Team Leader.




Transition day - Thursday 2nd July

Summer Term Curriculum Plan

When I'm Gone (KS1 Performance)

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Library Van Visit

Buntings 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... 

Sunflower Day

We are taking part in a school wide sunflower competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. We had a whole say learning about sunflowers to get ourselves ready. In Science we thought about what a sunflower needs to grow and made posters to share our ideas. In Art we looked closely and at sunflower and drew a detailed picture, we also wrote some acrostic poems about sunflowers.

Buntings have been learning facts about the different planets in our solar system. We have had an exciting treasure hunt to find the facts and then learned them using actions. We are making a non fiction booklet about the solar system at the moment, so these facts will come in handy! Have a look at Jamie, Euan and Freya practising their actions...

Euan and Freya

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This week Buntings took part in a special 'Rocket Day'. We started by designing and labeling our own rockets and thinking about how we would join the different parts together. We explored materials and finally created our rockets using recycled material.
Buntings are learning all about poetry. We started by listening to other children read some poems and then learned a poem which we performed to the rest of our class. We added actions and thought carefully about how we would engage our audience. Noah, Evie and Jasmine decided to take it in turns to say a line whereas Sahana, Samantha, Lauren and Eloise thought it would sound best said altogether. 

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.

This week we have been reading 'Laura's Star' by Klaus Baumgart. We thought carefully about the beginning, middle and end and the language the author used to engage the reader. Alfie and Euan used connectives, adjectives and a variety of punctuation in their writing and both are now in our 'Hall of Fame'. Have a look at their writing below!

Live Web Chat with Christopher Lintott...... We were lucky enough to have a live web chat with an astrophysicist 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.

Space Explorer Dome came to visit us...


Explorer Dome came to visit and we all got to crawl through the tunnel into the dome. Inside the dome we learnt lots of exciting new facts about space and the planets, experienced star gazing and listened to some really exciting stories.

These are some of the facts we learnt:

The moon is made from rock - Jamie

Orion's belt has 3 stars - Freya

There are too many stars to count - Bailey

Cinema Visit

Writing Hall of Fame...

Year 1 have introduced a new 'Hall of Fame' for writing. There are lots of different targets to achieve, including full stops and capital letters, adjectives and thinking about the reader. When we achieve these targets in our writing, our learning and a photo are displayed on the 'Hall of Fame'. We are all very excited and trying our best to produce some outstanding pieces of writing.


We have begun to explore the concept of measure within our Maths sessions. We have been investigation 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 of the planets and witness a rocket experiment. We even got to meet some real life astronauts and a NASA commander...

Spring Term 1 Curriculum Plan - 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!

This week in Buntings we have started using arrays to help us count in 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. We chose a number and investigated how many different arrays we could make. Noah found that he could make 12 with 2 groups of 6, Max used 2 10 pieces of numicon to make 20 and Alfie found that he could make 10 using 5 groups of 2 counting bears. Have a look below to see what else we found out.


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! 

Year 4 came to help us read our favourite books...

We visited Torbay book shop to celebrate World Book Day and use our £1 book tokens.

Egg tooth

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Then there were two

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Day 11 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...



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.

We raised an amazing £403.84!


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 looking for the best place for our Chicken Coop! It was a busy and fun filled day!

We studied the school grounds with Mr Wingrove to find the best place to keep our chickens.

Here were some of our suggestions...

Daniel - "Behind the Year 2 classrooms because the foxes won't eat them".

Reef - "On the field because when they're older they'll need lots of room".

Theo - "Near the Year 2 classrooms because it has grass and it is peaceful".

Sarah - "On the playground because the children will scare the foxes away".

Freya - "Near the classrooms, on the field so we can come and feed them".

Alya - "Next to Year 2 so that children will hear them and look after them".

Gabrielle - "In the trees because it's sheltered and the foxes won't see them".

Ben and Luca - "We think inside the classrooms because it is warm and cosy!"

Occombe Farm

Autumn Term 2 Curriculum Plan - Exploring the Rainforest

Jungle Poetry

We looked at the features of poems.  We learned how to read poems with rhythm.

Reading with rhythm.AVI

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Look at how good we are at adding!

Chocolate Crispy Cakes


We have been learning about Fairtrade.  We used Fairtrade chocolate to make Crispy Cakes.  We gave them to our parents at our Learning Celebration.

Our trip to Paignton Zoo

Our Trip to Paignton Zoo

As you can see from our photos, we all had a wonderful day at the zoo! We learnt many exciting new facts about the rainforest including the different layers and why the rainforest is so important to us. We got to feel tiger fur, look at animal skulls and even stroked a snakes skin! 

Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Plan - Exploring Under the Sea

Our Trip to Brixham!

KS1 children went on a trip to Brixham in the second week of term. We had a fantastic time and learnt lots! We went to Brixham Fish Market and had a tour from the harbour master. He showed us a variety of fish the fishermen would find in Brixham, the fishing boats, how they weigh and sort the fish and the harbour master's office.


We had lunch on Breakwater beach and then went and explored the Golden Hind. We are now 'Sir Francis Drake' experts. 


One child said "This is the best trip I have ever been on"

Another child said "Wow, I didn't know that female lobsters had that many eggs under their body"

Dougal the Deep-sea Diver came to visit us.......

This week we have been focusing on the text 'Dougal's the Deep Sea Diary'. We thought of questions we wanted to ask Dougal. On Tuesday he came to our school and we hot-seated him. He parked his submarine in Paignton's harbour whilst he was in our school. This week we are also learning to describe a setting in the book 'Atlantis' which is a city under the sea. 

Some of the questions we asked him were:

'How long can you stay under the water for?'

'Did you see any sharks?'

'Who was the ghost pirate?'

'Why did you choose the old rickety boat to dive from?'

Teen numbers

This demonstrates how we teach teen numbers

Teen numbers.

We have been learning this rap in class.

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