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Welcome to Rhino Class!


My name is Mrs Hyde and I'm really looking forward to another amazing year at Barley Close! In my spare time I like to read and bake - recommendations for either will be greatly appreciated! Mrs Woodward, Mrs Kiff and Mrs Cornish will be our teaching assistants this year and we're all excited to be working with the wonderful Rhino Class!


I can't wait to get to know you all properly and to begin learning together. We have lots of things to learn this year - the children will study maths, English, guided reading, spelling and grammar (SPAG), creative topics, PE, swimming and RE. They will also do French and PSHE on a Tuesday afternoon. We are aiming to go on several trips this year, but will give you plenty of notice about when these will be!


It will be great for us all to get to know the children and their families throughout the year. Please feel free to send in notes and I will send a reply at the end of the day if one is needed. Feel free to see me at the end of the day if you'd like to arrange a meeting, or just to chat about something.




In term 5 and 6, we will swim on a Monday and do outdoor PE on a Thursday. Please make sure that your children have appropriate kit, including trainers for outdoors as daps are not suitable for the field.


Remember that there should be no jewellery for either of these sessions. If your child wears earrings and cannot remove them by themselves, can you please ensure that you take them out before school.




New spellings will be sent out on a Wednesday in spelling books. Please practise these with your children, we will also practise them at school during the week.

The previous weeks' spellings will be tested on Wednesdays.



Well done Rhinos on another excellent week. We didn't let the disruption of moving to the Out of School Club for the first part of each day stop us and produced some amazing projects. Our project was based on creating our own countries, and we finished the week with very professional presentations outlining the main features - including what type of government our country would have, as well as it's national anthem! In maths, we focused on calculation and solved some really tricky problems. We started making our Mayan masks, which we will finish on Monday.


Alongside finishing our masks, next week we will be writing and producing our travel brochures in English, thinking about capacity in maths and having a cricket competition against Elephant Class in the afternoon. 


There will be no Big Write this week, as it is the last day of term. On Friday, please remember that it is our Purple Power Project Showcase first thing in the morning. I know that lots of children have been working hard on their Mayan project. If it's not quite finished yet, you still have plenty of time!

Purple Power Project - Term 5

Term 3 Purple Power Project



Wow, what a start to term 2! This week we have been reading newspapers and analysing their features, ready to write our own in a couple of weeks. In maths, we revisited time word problems and saw how much we have improved! In topic, we started looking at the Earth and played a game in which we had to try to work out where in the world we were. In PE, we played partner games which involved lots of changing directions, ready to begin learning the rules of Kabaddi next week! 

Next week we will be writing a report about Halloween, as well as being investigative journalists. We will also be multiplying and dividing using formal methods in maths, learning about how planets move around in topic, persuading each other in RE and continuing with Kabaddi and dance in PE. We will also be focussing on road safety. On Monday, someone will be visiting us to talk to us about how to cross roads safety, On Tuesday and Thursday morning, everyone who has returned a signed form will be able to go out and practise crossing the roads in high-vis tabards. I can't wait to find out how much they've learned!

Our talk topic this week is the Astronaut Chris Hadfield (who wrote the book that we are reading). We will be writing letters to him and hopefully sending some off! 



What an excellent, but busy, week! In English, everyone produced great alternative endings to 'How to Live Forever' and there are now many examples of our writing up in the corridors outside our classroom. This goes with our persuasive letters, which are up in the hall! In Maths, we were excellent at fractions. Everyone had great fun designing a parachute for an egg, in Science, to test out our theories on air resistance and thankfully not many eggs broke, when we dropped our eggs from the playground! In Computing, we began to look at using Powerpoint to make presentations and in Tag Rugby, we started playing some games.


Congratulations to our first Times Table Rock Legend, Anisha!


Next week, there are lots of different things happening! On Thursday afternoon, we will be getting mucky, helping to build the school's pizza oven and on Friday, we shall be using the oven to cook our own Pizza! Some children will have training to become Play Leaders and we also need to fit in all our regular lessons! In English, we will looking at the poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes and in Maths, we will be looking at time. We will also be getting ready for the Harvest Assembly on Friday 20th October, by creating fabulous pieces of artwork to show you!


  Our Talk Topic is English countryside, as in the Big Write on Friday we will be writing a setting description of the moor the Highwayman travels across.



 We have had an excellent week! In English, we were creating some role plays of 'How to Live Forever', thinking about the feelings of the characters and also planning our alternative ending for the story, which we will write next week. In Maths, we revisited our work from Year 4 on calculating (+, - and x) and some of us learnt to multiply by 2 digit numbers! The sun shone on our Tag Rugby lesson (although many of us got VERY muddy!), we worked on our sculling again in swimming and we also had our first school council chat of the year, before the first meeting of the year. 

   Next week, we will be writing our alternative ending to 'How to Live Forever' in English and in Maths we will be looking at division and fractions. We will be carrying out an air resistance investigation in Science and in RE we will be looking at what characteristics you need to be a great leader. 

  Our Talk Topic will be our Science Investigation, as in the Big Write this week, we will be writing a recount of the air resistance experiment that we are going to carry out. 



What a lovely week, even if the weather was a little bit all over the place! This week, we wrote our persuasive letters to Peter from How to Live Forever, which were excellent. The children have been very successful with place value, as well, which will give our learning this year a solid foundation. In science, we did an experiment about friction (with jelly) and designed another one, which I am excited to carry out. In RE, we started to think about why people might believe or not believe in a god, or gods. In swimming, we continued to think about sculling and in PE we started thinking about tag rugby, despite the rain! The children have also been independently learning outside of school, especially with times table rockstars. All children should have their logins written down in their reading record and we are already seeing improvements in their recall! 


Next week, in English, we will be doing some more drama and then planning our alternative endings to the story. In maths, we will be revisiting our Y4 calculation strategies. We will also be continuing our topic work.


Our talk topic this week is Peter's sister Lucy from How to Live Forever. We will be writing a character description about her. 



What a lovely week we've had in Rhino class! We have worked on our persuasive skills in English, number and place value in maths (using the least tuneful rap in the world), planned and carried out a fair experiment in science and written a Big Write about the Library of One Thousand Rooms from How to Live Forever. Well done to those who dressed up or wore yellow on Wednesday, and thank you to those who came in to 'meet the teacher' - it was lovely to see you and show you your children's classroom!


We have also started our new times tables programme 'TTRockstars'. This has replaced 'Mighty Multiples' and focuses on improving our own scores over a period of time, rather than simply learning one table before moving onto another one! We complete the test whilst listening to a class rock tune and every week, we will award the title of 'Rock Legend' to the person who has improved their score the most. We used our computing time this week to play around with the website - sadly the children's logins only work in school - and I really enjoyed playing against the children. Some of them were very close to being quicker than me!


This week, we will writing a persuasive letter to the main character of 'How to Live Forever' in English, in Maths we enter our final week of working on Number and Place Value and we will be looking at friction and air resistance in Science. On Friday, children are able to wear their jeans to school, in return for a small donation, to raise money for 'Jeans for Genes'.


This week, our talk topic is this mysterious door, which children will write the beginning of a story about. Our stories could be realistic or fantasy - I can't wait to see where the children's imaginations take them!

The Mysterious Door




Wow! What an amazing first week of Year 5 the remarkable Rhino class have had! It has been lovely beginning to get to know the children. We have also achieved a lot in week one - in English, we started work on our unit based around the book 'How to Live Forever', in Maths we concentrated on place value up to 1 000 000 and we have also done lots of work on Purple Learning and how we can help ourselves become better learners. We elected our school councillor (Freddie), our Eco Ranger (Jensen) and also took part in the elections for Year 6 Sports Captains.


Next week, we will be continuing with the same topics in maths and English and beginning our science topic around forces which will include lots of interesting investigations. Children will bring home their first set of spellings on Wednesday. On Wednesday, it is Roald Dahl Day - the children can dress up as their favourite character from a Roald Dahl book or wear yellow. Miss Beard and I will be in costume and hope to see lots of children joining in too! On Wednesday afternoon, we will be undertaking some artwork based around Quentin Blake's illustrations. Also on Wednesday will be an opportunity for you to Meet the Teacher. I will be in our classroom (still in costume) between 15:30 and 16:30. It would be lovely to meet lots of you and for you to see your child's classroom, including their lovely artwork.


This week's talk topic is this picture which comes from the book How to Live Forever. A Picture of the library from How to Live Forever

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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
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