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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 1, 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.

What Year 5 will be learning this year:



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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