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Well we did it! 

Thank you to all the children who supported, danced sang, acted, showed work and spoke in our class assembly. They all did amazingly well and their performance summed up what a brilliant year we've had. They really worked hard to learn their lines, lyrics and dances and all the Rhino staff couldn't be more proud. Hope you all enjoyed it!

This week, amazingly, we have been doing other things apart from play practise! We have been doing angles in Maths and looking at writing our last piece of writing in Year 5. A narrative on the thrilling crescendo of the Nowhere Emporium.

Next week, we will be doing our final tests of Year 5. I am really eager to see how well the children do and I'm sure all their hard work will pay off.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend. 

PE: Wednesday and Friday.


Words that get confused

Well what a scorcher it's been this week! Despite the greenhouse-like conditions in the classroom, the children have all done really well.


This week we were writing our setting descriptions on the Nowhere Emporium. It is wonderful to see the progress the children have made and how many skills they have to show off in their work now. 


In Maths, we have been continuing with fractions. This week we have been multiplying fractions. Again the progress since the beginning of the year is evident.


This Saturday is the Barley Close school fayre. I'm looking forward to seeing Judo and Glee Club preforming from 12.30.


Next Friday is our class Assembly, therefore we will be doing lots of practise. Please encourage your child to learn their lines, the song and the dance at home. This will really help them feel more confident. The assembly takes place at 2.30pm next week.













Welcome back! This is Term 6 - the last for this year.


As you would expect, we have an action packed Term for you with a number of different experiences and activities for the children.


We will be having visitors in, visiting Mangotsfield Secondary for a Science workshop, Visiting St James' Church, Sport's week, Cooking, the school fair (including a Judo display from some of Rhino class) and also our big end of year trip to Cadbury World.


Rhino also have a class assembly on 24th June. Scripts and parts will be coming home.


In amongst all of this we will be doing a lot of learning! We have moved on to do an indepth study of the Nowhere Emporium and will be continuing our Maya topic.


In Maths, this week we have been looking at improper fractions and mixed numbers. The progress since we last did this has been brilliant!


PE: Wednesday and Friday














Happy Last day of T5!


This short term has whizzed by and now we look forward to an action packed summer term. This week the children have been busy writing poems inspired by Coming to England and also some of the beautiful poetry about the Windrush generation. There are some lovely examples, which we are in the process of displaying in the corridor.


In Maths, we have been looking at Metric and imperial measures and converting between the two. As ever, some tasks will be on MyMaths. 


Next term, we will be looking at the Nowhere Emporium by Ross McKenzie and basing our English around this text.


We also have some exciting events coming up including a Y5 Judo display at the School fair and our trip to Cadbury World. If you are able to, please could you let me know if you can help with the school trip as we need lots of adults. 


Have a wonderful half term break and see you in June!


PE will stay the same after half term Wednesdays and Fridays.










Well here we are at the penultimate Friday of term.


It was all back to normal this week as we got stuck in to our English and Maths.


In English, we have been writing letters based on the book Coming to England using hyperbole and figurative language to get our point across! There has been some lovely vocabulary and characterisation on show!


In Maths, we've continued to look at Area and Perimeter and reminded ourselves of 2 digit multiplication. These will be put on MyMaths later today to practise.



Dates for your diaries:


Jubilee Picnic 26th July - see flyer on Dojo/window

Summer Fayre 18th June 

Rhino Class Assembly 24th June 

Sports Week 4th - 8th July












Hello Again!


This week has been a bittersweet one as we've had to say goodbye to one of our class members, Ali.  It wouldn't be right to say goodbye without a good old knees-up, so on Thursday we had a surprise party!


In class, we were lucky this week to have a workshop from the Dog's Trust, teaching the children about the safe and best way to interact with dogs. A leaflet explaining all the things the children learnt should have come home. If not, the Dog's Trust website has information on dog safety.


In English, we are building up to writing a letter based on Coming to England with lots of added hyperbole (exaggeration for effect). As someone who is prone to a bit of hyperbole, I'm very much enjoying it!


In Maths, we've been looking at area and perimeter and will continue this next week.


As ever, PE is Wednesday and Friday.


Spellings for this week:












The end of the week is here again! 


A bit of a wacky week in Rhino Class. Obviously, Monday was a bank holiday, which we hope you all enjoyed and Tuesday the class spent the day at UWE engineering department taking part in a Minecraft engineering workshop. We hope they all enjoyed it! It was a great experience to go to a university and see how they work and what kind of things you can do there!


In school, we have been continuing to write our Visit Britain brochures and have spent a lot of time deciding what tourist attractions we should write about - how lucky we have so many interesting places to visit in our local area and in the wider country! 


In Maths, we have been focussing on decimals and there are a few activities on MyMaths to help support this. Decimals are a really useful area of maths as they have a real-world application to money and measure!


Next week, we are carrying on with writing focussed on Coming to England and will be looking at area and perimeter in Maths.


PE is Wednesday and Friday.


Please ensure children are learning spellings, completing two MyMaths activities and doing 25 minutes of TTRS.


Next week's spellings:











Welcome Back! Hope you all had a lovely Easter Break.


This week we have been straight back into work and have started a new book in English. This term we are looking in-depth at Dame Floella Benjamin's autobiography Coming To England. Dame Floella originally wrote this book to tell her children the story of how she travelled from Trinidad to London in the 1960s. To support this learning, in Guided Reading and Reading skills we will be reading excerpts from Black and British by David Olusoga; Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins and Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. These books will help children understand the context of Dame Floella's story.


In Maths, we are looking at Fractions, Decimals and Percentages for the next two weeks. I will upload some activities on MyMaths to support this. Please encourage your children to try two activities a week to support their learning in school.


Next week is another busy week for us. We have a Bank Holiday on Monday, Tuesday we are visiting UWE and on Wednesday we are lucky enough to have a health and wellbeing workshop with Mr Clay.


Also to confirm, PE remains on Wednesday and Friday.















Happy Friday!

I really missed all of Rhino's smiling faces this week but it was it was lovely to see so many children back on Monday.


Well done to all those children who came back and just got on with doing the tests they missed. It can be daunting sometimes to catch up but you all had a good go at them!


Next week is the last week of term and next THURSDAY is Viking Day. Please feel free to dress up in Viking Style clothing but do not feel you have to go out and buy an elaborate outfit. Finding things in your wardrobe will be brilliant. If any child doesn't fancy dressing up that's no problem. 






Not the week we were expecting in Rhinos but as usual we rose to the challenge!


The start of the week was mostly tests, tests and more tests. We are in the process of marking but early indications are positive!


In English, we wrote our Viking Boy narratives and focussed on using speech for dialogue. In Maths, we carried on with Time and looked at timetables. Definitely a vital real life skill.


Next week, we are starting a new English unit on diary writing and will be looking at shape in Maths.














It's Fri-Yay!


Hope you are all looking forward to a lovely sunny weekend!


This week has been non-stop in Rhino. This week in Maths we have been looking at time. This is not only one of our maths objectives but is also an extremely useful life skill. There should be a MyMaths lesson online but also I will post a link to a fun game we played in class.


In English, we have been looking at using dialogue in stories. There are lots of rules we need to remember when using speech punctuation but Rhino have kept plugging away and are getting there. Next week we will be writing our Viking Boy story.


In topic, we continue to look at the Vikings. We looked at how the Vikings have left a legacy even though they are long gone. It may surprise you to know how many of our modern words have a Viking source, for example, egg, skin and bag! The children used atlases to find Viking place names. Grimsby, Gateshead and Falkirk all being of Viking origin!


Next week is test week. We try to keep this as stress free as possible and use them to see where there a gaps in the class learning. The last test results were amazing and I know this time round they will be even better!


Dates for your diary:


Viking Day 7th April. Dress up as a Viking and fun activities in school. We will follow this up nearer the time with more details and dress up ideas.


Spellings this week:














Happy Friday Everyone!


Sadly, this week we had to say goodbye to Miss Coyne, who was covering Mrs Hyde's maternity leave. Miss Coyne has been brilliant and I know I speak for everyone when I say we will really miss her. Thankfully however, Mrs Hyde is back! Mrs Hyde and I have worked together for many years so it will be lovely to have her back at Barley Close.


This week we have been learning all about the Vikings for our topic and also to write a Viking non-chronological report. We've also been questioning the popular cultural myths about them.  Ask your children what they've learnt! You may be surprised!


In Maths, we've been carrying on with percentages and multiplying fractions. Both these topics are new to children this year but they gave them a really good go. I will pop some practise activities on MyMaths.


Unfortunately, this week Cricket was cancelled but we are hoping the coach will be back next week so we can pick up where we left off.


Parent's Evening is next week on Tuesday and Thursday. If you would like a spot we still have plenty - log on to the parent's evening system or speak to the office. If these time don't suit you, I am available on a Thursday or Friday after school. 















Welcome back!


Hope you all had a lovely half term and dodged some of the rainy weather.


This term is action-packed (when is never action packed Mrs P?!) We move on in history to the Vikings and will be questioning the historical view of them. Were they really the war-mongering raiders we've all heard about? Linked to this in D&T we are designing and making clay bowls. In English we will be focussing on Viking Boy and writing stories based on this.


In Science, we will be looking at Space and learning about our Solar System and maybe beyond. 

In Maths, we are currently looking at percentages and fractions. Here is an example of real life learning, if you see a percentage increase or discount try asking your child how much money they might have to spend or save!


Parent's Evening is coming up soon. Hopefully, you've booked in. Any issues, please let us know and we can call or arrange a meeting for another day. Miss Coyne is doing the Tuesday and I will be doing the Thursday.















PE Wednesday and Friday


Happy Half Term Everyone!


What a brilliant Term 3! The children demonstrated amazing resilience in what was a tricky term for many reasons.


Looking forward to Term 4, we are moving on from The Anglo Saxons in topic to look at life during Viking times. In English we will be doing an in depth study into the book Viking Boy. We are also planning on designing and making Viking style pottery in Art/D&T.


Term 4 will also see Test week and Parent's Evening so there will be a lot to pack in during those 6 weeks.



Have a brilliant half term break see you next term.

PE With Joe | Friday 29th May

Thank you WWF for sending me a fantastic Panda costume. Next Friday 5th June is World Environment Day and you can find out more here: https://www.worldenviro...

It is quite long but do what you can...if your grown ups are around get them to join in!!!

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Practise our favourite dance at home!

Reading Skills - Ignore the questions at the bottom of the text - just do the ones on the Word document.

Friday 18th February 2022


Wind Day!


Well this wasn't the last day of term we were expecting but I'm sure it will be one you won't forget. It's a shame we don't get to spend it together but better to be safe than sorry!


I'm going to upload some work on here for you to complete. There are new tasks on MyMaths and of course you have reading and TTRS.  Work through whatever you can. 


Please stay at home and stay safe.


I will upload a Dojo tomorrow so we can do a virtual Fri-Yay!


Take care!

Wow! February already! This term is zooming by at pace and what an exciting week we've had!

First off on Tuesday, we celebrated the Lunar New Year (The Year of the Tiger) with some cooking and we were extremely lucky to have two class members who could tell us all the story of New Year and talk about the way it is celebrated in Hong Kong. It was lovely to be able to share cultural traditions in class.

On Wednesday, we watched an online production of Sammy and the Seamorgans by Old Vic Theatre School. There is a competition to draw a seamonster. These will be scanned and sent next week.

Today was TTRS dress up and an epic Rock Battle for the NSPCC. All children really engaged in the battle and at the time of writing we we're third! Go Rhinos!

This week in English we wrote our alternative endings for Macbeth and showed off our subordinate clause skills. Every week I am blown away by the children's vocabulary and writing ability.

In Maths, we've been looking at decimal numbers. Again I will pop some bits on MyMaths for practise.

Spellings this week:


PE Wednesday and Friday

Chinese New Year Cooking

Today we had a fantastic time cooking up a storm!

We made sticky rice cake, and almost all the class even tried a bit - get you!

So many asked for the recipe - so here it is.. if you make it again, please send me some pictures

200g glutinous rice flour
150g light brown  sugar
100ml hot water
100ml room temperature water

1. Whisk together the brown sugar and the hot  water in a large bowl. Whisk until the sugar dissolves. 
2. Whisk in the room-temperature water. 
3. Slowly mix in the rice flour until you get a  smooth batter.
4. Grease your bowl (or line it with greaseproof paper) and pour in the batter.
5. Steam the mixture over a pan of hot water for about 30 minutes.
6. The mixture will be ready when it is no longer runny.
7. Remove the bowl from the saucepan. Allow the mixture to cool.
8. Turn the rice cake out onto a plate and slice it into individual portions.
9. You can store the rice cakes at room temperature for 3 days or in the fridge for about a week. 

Another brilliant week in Rhinos! It was lovely to see most people back in this week - we missed you last week!


In English, we have been learning all about subordinate clauses for use in our narrative writing. Next week, we are planning to write a alternative ending to Macbeth. I can't wait to see what the children come up with.


In Maths we have been looking at Fractions this week. The progress over the week has been staggering and we are really proud of them all. Fractions are not everyone's favourite first time round but once you get them, you're cooking on gas! I will pop some on MyMaths to practise.


In PE we have been continuing our Rock and Roll dance - get the kids to show you some of their moves. Move over Elvis!


Next Friday, don't forget we are dressing up as our Timestable Rockstar Avatar or come in Rock star clothing. No need to buy anything special- I'm planning to raid my wardrobe and go Grunge!


Just a reminder, often throughout Y5 we get more and more children allowed to walk home by themselves or meet a parent along the route. Please can you let us know either at the gate or and email so we know we can let them walk home.


Spellings this week:













PE is Wednesday and Friday

All I can say is, it's been an interesting week! First of all can I send all our Rhino well wishes to those poorly at home. Hope you all feel better soon.


In school this week, we have looked at fractions and subtraction in Maths. I've popped some MyMaths activities on related to these as some of us were still struggling a bit with these. As I said to the class, the key to fractions is knowing your Times Tables inside out! TTRS can help but also there are lots of fun and silly videos on YouTube that will also help you. Only 5 minutes several times a week will make a massive difference!


In English, we have been writing character descriptions of Macbeth at the beginning of the play, when he is a brave general and at the end when he has gone mad with power and bloodshed. I've been so impressed with the class's writing this week. The vocabulary has been amazing!


Also this week, in topic we have been designing Anglo Saxon jewellery. Next week we will make it, so please don't worry if you weren't in!


Date for you diary: TTRS dress up day 4th February. Come as you avat-are! smiley


Spellings for next week:













PE is on Wednesday and Friday.

Well, it feels like we've never been away. Everyone has slotted back into routine so well - it's been brilliant.


This week in Maths we've been looking at shape both 2D and 3D and recapping the basics after two interrupted years. I've been really impressed with how the children have picked this up so quickly. I will add some MyMaths activities linked to this.


In English, we have been getting to grips with Macbeth. We've watched a BBC animation, read a novelisation and even analysed the Dagger speech from the original play. Next week we will be writing character descriptions on Macbeth at the start and end of the play to compare how his character develops.


In Topic we have started our Anglo Saxon topic and will be looking at where they came from and how they lived. In PE we have been exploring Rock N Roll dancing from the 1950s. This week we had a go at the Hand Jive. We had a great time dancing to The Hand Jive song from Grease and Rock around the Clock!


Spellings this week:













PE is Wednesday and Friday. 

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.


Term 3 has started and we are all adjusting to getting back in to class again. This week we have mainly been recapping on the basics for Maths and English. Next week, in English we will be starting our new text - Macbeth. We will be looking at a novelisation and the original text to help the children understand this famous play.


Just a quick message from our reading assistant: please can children have their reading record and book in school. I know it is easy to forget but it makes it tricky when they need to read with the reading assistants.


Spellings will go out today and are as follows:













PE will now take place on Wednesday and Friday. Apologies for the last minute change.


Homework is expected and is really beneficial. We don't ask a lot and it can really help your children improve in class:


Reading x 5 each week

MyMaths 2 sessions per week

TTRS - 25 minutes a week.


And we made it! Christmas is finally here!


What a brilliant week we've had with our trip to Ashton Gate, Christmas parties and activities.


Please all enjoy a well deserved break and have a wonderful Christmas and a happy 2022!


Us teachers are off now to put our feet up with a mince pie and a cup of coffee!!!


See you next year.


Mrs Popel and Miss Coyne

Happy Friday Everyone! It's December so of course things have become very busy in Year 5!


Last week was test week and both of us would like to say how pleased we are with the children's progress. All of them gave it their best shot and their results are fantastic. I also spent this week assessing writing and again was really pleased at the progress and the quality. It is testament to the children's hard work and dedication.


Yesterday saw us join up with 100 other schools via Zoom for a South Glos Science Day. The aim was to create a pulley system to help Santa lift his sack of toys - we all know he's getting on a bit. The class worked in teams to create pulleys, measure using a force metre and to explain what they found. There was lots of brilliant scientific investigation going on.


This week in Maths we have been looking at square, cube and prime numbers and revisiting division. There should be plenty on MyMaths to have a look at. If your child ever wants to revisit an area they are unsure about they can do some of the old activities again. 


In English, we are writing diary entries and this week we ate edible bugs to find out what it would be like to eat one! Obviously, the children in the Explorer didn't eat Peri-Peri crickets but it gave them an idea of texture. The resulting writing was brilliant and I think some children found their new favourite snack! One to put on the list for the Christmas Big Shop!!


Don't forget


14th December - trip to Ashton Gate Stadium

16th December - last day of term


This week's spellings:












It has been non-stop this week but we wouldn't have it any other way!


First of all on Tuesday, the children enjoyed a lovely trip to the Vue Cinema to see Abominable. Apparently, they had the cinema to themselves - just like a private screening! All the children seemed to really enjoy this and it was lovely that we can do this sort of visit again.


Yesterday we were very lucky to have a troupe of actors from Old Vic come in and perform a Nativity for us. I was so impressed with how Rhino class engaged and joined in, even though it was quite a long production. 


And finally, today is Children in Need and our basketball wellbeing session.


In amongst all of this, we have managed to produce some amazing school work too! 


Next week is test week, the results are purely for our assessment of where children are in the curriculum and to see where to go next with our planning. We try and make these as low-stress as possible but also give children a little bit of an idea about what SATs will be like next year. 


Remember, next week is our Geography trip to Ashford Treatment Centre near Bridgewater too!















PE is Thursday and Friday.



Another brilliant week in Rhino Class!


On Thursday, we remembered those who lost their lives during conflict. The children all observed the 2 minute silence incredibly respectfully and had thoughtful things to say when we discussed why we observe it each year.


We have created some amazing writing this week all linked to the novel The Explorer. I am so impressed with the way the children challenge themselves to improve their vocabulary in their writing.


In Maths, we have been looking at fractions. All of the class did really well in this area and have a great foundation of knowledge to move forward. If your child would like some practise, there are a number of activities on MyMaths. Remember we ask that children complete two MyMaths tasks per week. Studies have shown that by returning to a topic little and often, children are more likely to retain the information for later.


Once again, this week we welcomed representatives from The Bristol Flyers for a health and wellbeing workshop and Basketball coaching. This week we were learning all about why are brains are so important and how healthy eating and exercise can improve brain function and health - ask your child what they can remember.


Don't forget next week is the cinema trip and on 26th we are visiting Wessex Water and doing some field work skills.



Term 2 is here and what an action packed term it is going to be.


This week already we had an African dance and drumming workshop. Rhino class were amazing and really did us all proud by performing in front of the school at the end of the day - even the teachers got up and performed!! All of them said what fun they had.


We are so lucky to have a number of fun experiences and workshops for the children throughout the term. Starting from this week we have a Basketball coach and wellbeing mentor coming in to work with both classes on a Friday. I think this will be so beneficial for all and lots of fun!


In addition to this, we have 2 trips coming up. One to the cinema and another to the Wessex Water plant in Bridgewater for a River field work study. We also have the PE in coaches on a Thursday now too.


Parents' Evening will take place on 16th and 18th November from 3:30 to 6pm in 10 minutes slots. This is a brilliant opportunity to discuss your child's learning. A dojo message and good old fashioned paper sign will go out on Friday after school. All meetings will be done by Zoom this year.


Remember, homework expectations are as follows:


2 MyMaths activities per week

25 mins of TTRS


5 x reading per week.


It really impacts positively on your child's progress when they consolidate their knowledge at home.


PE is now Thursday and Friday. Please send your child in kit for games.


Spellings are as follows:
















And just like that Term 1 has been and gone! 


What a brilliant start to Y5 we've had! There have been lots of highlights to this term and Miss Coyne and Mrs Popel have been really impressed at how well the class have settled into new (old) routines and managed the many changes from last year.


All the children have challenged themselves in their work and had a go at things they find tricky or weren't sure about. It has been lovely to see their confidence grow throughout the term. 


Next term, we have lots of plans for various activities to bring their learning alive! Our class book will be The Explorer and we will be basing all of our English around this brilliant text. All the children have been loving it.


Also next term is parent's evening. We always love to see you to share the brilliant work that your children do. However, we know that the timings do not always suit so if you would like to see us at a different time, just email and we can see what we can do.


Have a wonderful and restful half term break.



It's nearly the end of T1 and Rhino's first term in Y5 - can you believe it?


This week we have had another fab week of work completed by the whole class. We are coming to the end of our River Stories work and will be creating a non-chronological report all about the Amazon River next week. The children have loved learning about this and tying it in with their class text The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. Next term we will be basing all our English work around the book and we may even have a few surprises in store!


In Maths, we have looked at division. Some of the children did find this a challenge but still managed to progress in this area of Maths. As the four operations are so important we will revisit these again and again. There should be plenty of activities on MyMaths to help support your child at home.


In Topic, we looked at Waterfalls this week and how they are formed. I have been so impressed with the children's geographical understanding and how well they have drawn diagrams, made decisions about flood management and their general concern for the planet. We definitely have a class full of budding Geographers!



Next week is the last week of term and the school disco. Tickets are being sold by the Friends of Barley Close.















PE is Tuesday and Friday, as usual!






Happy Friday everyone!


It has been another action packed week in Rhino Class. We have so much to fit in the days are just whizzing by!


In Maths, we have been looking at multiplication including multiples and factors. You can support your child at home by encouraging them to use MyMaths twice a week and 25 minutes of Timetables Rockstars every week. Learning your multiplication tables opens up and make easier so many different areas of maths, so it is really important that children know these and the related multiplication facts.


In English, we have concluded our writing on the River Nile with some beautiful descriptions of the river from Source to Mouth. Next week we will be looking at the Amazon and learning all about this mighty river. Please continue to support your children by hearing them or encouraging them to read 5 times per week. Good readers make good writers so thank you to all those who do this - it really makes a difference.















PE is swimming on Tuesday and Indoor PE on Friday. Please ensure children come in with suitable kit.


If you would like to have a chat with Miss Coyne or Miss Popel about anything, please do not hesitate to contact us by email, phone or catch us at the door. We are always happy to talk!



Welcome to October!


This week in Rhino Class we have been busy beavering away consolidating our understanding of addition and subtraction and also reminding ourselves about multiplication. By now everyone should have a MyMaths login and our expectation is two activities a week. If you don't have one for your child, please come and see us or drop us an email and we can sort this out for you. 


In English, we have been reading the beautifully illustrated River Stories. It details the history, geography and legends of the world's most famous rivers. This week we have been looking at the River Nile. Did you know the Nile is nearly 7000km and it's source is all the way in Rwanda? Ask your child what they can remember about the Nile. Next week we will be describing the Nile all the way from Source to Mouth, using expanded noun phrases. 


Linked to this, our geography this week has looked at flooding and how, although it is natural, humans are making the problem worse. Also our models are now nearly all painted and looking amazing. I'm so proud of the children's work. These will hopefully be displayed soon in the corridor.


Just a reminder that we are still trying to provide good ventilation in Rhino class so we will still have windows and the door open at times, even when the weather is cold. If your child feels the cold, please ensure they have layers on to keep warm!


PE is Tuesday and Friday. Please have swimming kit and PE kit appropriate for indoor activities.



5 x reading per week

25 mins of TTRS - 5 mins per night

2 x MyMaths activities



None of this should be onerous and really a little and often approach is better that one giant homework session!














Wow week 3 is over already! Where is September going? Rhino class are now in full swing and getting stuck in with all Year 5 has to offer!


This week, we have been looking at Addition and Subtraction in Maths in a formal written method. We have popped some activities on MyMaths to support this learning at home. If you wish to support your child have a look at the tasks with them and maybe work through them together. At the moment we are asking children to complete 2 MyMaths activities per week but there is more on there if they would like to do more.


In English, we have been looking at the book How to Live Forever and have been writing persuasive texts on whether or not Peter should read the book and live forever. The children have been practising this very important skill of persuasive writing and have done really well. Next week we are moving on to a new book called River Stories.


In our topic we have been busy creating 3D models of a river's journey from Source to Mouth. 


Reading Eggs passwords are coming home tonight. These are to be used to support your child to read at home in addition to their scheme book. We ask that you try to read with your child 5 times per week. This can be on Reading eggs or an actual book.


Spellings this week are:













PE is Tuesday (swimming) and Friday (indoor).


Have a great weekend.



Happy Friday everyone!


Well we've done our first week in Y5 Rhino! It has been lovely getting to know all the children and getting back into school routines.


This term our topic is a geography topic on Rivers and next week we will be building models. We would be really grateful if you could send in some paper/newspaper and any cereal boxes or packages you have lying around. 


In English we are reading The Explorer. We will study this in Term 2 but reading this term in order for us to understand the story. So far the class are loving it!


In Maths, we are looking at place value for the next two weeks. We start here as it is the building blocks of maths and a secure knowledge in this area will help with other areas of maths.


Spellings for next week are:













There will also be homework on MyMaths linked to work in school and TTRS to practise too.

Please continue to read with your child at home as any reading really helps them in school with both reading and writing.


PE is Tuesday (swimming) and Friday. Please have appropriate kit for these sessions - this is very important for health and safety.


Have a lovely weekend!

Welcome to Rhino Class:


Welcome back. 


By now you will have met Miss Coyne and Mrs Popel and we have really enjoyed meeting you all.


Miss Coyne joined us last year to cover Mrs Hyde, who went on Maternity Leave. She will be working Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday.


Mrs Popel has been teaching in Barley Close since 2016. Her son was a little toddler when she started and is now a full of beans 8 year old and now has a 3 year old  daughter to deal with too smiley. Mrs Popel has taught in Year 5 for a few years now and really enjoys all the topics but especially The Mayans as she loves that part of the world and spent some time travelling there, many moons ago. She will be working every other Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


PE will be Swimming on Tuesday and Indoor PE on Friday.


Spellings will go out every Friday.

Reading records to be in on Monday.


Remember, to try and read with your child 5 times a week. A reading book should be coming home with them this week.


Any questions, you can find at at the door or feel free to email.

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
  • Email: