Rhino Class

Welcome to Rhino Class

Mrs Mottram works Monday to Friday and Mrs Walker works Wednesday to Friday afternoons in the autumn term and Monday to Wednesday morning in the spring and summer terms.  

Term 2, Week 4

This week we received a thank you letter from Chiltern’s Court Care home, where one of our parents work, because of the caring cards that we sent them several weeks ago as part of our PSHE look at the elderly in care homes during this difficult time. They also sent us our first Christmas (sshh) card too.

We enjoyed having Mrs Claire Rowling in to talk to us about space innovation and the work of women in science. The children had prepared lots of questions to ask her and found even more after her session. We thoroughly enjoyed her visit.  In our learning project we learnt about the star constellations and the layers of the Earth. In English we wrote our letters of complaint as part of a Big Write assessment. In maths we finished our learning on long division and began our unit on fractions.

We are nearing a full marble jar and so will be thinking of ideas for a marble jar treat afternoon on Friday 4th December, a well-deserved treat for all the hard work this autumn term and the end of our autumn term assessments, which begin next week. We are opening up our school Christmas postbox and children can post Christmas cards (class and name of recipient) between the 1st and 11th of December. There will be some postal delays as we allow for cards to be quarantined.

Mrs Shelley Mottram

Additional Rhino Class Information and Resources

Rhino Class Important Documents

Academic Year 2020-21

Residential Information

Homework Diary

Thank you for supporting your child with homework. If you would like some tips on how to do that, you may find this website useful: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/primary_support/


Each Monday, children write the week's homework in their homework diary. Can a parent please read and sign it at the start of each week.  A maths sheet is given out each Monday for completion over the week and is to be returned by Friday. This is on the current learning in class. Children should set aside at least 30 minutes per week to complete part of their home learning project, daily spelling revision and reading, and time for mental maths skills as often as possible. Around 30 minutes each day is recommended.

Home learning project

Children should set aside at least 30 minutes a week to do a part of their home learning project. These focus on English, research and independent skills. Please look on the Rhino Class page, Our Learning article to find both the homework letter and web overview of our learning in class and home learning projects. There is a mid-way point, at which children bring in what they have already completed and what plans they have to complete their personal learning project. Each project has a clear deadline date for the end of the term, where children will have a 3-5 minute slot to present their summarised project to the class in order to develop their presentational speaking and listening skills. Please do encourage them to rehearse this. Each completed project is looked at by an adult. During Term 5, this homework may change to support the national assessments, in the form of weekly tasks. 


Each Friday children are given a set of spelling words to learn. They should revise these across the week until their test on a Thursday. Ways of doing this are to use: Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check; using the words in meaningful sentences; or using a variety of the spelling strategies / games that we teach in school each week. Also, children have a set of Common Exception Words that they should be able to read fluently and mostly spell correctly. Please find the Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6 lists attached. There is always a challenge for children who would like to add some additional words of their own each week.


Children should read 5-7 times a week and at this age, they can generally do that independently, but reading to an adult, or being read to by an adult, are very important too. We would appreciate you having 'book talk' discussions with your child in order to develop their enjoyment of reading and their comprehension and word skills. You may find this link useful in guiding you on reading for pleasure and supporting your child at home: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/encouraging-older-children-to-read/. Below are some question stems to assist you with this (Vipers KS2). If you are looking for suitable books then this website may be helpful: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/booklists/1/100-best-books-9-11/ and https://www.booktrust.org.uk/booklists/1/100-best-12-14/


Each Monday, children are given a sheet of maths homework. This should be completed over the course of the week and be back in school for marking by Friday. This allows time for a brief maths 'workshop', where those requiring additional support with the current learning, can receive it. Children should know most of the times tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4. Across Year 5 and 6, children should increase their fluency of tables recall and the related division facts. Attached below is a copy of a 12 x 12 grid for you to download if it would be helpful. There are many good, free websites for children to play mental arithmetic games on. 

Subscribed Resources

Please don't forget to use SpellZone and Conquer Maths, as often as possible with your personal login in. 

Year 6 SATS Revision Resources 

Y6 - Spelling revision for SATs with parent guidance

Y6 - Grammar and Punctuation SATs revision with parent guides

Y6 - Reading comprehension & parent guidance SATs revision

Y6 - Maths reasoning quizzes for SATs revision with parent guidance

Y6 - Optional additional grammar and maths work at home from January


  • Checkendon Church of England (A) Primary School
  • Checkendon
  • Reading
  • Oxfordshire
  • RG8 0SR
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01491 680693
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