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Welcome to Rhinos - Years 1 and 2

Hello!

We are Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Brownbill and we are delighted to lead our crash (the collective noun for a group of rhinos!) of rhinos this year.  

We are excited for this year of fun as we learn, ponder, investigate, play, challenge ourselves and work as a team.

In our class we enjoy a mix of adult directed tasks and our own learning time. We are readers, writers, mathematicians, investigators, creators and we harness the power of our imagination. 
Please click the button below, for the overview of our learning this half-term.

All about rhinos

We are enjoying learning about rhinos and what wonderful animals they are.  Here are 5 facts:

  • There are 5 different species of rhinos: Black, White (they are both actually grey in colour), Sumatran, Javan and the Greater one horned rhino.  Black and White rhinos live in Africa and Sumatran, Javan and the Greater one horned rhinos live in Asia.
  • The word 'rhinoceros' originally comes from two Greek words - 'rhino' meaning 'nose' and 'ceros' meaning 'horn' so their name is 'nose horn'.
  • Rhinos are under real threat of becoming extinct in our lifetime. One of the biggest threats is from poachers who take the rhino's horn and then leave the animal to die.  The horn is made of keratin, just like our hair and fingernails, so it has no medicinal properties.
  • Rhinos love to get mucky! They wallow and roll in mud to help keep themselves cool.  The thick layer of mud acts like suncream and helps to protect their skin. It also helps to stop bugs from biting them.
  • Rhinos can communicate with each other through their poo! The different smells tell the rhinos who is in the area. They also make funny noises like squeaks, growls, trumpet calls and they even 'mmwonk' when they are relaxed! 
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