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Clownfish Update

To Parents of Clownfish class,


We continue to work hard with our learning. In English, we have been looking at the story of The Billy Goats by Tony Mitton. Our focus recently has been on adjectives and the children have come up with lots of fantastic ones. We have also been looking at inverted commas and including these in our writing.

In Maths, we have been looking at greater, less than and equal to and the children have done really well matching the correct symbols to the appropriate quantity. We have also looked at counting and ordering numbers from 10 to 1.


As Artists, we have been focusing on portraits and the children produced some lovely ones of themselves by carefully looking at the positions of their different features. We have also looked at the artist Vincent Van Gogh and produced some wonderful leaf prints.

In Geography, we have been looking at aerial views and drawing some. Recently in Science we have been looking at common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and the children did really well grouping these.


The Clownfish Team

smileysmileyStars of the Weeksmileysmiley


Star of the Week went to a Clownfish who has shown great determination and tries hard in all subjects since she has started in Year One. Our most recent Star of the Week went to a Clownfish who showed great creativity with their writing and included some fabulous adjectives in sentences. Well done!

Clownfish Update

Welcome to Parents of Clownfish class,


We have all settled into Year 1 really well and are all trying so hard with their learning. During our English lessons, we have been reading the story of Elmer by David Mckee. After hearing the story, we drew our own elephants and labelled Elmer's patchwork. The following day we were given a scene from the story and we had to write sentences to describe what we could see. Next, we wrote about our favourite part of the story and we had to select a picture and act out the story. Then, we sequenced the story and created our own story map. It was also very exciting as we had written our first book review. 

In Maths, we have been sorting objects up to 10, counting objects and representing up to ten, using objects.

As Artists, we have painted our class creature, a Clownfish and Elmer the elephant. Science has also been great fun as we explored our five senses. In our Geography lessons, we are exploring our local area and we have drawn a map of our school playground.  

Miss Nedjat

smileysmileyStars of the Weeksmileysmiley

Star of the week went to a Clownfish who has tried so hard in all subjects since she has started Year One. Our most recent Star of the Week went to a Clownfish who showed some amazing Maths skills and could find 1 more and less than a number. Well done!

A welcome message from your new teacher in September...

Clownfish Update


After the Easter break, we have all been working very hard in Clownfish Class. 


In English we read the story of Zog. After reading the story,  we wrote thought bubbles of Zog during different stages of the story. The story was about a Dragon School; we were encouraged to also write about what the different year groups were like at Dragon School and the different skills the dragons learnt. In the middle of the week, we had written a checklist of the different things we would need to take if we attended Dragon School. Right at the end of the week, we had to write a diary entry for the first day of Dragon School.


During Maths, we have explored counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. 


In Art, we were asked to design our own dragon. We got very creative when exploring the different colours of paint. Our dragons looked amazing. 


In History, we have been looking at different castles. We were then given a castle of our own and labelled the different parts. 


In Science, we explored wild flowers. We went outside to find the wild flowers in our garden area. 


I look forward to more fantastic learning from Clownfish in the next few weeks.


Miss Nedjat 


smileysmileyThe first Star of the Week this term went to a Clownfish who had written a great diary entry and had made a great effort to improve his handwriting (23.04.21).


The next Star of the Week went to a Clownfish for making an amazing effort with his reading. He read many words with great expression.

He also tried hard in all of his Maths tasks (30.04.21). smileysmiley


Clownfish Update


It has been so lovely teaching Clownfish and they have had a very busy two weeks. 


In English, we have been reading the story of Stanley's Stick. Before reading the story, we were asked to explore the playground to see what we could find. We found a really colourful stick with a label attached. We were asked to guess where the stick had come from and who it belonged to.  


After reading the story, we were encouraged to design our own stick and write a character description. We also looked very carefully at one of the images from the story, which was the seaside scene. Following this, we wrote about what it is like at the seaside. We then explored poetry and had a go at writing an acoustic poem using the word stick. On the final day of school before the weekend, we were encouraged to perform our poems.

Within our Maths lessons, we have been focusing on measures. We have explored capacity and volume using different sized containers. We made some predictions about how many containers it would take to fill another and tested our predictions. We looked at the mass of different objects by placing them on the scales and compared mass using the terms heavier and lighter. We selected objects from the classroom and also discussed weight. We also explored the concept of making the number ten and through working with a partner, we found our number bonds to 10.

During our Art lessons, we made our own stick puppets. In Geography, we looked at the United Kingdom and focused on Scotland. We were able to draw the different characteristics of Scotland's landscape and compared Scotland to London and Dublin. 


During Science, we have been exploring materials. We focused on the material glass and how it is made and what its uses are.  P.E is also great fun as we get to go outside and develop some wonderful skills with our sports coach. 


Wishing Clownfish Class and their families a really lovely Easter break. 


Miss Nedjat

smileysmiley Star of the Week went to a Clownfish Class who tried his very best in English.

Another Star of the Week went to a Clownfish who had some amazing ideas during English and has tried very hard in her spelling tests. (19.03.21 & 26.03.21)smileysmiley

Clownfish Update


We have had another two very exciting weeks reading the story of Handa's Surprise. Both In school and at home, t​he learning that was produced were amazing. 

The children had drawn the fruit basket, labelled the fruit and wrote some excellent alliterative sentences. They were also able to write about each part of the story where the animals had taken the different pieces of fruit. It was lovely to read your own amazing versions of Handa's Surprise. It was also lovely to see the observational drawings of fruit. They were all very creative and you all used your drawing skills well. 

In Math's, you have all become very skilful in counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. During RE you explored different celebrations that take place as part of your learning. The mind maps were really colourful and you included a lot of detail.    


Miss Nedjat

Clownfish Update


Clownfish class have been reading the story of Toys in Space by Mini Grey and creating some great work. It has been excellent to see how hard you have all been working both in class and at home. 


Looking on Purple Mash, there have been many amazing pieces of writing produced. From lost posters to writing descriptions of your favourite toys. Clownfish have also been drawing their favourite toys and thinking of describing words for these. The invitations you all wrote were also stunning.


It has been great to share our achievements on the Friday Zoom calls with you all. Below are some pictures of all the hard work Clownfish have been doing. 


Miss Nedjat

Clownfish Update


Hello Clownfish Class,


It has been amazing looking at all your lovely learning on Purple Mash and seeing all of you working really hard in Clownfish Class.


In English this week, it has been great to see your question writing, the suitcases with the equipment needed to go to the moon, writing about your adventure to the moon and your letter writing.


I can also see that you have looked at electronic and non-electronic toys for History. Your drawings were great. 


In Maths, it has been lovely to see most of you completing the Flashback 4 and submitting learning on Purple Mash.  It's been great to see you all using your number bond knowledge to add by 10. Following this, you have been engaging in the subtraction of numbers well too. 


I am looking forward to lots more learning being submitted using Purple Mash. You are all working so hard at school and at home.


Keep up all the hard work!

Miss Nedjat 

Home Learning

Please login to your Purple Mash account each day to find your Home Learning tasks from now on. Each day there will be new activities for you to complete and hand in. Contact your Class Teacher if you need help with any logins for Purple Mash, Mathletics or Reading Eggs.

Mrs Cole's Christmas Message

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Clownfish Update


Hello to all the lovely children of Clownfish,


It has been so lovely for me to go onto Purple Mash and see all of your lovely achievements whilst you have been at home. Some of you created some very colourful dinosaurs as well as monsters. 


I have set you some different Christmas activities which will come through next week.  It is lovely to see you all working just as hard as if you were in class. Your parents must feel so proud. 


Keep up all the hard work and I hope to see you all soon.

Miss Nedjat

Links to support PE during Home Learning

Clownfish Update


In Clownfish class, we have been learning to subtract numerals. First, we were introduced to the subtracting symbol. Then, we were encouraged to use a number line to count backwards from the first number in our number sentence.  We completed part-whole models for different subtraction number sentences. We were also taught to find the difference between two numbers, as well as learning about different fact families. We compared addition and subtraction number sentences using the “more than”, “less than” and “equal to” signs.  Afterwards, we moved onto shape and had to recognise and name both 2D and 3D shapes.


During our English Lessons, we continued to read the story of Harry and the Bucket full of Dinosaurs. We started the week by drawing our own title page for the story. Then we created a new title for the story we were going to write. Through our English lessons, we were encouraged to change the beginning of the story and write our own story starters. This was followed by us writing the middle and ending of our stories. When we had completed our stories, we were encouraged to read through them and use a green pen to make amendments. We came up with some amazing stories and used our imaginations well.


Following this week in English, we were introduced to poetry and were read the Poem, ‘The King of all the Dinosaurs’ by Miss Nedjat. Whilst she read the poem, we were encouraged to think of different actions to go with each line.  We had to work as a group to recite the poem to the class using the actions. We were given time to rehearse and then perform to the rest of the class. After reciting the poem, we were given the opportunity to change the words in the poem. We had to think of a new ending for each line. When we wrote our own poems, we used a well-known rhyme and changed the words to write our rhyme about dinosaurs. Once we learnt our own poems, we included actions and performed it to the class. We had so much confidence and projected our voices well.

In Art, we were encouraged to paint our own dinosaurs by using the techniques learnt from exploring Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings. We created a lovely pattern behind our dinosaurs using yellow and orange paint. Afterwards, we were encouraged to create a dinosaur using 2D shapes. We had to draw different shapes on coloured paper. Then we had to cut and stick them together on sugar paper to create our own dinosaur.


During our History lessons, we continued to learn about Mary Anning.  We drew a picture of her and then wrote down how she was feeling when she picked up a fossil from the beach. Our speech bubble pictures looked amazing. The children had to remember where Mary Anning was from. They were shown a video of William Whiskerson visiting a fossil museum in Lyme Regis. Following the video, the children were given a selection of fossils and were asked to draw their very own fossils.

In Computing, we have been exploring how to use Purple Mash. We were given another painting challenge. We had to design our own dinosaur on the computer screen. We are developing many new skills. We are learning how to log onto Purple Mash independently by typing our user names in and then using careful control with our mouse to select the correct animals to type our passwords. We are learning how to use the mouse to select the colours needed to complete our paint project. We really love using the computer suite.


P.E is also very enjoyable where we are taught on a Thursday by a professional coach. He teaches us many new games and skills. We look forward to our weekly sessions and enjoy learning new skills.


In Science, we explored our new topic of ‘Seasonal Changes’. We were able to observe and describe different weather associated with the different seasons. We made our very own windsocks and took them outside to see which direction the wind was blowing. This was great fun and they were so colourful.  Following this lesson, we explored the season autumn by looking at the changes on a tree outside. We were encouraged to draw the tree and write about how it had been affected by the autumn.


Miss Nedjat

smileysmiley  Star of the Week went to a Clownfish for using her imagination to write her own story. She has been working very hard at trying to improve her handwriting.

The next Star of the Week went to a girl who created an amazing dinosaur picture using 2D shapes. (13.11.20 & 20.11.20) smileysmiley

Clownfish Update


It has been lovely to see Clownfish class after the half term.  We have been continuing with our amazing learning in Year One. 


In English we have been reading the story of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. It was really good fun to label our own dinosaur. We also drew something that was special to us and wrote sentences about our chosen object. Following this, we were given images from the story and we had to write sentences about where the dinosaurs had been.

Towards the end of the week we were given a picture of Harry's dinosaur, we had to think of adjectives to describe the dinosaur and then using the adjectives we had to write descriptive sentences. Using the descriptive sentences we created our own Wanted poster to look for the dinosaur. 


During Maths this week we started by focusing on addition. Learning to add two groups of objects together. We then started off with a group of objects and added different amounts. Then, we had to use our number bond knowledge to find different ways of making five and ten. Also, we looked at the part- whole model and we had to find the missing part. 


In Science, we were given weather symbols and we had an opportunity to be weather forecasters. We enjoyed telling our friends what the weather forecast would be using the symbol we had chosen.

In History we explored Mary Anning and created a leaflet to include some significant facts.


During our computing session we explored a paint project. We were given Elmer and we had to paint Elmer on the screen and label him. We were also given a task to create our own monster. 


We had lots of fun in Art using our new sketching pencils, we drew our own dinosaur. We had some very creative designs.


Keep up the good learning Clownfish.


Miss Nedjat

smileysmileyStar of the Week went to a boy for writing The Three Billy Goats Gruff story and amazing learning during Computing. He was able to manipulate the mouse and use hand eye

co-ordination to create an amazing painting of Elmer. 

Our next Star of the Week went to a boy for drawing an amazing dinosaur in Art. He was very creative and used his imagination. (23.10.20 & 06.11.20)smileysmiley

Clownfish Update

We have had another two busy weeks of learning in Year One. In English, we have been reading the story of the ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. The first week we were given different scenes from the story and worked as a group to act out parts of the story. We also explored the feelings of the goats and troll during various parts of the story and then towards the end of the week we were given speech bubbles to complete. Then, we had to remember the sequence of the story and draw pictures on our story map. As well as write what was happening at each stage of the story, we had to think of an alternative ending for the story and write our own.  


In Maths, we have been looking at the part whole model and the bar model when adding numbers together. We have also explored using number bond knowledge to find various ways of making a particular number.  


During Geography, we were shown an aerial view of a bedroom and then were asked to draw our own. We also looked at different symbols to be place on a key for a local map.

We had a very exciting R.E lesson where we had to act out the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’.

The whole class were also challenged to run around the track ten times as part of the Race for Life. We were all given medals for our amazing efforts.


Whilst taking part in Science we were asked to sort photographs into the different animal groups. We also found out about the different foods the animals like to eat and were able to sort them into a Venn diagram. After our lessons we were confidently able to say if a particular animal is a herbivore, carnivore or an omnivore.


We have really enjoyed finding out and exploring the work of the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. First we experimented with different patterns, then we painted our own self-portraits of Van Gogh as well as writing facts about Van Gogh. 

Miss Nedjat

smileysmileyMy Star of the Week goes to a girl for drawing a detailed map of the local area and she included two other features. What a creative drawing keep up the hard work! Our Star of the week this week goes to a girl who really took great notice of what the goats were saying at different points of the story and then was able to include them in her own speech bubble writing. (02.10.20 & 09.10.20)smileysmiley

Clownfish Update


In English, we have been focusing on the text ‘Cops and Robbers’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.  We were given a picture from the story of Grandma Swagg and as a group we had to work together to think of as many describing words as possible. This was really helpful as towards the end of the week we had to create our own wanted poster.


In Maths, we built on what we learnt last week. We looked at different amounts of objects and focused on different numbers. We explored finding one more or less than any given number up to ten.  We also looked at the more than, less than and equal to signs and learnt how to use these signs when comparing numbers.  We were shown different crocodiles as a way of remembering.


In Geography, we have been exploring the local area, we had an opportunity to look at our class environment and draw an aerial view of the classroom. Our designs looked amazing.


In Science, we have been focusing on Animals and Humans.  After focusing on our senses, we looked at healthy and unhealthy foods and created our own healthy food plates. We had lots of fun cutting and sticking.


Miss Nedjat

smileysmileyOur Star of the Week goes to a boy for writing an amazing story.  He was able to write an amazing beginning, middle and end. His punctuation was great, remembering to use capital letters and full stops. (18.09.20)

The Star of the Week goes to a boy who created a healthy food plate. In Science, he was able to look at different food choices and place them on his healthy plate. He was also complimented for his wonderful behaviour. (25.09.20)smileysmiley

Clownfish Update 

We have had a wonderful first two weeks back at Singlewell in Clownfish class.  It has been a very busy first two weeks and it has been lovely getting to know all of the children. 

In Science, we have learnt lots of facts about clownfish and had the opportunity to create our own fact sheets.  During our Art lesson, we painted some of our own clownfish.  At the end of the week our lovely learning made an amazing display this has made are classroom come to life and look brilliant. 

In English, we have also enjoyed reading the story of Elmer.  We have learnt how to re-tell the story, we first ordered picture cards and then used the story cards to re-tell the story adding actions.  We drew pictures of Elmer and labelled all of his colours. As well as having the opportunity to write about our favourite part of the story.

In Maths, we have looked at the numbers 0-20 ordered them as well as built towers to match the numeral.  We have also focused on sorting different objects and counting on to find the missing numbers in a sequence.


Miss Nedjat  

smileysmileyOur Star of the Week was given to a girl who had worked so hard at making her own zig zag book about Elmer. She had remembered the beginning, middle and ending and drew pictures to go with each part of the story.(11.09.20)smileysmiley

Welcome to Year 1!


We are so amazed at how well you have all settled back into school. You should all be very proud of yourselves!

We are really looking forward to getting to know you all as we explore our topic ‘One in a Minion’.

This term in English we will be exploring the following books – Elmer, Cops & Robbers and The Billy Goats Gruff. In Science we will be learning about Humans and Animals and we will be exploring the local area for Geography.

We will be having outdoor PE from next week in our fantastic, new outdoor Sports area! Please remember to bring in a warm tracksuit and trainers.



From Miss Nedjat

Dear Clownfish Class,

It has been a real pleasure teaching all of you this year in Year One.  I would like to say a very massive thank you to you all for making my first year at Singlewell a great one to remember. I was so glad to be your teacher and really loved watching you all learn and grow. I can’t believe the end of term is here and I have to say goodbye.  You have all been such amazing stars twinkling in my life. I will cherish all the wonderful memories that we have shared.  Try to work just as hard in Year Two as there is still so much to learn.  The one thing I tried to teach you all, to last your whole life is to know that you are special. 


I feel really sad to be letting you all go.  It has been a wonderful new adventure to help you all learn and grow.  I will miss you all greatly but know you will all do so well. 


Love and best wishes

Miss Nedjat   

Miss Mills also misses you all lots and wishes you well in your new Year 2 class!

Monday 20th July: IT'S PARTY TIME!


At Singlewell, we usually celebrate the end of the school year with a class party. Unfortunately, we are unable to do this together as a class this year, however it doesn’t mean you can’t have a celebratory party of your own with family.


You have all continued to work incredibly hard, trying your best in this tricky time and we want you to know how proud we are of you all


Below you will find a selection of ideas to help get your party started. We would love to see any photos you take so do email them over to your teacher!


Please use the link below to complete the parent survey to assist us with the children's return to school in September.

A welcome message from your new teacher in September...

Excellent creative writing and reasoning in maths!

Dear Clownfish Class and Parents,


It has been a great pleasure and delight to see all your lovely home learning over these weeks. You are all working so hard. Your parents are being such amazing teachers. 

Just a few ideas to keep you busy during the half term. It would be a really good idea if you could research your favourite recipe; this could be your favourite cake or your favourite meal.  Listen to the step by step instructions on how to make your cake or meal. Perhaps write your own set of instructions for your recipe.


For maths, we have been learning about fractions/division.  You could count how many people you have in your home and share the cake or recipe equally between you.

Look around the house and choose your favourite game to play as a family. Remember to move your own piece as this will help with your counting.

Select your favourite construction at home. This could be Lego, Stickle Bricks or anything you can find and build a model of your choice. You can draw a design of your model once it has been built.


As you are home, you could also help you parents with chores. Maybe clean out your rooms (although I’m sure they are already really tidy!).

It might also be a lovely idea to think of someone in your family that you have been unable to see and write them a special letter.  Your parents could then email your letter to your family member to show them that you are thinking of them.


Wishing you all a happy half term,


Miss Nedjat and Miss Mills


Please refer to the 'News' section of our website and then 'Letters' to complete our online survey as soon as possible. It has also been sent to you via the Smartschool app.

Clownfish have been working very hard!

Wonderful castle creating and story writing!

What a wonderful castle!

Clownfish enjoying more of their home learning...

23rd April 2020

Dear Parents and Children,

I am missing you all greatly but it has been wonderful to see your wonderful photographs of your home learning.  They have put a smile on my face daily and it is amazing to see your parents being such brilliant teachers. Glad that you are all keeping very safe and having a great time completing lots of learning at the same time. I have been listening out for your claps on a Thursday evening for all the wonderful NHS staff and the rainbows that you have been painting, chalking and drawing are amazing.

Keep up all your hard learning I am very proud of all of you.

Miss Nedjat

P.S Miss Mills is also very pleased with you all.

Wonderful home learning from Clownfish!

Year 1 Clownfish Programme of Study 2019-20