Singlewell Scientists had a terrific Science Week!
Year R have loved looking after ducklings having observed them hatch! They have also worked at growing patterns and finding out about a remarkable young scientist from Africa called William Kamkwamba.
Year 1 had great fun growing their bodies and brains in their Outdoor Gym and asked some interesting questions about how bubbles grow! They also read all about David Attenborough - I wonder whether they will spot him on the television next time he's sharing his knowledge?
Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed a virtual visit to Yew Tree Farm; the animals were not at all camera shy and the farm looked magnificent. They are now curiously awaiting butterflies... almost cocoons at this point in time! Their sensational scientist was Maria Sibylla Merian, who really inspired everyone to follow their dreams.
Year 3 had a great experience with The Natural History Museum's volcano expert! They also explored antibody and virus growth via an origami growing task... Their special scientist was Ralph Alger Bagnold who worked hard at engineering a dune buggy.
Year 4 took advantage of the surprisingly warm weather we have had as they went outdoors exploring the mysterious world of worms! Indoors, they have enjoyed observing their very own Worm World and thinking about how these tiny creatures help produce to grow. They were inspired by the work of Wangari Maathai, an environmentalist scientist from Africa.
Year 5 had some futuristic fun in thinking about survival and growth on Mars; their models were terrifyingly fabulous! They also explored growing without soil in their very own classes using our new Hydroponics Unit. Their research scientist was Margaret Collins, an insect scientist from the USA.
Year 6 made great links with Maths by investigating the ages and growth of sharks . They also consolidated and enhanced their understanding of evolution with an expert from The Natural History Museum. Their sensational scientist was also a mathematician, astronomer and philosopher named Hypatia from Egypt - this was a challenging but exciting person to have researched.
The whole school entered a Science Poster competition on Growth, grew Grass Heads - some marvelous and quirky characters joined the school and ended the week with science stickers and a Singlewell Scientist Award for one impressive scientist per class. Well done everyone!!!
Our visit from Science Boffins was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute but we already have a new date in place and look forward to seeing our very own scientists enjoying that experience after Easter.
Here are photos of just some of the activities your child experienced...
World Book Day
What another busy term it has been! Pufferfish Class have worked so hard at being creative and hardworking - we are all feeling very proud.
We have enjoyed a wonderful week of storytelling treats including a visit from an author named George Bastin, who read us his heartwarming story called Bella. We donated £1 to come to school dressed in our cosiest clothes and heard stories read by other teachers; Miss Furzer read to Pufferfish Class whilst Mrs Jandu read to Sharks! We also had a professional storyteller tell us an exciting tale from India and experienced a Zoom story workshop with Miss Asiedu and Mrs Burton. Here are just a few photos of us being cosy with a book.
We also participated in a whole school 'Story in a Jar' competition - thank you to all our parents and families for supporting our learning and fun!
In other areas of the curriculum, we have designed, tasted and created our own Rainbow Salads. Here is just one tasty example of our learning.
Finally, we are ending this term by working on our School Values. We played a scramble game, enjoyed a whole school assembly with Mrs Brown and are working every day on thinking about how Singlewell CARES. We are Curious, Ambitious, Resilient, Equal and Safe!
Have a great half-term break everyone!
Stars of the Week
Stars of the Week go to pupils for working hard on Writing and Maths, great independent work in Maths and for writing a great blurb.
Pufferfish Class have settled beautifully into 2022! We have updated all of our Proud Cloud achievements and have made promises about what we would like to work towards this year.
Here are just a few examples:
We also began the year with a story called 'Have You Filled A Bucket Today?' and have used this every day to work on our P.S.H.E skills. We worked together on creating posters for Anti-Bullying.
In History lessons, we have been finding out about Kings and Queens. We will be working on this topic all term but take a look at us looking royal!
In Science, we are Explorifying this term! This resource has enabled us to spend time discussing all sorts of scientific areas - it has been a lot of fun too!
Money matters have been important in Maths - we can recognise coins and notes, understand their values, add amounts and are beginning to find the difference between amounts in order to find change.
In English, we have been working on a wonderful story called 'Coming Home' by Michael Morpurgo - we have all fallen in love with this tiny robin.
Let's keep-up the great work Pufferfish Class!
Stars of the Week
Stars of The Week have been awarded for great work in all areas!
For using Scientific vocabulary confidently.
For working super hard!
For brilliant work on money!
As we draw towards the end of the Autumn Term in school, we have been reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. Our classroom is feeling festive and we have been spending a lot of time discussing what it means to be especially kind during this time of year. By the end of this week, we will have performed our Nativity which is called Hay Presto, to our families! We have all worked extremely hard at learning our lines and working together on this and are very excited about performing it.
In R.E lessons, we have also learnt about other Festivals of Light. We retold the story of Rama and Sita, a Hindu festival, where good defeats evil. Hanukkah - a Jewish festival of lights celebrated to mark the miraculous lighting of the menorah over 8 days and nights with only a tiny drop of oil. People of the Sikh faith have recently celebrated Guru Nanak's birthday. We have felt quite joyous in Year 2!
We have also continued to care about our planet and would like to say a huge thank you to the families of the children who have donated plants to our school. We have named them, enjoy taking care of them and respect that they take care of us by providing us with clean air to breathe.
Well done Pufferfish Class! Have a very fun and restful Christmas break.
Mrs Jandu, Miss Quinlan and Miss Nicholas
Stars of the Week
For excellent Maths and Writing!
For great focus in Science!
For focusing on his work!
A huge well done to everybody that took part in our National Poetry Day competition with Young Writers. All of your poems were fantastic, it was clear to see how hard you all worked and it was extremely difficult choosing the winners and runners up.
We are pleased to announce that several of our children were selected to be published alongside other National winners. Our runners up now have their beautiful poetry pieces displayed in our new and improved library for the whole school to see. It has been wonderful to see the whole school embrace National Poetry Day and we look forward to doing more in the future.
We have had a very busy and productive three weeks since our last message. We have donated dozens of books to our school book corners and new library. We held a Pyjama Day to raise funds to buy book prizes and had so much fun!
Some of us won prizes from our end of term Reading Raffle and others won prizes for having our poems selected for display and for The National Poetry Competition! Everyone did an amazing job at participating in this and we all had the opportunity to read our poems out loud.
In Art lessons, we have painted fish in the style of Romero Britto and learnt how to create scratch art to produce firework art. We also worked very hard on learning the story of Guy Fawkes and thinking carefully about firework safety.
This week, we are working on becoming more knowledgeable about Climate Change and are finding out about what our world leaders are discussing at COP26. We have been thinking about how we can be kinder to our wonderful planet and will be working on a Stop Dropping Litter story in English lessons. We’re very proud to be playing a part in our own futures!
Stars of the Week
15.10.2021 Good Maths and drawing skills
05.11 2021 For working hard and being ready to learn.
Pufferfish Class are immensely proud of their contribution to our school’s Harvest Festival collection. Thank you so much to all Pufferfish families for their kindness.
We have begun using our brand new Singlewell Library and are thoroughly enjoying getting cozy with a book in there. We have also been listening to The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson in this wonderfully, quiet space.
In class, we are continuing to work hard in all areas but we are also playing hard as a team- look at our Colour Chaos work on splatter/drip painting in the style of Pollock’s art! It is enormous and was extremely messy but heaps of fun to create!!!
Keep working hard Proud Pufferfish!
Stars of the Week
Our Star of The Weeks go to the following Pufferfish for:
Well done Pufferfish, keep it up!
Welcome back to school Pufferfish Class!
We have all made a fantastic start to Year 2. We have worked hard on remembering Singlewell Primary School's Golden Rules and have signed a class contract to demonstrate our commitment to these. In Maths, we have been reading and writing numbers, understanding the value of each digit in 2-digit numbers and using all sorts of resources and strategies such as base ten, ten frames, part whole models and number sentences.
In Science, we are exploring living things and their habitats - we even designed our own creatures and thought carefully about why they are suited to a particular habitat. Our Art books are looking colourful and all of our other books are filling up with great work. Pufferfish Class should feel very proud of themselves.
Here are some photos of our Welcome Proud Cloud display and some other areas our classroom.
Keep up the great work Pufferfish Class! Miss Quinlan and Miss Nicholas are very proud of you too!
Stars of the Week
Our first Star of The Week goes to a Pufferfish for being kind and gentle. (10.09.2021) Our second Star of the Week goes to a Pufferfish for listening skills. (18.09.2021) Well done Pufferfish!
Pufferfish Class have been extremely busy in all subjects - working hard to show our best work in all areas!
We have been working particularly hard in Science and had great fun taking part in The Great Science Share. It was very exciting to see and hear a panel of scientists (experts in Climate Change) and particularly Brian Cox answer one of our questions! We found out that the 'blanket' around our world is actually made of lots of gases - mostly carbon dioxide. We heard ideas about how to reduce the amount of harmful gases that are released around us and how to save energy and be kinder to our environment.
Last week, we worked on Science every day! Here is a short diary account of our learning:
We have definitely proved ourselves to be Super Singlewell Scientists!
Well done all Pufferfish!
Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for their improved focus, effort and attitude in school. The most recent Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for great Science work all week! Great effort Stars!
Pufferfish Class thoroughly enjoyed Number Day! Our favourite activities involved creating some symmetrical paintings of butterflies and playing the Who Wants to be a Millionaire game - we won several millions of points!!! As a class, we generally love Maths anyhow, but to be able to enjoy Maths activities outside of our Maths lessons was a real treat.
Our topic on Pirates is soon drawing to an end but we'd love to share some of our great work here:
Pufferfish Class have matured a lot over the last few weeks - Miss Quinlan and I have been feeling very proud of them all. Handwriting, punctuation and the use of conjunctions has improved significantly!
In Maths, we are beginning to measure confidently using centimetres and metres. Our work on fractions has drawn to an end, yet we are still recalling key facts during our Flashback 4 lesson starter tasks.
Keep up the great work next term Pufferfish! You really are working hard at being polite, pleasant, productive, playful and proud Pufferfish (we could always work harder at being peaceful...)
Have a wonderful half-term break.
Mrs Jandu :)
Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for great work in Guided Reading (07.05.21).
The next Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for playing nicely with lots of different children (14.05.21). The latest Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for working super hard in all areas, especially on handwriting (21.05.21).
Pufferfish Class ended last term with our Reading Raffle celebration. Our winners were very proud of their achievements - as should all Pufferfish, who regularly read!
We have been very busy in our Science lessons since we returned for Term 5. We made sycamore seed models using strips of sugar paper and enjoyed watching them take flight whilst reinforcing our understanding of seed dispersal by wind. We have also made models of dandelions in order to explore how when we blow at them to make a wish, their sticky seeds disperse and land elsewhere.
Last week, we got our hands messy with clay to make burr models. It was fascinating to see how these use hooks to attach to animals, travel long distances, finally crack open and hopefully replant seeds!
In our Art lessons, we drew poppies using a step-by-step guide. Everyone's work was outstanding! Here are just a few excellent examples:
Protective Pufferfish have been very happy with how hard we are working and numbers of house points have increased since we first joined Year 2!
We have had 3 Stars of the Week since our last class update. One Pufferfish got Star of the Week for excellent work and helping others. The next Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for increased participation on all tasks. The latest Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for improved focus in all tasks.
The last three weeks in Pufferfish Class have been full of art and fun! We enjoyed being creative and learning new techniques (although some of us did get a little messy...) with our whole class splat painting...
In Maths, we have revisited addition and subtraction using the column method alongside base ten. In English, we have thoroughly enjoyed writing our own fairy tales. Our shared story with Mrs Jandu was about a prince, who lost his voice, and was saved by the Queen and a loud giant! We are currently working on celebrations and learning the Easter Story. Also, we have enjoyed Assembly Zooms with Lionfish Class.
Our WOW WALL is proudly full of beautiful examples of excellent work.
We hope all Pufferfish mums enjoyed their Mother's Day cards and that all parents are looking forward to having some Easter fun with their little Pufferfish over the break.
One of our Star of the Weeks went to a Pufferfish for working extremely hard and for their great spelling. Our latest Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for their excellent work all term and for helping others. (19.03.21 & 26.03.21)
Pufferfish Class have really enjoyed being back together again; it has been particularly lovely to see everyone playing together at play time. Here are some photos of our Pufferfish Certificate Celebration to mark our successes at home and in school during the 2021 school closure period, and to celebrate other events such as World Book Day and our Virtual Sports event.
Our learning has been extremely varied over the last three weeks- we have worked on news reports in English, Shape in Maths, bible stories in R.E, our bodies in Science, the oceans in Geography, portraits in Art and internet safety in Computing. We hope you enjoy this slideshow.
Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for fantastic Home Learning, particularly in R.E and Maths. Another Pufferfish got Star of the Week for excellent Home Learning, violin skills and sharing reading. The latest Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for great attitude in all tasks in school.
The last three weeks have been full of hard work and weather watching! We have been forecast snow on so many occasions so it has been exciting to at last receive some. The children working from home have been keen to share their snow news at our live Zoom meets. Here is a Pufferfish snowman named Batman (we wonder why...?)
We have also enjoyed PSHE tasks at our Zoom meetings including thinking about which colour we feel using our Colour Me Happy story, doing a 3 point check by stopping to think about 3 things we can see, 2 things we can hear and 1 thing we can feel. Our favourite task has been Show & Tell; there were some impressive lego model shows!
In English, we have recorded instructions for an alien using imperative verbs and we are currently working on learning The Unlucky Man story. Maths has involved work on division using woodland puzzles and activities. Now, we are working on tally charts and pictograms.
Pufferfish Class have also been working super hard at reading. Lots of us are reading for pleasure and enjoying listening to stories. We all know how important it is to keep reading so that we can access all areas of the curriculum, grow our brains and use our imagination!
Here are examples of good work we have been doing in other subjects:
All of the teachers in school are proud of Pufferfish and we all wish you a restful half-term.
Towards the end of 2020, Pufferfish Class enjoyed learning about Jesus' birth and some of us were able to participate in performing The Nativity, creating a Santa dance or participating in a Pass The Bauble challenge. In class, we made Christmas cards with an angel theme. We were impressed by the uniqueness of each angel.
Since then, we have all been working extremely hard both at home and in class. We have developed a good routine of practising daily phonics, handwriting and English work on areas such as rhymes and SPaG. In Maths, we have begun working on a new unit of work on multiplication. The Purple Mash table toons songs and games have been especially popular and we have all made such good progress on developing our understanding of multiplication.
In the afternoons, we have completed work on various topics such as habitats in Science, Judaism in R.E, the UK in Geography, coding skills in Computing, various P.E techniques and designing our own chocolate wrappers in Design and Technology. Just look at some examples of our wonderful work from home! There was so much great work to choose from...
Please continue working hard and keep up the good behaviour.
The first Star of the Week for 2021 went to a Pufferfish for AMAZING Home Learning and waking up early to complete tasks (08.01.21). The second Star of the Week goes to a Pufferfish for excellent recall of multiplication facts in Maths (15.01.21).
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.
FUN CHRISTMAS VIDEOS
Please check your child's Purple Mash account over this festive period, as we will be uploading some fun Christmas videos for you to enjoy
Pufferfish Class had a very busy afternoon creating our Christmas Display and decorating our Class Tree. We designed our own baubles and loved seeing them gradually adorn our tree. We explored the unique nature of snowflakes and were amazed by how complex they are!
In P.S.H.E, we discussed how Christmas gifts do not always need to be bought and we reminded ourselves of the importance of the gifts we have within that we can freely share with others over Christmas, such as the gift of time, company, love, patience and care - some of these have been wrapped, ready to give under our tree.
During our Bubble Closure, many of us have worked very hard in our Home Learning books. We have also commented on how much we have enjoyed participating in various learning videos and doing activities on Purple Mash. Here are some of the window art we created of ourselves, indoors, whilst looking through a window.
Well done to everyone for working so hard at home - especially to those who worked on key skills such as Phonics, handwriting and number skills! Miss Quinlan and I are looking forward to doing more fun activities in school before the Christmas Holidays begin!
The last Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish who has worked really hard in Maths (27.12.20).
This week, Star of the Week goes to all Pufferfish for being so positive about their home learning!
Pufferfish have been working very hard on winning our colouring crayons back! We received a very disappointing letter from several upset crayons about how we have been mistreating them. However, we replied with a letter each in our English lessons and are overjoyed to have them back!
In Science, we have been using the iPads to find out whether the materials things are made of are actually what we think. We had to use some software to scan QR codes - we were quite surprised! Also, we have investigated wood and replied to an email from Mr Woody from the Timberyard - he is happy that we found wood to be a strong material. Even though it can mark easily, it can withstand windy conditions (or a hairdryer!).
Also, we had a fantastic time in school to mark Children In Need. We hope you enjoy these photos.
Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for working EXTRA hard and learning lots. Our recent Star of the Week went to a Pufferfish for their excellent writing in R.E. (13.11.20 & 20.11.20)
At the end of last term, we enjoyed wearing our bad hair whilst playing Snakes and Ladders! Reading was celebrated through our Reading Raffle with lots of wonderful prizes. We also had some extra Golden Time to celebrate the end of a successful term.
This term, we will continue to strive towards being Proud Pufferfish. These are some of the things we feel most proud about:
In Maths, we will be securing our addition and subtraction strategies. What might be the best method to add these 3 numbers: 17+5+3? Or, 34-5? We are aiming to become confident at adding and subtracting numbers up to 100! Playing lots of number bond games will help with this.
It is really lovely to see one another again after half-term and we would particularly like to welcome Miss Quinlan who has joined Pufferfish Class!
The Stars of the Week for Pufferfish Class have been rewarded for wonderful story writing, excellent D&T skills and good work and motivation all week. Keep up the hard work! (16.10.20, 23.10.20 & 06.11.20)
Pufferfish Class have been as busy as ever over the last few weeks. We thoroughly enjoyed participating in Race For Life – it was great to feel free, running around the field and cheering one another along. The weather was kind to us too!
In class, we have used our observational skills to look for signs of worm and snail movement – it has been much harder than we expected! We have learnt that living things (both animals and plants) need to find suitable habitats to live and grow happily in.
The Stars of the Week for Pufferfish have been chosen for being very polite and for having a positive attitude and motivation to work hard. (02.10.20 & 09.10.20)
Pufferfish Class have been working very hard at being Patient Pufferfish-we are all helping one another to make lots of progress! Some of us have completed such impressive work that it has been posted up on our WOW Wall! We get 20 House Points for having our work displayed here. Look at our work on designing vehicles, imaginary creatures in the quiet garden and some R.E work on the story of Muhammad and the cats.
We have also had fun in our brand new Computer Suite. Many of us are working hard at learning how to spell our surnames in order to log-in independently.
The Stars of the Week for Pufferfish class have been chosen for excellent listening skills and for good work all week. (18.09.20 & 25.09.20)
Pufferfish Class have been working very hard on following rules in school. We now know that we need to remain seated and raise our hands to ask questions. We are beginning to line-up nicely and we know that if we chat whilst walking from one place to another, we have to go to the back of the line… We have been receiving lots of Housepoints for excellent behaviour and our hand washing and hand sanitising skills are great!
We have all been extremely surprised by our research on pufferfish (the wild ocean creatures)! They are not at all like the pufferfish in our class! We discovered that they are highly poisonous and must be handled with extreme caution! We are very glad to be out of the water and on dry land in our lovely classroom!
Star of The Week goes to a Pufferfish who has behaved beautifully and worked hard at all tasks.(11.09.20)
Dear Pufferfish Class,
It has been great to have you all back in school this week! I am writing this at the end of our first day together and hope that you feel very proud of yourselves and happy to be with your friends again. I hope you feel that your previous classroom now feels more grown-up as a Year 2 classroom!
This term, we will be discussing our Golden Rules, working on our number skills, finding out about pufferfish, writing letters and filling our display boards! In Science, we will be discovering living things and their habitats and in Geography, we will be exploring our local area. R.E will include learning about Islam and thinking about our feelings. D&T will involve designing and creating our own transportation! We will be doing lots of mindfulness work to keep calm and strong as well as several other subjects and activities – too many to list!
Once again - welcome back!
I couldn’t resist writing you all a chocolatey message (one that I can eat after!) It reminded me of us reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together and creating your chocolate inventions!
I have really enjoyed teaching each and every one of you. We have learned so much this year together and it has been wonderful to watch you grow into mature, sensible, caring Year 2s with an incredible eagerness to learn, you will make fantastic Turtles.
I’m very proud of how much home learning you have done during this tricky time, your photos have put a smile to my face. It has been a strange end to the year and although I don’t get to see you in September, it won’t be long before I’m back and hopefully I’ll be able to bring along baby Catt for you all to meet!
Keep working hard in Key Stage 2, I have been telling your new teacher how fantastic you all are! Remember you can do anything you put your minds to. I miss you all very much.
Love from Mrs Catt xxx
I have missed you all so much over the last few months, but I keep remembering all the fun we had in class and on special days like World Book Day and our Christmas Nativity. I have really enjoyed seeing all the lovely photographs you have been sending Mrs Catt. You have obviously been working very hard and have completed some wonderful home learning. I have been in class with some of the Year 1 children who are also working hard and will soon be as big as you. I hope you liked seeing my cheeky squirrel friend, she is still visiting to collect nuts and she now brings her baby too! I bet you have all grown so much and will definitely be ready for Year 3 in September. You will make excellent Turtles and I know your new teacher Mrs Burton can’t wait to meet you all. I’m sure you have been having lots of fun at home too and I hope you all have a fantastic summer holiday.
Love from Mrs Collins x
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!
Dear Pufferfish Class,
Another term completed, you are all really missed,
Home learning tasks completed, working through a fun list!
Your photos and wonderful work have been fantastic to see,
From exploring in the garden to helping prepare your tea!
Your Supertato adventures have been really quite exciting,
Also the treasure chests you have made covered in sparkle and the pirate codes you’ve been writing!
Maths and English a plenty, I’ve seen the concentration on your faces,
Baking delicious cakes, long walks outside, and in your gardens, obstacle races!
It can be really tricky not seeing each other at school,
Please enjoy the sunshine but do keep cool!
It was lovely to catch up with lots of you on the phone,
I’m sure you are almost looking like Year 3s already and have undoubtedly grown!
I am a very proud teacher and miss you all greatly,
You have all been fantastic and worked so hard lately,
It hopefully won’t be long until we see each other again,
For now stay safe, stay healthy and carry on being little gems!
I hope you all have a brilliant half term and enjoy the beautiful weather. Little man is growing every day and loves to kick away in my tummy. Please do carry on sending me photos and letting me know what you get up to, it really does make my day! I can see you are learning so many new skills, probably without realising! Over the half term please have a well-earned rest (adults too!). If you’re looking for a task to keep busy, aside from water fights, cooking, obstacle races and so on…perhaps you could make a time capsule…
Can you make your very own time capsule so that when you are older you can look back at this time and remember all of the things you did?
Ideas for your time capsule: On a piece of paper (you can decorate this if you like) you could write:
· Your name
· What day it is
· Who you live with
· How old you are
· What you want to be when you’re older
· Things you have really enjoyed at the moment, e.g. spending time with family, playing board games etc.
You could also draw a picture of you and your family or include a real photo to look back at in the future. Add in some things that you want to remember this year by. Maybe a rainbow picture, a thank you picture for the NHS, things that might remind you of all the things you did this spring/ summer.
Lots of Love,
P.S. Dear Pufferfish Class,
I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely weather. I have been keeping busy in the garden and have even made a new friend. Stay safe and I miss you all
Lots of love,
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