Sea Otters Update
What a fun-packed, hard-working few weeks we have had!
Sea Otters have now completed their first BIG write since returning, using their inspiration from the narrative verse: The Bogeymen and the Trolls next door by Kaye Umansky. They looked at character descriptions, fantastic new vocabulary, 'what if not?' scenarios and finally, the next adventure whilst writing in the first person.
In Maths, we have been trying hard to learn new concepts with fractions. It has not been an easy unit and there have been many recap lessons from Year 3. Nonetheless, the Super Sea Otters are certainly beginning to show their understanding by using bar models, along with part-whole models, to find fractions of amounts and equivalent fractions.
The Sea Otters have all achieved success to feel proud of - whether it be in their improved presentation, improved focus during lessons, improved socialising skills or an improved positive attitude towards their schooling. The children have all worked and played so well together since returning and fill the staff in their class with pride every day.
This week we have been celebrating Spring and Easter with some creative craft activities that the children have enjoyed.
Have a lovely Easter break to all the Sea Otters and their families.
Stay safe and we will see you in a couple of weeks.
From Mrs Broad, Mrs Fifield and Mrs Morris.
Sea Otters Update
GO Team Sea Otters! What a wonderful end to the home schooling we had with so many amazing pieces of work being completed and handed in. I gave out the last few trophies and awarded everyone with a ‘lockdown learning certificate’ for all of the children; both at home and at school. What I didn’t do, is award myself a certificate! So maybe you would like to design one for me before the Easter holidays?
We also celebrated World Book Day in a unique way last week – during our very last Zoom Classroom Meet – what a spectacle it was! There were many wonderful, creative ideas that we could all share with one another; most classes were not able to do that so we were very lucky.
This week, back at school has been one to cherish. My super Sea Otters are all a little bit taller, all a little bit smarter and all a little bit more mature. There were mixed emotions from everyone – excitement but the feeling of nervousness at the same time, about being back in the same bubble together. But you have shown nothing but kindness, respect and positivity towards your friends and teachers this week and being able to watch you all rekindle your friendships has been a highlight of my week.
You have ALL worked super hard this week too. Some of you have had quite some time off from holding a pencil and writing at length, but you wouldn’t have known it this week! If your handwriting isn’t looking quite the way it used to yet, then don’t panic, it will take a little more practise and all will be back to normal.
I would like to end by sending the BIGGEST Get Well Soon wish to a special Sea Otter who we hope to see return to school very soon – his friends and teachers are greatly missing his cheeky smile and fun games he plays during break times. It is only right that this Otter deserves the Star of the Week for his bravery.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Mrs Broad, Mrs Fifield and Mrs Morris
Sea Otter Update
Hello to all of my hard working, diligent Sea Otters.
It is very hard to put in to words how much Mrs Fifield and I have appreciated your efforts this term as the pleasure and gratitude is seen clearly on our faces every time we receive a piece of work from you, knowing that you are continuing to try your hardest and produce your best efforts even during such a strange and odd time for you.
This term, some of us have only been together on a screen but the more we have participated in the Zoom classrooms, the more natural it seems. Your behaviour and focus during those times deserves a massive round of applause. You make my job easy with your patience and kind-hearted responses whilst you wait for your friends to have their time to speak. You always have responses ready for when it is your turn and they have always been sensible, thoughtful and well-reasoned.
Whether you have been learning at home or in the classroom, your lessons have been the same and the outcome very similar, for this you should feel extremely proud of your achievements.
I would like to say a special well done to the Sea Otters who have continued to learn at school; they have welcomed the Year 4 Seals into their classroom and made them feel part of their team. All of the Seals have said how much they have enjoyed spending time in their new classroom with their new friends and their new Teachers.
Finally, I would like to say well done for not only completing your school work this last week, but balancing it well with fun in the snow! It has pleased me so much that you didn’t forget your learning and completed it either before or after fun and games in the snow with your families.
Hopefully the coming Spring will see us return to a more normal way of going to school but until then, we are busy preparing your lessons and hope to see your continued, extra special efforts start up again after a fun week off for half term.
Take care and stay safe Super Sea Otters.
Last week, the Sea Otter to receive Star of the Week was LP for following an excellent daily routine at home and always completing and handing in tasks on time to the best of her ability.
This week, Star of the Week goes to FM for working super hard every day. She has really shown her learning and confidence in every piece of work I have set for her.
Sea Otters Update
A HUGE thank you to start off with to not only my learners at School, but all of those trying to complete their challenges at home without their regular teachers, or their friends to help them with their thoughts and understanding. It is not easy and all of your efforts are very much appreciated.
All home learners should feel super proud of how skilled they have become in uploading their photographs or short videos of their work – it really makes me smile to see your confidence and efforts growing as the days pass. ALL learners both at home and at School, children and adults alike, should feel proud of how they have adapted to the most recent changes – we all find this difficult and there are good days and bad but do try to stay positive and focus on the good things in life, no matter how small.
The Maths has not been easy recently and you have all been trying your best with division: remember to use your fabulous times table knowledge to help you with your division – it’s just the opposite!
In English you all seem to have preferred the non-fiction reading and responding that you have been doing this last week – fossils and caring for dogs has proved to be a hit, with the most wonderful drawings of your pet dogs being sent, in alongside your well-reasoned responses to the questions.
On top of this, it has been so delightful to see how crafty and creative you have been with the many pairs of salt dough teeth I have received! Yours were all so much better than mine and managed to stay sturdy in the heat of the oven; another wonderful success to feel extremely proud of.
I hope you enjoy looking at just a few of the many photographs I have received and I cannot wait to see what the next few weeks brings.
Take care my lovely little Sea Otters.
Star of the Week goes to a home learner that completes every task to a high standard every day. He has also sent me a music file of him playing a live tune on the piano,
which I have attached for you to listen to. You know who you are!
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.
Sea Otters Update
Hi Sea Otters,
I would like to say a HUGE thank you for all of the hard work you are doing whilst you are isolating at home. I have received so many photographs/videos and 2Dos, which are keeping me busy every day. You should feel very proud of yourselves and are showing how you have grown up and matured since joining Year 4 Sea otters. I am very proud to see your learning continue at home and hope you have enjoyed the wide selection of tasks that I have set for you. I have had work handed in from the class page, Mathletics, Reading Eggs but most of all, through Purple Mash which is proving very popular with you all at home!
It has been fantastic to keep in touch with you when you hand a task in and I liked trying to guess what was in your presents earlier this week when you left me clues!
Your letters to Father Christmas have been a delight to read and I am sure he knows what special, hardworking, well-behaved Sea Otters you are and will hopefully bring you something you have wished for on Christmas Day.
I hope that you liked seeing the photograph of my car covered in snow last week – I was so happy to wake up and see it all white outside. I hope, if we all wish hard enough, that we might just get a white Christmas when we wake up on Christmas morning this year – let’s try to do that together every night before we go to bed.
Take care and stay safe my Super Sea Otters and I will see you all very soon.
Sea Otters Update
To our special Sea Otters,
Mrs Fifield, Mrs Morris and I have been so pleased with the progress in your behaviour for learning over the last few weeks – more settled, more organised, more confident when asking questions or asking for help. These are wonderful building blocks that help you to grow and learn new things every day.
In Maths, we have been looking at measurements and how to convert between mm, cm, m and even km! I was really proud to see that the majority of you were able to access your homework via the video that I uploaded to Purple Mash for the weekend. You all handed in your measuring homework on time too. Thank you to your adults that showed you how to use a tape measure and encouraged you to measure a variety of objects in your home.
In Geography, we have been learning about states of matter and the water cycle – Mrs Fifield set up some really fun demonstrations in class to help us understand the new language: evaporation, condensation, freezing, melting etc.
In English, we have started to unpick the tale of ‘Coming Home’ by Michael Morpurgo. This describes the perilous journey of a Robin Red breast trying to make his way back to his home, his garden and his love. The children have enjoyed writing about what home means to them - the sights, smells and sounds of their families.
Finally, I thought it would be nice to share some of the odd socks that the super Sea Otters designed and coloured last week to recognise anti-bullying week.
Stay safe and have a lovely weekend Sea Otter families.
Last week’s Star of the Week went to a pupil who has made some break throughs in her understanding in Maths - well done!
Welcome back to my hard working Sea Otters.
It was lovely to hear how some of you spent your half term, enjoying the time with your families and it has been great to see you return with resilient attitudes and a steely determination to continue with the progress you have already made this year.
We had some good fun at the end of last term with some very creative hairstyles at the Singlewell Salon – a fantastic effort from the whole class!
We have worked extra hard on the new computing scheme since returning and are even starting to access the work from home – if you haven’t done so already then login to your Purple Mash account and see if you have any 2Dos to do!
Finally, a special day has been celebrated in Sea Otter class this week - Armistice Day where the children learnt about some events of the past. After standing and thinking for a respectful 2 minutes, the children returned to class to try out their newly learned poetry skills; writing in free verse.
I cannot wait to see what skills you surprise me with for the rest of this term! Keep up the super work Otters.
Congratulations to the recent Stars of the Week for consistent hard work and displaying positive attitudes. (23.10.20 & 06.11.20)
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Hello my SUPER Sea Otters,
Well done for all of your hard work these last 2 weeks. Our recent writing has shown fabulous improvement in both your pace and presentation – you should feel very proud of yourselves. Harriet Tubman, who we have been studying in class, would be very pleased with how you have written so thoughtfully about her troubled life as a slave in the 1800s.
I have also been really pleased with your learning at home and the fantastic musical instruments that you have made with the help of your adults. Every one of you brought something in and got to talk to your friends about how you made them and how the sound vibration worked.
You also really enjoyed our Rainbow Fun Run last week and were lucky to have the weather on your side so that you could complete it safely within your Bubble. It was lovely to see you running round with your friends in Seals too.
Have a lovely weekend and Mrs Fifield, Mrs Morris and I will see you next week for the last week of your first term as Sea Otters.
Sea Otter Update
It has been a busy couple of weeks in Sea Otter class. We have made progress in understanding the place value of large numbers including how to partition the numbers and how to find them on a number line. Some Sea Otters are still having a little difficulty rounding large numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 but we will revisit this again and have another go.
In Science, we have investigated how sound can travel through air, solids and liquids as vibrations and have even managed to make our own pan pipes and string telephones!
The super Sea Otters have also completed their first big write since returning to school. They have been working extra hard on their presentation and remembering all the key skills to writing a great story! This is now on display in our classroom.
Finally, I would like to welcome Mrs Morris – Sea Otter’s new TA – to the classroom. She will be working with the children Wednesday - Friday each week.
Keep up the ever improving hard work and positive attitudes Sea Otters!
Sea Otter Update
What a full and fantastic first week back the Year 4 Sea Otters have had! We have been busy finding out about vibrations and how sound travels in Science; learning about the festival of Raksha Bandhan in English and the tricky dilemmas that the characters had to face and recalling how to count and partition 4 digit numbers in Maths!
I have been super proud of the hard work and commitment for learning that I have seen and extra impressed with the homework effort received when you researched about sea otters.
Well done to this super Sea Otter for earning the first star of the week for excellent effort in all of their lessons since returning to school.(11.09.20)
Welcome back to your new year group:
Year 4 Sea Otters!
Mrs Fifield and I were so pleased to greet you all on your first morning, receiving great big smiles from each and every one of you – the best way to start the day!
You have been super sensible since you have returned and really kind and friendly towards your classmates so you have obviously been busy doing a lot of growing up through lockdown and the summer holidays.
The classroom has been set up ready for you to learn and to work safely with your friends at all times, there has been regular hand sanitising without any fuss – it’s now just part of our daily routine.
This is going to be a busy and fun Year – we’ve got some great topics lined up including: Sound, the Ancient Greeks, Rivers and the Water Cycle, the Digestive System and much more!
Finally, I would like to thank my new smart Sea Otters for working hard on their summer holiday projects – it has lovely to see how talented and creative you have been with your posters or boxes. We’ll keep them at school for a while so we can all have a closer look at the detail inside them.
To my SUPER, spectacular, surprising SEA OTTERS!
I have had the most wonderful time with you all in Year 4. You started off quite shy and anxious about the year ahead but soon settled and began to blossom.
You may not have realised it at the time but growing your brains a little bit more every day as a Sea Otter means you are now better mathematicians, better writers, better readers, better artists, better sportspeople and better thinkers. You are BETTER at EVERYTHING!
You have all matured this year too which will put you in a good position to start your new journey as a Stingray in September and I am sure that your new Teacher will realise quickly what a friendly, warm, caring and helpful bunch you are – always willing to help get the lessons ready and fully equipped; always ready to learn; always ready to support a friend who may be finding the tasks tricky and always contributing with sensible, inquisitive questions during discussions about the topics ahead.
I am pleased to let you know that your Iron Men have kept me company during the past few months here at School – when I look at them they bring a smile to my face as they remind me what hardworking Otters you have been and what wonderful help you have had at home from your families, who guided and helped you to create them. They will be in your new classroom in September for you to collect but I may borrow a few to put on display around the School.
I am looking forward to a rest over the Summer Holidays and will continue to stay safe at home, working in my garden. I have achieved my goal from the beginning of lockdown where I set out to grow my own vegetables – I have a good crop of tomatoes, potatoes, onions and courgettes that I pick and cook with regularly. What goals have you achieved? What talents have you discovered during Lockdown?
Finally, I would like to say for all of your hard work with your Home Learning during the Lockdown. I was so proud of each and every one of you to see the photographs; receive the emails and look at the time spent using Mathletics and the new Reading Eggspress online learning portals. By doing this you will again be ready to start back in Year 5 because you continued to exercise your mind and body during the time spent at home.
I look forward to seeing you all back in September, be sure to wave and say hello!
See you soon,
Love from Mrs Broad xx
Hello Sea Otters,
I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all. Even if only for a few short months. You have been a pleasure to teach. We had lots of fun as a class but we worked even harder, seeing you all improve puts a smile on my face. I hope you have enjoyed your time at home with your families and staying safe, I know I have been very busy entertaining my little boy.
It will be lovely to see you in September as Year 5!
Enjoy your Summer Holidays, have fun, make memories and stay safe.
Mrs Fifield 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 Sea Otters,
I hope you have been enjoying the home learning tasks that have been set. Mrs Fifield and I have really enjoyed looking at the photographs that your adults have sent to me. The Science experiments seem to be going well and if you haven’t had the right equipment, you have managed to find alternatives.
I have also been checking regularly on Reading Eggspress and am amazed at the time and dedication some of you are spending on there: completing the assignments I have set, designing funky avatars to look like you; one even had its own PPE mask and earning bronze, silver and even gold trophies!
I have been very busy at School, keeping the Key Worker children and staff happy and safe. They too have worked really hard during their time here and are making the best of a very unusual situation.
I hope you all have a really wonderful half term with your families – let’s hope that this beautiful weather lasts and you will be able to have fun in the garden or public spaces that are now open.
I will be spending time at home in my garden and am hoping that Mr Broad will light the BBQ every evening and I know that Mrs Fifield and her family will be getting out Henry’s paddling pool to let him play in.
In case you don’t know how to fill your time next week – here are a few suggestions:
Water fights, building dens in outside spaces; baking cookies or cupcakes; designing pizza faces before cooking and eating them; email a class mate using an adult’s email; play board games and complete a large jigsaw puzzle or plan the family’s meals for a whole day.
Whatever you do, stay safe and positive. We can’t wait to see how much you have all grown up.
Love from Mrs Broad and Mrs Fifield
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23rd April 2020
Hi Sea Otters,
I hope you are all well and have been keeping busy, safe at home with your families.
I have missed seeing your eager faces at School and seeing how hard you work every day. I have planned the home learning activities for you so that you can continue to keep busy and find out new and interesting skills and facts – well done to those of you that have already given some of them a go and sent in examples of how the tasks turned out, to show me.
I have also seen that some of you have logged in to our new Reading program – Reading Eggspress and started collecting your eggs. If any of you are having trouble logging in then just email email@example.com and I will try to support you from home.
I have been busy weeding and planting in my garden when I haven’t been at school, I am going to try to grow my own vegetables for the first time this year – wish me luck!
Mrs Fifield has been keeping her little boy entertained with lots of fun dinosaur activities.
I will be listening out for the loudest Sea Otter claps on Thursday evening for the NHS staff, so make sure you all show your appreciation and give it your best effort!
Speak to you all soon, stay safe Otters