GOOD LUCK YEAR 6
Next week, as our amazing Year 6 pupils take part in their end of Key Stage 2 SATs, their teachers at Singlewell Primary School have some very important messages they would like to send!
It’s been amazing to see you all working so hard the past few months on the build up to SATs week. You've all worked very hard and that hard work has paid off. I have seen huge improvements in your work, more targets achieved but most importantly, you've all grown in confidence.
All you can do is try your best.
Miss Jeebooah and I are very proud of you all.
Dear Year 6
I know how hard you have been working all year long and that you will soon be ready to show us your amazing efforts in the SATs assessments next week.
I have seen many of your talents over the years in singing, dancing, sports and art work along with your fantastic DT models and homework/competition tasks. I know that you work well collaboratively in History, Geography and Science and that you support each other both in and out of the classroom. This is your opportunity to showcase your skills and talents in your Maths and English and I wish you the best for your tests.
Don’t forget to eat breakfast before you come to school, to help you concentrate.
There will be lots of exciting activities and celebrations to look forward to in Term 6.
I am very proud of you all and wish you every success.
Love from Mrs Brown
Dear Year 6
I can't believe how quickly the time has flown it only seems like yesterday when I was teaching you in Year 1!
Good luck in your SATs, I'm sure you will be amazing. I know you have all been working hard and will try your best. Just remember to read the questions carefully and concentrate and you will be fantastic.
Dear Year 6
It has been an absolute pleasure to watch you all grow and see all that you have achieved over the years you have been at Singlewell. I wish you all the best for your upcoming SATs and know you will all do brilliantly as you all try your hardest at anything you put your mind to.
From Miss Mills
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
We have had lots of exciting things going on this term. Lots of learning, lots of additional activities and a new Shark!
Story Telling Week brought lots of stimulating and different activities to our classroom. We are so proud of the effort that the Sharks made on their Storytelling Jars – they are just fantastic! Year 6 were in awe of Mrs Moore (a storyteller) who told them about the story of a fisherman and the maharaja’s daughter. The activities have inspired them to delve deeper into stories and even give storytelling a go!
As part of Safer Internet Day, the Sharks were visited by two Youth Engagement Officers from Kent Police. The class had great discussions about the importance of staying safe online and what they, as individuals, can do if they are worried about something they have seen online. The children asked very sensible questions and were able to understand the importance and implications of social media.
Our last week of term provided the Sharks with a special treat – Ms Chambers popped in with her baby girl, Amiyah. The Sharks have waited so patiently to meet Amiyah and she very much enjoyed meeting the Sharks too.
Well Done Sharks. You make us very proud!
Miss Jeebooah and Mrs Fifield
Stars of the Week
Star of the Week was awarded to two Sharks, as we were not able to choose just one! The first went to a Shark who demonstrated determination when working towards their English target and the second went to a Shark who made a huge improvement with home learning. (21.01.22)
The following week, Star of the Week was given to a Shark who made an improvement in their reading and was also awarded a raffle ticket for 10 reads. (28.01.22)
Finally, Star of the Week (04.02.22) was presented to our newest Shark who has settled in really well and is participating in all aspects of school life.
Welcome back Sharks! Who can believe there’s only seven more months of primary school?!
The Sharks showed their competitive side last term when they were so determined to be the winners of the number of reads in a term. We had a number of children who had read 40 times or more in the 7 week period, which contributed to the class winning the trophy and a new class set of books! We also had some lucky winners from the reading raffle who received books and lucky dip prizes. They have made another fantastic start to reading this term – the jar is already filling up! Can anyone knock them off the top spot…?
In Science, the Sharks have been learning about electricity and how it travels. We spent time exploring the components of a circuit and experimenting with series and parallel circuits.
As Historians, the Sharks have been learning about the crimes and punishments dished out during the Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Tudor periods compared to the modern age. We all agreed we were quite happy these punishments don’t exist today!
Keep up the hard work Sharks. The mornings and evening are getting lighter ;)
Miss Jeebooah and Mrs Fifield
Stars of the Week
Star of the Week was awarded to a Shark who wrote ambitious sentences in their English work which showcased their ability beautifully. (07.1.22)
The next Star of the Week was given to a Shark who showcases impeccable manners all day, every day! This is something which can easily be forgotten but makes a huge difference! (14.01.22)
It gets harder and harder each week to choose a Shark for Star of the week, so we are looking for them to go above and beyond to catch our attention for something special.
As we approach the Christmas holidays, Year 6 have been squeezing as much learning in as we can!
Thank you to all the parents who attended our Book Afternoon and the Parent Consultations. The children loved sharing their work with you. We hope to be able to do this again in the future.
The children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up for Children in Need. We paired them up to help each other to find clues to help them crack a code. We're still finding clues hidden around the room weeks later!
Design Technology this term has seen the children building hats and swings. They have been very adventurous with their designs and have showed great teamwork. Computing has also enabled the children to begin designing their own coding game. This is something we will continue again later in the school year.
In Geography, the Sharks have been learning about the hills and mountains in the United Kingdom and across the world. Take a look at an early hand in of a model which was made by a Shark. It was clearly labelled with the features of a mountain (something we learnt about in one of our lessons). This was such a fantastic effort and we can’t wait to see what the other children have produced!
Finally, thank you for our plant donation. Mrs Fifield is making sure it gets plenty of water and light. It is certainly bringing lots of life to our learning environment!
Miss Jeebooah and Mrs Fifield
Stars of the Week
Star of the Week was awarded to a Shark who showed great empathy towards a class member (5.11.21). The next Star of the Week was given to a Shark who has begun to make better choices (12.11.21) . The following week, another Shark was given Star of the Week for persevering during an ICT lesson on coding (19.11.21) and finally the Star of the Week went to a Shark who soldiered through the cold season and made sure she was in school every day ready to learn (26.11.21).
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.
At the end of last term, Year 6 enjoyed a day of team building - ultimately trying to find out who had kidnapped Kevin the Lama and how he had been kidnapped!
In Science, we investigated if the location of where bread is kept would affect the rate at which mould would grow – thanks to the foxes who stole one of our samples!
This term we are learning all about ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ so will be closely comparing the Sharks to their parents and siblings. In PE, we have begun learning the skills needed to play hockey. We demonstrated great ball control and are working on moving with speed and accuracy.
During pyjama day, we had the pleasure of Mrs Olaide reading some bedtime stories to us - we wish we could come to school in our PJs every day! As writers, we have continued National Poetry Day and have been writing our own poetry based on sea creatures. We hope you look forward to reading them at our book afternoon.
Miss Jeebooah and Mrs Fifield
Stars of the Week
Star of the Week (8.10.21) went to two Sharks who showed fantastic values of leadership and teamwork. The next Star of the Week (15.10.21) was awarded to a Shark who had made an improvement in recalling her times tables using Times Tables Rock Stars.
Term one is quickly coming to an end and Year 6 have dived headfirst into their learning. From mould investigations in Science to blocking printing in Art… we have certainly been busy!
We have been using our brand-new library on Mondays to have some ‘chill time’ to read. In class, we have been enjoying the text ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar and wrote a letter in the role of Stanley Yelnat to his mum.
Our ‘Homework Gallery’ is beaming with Tudor project work. Year 6 have enjoyed learning about Henry VIII and his wives as well as the differences between the rich and the poor.
Lastly, thank you for all your kind donations for our Harvest Festival.
Stars of the Week
Star of the Week (24.9.21) went to a Shark who created a fantastic Tudor project by conducting online research.
The next Star of the Week (1.10.21) was awarded to a Shark who has made a special effort to organise her own learning time at home.
Finally, the last Star of the Week (8.10.21) was awarded to a Shark who independently wrote a brilliant poem for National poetry day using lots of great language!
Sharks, welcome back for your final year at Singlewell Primary School!
Well haven’t we been busy? The first few days and first full week saw the children knuckling down, ready to work. They have had such a positive start back. House captains and deputies were elected and they have already carried out their important duties in counting and inputting our weekly, well-deserved House Points across the school.
Our Shark Mathematicians have been reading, writing and ordering numbers up to 10 million. One of our lessons sparked a debate to answer the question: Is zero negative or positive? See the pictures for some of the children’s well thought-out responses. As writers, we have enjoyed using drama to create a parody adapting the text, Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow.
Raffle tickets have also been handed out already for those that are reading regularly and showing progress in their efforts with reading. We hope to have many more before our draw at the end of term. We are looking forward to the homework coming in on our History topic ‘The Tudors’ but attached is a sneak peak of a phenomenal drawing by one Shark showing the 14 seat toilet that Henry VIII had built for his servants.
Stars of the Week
Our first Star of the Week this year went to a Shark who has shown speed, determination and effort whilst problem solving in Maths. His growth-minded attitude towards his learning is enabling him to tackle problems he faces. (10.9.21) The second Star of the Week was awarded by Mrs White to a Shark who shared thoughtful ideas during an R.E. lesson. We hope all of the Sharks follow in these excellent examples! (17.9.21)
Our Shark scientists started their last term off with a fantastic workshop on evolution hosted by the Natural History museum virtually. They learnt further about how living things have changed and evolved gradually over time. There were 3 mission questions to complete:
Sharks also studied images of bones and had to identify whether they were from up to 30 million years ago!
Shark scientists also had a fun week celebrating Science Week. Their investigation question was: "How does exercise affect the brain?"
They had to do mood tests, and Stroop tests (which are when you read the colour of the words listed, not the word) before and after exercises. The exercises they did were the pace test, control test and the beep test. Sharks concluded that exercise does in fact help our focus for the better!
Sharks have been working very hard on their end of year production: The Pirates of the Curry Bean. They have had Georgie, our dance teacher, help choreograph a few of the dances. In Computing, Sharks designed and created their own tickets for the production; these will be printed soon! Sharks look forward in sharing their production with their grown ups on Tuesday 20th July.
We are all so proud of how hard Sharks are continuing to work in their last term here at Singlewell. They have shown values of effort, positivity and resilience throughout their learning and are looking forward to the next few weeks of their journey.
Well done Sharks - keep it up!
Miss Rob and Mrs Williams
Star of the Week went to a Shark for their excellent enthusiasm in role of their character for our production. She has even helped choregraph some dances!
Our latest Star of the Week went to a Shark for his fantastic efforts in Maths. He is continuously working independently in all tasks set. Well done Stars!
Year 6 have worked hard this summer term and continued to show values of positivity, determination and resilience – just as expected from our Year 6 role-models.
Sharks have continued with rehearsals for their production; they have confidently learnt the lyrics to their many songs. Our Sharks are all very excited to perform their production at the end of the academic year. (We hope to update you on how we will do this closer to the time).
As Historians, we have continued to explore our WW2 topic through our English learning. We studied a variety of propaganda posters and the messages these are spreading and why. We then designed our own propaganda posters, which we later published on the computers. Have a look at some of our posters – some hand drawn and some published examples. Can you identify the messages we are trying to spread with our posters?
As Scientists, we have enjoyed our unit of 'Animal Including Humans.' We have identified parts of the heart and further explained the important, and very vital, role of our circulatory system. We look forward to continuing this unit next term.
As mathematicians, we have completed our unit of decimals and percentages. We had to make sure we referred back to prior learning of fractions too. As continuous learners, we know how important it is to make links from previous lessons and this has truly helped us be successful throughout this unit.
Sharks enjoyed taking part in Number Day this year, which is held to raise awareness of the NSPCC. A day of investigations, puzzles, problem solving and games were thoroughly enjoyed throughout the day. Sharks particularly enjoyed ‘How to be a Mathionnaire,’ where they were able to convert money earned into house points. The effort in dressing for digits were fantastic. Sharks enjoyed doing a socially-distanced costume parade with other KS2 classes on the playground too!
I hope Year 6 Sharks have an enjoyable and well-deserved half term break. I cannot wait to spend your final term here with you at Singlewell next term. You have all have embraced the many challenges to date and I am confident you will continue to do so in your final term.
Well done Sharks!
Star of the Week went to a Shark who has improved and made progress in her spelling. The next Star of the Week went to a Shark who has continuously shown a positive attitude towards his learning. The latest Star of the Week went to a Shark who has settled in fantastically this term. Keep it up Sharks!
Sharks have returned to school after a well-deserved, restful Easter break and they are eager to learn even more this term!
As they entered term 5, Sharks immersed themselves into their new topic of World War II. They have already created a timeline of important events, found out about rationing and explored propaganda posters. For homework, Sharks created some very interesting - and some humorous - Morse codes for Miss Rob to solve. Some Sharks chose to do a propaganda poster, while others wrote a diary in the perspective of an evacuee.
In English, Sharks have used Film Literacy to inform their learning and enjoyed using 'The Piano' clip, which tied in fantastically with their WWII topic. At first, Sharks closed their eyes and just listened to the music playing and wrote down their initial thoughts. Afterwards, Sharks watched The Piano clip and identified the rollercoaster of a life a former soldier had experienced. They used expanded noun phrases to describe the feelings associated with each scene. Sharks have produced some fantastic work linked to this clip, such as figurative language, relative clauses and emotive vocabulary, which were tied together excellently in their narrative recounts. Sharks learned that music can generate a plethora of emotion and tell a powerful story. In this instance, a story of sorrow and tragedy but with the finale of hope, courage and determination.
As Scientists, Sharks have started their topic on 'Animals Including Humans' and have already started finding out about the key role of the heart, blood vessels and blood in our circulatory system.
As Mathematicians, Sharks have focused on decimals. We have multiplied and divided decimals, and made sure to remember that all important decimal point and place value!
Sharks have started preparing for their end of year production. You may hear them singing at home and practising their lines - but it's all top secret till the big day so they won't be giving too much away!
Stars of the Week went to a performer in Sharks, who is always confident when singing or dancing. He makes it difficult for both children and adults not to join in with him! Another Star of the Week went to a persevering mathematician, who has worked hard on her independence. Well done Sharks!
Sharks should be extremely proud of how hard they have worked this term. They truly have put in effort, resilience and positivity towards all their learning - just as they should be as Year 6 responsible role-models.
As writers, Sharks wrote news reports using the lighthouse clip. They made sure to include the 5Ws (who, what, where, when, why). Sharks edited and improved their reports to ensure they have written the best they possibly can, taking action from the feedback given from peer-assessment and Miss Rob.
In the Autumn term, some Year 6 writers entered the 'Peculiar Pets' competition. This term the winners were announced and two of our very talented Sharks won! They received certificates, bookmarks and the opportunity to have their Peculiar Pets writing piece published in a book, amongst others. Well done Shark authors!
To help those in need, Sharks took part in Red Nose Day, where they did some fun activities. These included:
To end the term, Year 6 have been doing some Easter activities, which included making 3D chicks, bunny models and Easter cards. Sharks also joined their bubble class Stingrays for their reading celebration assembly out on the playground. Raffle tickets were drawn, book prizes and lucky dip prizes were won. Make sure to read at least half an hour a day and earn even more raffle tickets in the Summer term.
Sharks have been fantastic this term with all their achievements. We can't wait to see how much more Sharks can impress us when we return in the Summer term! Have a lovely Easter break with your loved ones and stay safe.
Miss Rob & Mrs Williams
Star of the Week went to a Shark who impressed me with their inspirational work on Rosa Parks for International Women's day. The most recent Sharks received Star of the Week for their growing confidence and independence during their Maths learning on fractions.
Well done and keep it up!
Welcome back Year 6 Sharks! It has been wonderful seeing a sea of Sharks at their desks, ready to learn in school with their peers and teachers. Sharks have been pleased to be reunited with their friends and had some much needed catch-up time on Monday.
This term, as writers, Shark home and school learners continued using their guided reading story for their English learning. Sharks wrote:
World Book Day was celebrated slightly different this year - via Zoom! The effort with the outfits were fantastic. Our Shark writers also entered the Book of Hope competition, which was a chance for them to write about what hope means to them in 221 words or less.
Have a look at our efforts during World Book Day and entries for the Book of Hope competition.
Sharks are very excited to continue learning in school with their friends and teachers. We have settled in extremely well and look forward to sharing more of our learning soon.
Sharks have continued to work super hard both in school and at home. They have produced work to be incredibly proud of. The effort, dedication and hard work has been outstanding. Well done Sharks! You should all be very proud of yourselves.
In English, Sharks have written for different purposes, these include writing:
As it was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9th February, Sharks have incorporated online safety through their English learning, where they have been able to identify and understand the dangers of being online and how they can use platforms online sensibly and safely.
In Science, Sharks have looked at the life cycles of animals, explored why chickens lay eggs and had a go at labelling the diagram of a chicken egg. Our Shark scientists have also drawn bar graphs comparing the gestation periods between different species of mammals. Sharks also investigated how to clone a potato. Do you think they were able to...?
Miss Rob has been extremely proud of her Sharks and is looking forward to seeing more of the work Sharks have to offer. I hope you all have a well-deserved half term break and get ready to continue all the fantastic school and home learning next term.
Keep safe, take care and enjoy the long awaited snow!
Year 6 Sharks have been super busy with producing excellent work at home and in School. Miss Rob has been so proud of the effort Sharks have put into their Home Learning, despite this not being their usual learning environment. As expected, Year 6 have continued to be fantastic role-models throughout their Home and School learning.
In English, children have been focusing on fictional suspense and action stories. These required follow-up tasks, such as writing the next chapter, creating their own live radio broadcast transcripts, blogging about 'Earthlings', writing restaurant reviews and four alternative story endings. A writing activity Miss Rob particularly enjoyed reading was when Sharks had to list annoying habits of a selected person - it definitely made Miss Rob chuckle at the honesty of the Year 6 Sharks!
In Maths, Sharks engaged in revising their knowledge on written methods for addition and subtraction and applying these through problem solving. They have also enjoyed learning about factors, multiples, prime numbers, square and cube numbers.
Miss Rob looks forward in receiving more wonderful work from her hardworking, resilient Sharks via Purple Mash. There are some more examples of their great Home Learning below.
Sharks have persevered and embraced every challenge they have had thrown their way. Zoom calls with the class have been wonderful, as we were all able to see our peers and teachers. We look forward in participating in more Zooms with the class and seeing those gleaming smiles!
Stay safe Sharks and continue to put in 100% effort in all your incredible learning.
Miss Rob and Mrs Williams
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.
It has been a bit different the last 2 weeks without hardworking Sharks at their desks, ready to learn and fill those brains with knowledge! Nonetheless, Sharks have been keeping super busy with their home learning and engaging in all their activities with an incredibly positive attitude. As expected, they are continuing to be Year 6 role-models even whilst they are at home. Well done Sharks!
Sharks have sent in videos and pictures of their work linked to various learning. For Science, they have managed to use the drawing tools on Purple Mash to draw offspring of parents, and write their inherited characteristics. Sharks also published a newspaper article about the discovery of some dinosaur bones. Some great Maths learning has taken place too, where children are using the methods learnt at school to support them at home. Sharks have even watched and taken part in PE fitness videos coached by our very own Mrs Burton.
As it is the festive month of Christmas, Sharks have engaged in activities through their Purple Mash portal. These include:
It has been a delight to mark the fantastic home learning completed by Sharks and respond to their comments on Purple Mash. A great way to communicate despite being unable to see each other in order to keep ourselves safe. Keep it up Sharks!
Before our bubble closure, the Star of the Week went to a Shark who showed independence towards their Maths learning. She showed lots of effort and determination to help her complete set tasks (27.11.20).
Due to their resilience, positive attitude and effort, the Star of the Week goes to all my fabulous Sharks.
They have truly shown high levels of independence and maturity whilst doing their home learning.
I am super proud of them all!
Some very exciting news...
We are delighted to welcome the newest addition to our Singlewell Family. Mrs Harvey has now had her baby, a beautiful little boy called Noah Jack. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Harvey from all of us! Mrs Harvey has kindly shared some beautiful pictures of baby Noah Jack.
As we are half way through Term 2, Year 6 Sharks have continued to work hard across their learning. In English, we continued to explore poetry and research a sea creature of our own choice. Then, we wrote a free verse poem, which included key features of personification, metaphor, repetition and simile. Once we had published our poems, we had fun creating backdrops on our writing linked to our sea creature.
As mathematicians, we have used our multiplication knowledge for our learning on factors, multiples, prime numbers, prime factors, square and cube numbers. We referred back to our prior learning to support us with this. We also identified that faster recollection of our times tables will further support us in our Maths learning.
During their Science learning, Sharks have engaged with their topic of Evolution and Inheritance. This involved us identifying characteristics offspring inherit from their parents. In another lesson from this topic, Sharks looked at various fossils. We recognised that fossils provide information about living things from millions of years ago. Afterwards, we studied fossilised tracks and used our inference skills to infer what we thought had happened. Then we created our own fossilisation image mystery.
In Geography, Sharks have used atlases to locate mountains. We first looked at mountains within Europe. Then we had to find the height of other mountains across different continents. Sharks look forward to finding out even more about mountains in the upcoming weeks.