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
Jellyfish Class Update
Jellyfish Class have enjoyed their topic ‘Traditional Tales’ and are now able to retell various stories we have learnt this term. We particularly enjoyed Story Telling week, where we engaged with a range of Challenges based upon our Reading Wish List!
Some of the activities were:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the children who brought in Story Telling Jars. It has been fantastic to see the creativity and effort put into them. It has also been a valuable opportunity for the children to discuss not only how they made their jars but also their favourite stories too!
Have a lovely half term.
Stars of the Week
The first Star of the Week went to somebody who has been showing great perseverance within their learning, always giving things a go and working through challenges until they have a finished project.
The second Star of the Week went to a child who has been showing great interest in independent writing. They have been using the resources available within the class as well as the skills they have been taught during Read Write Inc.
The latest Star of the Week went to somebody who is working hard within both Maths and Read Write Inc. and has made fantastic progress in both.
We have had a great start back to school after the Christmas Holidays with our topic ‘Traditional Tales’. The stories we have looked at so far are ‘The Gingerbread Man’, ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.
Jellyfish Class have enjoyed retelling these stories and engaging in some of the following activities:
We are looking forward to finding out which other stories we will be learning about throughout the rest of the term!
Stars of the Week
The first Star of the Week went to somebody who has been a kind and caring friend!
The next Star of the Week went to a child who has made great progress in their phonics due to showing great perseverance both at home and school!
The last Star of the Week went to somebody who showed great kindness to a new child in the class and consistently follows the school rules.
We have had a fantastic term learning about different celebrations such as Birthdays, Weddings, Diwali and Bonfire Night. The last celebration we have been learning about has been Christmas!
For challenge time, we have been learning about the Nativity story and retelling this with a Nativity scene. We have also had lots of fun with some of the following activities:
We even helped to decorate Jellyfish class with tinsel and a tree and have enjoyed role playing in Santa’s Workshop!
Each morning we have been hunting for our Cheeky Elf who has been getting up to different antics each night!
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for our class plant donation! Jellyfish class have been learning about how to look after the plant and we cannot wait to continue to watch it grow!
I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and look forward to teaching you all about our new topic Traditional Tales in Term 3!
Stars of the Week
The first Star of the Week went to a child who has been learning the skills of blending and are now able to read words!
The second Star of the Week went to a child who has been showing great perseverance with their handwriting and physical development and has made great progress this term!
The third Star of the Week went to a child who takes great care in both our indoor and outdoor environments. They always help to tidy up and show respect for the equipment by handling it carefully!
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.
Jellyfish class have settled back into school life well after half term!
This term our topic is ‘Celebrations.' The celebrations we have learnt about so far are Bonfire Night and Diwali.
We have really enjoyed engaging within the following challenges:
We have also been learning about our Global Footprint and Remembrance Day!
We are looking forward to learning about other celebrations for the rest of the term!
Stars of the Week
The first star of the week went to a girl who was being a kind and caring friend to others.
The second star of the week went to somebody who consistently thinks of others and has been a caring friend.
The third star of the week went to somebody who has been trying their best in all their lessons.
We have really been enjoying out first topic, ‘All About Me’. The children have completed lots of challenges focussed on the story, Guess How Much I Love You and we have now moved on to learning about Owls with the story of Owl Babies!
Some of our learning challenges this week have been:
The children have been working really hard in phonics and maths, learning and remembering the sounds we have been taught so far! Take a look in our Home Diaries to see which sounds you can help us with at home!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their generous Harvest Festival and pre-loved book donations!
Thank you to everyone for the huge effort with Home Diaries and Reading Logs. Jellyfish class have really enjoyed looking at other children’s home diaries and talking about what they get up to outside of school.
As you know, the children receive a raffle ticket for every 10th read so please make sure you sign the reading log every time you read with you child. This can be for any book, not just the school books!
Stars of the Week
24th September: Star of the Week went to a girl who had been consistently following the class rules and being a positive role model to others!
1st October: Star of the Week went to a girl who had been trying her best in all of the lessons throughout the week!
8th October: Star of the Week went to a boy who had been showing great effort in both Phonics and Maths!
Well done everybody!
I am extremely proud of how well Jellyfish Class have settled into school life. They have been busy making new friends and learning the rules and routines within the classroom. We have been exploring both the indoor and outdoor environments and engaged in lots of the following challenges:
We have all been really helpful with keeping our classroom tidy, which has helped us to earn lots of Dojo Points. We have also been collecting points for sitting amazingly on the carpet in our very own carpet spaces. Can your child tell you which animal they sit on?
Next week we will continue to focus on the story ‘Guess how much I love you’ and our activities, inside and outside, will be based on that. We will also start to learn a sound a day and in Maths we will be recognising how to match items to one another.
Things to keep practicing at home:
Taking jumpers off and putting them back on
Writing our name
Washing our hands (front and back for 20 seconds)
Covering mouths when sneezing and coughing.
Wow, Jellyfish Class, what a busy start we have had to our last term together!
We have started our topic of ‘Under the Sea’ with the story 'Rainbow Fish,' and I have seen some fantastic challenges taking place. We have been making our own rainbow fish using paint, stamps and some Octopuses, which are displayed proudly within our classroom!
There has been some fantastic home learning this term with some of you making pirate accessories, such as boats and telescopes; there were even some messages in bottles written for all our Jellyfish friends to read once we returned to school!
During your time learning at home, it was Science Week and I was so impressed with how many of you participated within the Under the Sea themed Science experiments!
There was the salt water floating and sinking experiment, where you were able to investigate what happens to objects when water has salt within it. We also had the frozen sea experiment, where you discovered why it is important for ice to float and for the sea creatures to be able to swim into deeper waters.
I am excited to spend our last few weeks together continuing our Under the Sea topic and learning all about our new classrooms in Year 1!
The Star of the Week was given to a child who is a consistent role model in our classroom and tries their best every day (27.05.21). The next Star of the Week was given to a child who has been a caring friend each day and always does good sharing (11.06.21). The most recent Star of the Week was chosen for their effort during their home learning and the progress they have made in their writing (18.06.21).
Jellyfish have had a great term of learning about Animals. We have finished our Topic with the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard.' Jellyfish have been busy making ladybirds, maps and writing the Robbers plan! I have been amazed to see how many children are beginning to write sentences independently during their challenge time.
In Maths, we have been learning how to double numbers. We have been carefully counting the number of spots on ladybirds, and doubling the amount. Jellyfish are continuing to learn how to recognise and count with numbers up to 20 so need lots of practice of this at home.
Jellyfish have become increasingly interested with minibeasts this term and when they are outside, they often go on a bug hunt. Some of the minibeasts we have found are snails, worms and spiders! If you ask your child, they may be able to tell you some of the other ones they have found.
Our topic next term is ‘Under the Sea.' and we have many fantastic activities planned for this.
I hope you have a great half term and I cannot wait to see you next term for some more fantastic learning.
The Star of the Week was given to a child who is a fantastic role model all of the time and tries their best to follow the school rules. (07.05.21)
The next Star of the Week was given to a child who puts great effort into their challenge lessons. They always engage with activities and complete all of the challenges throughout the week. (14.05.21)
The most recent Star of the Week was chosen for their effort during their RWI lessons. They have shown great progress in their reading and writing and are beginning to use these skills independently during their choosing time. (21.05.21)
Jellyfish have settled back into school life extremely well and we have had some fantastic learning already this term. We have started our topic ‘Animals’ with the story, Dear Zoo. Jellyfish have enjoyed painting pictures of animals from the story and constructing their own zoos from Lego.
We have started to get changed for our PE sessions at the MUGA and we have been great at dressing ourselves independently. Please remember to let us do this independently at home so that we can learn skills that will help us when we are in school.
In Maths, we have been measuring the animal cages using cubes as well as carefully counting items up to 20. I am very proud of the effort that everybody in Jellyfish Class has been putting into their learning!
I cannot wait to continue this term with more fantastic learning!
At the end of Term 4, the Star of the Week was chosen for their progress in their writing. They have started to write sentences independently and even remembered their finger spaces. (01.04.21)
The first Star of the Week this term was chosen for their concentration during our challenge lessons. They showed great effort into all the activities that they completed with a teacher as well as independently. (23.04.21)
The most recent Star of the Week was chosen for their effort during their RWI lessons. They have shown great progress in their reading and writing and work extremely well with their partner. (30.04.21)
Jellyfish Class should all be so proud of yourselves this term. I am amazed as to how well you have returned to school with a positive learning attitude.
We have enjoyed our topic of ‘Growing’ this term and have learnt many new and wonderful things! You have all engaged with the story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and being nature detectives on your bug hunts!
This week we have been learning about Easter and we have enjoyed making Easter bunny hats, creating our clay chicks and learning about the different ways we all celebrate Easter.
I hope you all have a well-deserved rest over the Easter holidays and I cannot wait to see you all next term for our new topic ‘Animals.’
Star of the Week went to a boy who had been engaging within their physical activities and following instructions carefully. Our recent Star of the Week went to a boy who had been trying his best in Read Write Inc. He is becoming a fluent reader and is now remembering to use finger spaces within their writing. Well done! (19.03.21 & 26.03.21)
Welcome back Jellyfish Class! I am so proud of all the Jellyfish children and families. You have all worked extremely hard in strange circumstances this last term. I have seen some fantastic learning and I am so impressed with how excited and happy you have been returning to school!
We have started our topic 'Growing' and I have seen some amazing story telling of the stories we have been learning, such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk.' Some of the Jellyfish children have told me that their favourite activity has been measuring in Maths. They have been finding items that are taller and shorter than themselves and also measuring their family members shoes!
I really enjoyed seeing everybody dressed up for World Book Day and all the effort that was put into the costumes and the activities.
This week we have planted some cress seeds and we are all excited to see them grow! Hopefully we will have photos for you on the next class update.
I hope you have enjoyed your return to school and cannot wait to spend the rest of this term learning together!
The last Star of the Week went to somebody who had been engaging well in their home learning every day and has been making progress in their Maths and Phonics.
Everybody in Jellyfish received a certificate on Purple Mash for their excellent learning throughout Term 3 and the beginning of Term 4. If you haven't seen it yet,
go and take a look!
Wow Jellyfish! What a busy term we have had! You have all been extremely busy learning whether at home or within school and I am so proud of the progress that you have all been making.
I hope you have all enjoyed our ‘Traditional Tales’ topic. I have seen on our Zoom calls and via Purple Mash that you have all become super experts at retelling the stories we have been learning about.
We will be starting a new topic next term and I cannot wait to see your learning on Purple Mash for it. Hopefully we will all be back in the classroom learning together again soon.
Remember to log in to Purple Mash every day and upload your work so I can leave you a comment and spy for the next Star of the Week! Also, do not forget to send in evidence of your reading so I can give you reading raffle tickets for our class jar.
I hope you and your families have a well-deserved break over half term and I will see you on Zoom again soon.
The first Star of the Week went to somebody who has become a keen Mathematician and is showing great understanding of numbers!
The second Star of the Week went to somebody who has also been showing great perseverance and can now zip up their coat independently!
The third Star of the Week went to somebody who has been putting 100% effort in every day to learn new reading skills. This Star of the Week can now recognise red words and is able to ‘Fred talk’ words!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break! I was very sad not to be able to see you all but I have been very excited to see the fantastic learning that has been taking place both at home and within school.
We have started our ‘Traditional Tales’ topic with the Gingerbread Man. I have seen some very imaginative Gingerbread men crafts and I was really pleased to see during our Zoom phone call that you could join in with the story.
I am really looking forward to continuing our topic with other stories and seeing the fantastic learning that will accompany this on Purple Mash and at school.
Remember to log in to Purple Mash every day and upload your work so I can leave you a comment!
Stay safe and I will see you soon.
There have been two ‘Star of the Weeks’ so far this term and they went to two girls who have been engaging extremely well in their Home Learning and are making superb progress at home!
The first Star of the Week went to somebody who has been watching the Phonic videos and practising their handwriting every day.
The second Star of the Week went to somebody who has also been watching the Phonic videos and is now becoming a fluent reader by ‘Fred talking in their heads!’
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.
Jellyfish have been working extremely hard at home during our Bubble Closure. I have enjoyed seeing all the fantastic learning that has taken place and I have been excited to look through all your Bubble Closure books this week.
I am really pleased that you enjoyed watching the videos on Purple Mash and it seems that lots of you enjoyed the ‘Space’ topic. We have had some amazing rockets made!
At school we are continuing our learning around ‘Celebrations’ and are getting ready to learn all about Christmas now. I hope the children that are learning from home are enjoying the home learning that is on the website. There are some extra activities and videos on Purple Mash linked to Christmas so do not forget to take a look.
Jellyfish have continued to work hard on following the class rules and have truly settled into school life at Singlewell now!
We have been continuing our topic of ‘Celebrations’ and we learnt all about Birthdays! We have been reading the book ‘Kipper’s Birthday’ and here are some of the challenges we had:
· Writing Party Invitations
· Making Birthday Cards
· Writing Birthday Party Shopping Lists
· Making paper chain party decorations
Our role play area even had props for us to have our own birthday parties!
Star of the Week went to a boy who has been trying their best in their Maths learning; he has shown good concentration and engagement. Our latest Star of the Week went to a boy who has been practising their phonic skills at home. This has helped improve his handwriting at school.
(13.11.20 & 20.11.20)
I cannot wait to see all the Home Learning that you will be doing over the next couple of weeks! You can log into the following websites:
· Purple Mash - to look at the videos of your Reception Teachers and access extra work set for you.
· Reading Eggs - this will help you to continue with your Phonics and reading skills.
· Mathletics - this will give you the opportunity to practise your Mathematical skills!
Remember to evidence the amazing work you do in your red Bubble Closure Book and you can send photos of your work to the class email address:
Jellyfish have had a great start back at school for Term 2.
We have all been trying our best to reach gold on our chart and earn lots of Dojo Points!
This Term we will be learning about different celebrations that are important to us. So far we have been learning about Bonfire night and Diwali.
Here are some of the challenges we have been involved with this fortnight:
· Name writing rockets
· 3D Rockets
· Diya Lamps
· Colouring by numbers
Next week, we will be focusing on a story about Birthdays and our challenges will be based around this.
Can you talk about and draw some pictures in your Home Learning book about special occasions that you celebrate with your family? Maybe you could include some pictures too.
Star of the Week goes to a boy who has been showing good perseverance in phonics and can now write his name independently. Well Done! (06.11.20)
Jellyfish Class are now fully settled into school life and have had a busy few weeks. We have started our lessons now and have been learning lots of new things.
In phonics, we have been learning some new sounds and Fred the Frog has been helping to teach us how to read words. We have even been learning how to make words using magnetic letters and boards.
During Challenge Time, we have been focusing on two stories and have completed different challenges based around each story.
Our first book was ‘Owl Babies’ and here are some of the challenges we had:
The second book was ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ and this had new challenges such as:
In Maths, we have been focusing on recognising numbers up to 10 and we have been carefully counting and matching numeral to quantity.
I am extremely proud of how well Jellyfish have settled into school life! They have been busy making new friends and learning the rules and routines within the classroom! I am sure they are ready for a restful weekend!
Jellyfish class have been exploring both the indoor and outdoor environments and engaged in lots of the following challenges:
They have all been really helpful with keeping our classroom tidy, which has helped them to earn lots of Dojo Points. They have also been collecting points for sitting amazingly on the carpet in their very own carpet spaces!
Can your child tell you which animal they sit on?
Dear Jellyfish Class,
My name is Miss Eyles and I am going to be your new teacher in Reception when you start at ‘big school’. I am very excited that you are in my class this year and I cannot wait to meet you! I have been very busy getting our classroom and outdoor area ready for you to learn in! I am sure you have been busy getting ready for school too! It will be lovely to see you in your brand new red uniform with shiny black shoes (hopefully you have been practicing putting these on yourself!) Each day you need to remember to bring in your red school book bag to put in your very own tray, so you can keep your things safe!
You might feel nervous about your first day, but please do not worry we will have lots of fun! You can play and will make friends with everyone! There is an extra special friend who is looking forward to meeting you! His name is Fred the Frog and he really enjoys helping children with their learning, and I am sure he will make you smile with his silly games!
Once you have visited our classroom a few times you will be in school all day and you will even get to eat your lunch with us! You will have lots of interesting things to explore in both our classroom and outside area throughout the day! We also have special missions for you to complete that we call Learning Challenges!
A couple of things to know about me:
I cannot wait to see you and teach you lots of things, together we’ll enjoy what each new day brings. The school day will whizz by and before you know, your family will be here and back home you will go!
See you soon!
Miss Eyles and Fred the Frog
Dear Jellyfish Class,
It’s time to say goodbye,
Our year has come to an end.
We’ve made some cherished memories,
And many more new friends.
I’ve watched you learn and grow and change from day to day.
I hope that all the things we have done have helped in some small way!
So it’s with happy memories I send you out the door,
With great hope and expectations for what next year holds in store!
I have loved being your teacher this year, you have all worked so hard (especially with your home learning!). Although we didn’t get a whole year together I have lots of great memories. Some of my favourite memories have been hatching the ducklings, learning during challenge time and exercising to our favourite song ‘Count to 100 everyday!’
I will miss you all, keep working hard and being the best you can be! Remember to wave and smile when you see me in school!
I have had such fun with you in class watching you learn and grow! You have all been amazing and it’s such a shame we didn’t have a whole year together! I have seen your fabulous home learning though and know you will all be great next year!
Hi Jellyfish Class,
It’s Mrs Dodds. I have heard all about the amazing learning you have been doing in school and home recently and wish I have could have been in class with you all!
You have all learnt so much since you started school and it was lovely seeing you all every day!
I know you will all continue to be fantastic in Year 1!
Have a lovely summer break!
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!
Hello Jellyfish Class,
We hope you are all still well and safe! We are still missing you all lots, your great stories, your lovely smiles and even our funny exercise dances we all do together (especially the count to 100 everyday routine)!
Thank you all so much for your class picture message, it put a great big smile on our faces! We have enjoyed hearing about your fantastic home learning and we love seeing the pictures of all the fun you have been having! Please do keep sending these in!
We hope you have been able to enjoy the sunny weather safely, we have all been making the most of our daily walks! Hopefully some of your home learning challenges has helped to make your time outside more interesting! Lots of you made some fantastic symmetrical butterflies using natural objects!
If you would like to, have a go at some of the half term activities we have set you below!
Remember to help keep yourselves safe and listen to your adults!
Speak to you all soon,
Miss Eyles, Mrs Dodds and Miss Ellis
"She has shown a very good understanding of halving and what a half is (especially when cookies and biscuits are involved!)".
"A butterfly made from natural sources. She really enjoyed this!"
"She has loved doing the butterfly life cycle work, especially after watching the real life cycle with the Live kit and then releasing them!"
"She really enjoyed the jungle challenge!"
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.
Dear Jellyfish Class
What a delightful photo message you sent to Miss Eyles, Miss Ellis and Mrs Dodds. It was so lovely to see you all happy and well, it made my day!
I can see that you have been busy having fun, working hard and being creative. You are very much part of our Singlewell family and we all miss you.
Well done for organising such a well-planned project!
"Their sense of being part of the Singlewell School community and a member of Jellyfish Class is still going strong and they were all excited to add their bit to this project."
A wonderful message from Jellyfish Class that I know made Miss Eyles', Miss Ellis' and Mrs Dodds' day!
"She used her homemade binoculars to go painted pebble hunting around Riverview Park!"
An arrival of a baby brother on 24.03.20!
"She made a Minibeast hotel in the garden and has been looking at what is living in there. We created a reading den and spent the morning looking at books in there."
23rd April 2020
Hello Jellyfish Class,
We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe! We miss you all very much but hopefully you are enjoying your time at home and completing the special mission, home learning challenges that are being sent to you!
We are very pleased with how well so many of you are doing at practicing your amazing skills on Reading Eggs and Mathletics! We look forward to seeing everybody join in these tasks and we are really excited to see some of the home learning challenges you have been completing! Do not forget that you can send in some pictures for us to see!
Remember to stay safe, make right choices and to listen to your adults!
Speak to you soon!
Miss Eyles, Mrs Dodds and Miss Ellis