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Starfish Update

Starfish have had an excellent first term at Singlewell Primary School, everyone has adapted well to school life and the routines. This term we have been learning ‘All about Me’ and have looked at the books ‘Guess how much I Love you’ and ‘Owl Babies'. We have also learnt about Harvest Festival. We have been exploring both the indoor and outdoor environments and engaged in lots of the following challenges:   

  • Name writing   
  • Writing an Autumn poem using our senses 
  • Using descriptive language to describe mummy owl from owl babies, and feelings, as well as features of an owl
  • Counting objects 1:1 and matching them to the correct numeral

We have also begun our phonics ‘Read Write Inc’ where we have been looking at sounds, we began with m, a, s, d, t. We have been using our knowledge of our sounds to hear the initial sounds in words such as m m mat, and practicing our Fred talk where we sound out words such as c-a-t cat. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind donations for the harvest festival as well as the pre-loved books. It is very much appreciated. 


Next week, we will be learning all about people who help us and their roles and responsibilities. We will look into the emergency services as well as other members of the public that are there to help us. We will be continuing to practice our fine motor skills, practicing our cutting and our writing.  

Things to keep practicing at home:   

Writing your name and the sounds we have been learning. Can you have a go at practicing your last name if you are able to write your first name? Hearing the initial sounds at the beginning of words? Zipping up your coat?


Please continue to use the red books for your homework as well as putting anything you have done over the weekend, this could include pictures, drawing, writing and so on. It’s lovely to look at and to share as a whole class. 


I hope you all have a lovely half term.


Mrs Khader 

smileysmileyStar of the Weeksmileysmiley

 Stars of the week have been awarded to a Starfish for settling well into school after an uncertain start. He has made some great friends and always tries really hard.  Also to a little boy, who has always tried his hardest especially with his phonics. He has been using his knowledge of his sounds to sound out words and practice his writing. Well done!

Starfish Update

I am extremely proud of how well Starfish 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:  

  • Name writing  
  • Painting Self-Portraits  
  • Making a family tree  
  • Creating a starfish 

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. We have been given our very own carpet spot with our own animal to 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 their name  

Washing our hands (front and back for 20 seconds)  

Covering mouths when sneezing and coughing.  


Mrs Khader 

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

Starfish Update



We have really enjoyed our new topic ‘Under the sea’ and learning lots of facts about different sea creatures. We have even pretended to be ones by moving in many fantastic ways!


The children have loved our new book, ‘The Rainbow Fish,’ and they did really well coming up with countless ways on how to be a good friend. They did a fabulous job at sequencing the story and writing about it too.


We have also been very creative this term, doing lots of painting, drawing, cutting, gluing and sticking to make collages, pictures, sun catchers, starfish and even an octopus:

Well done Starfish!

Mrs Nicholas

Starfish Update


To end our topic on animals, we have been reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard.'

The children have really enjoyed reading this book together as a class and had a lot of fun adding sound effects!


To go with the story, we carried out challenges that involved creating speech bubbles, character descriptions, making animal pictures and drawing a map of the farm in the story, which the children were very enthusiastic about.

Recently in Maths, we have been learning how to ‘double.'

The children have done really well with this and have felt extremely proud of their achievements. 

In readiness for our visit from a duckling this week, we have been learning about a duck’s lifecycle, writing rules on how to behave around a duckling and have produced some lovely posters showing how to keep the duckling safe whilst it is in school.

Keep up the great learning Starfish and have a restful half term. 


Mrs Nicholas

Starfish Update


Everyone has embraced our topic ‘Animals’ this term, which has been fantastic!


We have learnt a lot of interesting facts about animals, their habitats, the sounds they make and how they are different from one another. We have even pretended to be a few too!


The children really engaged with the ‘Dear Zoo’ book and it gave us the opportunity to learn about zoos.


Some drew a zoo...

Others built one...

We have had fun being creative this term by making monkeys, building containers to allow animals to travel and creating collages. 

Next term will also be very exciting as our topic is going to be ‘Under the sea!’


Mrs Nicholas

Starfish Update 


The children have settled back into school really well and it's been lovely seeing them all back together. 


Our topic 'Growing' this term has been enjoyed by all, especially when we became gardeners and grew our own cress!


We have learnt about the lifecycle of a butterfly and the children have been fantastic at describing and ordering the different stages.
This term we have been focusing on ordering numbers 1 to 10 and the children have all been working hard to do achieve this. 
The children have been very creative this term, doing lots of cutting, gluing and sticking, with which they made some great caterpillar hats!

This week we have been celebrating Easter, talking about what it is about and what happens at Easter. We have all had lots of fun completing the Easter challenges, especially when it came to doing the Easter egg hunt.


Thank you for your continued and wish you all a very happy and relaxing Easter.


Mrs Nicholas

Starfish Update 


You all have done such an amazing job getting through home schooling since January (both parents and children). I just want to say how proud I am of all of you for adapting and taking on new challenges that, at times, must have been quite difficult. 


Now you are all re-united in school with your friends and you have a new teacher to get to know! I know Mrs Nicholas has been looking forward to meeting you all and seeing what you are all capable of. Mrs Nicholas and I have been talking regularly about how you have all settled back into school and we both can't believe how resilient and happy you are since coming back. Well done!


I am really looking forward to seeing your work, which will be sent to me to look at and I'm even more excited to see all of you in school on zoom every now and then to catch up. 


Here are some of my favourite pieces of work and ​pictures from the last 2 weeks of home learning. 


Lets keep up all the hard work and motivation, but this time, in school!


Mrs Atkinson

Starfish Update


To Starfish Class,


I have really been enjoying seeing you on Zoom and I hope you have too! It almost feels like we are altogether and it's great to see your happy faces 3 times a week.


I also love seeing the photos and videos that your parents are uploading on Purple Mash because it lets me see how hard you are working, as well as which challenges you’re doing (all of them hopefully!).


We have been busy learning about different traditional tales and I was so impressed with some of the “Three Little Pigs” challenges you did. Here are just a few pictures so you can see what your friends have been doing. 

We have also learnt about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My favourite challenges that I've seen from you have been:

  • ​Trying different toppings on porridge
  • Finding big, medium and small objects in your house
  • Sorting hot and cold things


I have also been amazed at how confident you are starting to sound when you are reading the Ditty sheets in our daily phonics videos. I would love to see or hear ALL children reading regularly and these can be uploaded to Purple Mash.


Well done Starfish (and Starfish parents). We have got through this whole term and each week I am seeing more uploads of work and more videos of reading, which really boosts my spirits when I am stuck indoors. (My dog is fed up of me trying to talk to her!). 


Keep working hard. I look forward to seeing you next term when our new topic is “Growing.”

Have a fun half term! ​


Mrs Atkinson

Starfish Update


    To Starfish Class,

I want to start by saying Happy New Year and a huge well done for working hard at home since the term started.


I have seen some amazing work uploaded to Purple Mash in the last 3 weeks. It has really made me smile, seeing pictures and videos of you learning, creating, exercising, baking, joining in with online lessons and more. ​

Some of you managed to join our live Zoom call. I hope you enjoyed seeing your friends and practising how to use Zoom for the future. I definitely enjoyed seeing you and I think I'm going to need all the practise I can get teaching on the computer, instead of in the classroom! I am learning at home just like you are, so we can do it together.


Keep up the hard work Starfish. I look forward to seeing what else you can surprise me with next week.

Mrs Atkinson 

Home Learning

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

Home Learning for week beginning 4th January

Mrs Cole's Christmas Message

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Starfish Update

Welcome back!


It was great to see lots of the children (and parents) working at home over the last two weeks. Some parents uploaded pictures of their children doing activities of their work onto Purple Mash so that I could see how much fun they were having!


Now we are back and it is great to see some of the children back at school with their friends. We have been able to share the work in their bubble closure books (after the books were quarantined) with each other and have celebrated great efforts. These books can now be kept at home in case of any future bubble closures.


The children that are still self-isolating, or who cannot get to school, have also been working hard on Purple Mash, Mathletics and Reading Eggs. Keep it up, well done!


During our first week back, we have been completing a mixture of 'celebration' activities, including Birthday Learning Challenges and Christmas Learning Challenges. 

The children have enjoyed:

  • ​Making 2021 calendars
  • Creating Christmas cards
  • Ordering numbered Birthday bunting
  • Decorating Christmas trees (cutting and sticking)
  • Making Christmas characters, like reindeers using cardboard tubes


We have also been able to take the opportunity to use the big playground more often while the other year groups are not in school, which the children have loved.


Check out the photo of our new celebrations display in school as well as some snippets of fantastic work on Purple Mash!


Miss Walsh

Links to support PE during Home Learning

Starfish Update

​Before our bubble closed, the children were learning about birthdays for our topic, 'Celebrations'.

They were busy writing birthday cards, ordering numbered presents, reading the story, 'Kipper's Birthday', making party invitations and learning which month our birthdays are in.


We will continue to cover this topic when we return to school on Monday 7th December, and then move on to learning about another celebration. Can you guess what it might be...? 


Children, well done for continuing to work hard at home... Don't stop!

Parents, thank you for your continued support with your children's learning.


Stay safe and see you soon,

Miss Walsh



To Starfish children,

It's been a bit of a strange week, not being at school, and I am sure you're missing all of your friends. Mrs Eaton, Miss Ellis, Miss Elcombe and I are missing seeing all of you at school, but we know that you are working hard at home too.

I have been really impressed with all of the wonderful things you have been doing on Purple Mash, Reading Eggs and Mathletics! (Yes I can see what you have been doing and I have made comments on your work too). Keep it up. I can't wait to see what you've been learning in your new red books too when you come back to school.



We have seen some amazing work handed in on Purple Mash and we can see the children have been completing activities on Mathletics and Reading Eggs too. We have contacted all of you over the phone to check that you have the log ins you need and to make sure you feel supported. 

If you have any questions at all, please email the class email address:

We hope the children have enjoyed seeing the teachers and teaching assistants in our videos. Remember to keep checking Purple Mash as we will be uploading videos daily.

I will phone you again next week to catch up on how the children are (and how you are too!) and I am happy to help in any way that I can.


Miss Walsh

Starfish Update


All of the children have come back to school really well after the half term and have got straight back into their school routine. They enjoyed telling each other about what they got up to in the half term and we have been sharing the Home Diaries as well.


Our new topic this term is ‘Celebrations’, as this term is filled with lots of special days. We started this topic by talking about fireworks and bonfire night and our challenges have been really fun!


Some of the learning challenges have been:

·         Writing letters in glitter

·         Counting firework noises

·         Making fireworks using toilet tubes

·         Exploring the textures of pumpkins and squash

·         Writing firework safety posters

·         Using shapes to make firework rockets

·         Making sparklers using sticks and ribbon outside

.         Making glitter fireworks using glue in syringes​


Check out some of our photos to see these challenges being done!

We have also talked about Diwali (the celebration of light) and listened to the Diwali story: 

We have made Diva lamps which the children have decorated and will be able to take home at the end of the week.


We have been talking to the children about ‘Purple Mash’. This is an online platform that the children have a username and password for to access. We may sometimes set some fun activities on there for the children to do at home.
You can access this on any device through the internet. You can keep an eye on the ‘2 Do’s’ (work) that we set by logging in and finding the purple alerts tab along the top. They can also access mini mash where they can choose their own fun things to do.


We look forward to finding out how your children get on using this.


Miss Walsh 

smileysmileyOur Star of the Week was given to a boy who had the most Dojo points.

They received points for being kind, sharing, tidying up, listening carefully, working hard and following the school rules. (06.11.20) smileysmiley

Starfish Update


We have really been enjoying out first topic, ‘All About Me’. The children have completed lots of challenges focussed on the story, Owl Babies, and we have now moved on to learning about Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare in the book, Guess How Much I Love You.

Some of our learning challenges this week have been:

  • Drawing and labelling who we love and why
  • Drawing and labelling our family, using the sounds we now know
  • Ordering rabbits by size
  • Making rabbit headbands using different materials
  • Counting the Numicon using carrots

We will continue this story next week and our challenges will be different.

We will me making paper cup rabbits, talking about the beginning, middle and end of the story, making rabbits using shapes, and making rabbit finger puppets.


The children have been working really hard in phonics and maths, learning and remembering the sounds we know, writing them and recognising and writing numbers to 10. It would be great if they could continue practising at home too.

Thank you to everyone for the huge effort with Home Diaries and Reading Logs. Starfish 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!


You should now have log-ins for Mathletics on the inside of the Reading Log should you choose to complete the activities we set on there.

Some children have received certificates for their fantastic effort on Mathletics!

Miss Walsh

smileysmileyOur Star of the Week was a boy who always listens carefully during carpet sessions, is fantastic at helping around the classroom and loves to learn!

Well done for earning the most Dojo Points that week! (09.10.20)

I look forward to finding out who our Star of the Week is every Friday. smileysmiley

Starfish Update

We have had a really positive settling in period with the children starting part time. They have now completed their first full week at school and I’m sure they are ready for a rest this weekend. Although we have not been in school for long, we have still been getting up to lots of activities and have been working hard learning the rules and routines of the day. We have been learning where to sit on the carpet.

Can your child tell you which animal they sit on?

We are also getting better at putting toys in the correct places at tidy up time and we have earned lots of Dojo points for this. Some of our challenges over the last 2 weeks have been:

  • Making a family tree
  • Drawing who lives in our house
  • Painting a self portrait
  • Learning how to recognise and write our names
  • Making a starfish


Things to keep practicing at home:

Taking jumpers off and putting them back on

Recognising and writing their name

Washing their hands (front and back for 20 seconds)

Covering mouths when sneezing and coughing


Next week, we will start focussing on a story and our activities, inside and outside, will be based on that. We will also start to learn a sound a day and will be practicing recognising and counting numbers to 10.


Miss Walsh 

smileysmileyOur Star of the Week was given to the child who had the most Dojo points this week. We get Dojo points for working hard, tidying up, listening to adults, being kind and following the rules  Well done! (25.09.20)smileysmiley

Welcome Message


Dear Starfish Class,


My name is Miss Walsh and I’m going to be your new teacher when you start in Reception at ‘big school’. I’m really looking forward to meeting you and I have been busy getting the classroom and outdoor area ready for you. You’re going to have so much fun when you come to join me at school. You will be able to wear a brand new red uniform (very smart!) and you’ll bring your very own red book bag to school every day. You’ll also need to wear some very smart shiny black shoes, which hopefully you’ll have learnt how to put on all by yourself! Once you have visited the school a few times, you’ll be ready to eat your lunch here and stay with us all day learning and having fun with me and the adult helpers in our class too.


You might feel like you miss your parents at first but we have Fred the Frog as our class friend who will help you settle in and make you smile with his silly games. Our classroom is full of interesting things to explore and so is our outdoor area. You’ll be carrying out very important learning challenges in your classroom and outdoor area so I hope you’re super helpful and ready to solve some mysteries!


Beside our classroom, there is another class called the Jellyfish. Their teacher is called Miss Eyles and she is very kind.

I am going to be learning new things about you when you come to school so here is something you can learn about me… I have a little brown dog. She looks like Waffle from CBeebies (so the children at school tell me). She can sometimes be a bit silly and sometimes I have to tell her off. I hope you are all going to be better behaved than she is.


There is so much more I want to tell you about the things we will be doing, but I have to keep it a surprise for when you come to school. If you’re really well behaved and give me a big, cheesy smile on your first day… you will get to find out what those surprises are!

I hope you’re excited… we are!

See you soon,

Miss Walsh. 

Starfish Transition Booklet for September 2020

To Starfish,

(soon to be Clownfish)

What a year it has been!

I want to start by saying how proud I am of you all. Not only has it been your first year at ‘big school’ but you’ve had to spend some part of it learning at home, which I know must have been difficult sometimes (for you and your parents).

I hope you have enjoyed the times that we have had together as a class. My favourite part of the year, other than meeting all of you for the first time, has to be watching our ducklings hatch and grow.


What was your favourite moment of Reception?

Maybe it was our outdoor learning sessions, or a certain topic or story that we focussed on.


I’m so excited to see you grow and get older and wiser as you move into different classes. Make sure that you remember to always smile and wave at me when you see me around the school. You will always be the first class I had at Singlewell and that will hold a special place in my memories as a teacher.


Now you are all ready to begin your next journey as a Year 1 class with your new teacher, Miss Nedjat (who is very excited after hearing all of the wonderful things I have told her about you!)

I have one last thing for you to do:


Can you draw a picture and write a letter to Miss Nedjat. Maybe you could include a little bit about yourself (your name and age), what your favourite activity is, what you’ve learnt and what you want to learn in Year 1.

Keep this safe and when you come back to school, this could be the first thing that you give to your new teacher.


Mrs Busbridge and Mrs Eaton are also very sad to be saying goodbye but we know that you’re going to achieve so much more now and we can’t wait to see you every now and then around the school.

Thank you for working hard, making us laugh and smile every day and being yourselves!

Have an amazing summer, you all deserve it (parents included)!


Miss Walsh, Mrs Busbridge and Mrs Eaton

Monday 20th July: IT'S PARTY TIME!


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


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


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


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


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

Dear Zoo, Sharing a Shell and more investigating!

To Starfish Class,

I hope you have all enjoyed the home challenges that we have set as well as the other fun activities your parents have been doing with you. You have been learning at home now for a whole term and from the photos your parents have been sending me, I can see that you’ve been working very hard. It has been very strange and different having to learn this way but it fills me with so much happiness and hope to see how resilient, happy and enthusiastic you all still are. I have spoken to all of your parents over the phone recently and it was great to hear that you’re all staying safe and well. I hope you are enjoying this quality time with your family and making the most of it. You’ve done so well up until now and it makes me so proud to be your teacher.


It’s nearly time for you to have a break. The weather is supposed to be really nice from now on. There might be a few rainy days so keep looking out for rainbows! Your Mums, Dads and Carers have earned a well-deserved rest after all of their hard work too, so as the half term is coming up make sure that you continue being really well behaved, keep those listening ears on and try and help out around the house as much as you can! I know you can do that as you’ve already achieved so much.


If you would like to, have a go at some of the half term activities we have set you below!


Missing you lots,

Miss Walsh, Mrs Eaton & Mrs Busbridge

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 Zoo

More hardworking Starfish...

Enjoying home learning...

Chefs and mathematicians in Starfish...

Keeping minds and bodies active!

Outdoor exploring and castle building...

23rd April 2020

To Starfish Class,

I hope that you all had a great Easter and are all having fun spending time with your family at home. I know it must feel strange being at home a lot but you will get to see all of your friends and teachers eventually. For now, you still need to be following the rules at home, listening to the adults and having lots of fun completing the activities that I have been setting for you. I’m very much looking forward to seeing some of the work that you’ve done when you come back to school. I’m sure some of you have been creating beautiful rainbows and posters. (I have seen lots of lovely drawings in windows when I walk my dog). You might not understand why you have to stay at home right now but by doing this you’re really helping all of the special doctors, nurses, paramedics and other people whose job it is to make people better.

Mrs Eaton, Mrs Busbridge and I are really missing you all but it’s lovely to see that you are working hard on Reading Eggs online. I can see that some of you are reading a lot and completing activities and this makes me feel really happy. Keep up the hard work and be good!

From Miss Walsh

Year R Starfish Programme of Study 2019-20

EYFS Parents Guide

Prime and Specific Areas with ELG