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Message from Headteacher

Fri 14 Jun 2024


It seems like it has been  a very busy week again, especially in Reception classes as they have been out on their annual trip toThe Diana Memorial Gardens in Kensington. They had a great day out and managed to avoid the rain showers!

The Y5 and Y6 Cycling Team were in action yesterday, and the team, as always, all tried their very best and I believe we have some more medals on the way -places and times still to be confirmed. We managed  lots of top 10 finishes, so another big points win for the league.  They were all fantastic, and look like they have almost guaranteed the league title again this year - fingers crossed!  Thanks to Nishie and Bettina for accompanying the children and supporting them!

Thank you to all the parents/PSA members, and Sheyenne who have been organsing the Book Fair over the last week or so, and a huge thanks to all of you who bought a book! The money raised means that we have more than £600 to spend on books for the school library and main library!

This week, we had a visit from the Local Authority to moderate the writing outcomes for our Y6 children. The moderators were so complimentary about the quality, variety and quantity of writing that the children have done over their time in Y6, so we were very happy with the outcome and pleased that all the hard work of the children and Y6 staff was recognised.

Just a reminder, that if your child is in the current Y2, Y3, Y4 or Y5, Musical Instrumental lessons are on offer and need to be booked and paid for by Friday 12th July at 5pm to secure a place for the Autumn term.  Currently we offer guitar, drums, violin, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano tuition.  The lessons take place weekly, during lesson times for 10 weeks each term.  We have had lots of interest from our Y2 children, but a reminder that if your child is currently having lessons and you want to continue, then you do need to book as well!  Please fill out the google to request instrumental lesson https://forms.gle/9 CAgR waShY yEw de9

There is a music showcase event on Wednesday 19th June at St James' Church at 6:00pm - hope to see many of you there! If your child is taking part in the choir or in an instrumental ensemble, you will have already been contacted by Roz and/or Tom.

Finally, the Sun Safety policy has been emailed out at the beginning of this term.  Please read it and support us with implementing it.  Apparently, there will be hot weather soon, so please make sure that the children are wearing loose fitting clothes that are in keeping with the School Uniform Policy.  Summer uniform includes, blue and white checked dress/ blue/white Polo shirt / navy sweatshirt or cardigan/ navy shorts or navy blue leggings / solid black shoes or trainers in any colour, but please no open-toed sandals as they can be dangerous, especially when they are running around at playtime.

Remember that next Friday 21st June is an INSET Day, so the school is closed for pupils. And the last day of this term is Friday 19th July.

I hope you all have a good weekend -hoping for some better weather for the middle of June!!

Take care, keep well and stay safe. Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 07 Jun 2024


A massive ‘thank you’ to all the parents, carers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and pets who have taken part in our brilliant ‘Parents & Families Week’.  The atmosphere around the school has been great and the feedback from parents has been very positive.  There were lots of fun activities organised including, a making packed lunch session with Alecia, PE sessions for Y1 and Reception classes with PE coaches Kea and Tom, Science lesson with Naomi, Road safety session, Eco Assembly and landscape drawing on the school roof terrace with Vicky and Jess.  Parents also volunteered to share/read a story with their child's class at the beginning and end of the school day.  As a direct result of such great feedback from parents and pupils, we will continue to ask for volunteers to read to your child's class throughout the year, so please contact your child's teacher if you would like to read at the end of the school day.  The children and staff have also really enjoyed meeting some of their friends’ pets too!  We have had dogs, rabbits, tortoises, guinea pigs, cats and fish! It was also great to see all the amazing 'Me in a Bag' items and to hear the children sharing lots of information about themselves! Thanks for making that happen!!

We also loved seeing lots of parents at our age-phase 'Croissants & Conversations' drop-in session each morning.  There was lots of chat and opportunities to meet new people.  If you would like to see more morning drop-ins, please let us know as this could be an opportunity to ask lots of questions and find out more about the curriculum and the working of the school day.  Also, if you have not yet completed the Parent/Carer Questionnaire, this is the FINAL CALL as it closes at midnight tonight, so if you haven't completed it this is your last chance! https://forms.gle/pbcaLZCQS96hCWdQ8

Today was such a lovely, positive and joyful day as it was 'Positive Noticing Day'! Everyone was in non-uniform and was wearing something that 'Celebrates YOU'! All the children were wearing things that they loved, things that made them special and unique.......cultural dress, sports shirts, party dresses, dressing-up clothes and lots of fabulous outfits! Thank you to everyone for making the day so special! there will be more photos and information in the Mag next week.

A huge thank you, to all the staff who organised, supported and ran sessions – Emma, Ashraf, Rana, Sheyenne, Alicia and the kitchen team, Jess, Naomi and PE Coaches, Kea and Tom. Of course, thank you to all the staff who have been brilliant at welcoming our community into school and into classrooms all week. Special thanks to all of the front office staff who have certainly been busier than usual, as the buzzer has never stopped buzzing!  Also big, big thanks to Vicky, who put the whole week together!
Well done to some of our Y4 and Y5 children -Valeria, Kingsley, Reuben, Oona and Lee who took part in a football festival on Wednesday this week. They are very pleased to have taken part and received a certificate.Thanks to Sharon for organising.

Also this week, our Prime Minister, Iris, Deputy Prime Minister, Orla and other members of the School Council and Eco Champs travelled to the north of England to take part in an Eco Festival with lots of other schools from around the UK. They have made us so proud -taking part in workshops, music sessions, video link with the Eden Project, campfire and lots more! Thanks to Roz and June for taking the group and making this amazing opportunity possible.

We have lots of exciting events coming up next half term; it is Democracy Week (1st - 5th July), and Sports Fortnight (8th - 18th July), and the Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday 13th July this year - save the date!  Please get in touch with the PSA if you can help in any way psamillfields@gmail.com.  Also, a reminder that Friday 21st June is an INSET day, so the school will be closed to pupils.

Fingers crossed for continued good weather! Have a good weekend.  Take care. Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 24 May 2024


I cannot believe that we are at the end of half term already! It seems to have flown by!

Today, we were treated tio 2 brilliant assemblies -well done to Zambezi Class and Kilimanjaro Class for sharing their fantastic learning, as well as showing off their great singing and acting skills! Thank you to all the children and staff!

The children have been very busy this half term, working hard in class and beyond -on school trips, workshops, assemblies and visitor talks. This week, Y6 children have been camping! They have had mixed weather -beautiful sunshine and torrential rain, but they were still smiling, laughing and enjoying the whole experience! They have had a fantastic experience on the campsite, and taking part in lots of outdoor activities including climbing, bushcraft, pioneering, archery, team challenges and a campfire. They have really enjoyed being with friends in a different setting and have embraced the whole experience. A huge 'THANK YOU' to all the staff -Debi, Orla, Jess, Izaac, June, Joseph, (Emily who visited for the night on Tuesday) and especially Sheyenne who organised the whole week!! I think the children and staff will all be looking forward to a nice warm bed and a rest tonight!

Also this week, Y3 took part in another Personal Bests session -well done to all the children for taking part. On Monday, Year 2 classes enjoyed a trip to the Olympic Park to visit the Blossom Gardens. They also had a chance to play in Tumbling Bay Playground and ate their picnic lunch. They really enjoyed observing their local environment and nature. Also, Y2 classes released the butterflies that they have watched grow in class from an egg, to caterpillar to a butterfly. Y

ear 1 and Year 3 were treated to a ballroom dance session by BallroomBees, that was created by former "Strictly Come Dancing" professional Katya Virshilas (who couldn't find any Dance classes aimed at boys as well as girls for her sons) and world champion dancer Klaus Kongsdal.  The children really enjoyed the high-energy activities and dance steps that were set to popular music! Look for more information here: https://www.youtube.com/@ballroombees/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0 A huge 'thank you' to Chelsie, Aubrey and Maeve's mum, for putting them in touch with us!

When we return from half term, it is 'Parents & Families' Week, and there are lots of opportunities for you to engage with your child in school.  Please sign up via Eventbrite or if you would like to read to your child's class, you can also contact the teacher directly.  I hope that lots of you will come to the Coffee Mornings that are taking place for different year groups each day. Please see the flyer in the Mag and on Google Classroom and book via the link. https://tinyurl.com/Families-week-2024

In addition, as part of Families Week we will be learning more about one another, our likes and interests, our families and heritage. We would like every child to bring in 5 items in a bag that tell us something about themselves and the things they like, things they do, things that are important to them. Please talk to your child and encourage them to place 5 “different” items in the bag! We will be using the bags during Families week to learn more about each other.

We have lots of other exciting events coming up next half term too; it is Democracy Week (1st -5th July), and Sports Fortnight (8th - 19th July), and the Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday 13th July this year - save the date!  Please get in touch with the PSA if you can help in any way psamillfields@gmail.com.

Also, a reminder that Friday 21st June is an INSET day, so the school will be closed to pupils.

I hope you have a great half term with family and friends, and have fun and a good rest.

Fingers crossed for continued good weather!  Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 17 May 2024


Firstly, well done to all the Year 6 children who completed their SATS this week.  They all worked extremely hard over the year, as did all the staff who work in Y6 (and all the teachers and support staff who taught them through the school).  All of the children did so well - they were focused after a school breakfast with their classmates, had a positive attitude and tried really hard.  I was super impressed with the calmness and methodical way that the children approached the tests and was especially pleased to see that they had lots of strategies to rely on in the Maths papers.  Well done everyone!  Again, nationally, it seems that the tests were considered to be difficult, so our children have done really well!  Thank you also to the parents who made a contribution towards the park party and celebration. The children were very excited to spend some time in the park to unwind.

Next week is the Y6 Residential so the majority of the year group will be enjoying camping and lots of outdoor activities. Thos at school will also have lots of outdoor activities and trips to make the week a fun learning experience.  We will continue with the curriculum after half term, as we still have a few more weeks of writing assignments that will count towards the end of Y6 assessment grades and moderation by the local authority. We are also excited to start working on the Y6 Show! The dates for the shows are in the last week of term in July: Monday 15th - Yukon, Tuesday 16th -Orinoco & Wednesday 17th -Mississippi. Y6 families - make sure the date is in your diary!

Also this week, Y3 visited the Natural History Museum on Monday to look at the exhibitions about volcanoes and the earth as part of their curriculum work. The children really enjoyed the opportunity and learnt lots to bring back to their learning in school. The ARP children visited Mudchute Farm and enjoyed seeing the animals but the best part was the bus journey! On Wednesday, some of our sporting Y1 and Y12 children took part in a cross-hackney tennis tournament. Well done to Cayden, Tabitha,Lenny, Megan, Martha, Aida, Freddie and Yve, and thank you to Alisia and Tracey who supported the children on the day.,Also this week, Y3 children took part in the termly 'Personal Best' programme with YUYoung Hackney. We always look forward to seeing/reading the results and seeing the improvements over the year so please ask your child about this.

Well done to all the children who have been running before school every Tuesday and Thursday and running in their own time in preparation for the Hackney Run that is taking place tomorrow.  Thank you to Ashraf, Jess and Theo for organising the running, and please look out for the email that will explain how to get your t-shirt and race number.  It is always a great day out and Millfields is always very well-represented, and we usually have a couple of winning times, so good luck to all the runners! It would be great if you could come and support the children, and there are also lots of activities to enjoy on the day as well.

Also, we are preparing for 'Parents & Families Week' that is taking place during the first week after half term 3rd -7th June.  There will be an email yesterday with details about all the exciting events that are taking place during that week including one of my favourite days of the year - 'bring your Pet to School Day'!  I know that lots of the events are always booked up quickly, and we have tried to accommodate more parents/families this year, but please speak to or contact your child's class teacher and firstly let them know if you would like to read a story in class during that week!

Finally, a reminder that FRIDAY 21st JUne is an INSET Day so the school is closed to children. Also, after that weekend, CLASS PHOTO DAY on Monday 24th June - please make sure that your child is wearing their uniform and looks their best on that day -we will send reminders!

I hope you have a good weekend, and enjoy whatever you have planned.

Take care and stay well. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 10 May 2024


We have had a lovely few days during this short week with lots of hard work, learning and fun, and all much easier because of the lovely sunny and warm weather!

As we are now approaching the time of year when the weather is warmer and the sun is shining, please make sure that your child is wearing appropriate clothing and shoes, and that they wear a hat/cap if needed and have sunscreen on in the morning. If you would like your child to put sunscreen on at school, please send a labeled bottle with them each day. I will be emailed out the school Sun Safety Policy for you to read as well, so look out for it in your emails.

The Y6 children have worked very hard all year but especially in the last few weeks, doing practice SATS papers, as they have the real tests next week.  We always invite all of Year 6 to come to the Breakfast Club free of charge every morning during the SATS week. We have found in the past that starting the day together with a good breakfast really helps to settle the children ready for their exams.  So even if they normally have a great breakfast at home we would encourage you to send your children into the school Breakfast Club during that week so they can start their day with their friends -please send your Y6 child in from 7.45am onwards

I am extremely proud of the hard work and effort made by all the Y6 children this year - working so hard at school and home!  I always reassure the children, by saying that we expect them to do their best, and as long as they have tried hard and know they have done their very best, then we will be proud of them no matter what the result.  Please reinforce this with your child at home.

A massive 'well done' to all the Y4 and Y5 cyclists who took part in the latest Hackney Cycling league event yesterday on Hackney Downs. The children did so well completing 3 events each. Thanks to Nishie and to Chantelle (Kamari's mum)) and Dan (Bay's Dad) for helping out! Well done to Asher, Tom, Theo, Tova, Joely, Anayah, Kamari, Cedric, Bay, Rose, Beatriz and Mia! We are waiting to find out the final results but I think we have a few gold medals!

'Well done' also to the Y4 and Y5 tennis players who took part in aTennis festival at hackney Eastway on Wednesday. The children - Alfred, Matilda, Kenya, Millie, Marion, Suleiman, Ferdie and Grace, all played well and learnt and practiced new skills. Thanks to Sharon and Nishie for supporting the event.

Today we were treated to 3 brilliant Class Sharing Assemblies! Thank you to Fuji class who shared all their learning about Ancient Rome, including a short film; Ganges Class for sharing their amazing work on different animal habitats and to Acatenango Class for sharing their work on Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The staff and children worked really hard, so thank you to them and for all the many parents who came to watch and support their child.

One of our favourite weeks at Millfields is coming up - it is Families Week!  After half term, the week 3rd - 7th June, we will be having our usual week of fun, inviting parents and carers to take part in lots of activities, coffee mornings, visits etc, including the ever-popular 'bring your pet' to school.  Please see the poster in the Mag and look out for the overview that will be emailed out.  You will need to sign up via Eventbrite.  We are looking forward to welcoming you (and your pets) into school!

Thank you to Y1 parents who came in today to read with their child/child's class -this happens every Friday, so please come along next time!

Also a reminder that we are looking for any sporty parents who could offer a session/s of any sport or activity as part of Sports Fortnight. Please email Ashraf amohi@millfields.hackney.sch.uk or if you think you can help!

Finally, have a lovely weekend in the sun.

Take care, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 03 May 2024


Firstly, it has been a great week in Y5 as the majority of the year group have been on a 2 night residential trip to Kench Hill in Kent.  The weather was not too good at the beginning of the week, but that didn't stop the excitement, enthusiasm and enjoyment.  Both groups enjoyed lots of outdoor activities including a 3 mile hike through ancient woodlands, fields and streams, shelter building, archery, animal adaptations session, orienteering, climbing, team building games and time to explore the grounds - play football, basketball, play on the play equipment, feed the horses and spot rabbits and chickens. The children had a great time and were engaged and interested to explore new environments and learn new things.  Well done to all the children.  Going away with the children on any trip is one of my favourite things to do, and I loved being with Y5 on this residential trip  A huge 'thank you' to the staff at Kench Hill, and also to our staff - Emma, Claire, Debi, Matt, Chris, Tom and Joseph, as well as parent volunteer, Jayde, and especially Sheyenne who organised the whole week!

The Y5 back in school also had lots to do this week!  They had lots of Art and PE sessions, had a 'Thames Explorer' workshop to learn more about the river in our city, and they also enjoyed playing a range of board and card games, before designing and making their own! There were some great efforts and will be in classes to be played during wet play and free time for the rest of term.

Today, we were also treated to 3 brilliant sharing assemblies -the children in all three classes, Yangtze, Annapurna and Mekong were brilliant. They had all learned their lines, and delivered them well, worked together, supported each other and entertained the parents and carers who came. Well done to them all, and thank you to all the parents who came in. Thank you also to the parents who came in to read in class in Y1 and Y2 today -this happens every Friday, so please try to pop in at 8.50am next week!

Also this week, we had a visit from an ex-pupil -Steve attended Millfields as a child, more than 50 years ago. Steve said he remembered Millfields with great fondness and he is hoping to visit again soon.

Remember, it is the long May bank holiday weekend, and school is also closed on Monday 6th May, so we will see you all back in school on Tuesday 7th May.

I hope the weather improves and that you have a good one.

Take care, and keep well. Jane



Message from Headteacher

Fri 19 Apr 2024


Welcome back to everyone! All the children are veryhappy to be back in school, they look well-rested and ready for the busy summer term!Yesterday, lots of staff attended Steve's funeral that took place in West London. It was a lovely celebration of his life: his family -parents, brothers, partner and son were so thankful and humbled that we all attended and were so moved by the lovely cards, comments and memories that we shared of Steve. The children and staff in school all remembered Steve too by holding a minute's silence that was impeccably observed.

We are all still very sad as a community and it will takesome time to really comprehend, and come to terms with what has happened and that Steve is no longer with us. We will, as we always do, support each other -children, staff and families, to get through this at allthe different stages that are to come. Thank you to everyone who contributed messages and donations to the charity of Steve's choice - we are still collecting if you would still like to make a contribution. There have been quite a few children upset again this week, which is only to be expected, and we are looking for ways to continue to support these children in the next few weeks. Please do let us know if you think your child might need any support with bereavement.

This week, teachers have been introducing the new learning for this term and there is a real buzz around the school about William Shakespeare! Each year-group is studying a different Shakespeare play or poem, and there has been a lot of great role play, brilliant orating, puppet making and fantastic character and setting descriptions. Some of the plays being read are Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream and The Winter's Tale. The children in Y1 know lots of facts about Shakespeare too. He was born in Stratford upon Avon, he died on 23rd April in 1616, his plays were on stage at The Globe Theatre and lots more. There have already been some brilliant acting and drama sessions around the classrooms , so the children are really immersing themselves in the world of Shakespeare. I am looking forward to reading some of the children's rewrites of the plays and scripts in the next few weeks!

A reminder that the deadline for the RE Calendar competition 2024-25 is Friday 26th April. This year's Religion and World views theme is on 'Unity'. This theme aims to celebrate diversity and unity within the Hackney community. ALL entries (originals only) should be on A4 Landscape.

Some of our Y4 cyclists had a great day out on Hackney Marshes taking part in the 'Big RideOut'. This was a fun event that was competitive but not part of the Cycling League competition. The children from all schools, went on a big ride all together round the marshes and then took part in a cycling orienteering game where each team were challenged to find various check-points as quickly as they could before returning with stamped cards. The Millfields Team did really well - they had fantastic teamwork skills and excellent investigation and cycling skills too. Well done to Arthur, Gabriel, Dougal, Cormac, Vincent, Theo, Joely, Anayah, Bettina, Tova B, Tova H and Maia!

Finally, a big 'well done' to Eri, Safi, Rosie and Ellie who went to Swansea during the break to represent Hackney District U11 girls’ at the football festival. They had an amazing weekend with the squad of girls from across Hackney primary schools and they did really well against teams from across the south. No medals this time, but they had a fantastic time!

I hope the weather starts to improve over the weekend. Have a good one. Take care. Jane