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Message from Headteacher

Fri 07 May 2021

 

Firstly, I just wanted to say that all of the children looked very smart  in their uniforms on Tuesday for their class photos.I am really looking forward to seeing the proofs in the next few weeks.

Even though it has only been a 4-day week, there has definitely been lots and lots of learning happening as usual at Millfields! I have seen so many great pieces of writing from children in Reception all the way up to Year 6! There has been a real buzz about writing and lots of children have visited my office to share their writing with me, and I have visited all the classrooms to read their work  -I have been so impressed, well done and thank you!

There has also been lots of planting and learning about the names of the parts of plants and their functions; as well as lots of work on volcanoes in Year 3, making masks in Y5, and learning about healthy lifestyles and balanced diets in Reception. Rosen Class and Lovelace class have also been working really hard on producing their class assemblies. Please look on Google Classroom to see the amazing finished product!

This week, the Millfields Prime Minister, Zuhair Essak in Y6 will be writing to you in the Mag, and post-Covid, he will be working on fulfilling his election promises before the next election that will be taking place during our annual Democracy Week -the week beginning 28th June. We will be reporting weekly on how the Millfields PM is working towards working through his manifesto. Look out for more details of Democracy Week after half term.

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so please ask your child each day about what they have been discussing in class, and please read the 'Well-being' Newsletters -there is one for children, one for parents/carers and one for staff. They will be emailed and available on the school website.

You will see that the Millfields 'Living Wall' on Hilsea Street is doing really well, and we are hoping to extend this further down the street and maybe on to Elmcroft Street too. We had a huge boost this week as one of our brilliant parents, Bettina, applied for a grant to help us make this happen and she was successful in winning £500 towards the project. Massive thanks!  Also, Vicky and the Eco-champs have been working with Eco-Active on a Green Influencers project for the next 8 weeks, and have begun to develop the roof garden. Look out for more news in the coming weeks.

Finally, the Parent Governor Election voting started yesterday, and voting will be open until the end of next Thursday 13th May. Please read the three candidate statements on the email that was sent earlier this week, and cast your vote at the Ballot Box, just inside the playground at the main gates on Hilsea Street. We will announce the winner in next week's Millfields Mag.

Have a lovely weekend.

Take care, keep well and stay safe.

Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 30 Apr 2021

 

We are already at the end of another week! The school has continued to buzz with excitement around Shakespeare, and the role play, cartoon strips and writing that every class, and every child has produced this week has been so, so good. The children have been so engaged and so keen to share their work and their recounts of the play that their class is reading. Some of my favourite pieces of work this week included, Macbeath posters in Hawking Class, freeze frame photos and cartoon strips of Julius Caesar in all Y3 classes, writing alternative endings to Romeo and Juliet in Lovelace Class, fantastic masks for Midsummer Night's Dream in Curie Class and role play of The Tempest in Tarrant Class. The writing produced is brilliant!

Also this week, I hope you had the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher over Zoom to find out a bit more about how they have settled back into school, what they have been learning and what the next steps are in their learning. If you missed this opportunity, please contact your child's class teacher directly.

Another massive 'thank you' to all the families who continue to help stock our Food Bank weekly. This service is well used by some of our families, so all your donations are really, really appreciated.

Whiteread Class had another productive afternoon at Forest School this week, and the children were excited to tell me that the leaves and flowers were coming out as it was Spring.

We are also excited to say that 'Forever Curious' is back in action! This is an art project collaboration with advertising agency, Wieden & Kennedy and Cariss Creative, and a group of 30 Y5 children. The task this term is for the children to imagine walking around London in the future, and then design, draw, and models of transport, statues, landmarks, houses etc. They watched an introductory video and then set to work on the first task this morning. The project lasts for 6 weeks and will hopefully, if all goes to plan, culminate in the children and their families visiting the final and completed exhibition piece at the agency offices!

A final reminder that Class Photos will be taken on Tuesday 4th May. Please make sure that the children are wearing their school uniform that is navy. If it is your child's PE day, please just wear trainers that day!

This week, the Millfields Mag will also be shared on Google Classroom as while gathering pupil voice this week, the children said that they hardly ever get to read the Mag, so hopefully they will be able to read and enjoy all the school news!

I hope you have a lovely long weekend.

Take care, keep well and stay safe.

Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 23 Apr 2021

 

Welcome back to everyone! It sounds like all of the children had a lovely time with family and friends over the holidays. They all seem very happy to be back in school, they all look very healthy having been outdoors, and they all look like they have grown much taller!

As ever, we have been very busy 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 and fantastic writing. Some of the plays being read are Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream. The children in Y2 know lots of facts about Shakespeare too. He was born in Stratford upon Avon, he died on this day, 23rd April in 1616, his plays were on stage at The Globe Theatre and lots more. I am looking forward to reading some of the children's rewrites of the plays and scripts next week!
Year 3 classes have been learning about the Romans, and lots of the homework projects that have been coming in are fabulous. A special mention to Guia for her model of Mount Vesuvius and to Tiger-Lily for her model of a Roman Bath complete with ceiling mosaic!
Nursery and Reception classes enjoyed a drama workshop earlier this week that was brought to us by Perform. The very mischievous crocodile was a big hit! We definitely have a few budding actors in the making!
The Fire Brigade ran online workshops for the Y5 classes to raise awareness of safety around fire and how to react in an emergency. This happens every year and makes sure that our children are well-prepared for the future.
Whiteread Class visited Forest School this week, and had a great time -climbing trees, minibeast hunting, playing hide and seek, collecting leaves and twigs. They also had a picnic lunch in the sunshine. Y1 classes will be taking it in turns to go weekly, and hopefully by September, we will be back to our normal schedule of each class having a term learning outdoors!
On Monday, we joined with other schools in Hackney and Hackney Education, in a minutes silence, to mark the passing of HRH Prince Philip. The children also watched a short news film about his life.
A few reminders -please make sure that your child arrives at school on time as there are lots of children missing the first session that is often phonics or reading, and this slows down progress; also please wear the correct clothing for PE -shorts and t-shirts in school colours -white, blue or black please.
Finally, please remember to sign up for Parents Evening that takes place next week on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th April. The deadline for booking an appointment is midnight, this Sunday 25th April. Please book via Scopay.
Have a good weekend, and enjoy the sunshine!
Take care, keep well and stay safe.
Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Thu 01 Apr 2021

 

We have reached the end of term already! It feels like we have hardly been back for long but we have, as always, we have managed to pack lots of learning and fun into the last 4 weeks!

A massive 'THANK YOU' to everyone for dressing in something blue today as we mark 'Autism Awareness Day'. we are still counting the cash but there is already around £200 -thank you!

Also today we have drawn the winner of the Easter Egg Raffle! There were more than 30 eggs to win! The lucky winner of the big egg is Daniel from Berners-Lee Class, who is so excited, and there were 29 other eggs to be won! The winners have been notified and they will bring their egg home with them today!

Some of the Y6 children have also made brilliant Easter Bonnets. In normal times we would have had a whole school Easter bonnet competition but times are different this year. However, this is the last opportunity for Y6 children to take part so they decided to do it anyway!!

This week, lots of the children who have taken part in online music concerts with their families. The Instrumentalists and singers were all very impressive! Thanks to Roz and Tom and all the Music Tutors who gave up their time to make this happen!

Yesterday, the whole school took part in our half-termly Outdoor Day! the children went to all the local parks that we are so lucky to have on our doorstep, and there were lots of fun and educational activities happening! Fractions with twigs in Y5, Art creations, sketching, PE and games, bird-spotting and many more! We were so lucky with the weather, and the children and staff enjoyed their time out in the open air!

We welcomed Alex back from maternity leave this week, as she takes over Lowry Class from Kamilah, who is now going on maternity leave! There are certainly lots of new babies around Millfields at the moment! Good luck to Kamilah, and I am sure we will be meeting her new addition very soon!

You should have received an email this week about Parents' Evenings that will be taking pace after the holidays online on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th April. Please make sure that you have a Scopay account to make the booking.

Finally, please have a lovely break with friends and family over the next 2 weeks, and let's hope that everyone remembers to follow the guidelines around social-distancing, wearing masks and keeping to the rule of 6 ahead of the shops and hospitality opening on 12th April. We still need to take care and stay safe, and hope that we can return to some more normality soon! Term starts on Monday 19th April -see you then!

Happy Holidays. Stay safe and keep well.

Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 26 Mar 2021

 

I cannot believe that we are now at the end of the penultimate week of the Spring term. Since all the children came back into school on 8th March, time has just flown by, and we are almost back to business as usual!

This week, I have had the pleasure of reading some fantastic writing from all classes across the school. There really are some very talented writers at Millfields, and they are so very proud of what they have achieved. Keep up the good work everyone!
On Monday children in Tarrant Class and other classes across the school, marked World Down's Syndrome Awareness day, which took place on Sunday 21st March. The children wore odd socks to mark the occasion.
This week, children in Y1 and Y2 have enjoyed some very interactive and exciting drama workshops. Their faces and laughter indicated that they all had a great time. Nursery and reception children will have their workshops after the Easter break.
As usual, we will be holding our annual 'Easter Egg' raffle next week. There will be tickets on sale at each gate every day, and the winners will be announced and eggs awarded before the end of the school day on Thursday. Tickets are 50p and there are at least 10 eggs to win! You have to be in it to win it!
Also on Thursday 1st April next week, we will be asking all the children and staff to wear something blue as we mark 'Autism Awareness' week. One in every 100 children in the UK is autistic, and at Millfields we are proud to include many children with autism in all our classes. Our children are all amazing at supporting each other and celebrate differences together. This week is an opportunity to celebrate as well as encourage awareness. Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world, and at Millfields we aim to make sure that our children are given the best foundations for our children to prepare them for the next stage in their journey. Thanks for your support.
Importantly, I need to reiterate some of the messages that I have sent home to certain year groups this week, but that do in fact apply to all the children and their families. Please can we all remember to be respectful to our neighbours around the school on both Elmcroft Street and Hilsea street. Please do not sit on, climb on, swing on fences, walls or gates, and do not drop litter around the area. Please also be mindful that even though we are a designated Safer School Streets zone, that residents are able to drive in and out at any time, and unfortunately some of them have to leave for their place of work at school drop off time. Thank you so much for your cooperation.
Finally, we will be holding a Parent Governor Election in the first weeks after the Easter break, so if you want to find out more about what the governors do and would consider putting yourself forward for this role, there will be information sessions and governors on the school gates next week to ask. More information to follow via email.
I hope you have a peaceful weekend. Take care, keep well and stay safe.
Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 19 Mar 2021

 

What a wonderful Friday it is as the sun is shining and the school is filled with laughter as we have all dressed up as Superheroes' for 'Red Nose Day' 2021! Thank you to the children and staff for really getting into the spirit of the day, and celebrating the day by dressing up! There were all the usual  superheroes, Spiderman, Superwoman, Batman, Wonder Woman, but this year, there were also lots of 'Super teachers', 'Super' children, and Super NHS workers! We are celebrating the greatness and the superpowers that we all have! Days like these really lift the spirits and the sense of joy and well-being around the school was amazing!

We have sold more than 600 red noses, and have raised an additional £450 plus for Comic Relief. Thank you so much to everyone for their generosity!

This week, we have also marked the fact that this coming Sunday 21st of March is Census Day. The last census was in 2011. To mark the event, Millfields hosted a ‘Let’s Count! Day’ in each year group and took part in the Let’s Count! competition. By taking part, the children developed their maths and geography skills, while also learning about the importance of the census and how the information it collects helps shape the society we live in. Each class decide what they would count, how they would collect the data, and then created graphs and artwork for a wall display. Things being counted included types of transport, recycling and waste facilities, types of houses and animals to name a few. The whole school display will be entered into a competition to win £1000 of equipment for the school. Thanks to all the children and staff, and to Emma for preparing and organising the lessons for us all!

Also this week, we did celebrate St Patrick's Day, even though due to covid restrictions, we really missed listening to the beautiful music and watching the fantastic dancing from the St Patrick's Day Troupe, but there were lots of children talking fondly about previous years, hopefully we will see them again next year again!

We also welcomed back the Cycling League competition to Millfields this week! The cyclists from Y4, Y5 and Y6 completed time trials on the roller bikes. It was a really quick session of racing, and all of the riders were excellent, and those who hadn’t done it before or were very nervous about it definitely gained confidence through the morning. All had a chance to have 3 500m timed races.Well done everyone, and thanks to Remi,Vivienne and Pia for stepping in at the last minute to give it a go! Thank you as always to our super parents - Paul, Alistair and Andrew for organising and running the session!

Finally, Year 1 and Year 2 classes also enjoyed taking part in drama workshops earlier this week. I think we have some budding actors in our midst!

Have a lovely weekend, enjoy the outdoors and have a good rest!

Take care, keep well and stay safe.

Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 12 Mar 2021

 

It has been so fantastic having all the children back in school and seeing all of the parents and families at the gates. The children were so excited as we welcomed them all in on Monday morning! The bunting was out and the smiles were radiant!

It now feels like we have never been away as the transition back to the school day and school routine, for the vast majority of the children, has gone really well. The children have been so excited to play with their friends again, and to share experiences with their classmates about their time away from school, as well as eager to start their collaborative learning again in class.

The children loved the 'Lockdown Learning' displays in class, so thank you for helping the teachers to select work to display, and they have really enjoyed getting back to the routine of learning new things and recapping on previous learning. Some of the things that I have seen on my daily walkabout school this week; Year 3 have been writing some great Information Booklets on the Romans, Y4 have been working hard on fractions in Maths; Y2 have written some great letters; Y5 have been enjoying their PE at the park; Y1 have been reading and doing work around the brilliant book, 'The Jolly Postman'; Y6 have been making models of meandering rivers; Reception have been working so hard on their phonics and reading; and the nursery children have been 'making magic bubbles'! So it's back to business as usual!

Next Friday, 19th March, is Comic Relief -Red Nose Day, and we are asking everyone to dress up as a 'Superhero'! Look out and/or get your costumes made this weekend! There will be a £1 donation on the gate please. Also, red noses are on sale from today until next Friday at each school gate. They are £1.50, and there are 10 noses to collect!

Thank you, as always to all the parents who generously continue to donate to the Millfields Food Bank. I know that some of you have involved the local community in collecting for us, so many many thanks. We are open every Thursday for any families in need. We need some of the following items please: toiletries including shower gel, toilet roll, fruit juice, squash, biscuits, tins of tuna, sardines & salmon. And anything else!

Finally, please have a good rest this weekend everyone, as I know that the children will be very tired at the end of this week as they complete a whole week back in school! Try to get outdoors for some fresh air and fingers crossed there is no rain!

'Happy Mother's Day' to all the mums out there -hope you have a rest too!

Take care, keep well and stay safe.

Jane