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Message from the headteacher

Fri 13 Nov 2015


Hopefully your children have been coming home and sharing the activities they have been participating in during our annual Work week. Work week is a week we all look forward to in November when the whole school learns about different types of work in our community. The children have been enthusiastically taking part during the day and have had been highly complimented for their behaviour and energy by our many volunteers and hosts. Year 6 have been working on a week long project culminating in them presenting their ideas to a Dragons Den panel today. By all accounts they presented their ideas eloquently and intelligently. Year 5 designed and produced fashion t-+shirts. Year 4 have designed their own pizza cafes with some rather tasty products along with visits to a variety of restaurants to learn how they function. Year 3 visited the Bank of England to learn about money and finances. Year 2 visited the fire station and had a great time using the equipment. Year 1 all visited supermarkets and practiced shopping, scanning products and packing bags whilst trying some produce.

I’m sure you will have all noticed the new musical instruments now in place in the back playground. We were able to purchase these through the hard work of Debi Cookhorn who has been writing grants and appeals for money for a multitude of playground projects in conjunction with the PSA. The next stage is now being planned  and work will hopefully be completed throughout the Easter holidays. If you haven’t had a chance to use these instruments yet take the time to have a look, I’m sure you’ll enjoy using them.

It is with great pride that I can confirm that we came first in the Beat the Street competition in Hackney. I know how enthusiastically the children have been participating by tapping boxes whilst out and about. The object of the competition was to get everybody more active so I hope to see lots of you still walking, cycling or scootering to school over the coming months.

I would also like to remind you to sign up to see your child’s teacher next Wednesday. This is an important event where you have the opportunity to see some of the work they have been doing this term and to find out how you can support this at home. In addition to meeting with their teacher there are also opportunities to learn more about positive behaviour management and to meet with the school governors to find out a little more about their role in our school. I am also available to meet with you in my Headteacher’s surgery during this time. Please sign up with Rachel in the front office if you wish to do so. The book fair will also be open the whole evening. For every Pound you spend the school receives the same amount in books. We always do well at these sales and it ensures that your children always have top quality books to read in the library. So come along and take a look. We accept cash or card. The book fair is open all week so if you can’t stop on Wednesday there is still an opportunity at other times.

With the nights starting to close in earlier we are maintaining our stringent safeguarding procedures. Please do not be offended if you are asked to not enter the school building, we have implanted this policy to keep your child safe.

Thank you. Best wishes,


Message from Headteacher

Fri 06 Nov 2015


Firstly, thank you to all the parents who attended the Curriculum Evening on Tuesday. It was a good turn out and I think that those who attended found it useful, and now have some idea about what their child does in each year group in each subject during their time at Millfields. The basic overview and subjects for each year group can be found on the school website, and we will be updating each curriculum area on the website with more information and photographs over the rest of this half term, so keep looking!

Thank you to all the children and parents who have sent in photos for the ‘Beat the Street’ initiative. We have had lots of posters and photos, so will be putting them on display in the main foyer soon for you to see. There has been great enthusiasm around this initiative that is adly coming to an end this week. However, we will be thinking of ways and ideas to keep up the momentum and desire to exercise –walk, run, scoot and cycle as part of our weekly routine for all pupils at Millfields. Please let us know if you have any ideas to help!

On the sporting front, we have been busy over the last couple of weeks in lots of inter school competitions. The Y5 and Y6 Orienteering Team represented Millfields well on Wednesday and continue to be placed near the top of the league table. As well as the competitive nature of this activity, the children involved are really enjoying the map reading and challenge of the activities and learning the importance of working as a team. Also, we took part in our first netball tournament this week. The girls put in an amazing effort for a first attempt as a team against schools who have been playing for years, and played well in all their games. I think we need a bit more practice and we will then be in with a chance of competing on an equal footing.

Next week is ‘Work Week’ at Millfields. This week is always very popular with the children as pupils from Reception to Y4 all take part in trips to do with a range of jobs and work places, and Nursery, Y5 and Y 6 children welcome visitors from work places to help with their enterprise projects in school. If you have any spare time next week to share your experiences with a class, in any profession or workplace, please contact Alex in Y5 acruse@millfields.hackney.sch.uk

Also this week the children in KS1 and LKS2 had assemblies led by the London Fire Brigade to keep them informed about fire safety, especially at this time of year when there are lots of firework displays for Bonfire night and Diwali. If you are attending a Firework Display this weekend, please remember to keep safe and follow the fire safety code.

Thank you to all the parents in KS1 who encouraged their children to have the flu immunisation this week. Allowing pupils to be seen in school makes the job for local health visitors much more effective and reaches a larger number of families.

A reminder that also next week, we have a Parent Workshop on Tuesday 10th November -’Making Maths Fun’, for parents of pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3. Please let the staff at the main office know if you would like to attend, or just turn up on the day for a 9.30am start.

I hope you have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from the headteacher

Fri 23 Oct 2015


It has been a long half term with long with lots of exciting and engaging learning opportunities across the school. This week has been Diversity Week, and all the children have been celebrating and learning about the many languages spoken by the children, staff and local community. Each class designed a fantastic ‘Welcome’ poster of all the languages spoken in each class –the winners will be announced later today! Posters from South London Class, Canterbury, Portsmouth or Liverpool  or Edinburgh Class would be my guess!

The Year 5 children organised a Language Fair that all the classes visited yesterday. And all the classes have been studying a Black History text which has produced some brilliant writing from all the children. Last night we had our annual Diversity Evening which was enjoyed by lots of children, parents, and staff. The food on offer was delicious, and very well -received by all the parents, so thank you to Leea and her team for all their hard work. Thank you also to Katherine, Abigail, Emma, Alex and Roz and the music team for putting together a lovely show of all the amazing talents in our school community. The choir sang beautifully, the drums were great and the language posters looked amazing! Thank you to everyone that supported this event.

This week in Sports, the Y5 and 6 children were again out a the Hackney schools’ orienteering event. Millfields were second in the task yesterday and are very close to getting the top spot. Well done to the Orienteering Team! Also, yesterday, the boys football team reached the final of the Glyn Williams Cup with 2 draws and 2 wins –well done to the boys and Sharon and Dwayne who coach them. I also gave out medals for the cycling event last week to Conrad, Ashleigh, Anoushka, Robin, Elliot and Solly. Well done to you all –we are currently top of the league!

Today the PSA held their Annual General Meeting to elect new members of the committee, and they also discussed the newt stage of the playground development project. Look out for more news on the playground project, as well as upcoming events –disco, Christmas Fair and Auction all scheduled for next half term.

Thank you to everyone who dressed up in pink today! It was amazing to see the sea of pink coming through he playground this morning . We are still counting the money but I know that the Millfields generousity for all causes, both local and national is always amazing, so I will let you know how much we have raised for Cancer Research next half term.

I also enjoyed a lovely Wednesday afternoon at Cooper and Wolf, having hot chocolate and cake with our ‘Always Good’ winners. Also the children in Yr3-6 who were the top three point scorers enjoyed an afternoon film with popcorn and ice-cream!  Well done to all the winners. Finally, there are lots of events coming up after half term too, starting with our Curriculum Evening for parents and carers, on Tuesday 3rd November. This is an opportunity to find out more about the curriculum offer at Millfields, and talk to the various subject leaders about their subject. The event starts at 6pm, so hope to see lots of you there.

Thank you as ever to all the children for their enthusiasm and excitement to learn, and to the  staff for their hard work, I hope you all have a restful and peaceful half term.

Best Wishes, Jane


Message from the Headteacher

Fri 16 Oct 2015


We have a new Prime Minister of Millfields Community School! Congratulations to Finlay McNally of the ‘ Give More, Get More’ Party (Blue Circles) who was delighted to be announced the winner in a very close contest! After standing as deputy in last year’s election, Finlay was keen to stand again as the party leader. His pledges included local pledge: encouraging 2 year groups to go the ark each day for fun and exercise, national pledge: free school meals for everyone in primary and secondary school, and global pledge: to encourage people with spare rooms to house refugees coming to our country. A huge well done to all the other candidates who gave amazing speeches yesterday as part of the whole school hustings. Well done to Aleksandra, Leon, Sacha and Raphael, as well as deputy leaders, Kit, Ashleigh, Samantha, Joshua and Charlotte. The voting took place this morning in secret ballot booths, and the children were all very excited to vote for their favourite by marking a cross on the ballot paper, and they couldn’t wait o find out the eventual winner. Thank you to our very talented journalists –Maggie, Peter and Ivy from Year 5 who have been capturing all the highs and lows of local democracy week in the ‘Millfields Daily’. A copy of the yesterday’s edition will be on the website today, and the second edition with the results will be out on Monday. Thank you to all the staff –Lloyd, Abigail, Alex. Roz, Heidi, Emma and governors, Dez Veares and Joe Walker who worked very hard to make this week happen! Now, Finlay has a job to do and will be reporting in the Mag every week about his work in school and the wider community.

Also this week Year 4 and Year 1 classes have enjoyed participating in Shakespeare drama workshops led by the National Theatre and Globe Theatre respectively. Year 4 are studying ‘Comedy of Errors ‘and will be going to the theatre after half term to watch a  performance, and Year 1 are working with actors on ‘A Winters’ Tale’. The whole experience really helps with the children’s spoken and written work, and of course enhances their enjoyment of the works of Shakespeare.

Also this week, we had a visit form the local authority as part of their quality assurance procedures. The visit today was mainly around looking at outcomes for pupils –the data for the Y6 children who left at the end of 2015, the current Y3 and the current Y1 pupils  which we analayse as aport of the schools’ self evaluation, but the SIP (School Improvement POartner0m also did a learning walk and commented don the excellent behaviour of the children, the very good presentation and  progress seen in pupils’ books, the fantastic displays around school, the confidence in talking about learning, of pupils they spoke to, the strength of marking and feedback ion the pupils’ books as well as the welcoming atmosphere and the overwhelming evidence of breadth and depth in the wider curriculum. Thank you to all the pupils and staff for their contribution to a successful visit today!

Finally, It is Diversity Week next week, sand the focus this year is on celebrating the number of the languages spoken at Millfields, so please make sure you buy a ticket for the Diversity evening as it is a ticket-only event, and they are selling fast!

I hope you have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane



Message from the Headteacher

Fri 09 Oct 2015


We have all enjoyed another busy week at Millfields. On Tuesday it was our termly ‘E-safety Day’. All of the classes talked about the importance of staying safe on the internet, and talked about all the very positive uses of technology and the world wide web, but also the fact that there are sometimes other people who do not use the internet appropriately. The children from Years 1 –6 enjoyed a magic roadshow that made learning about safety on the internet and social media, interactive, fun and engaging. Please ask you children about it and see if they can tell you some dos and don’ts! Please reinforce the need to stay safe on the internet at home and at school.

Also this week, it was ‘No Pens Day’. The Pen Police spent the day checking that nobody was using a pen or pencil! We mark this day every year to promote the use of language and also to encourage us all to think creatively about how we learn in class. Even the school dinner register was done in a  fun and creative way. At the moment, we are part of a  year long Word Aware project that encourages and teaches about the use of a rich and varied vocabulary. The project requires a sample of children from each class to be ‘tested’ at the beginning and end of the project to see if the Word Aware approach increases use of written and spoken vocabulary in all areas of the curriculum with a particular emphasis on maths and science vocabulary. All classes have Word Walls, Word Pots and a range of word aware resources that are promoting vocabulary enrichment.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the Reading workshop on Tuesday morning. The feedback, both written and verbal has been very positive, and parents report that they gained a better understanding of their children learn to read and how they are taught in school, so that they can support them at home. We will be running this session again in the Spring term. The next workshop will be on Caribbean Cooking –please sign up at the main office for this a places are limited.

Next week is Democracy Week –The By-Election. As you will remember in the Summer term we held an election to vote in a Prime Minister of Millfields. The victorious candidate was Cem Owens, who has now moved on to secondary school, so as part of the Hackney Local Democracy Week, we are now having a by-election to vote in a new Prime Minister. The children will be learning about their role in the democratic process, voting for a member of class, and then hearing the campaign pledges at a hustings, and voting for the next Prime Minister of Millfields! Part of the role of the new Prime Minster will be to meet with me weekly and discuss policies, meet with the Article 12 Group (School Council) and hear their views and meet with the school Governors. We are looking forward it and hope you will talk to your child about it a home.

Finally Diversity Week is then the following week, and we will be celebrating all the different languages spoken at Millfields. We will be looking for parent volunteers to read stories from different countries, and will look forward to seeing you at the evening event on Thursday 22nd.

Hope the weather stays fine for the weekend. Best Wishes, Jane



Message from the headteacher

Fri 02 Oct 2015


Well what an exciting Maths week we’ve had this year. It was fantastic to see so many interesting and varied ways to use Maths. Many congratulations have to go to the star bakers in year 6 who put together a cupcake stall yesterday to raise money for UNICEF. Not only did their cupcakes have to look and taste great, they also had to be profitable. It was a hotly fought contest with the winning team making a profit of £31. The ultimate winners though are UNICEF and all the lucky people who got to eat cupcakes.

Year 5 visited Lloyds Bank in the City today learning loads about maths and banking. Even nursery got involved, using Maths week as a good reason to go shopping and make sandwiches. A big thank you must go to Keli for organising the week and all the parents and carers who visited the school and shared how they use Maths in their work. We love when we have people come and share with us and are always looking for people to visit. Even if you can only give a few minutes it makes all the difference to the children.

It’s not over yet! Maths week homework is due on Monday. Just write, draw, model, photograph etc how you use maths at home to give to your child’s teacher on Monday. Remember also that we are an official branch (deposit only) of the London Community Credit Union. The bank is entirely run by some year 6 children and is open every Wednesday morning. Application forms are available in the front office if you are interested in signing up. Next week is shaping up to be another busy one as well.

Monday is school photo day. We look forward to seeing the children looking their best , in their smartest school uniform, ready for their individual  and sibling photos. Details about the day are inside this mag.

We also have a Rec, Year 1 and year 2 parents' workshop about early reading on Tuesday at 9:30. This is your opportunity to learn a little more about how to support your child’s reading at home with lots of hints and tips to make reading fun. Just sign up in the office if you are interested in attending.

Wednesday is no pens day. We participate in this every year. It’s a way of encouraging and extending speaking and listening in learning and always results in very interesting ways of marking the register!

I’ve enjoyed hearing about all the children tapping away in the beat the street game. Millfields is going really well but have just slipped into second place overall (still first in Hackney though). There are hundreds of boxes available in Hackney and the surrounding areas including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and every journey helps add to our total. Just remember to tap 2 different boxes within an hour to get your points.

Finally, I would like to welcome back Naomi who has just rejoined us for the year. I know the children have missed working with her and are happy to see her again.

Have a good weekend.
Best Wishes, Jane


Message from the Headteacher

Fri 25 Sep 2015


Firstly, a belated Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim families . I hope you all enjoyed the celebrations with family and friends yesterday.

Thank you to everyone who donated food and/or made cash donations to our Save the Children -’Help for Syria’ campaign last Friday. Thank you to all the parents who helped on the stall .We have counted £585 so far and we are still accepting donations, so thank you very much to the Millfields community. Thank you also to staff and parents who brought cakes in today and donated money to the Macmillan Coffee morning. Thanks to Rana, Terry, Marcella and Tilishia for organising the event!  And, well done to Emma –teacher in Liverpool Class for winning the ‘guess the number of balls on the cake’ competition! There were 565! I am always amazed at the continued generosity and good will of our wonderful community, so thank you once again. Please look out for the leaflet regarding Harvest Festival Collections that will be starting next week –all dry food goods gratefully received for local Hackney Food Bank.

We held a very successful parent/carer phonics workshop on Tuesday. I hope that all the parents who cam along found it useful –we would welcome any feedback so please let us know what else you would like to learn about at workshops. The next workshop is on the 6th October and will be looking at Early Reading –please join us if you can. Also, on Wednesday 7th October, we have the Early Years Parents’ Social Event. This is held in the evening for adults only, and is an opportunity for new parents and carers to meet, and for you to speak with teaching staff in a more informal setting. There will be more information coming soon.

The children have all been very busy in and out of class this week. Y5 visited the British Museum on Monday to look at the exhibition on Anglo Saxons, and the children all returned enthused about their topic work. Oxford Class shared their topic work to date in their class Sharing Assembly today –we were treated to a fantastic African class dance, and learnt lots of facts about Oxford. Well done Oxford Class!

There has also been great excitement around the ‘Beat the Street’ initiative that started this week. ‘Beat the Street’ is a new walking initiative for children and adults –it is a part of a National Charity Partnership, which sees Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco working together to help millions of people to be healthier. Every child should have already received a Beat the Street card and a map,  and envelope called ‘Invitation to Play’. Players earn points and win prizes by tapping special cards onto sensors known as Beat Boxes as you walk, cycle or scoot around. The Beat Boxes are placed on lamp posts around the area –tap the one outside school, but remember that you need to tap another one before you get home to register your journey! There are individual and school prizes for staff, parents and pupils. Go Millfields!

Finally, Millfields will be part of the Hackney Jumble Trail tomorrow –so if you are in the area, pop in to see if you can pick up a bargain.

Finally, have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane