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Message from Headteacher

Fri 13 Jan 2017


We have had a very busy time in classes this week! Classes have been talking about their new topics and doing initial pre-assessment activities to make sure that the learning is matched to the needs of all the children in the class. Some classes have also been out on their WOW trips that helps to launch the excitement and enquiry about the new learning. Year 4 visited the Victoria and Albert Museum on Tuesday to look at the exhibitions about China and the Year 6 classes visited Kew Gardens on Monday to look at the temperate and tropical houses as part of their work on the Mayan culture and South American climate and habitats. The children all talked very enthusiastically about their experiences.  The nursery children have also been out and about this week – they have been on a local walk to look at numbers in the environment. The children found numbers on road signs, house doors, cars, the road and on For Sale signs.

Year 6 have also been on the annual Year 6 Citizenship information session at Hackney Museum. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about many issues that they may face as they transfer to secondary school including drug education, stranger danger, internet safety and social media and knife crime among lots of other things. The children will also be taking part in SRE curriculum work this term and around relationships – look out for a letter coming to Y5 and Y6 pupils in the next week.

Also this week, we have been getting ready for Creative Week . The staff have been preparing resources and looking at ideas for the week activities and for the whole school evening event that will take place on Tuesday 31st January. If you are a creative or artistic parent, grandparent, aunty or uncle who would like to come in to support us during Creative Week, please contact Vicky Noakes: vnoakes@millfields.hackney.sch.uk

We have also been involved with an educational film this week that will be used in schools across the UK, highlighting children living with Cystic Fibrosis. Thank you to Joni and her  mum for allowing us to be part of it. We will have a copy of the film to show to the children at Millfields in due course.

We are continuing with our cultural activities this term starting with ‘The Mad-hatter’s Tea Party at the Round House next week for Year 4 and Year 5 pupils and later this term, Year 3 will have the opportunity to see ‘The Iron Man’ at the Unicorn Theatre. There is also an opportunity for all out budding musicians to be part of the Classical Extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall. Look out for letters coming in due course as all these trips are limited in number and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. A text should go out to alert you to the fact that a letter is coming home and copies of all letters are always available at the main office.

Finally, please remember to wrap up warm this weekend and next week at school as the weather is getting colder; and please remember to put names on coats, hats and jumpers.

Have a good weekend. Best, Jane



Message from Headteacher

Fri 06 Jan 2017


Happy New Year and welcome back to everyone. I hope you all had a peaceful holiday and enjoyed the break with your families and friends.  All the children look well-rested and ready to start this term’s learning. I have enjoyed hearing about their holidays, and have asked about their London day trips at the end of term which seem to have been thoroughly enjoyed by the majority of classes and children. WOW trip letters for this term should either be wioth you already or in the next week, so look out for them!

The teachers started the week with an inset day that included sessions on Developing a film unit for this term’s Writing work, a whole school approach to behaviour management, as well as a session on strategies to support pupils with ASD led by the school Speech and language Therapist. EYFS Support Staff had Paediatric First Aid training and LSAs had a speech and language strategies session to enhance the support that individuals and small groups of pupils receive.

The children and staff have been very busy this week starting new topics and new learning journeys. As it is the beginning of the new school year, we talked about new year resolutions in assembly and in class. With this in mind, please can I remind you about some of the Millfields’ school rules and expectations:

1.All children must wear school uniform and appropriate school shoes or boots. Hoodies and tops/jumpers that are not school uniform are not permitted, and your child will bring a letter home to let you know if this is the case. Please make sure that cotas and jumpers especially are labelled with your child’s name.

2. All pupils must bring a change of clothes for PE –this can be a black/navy shorts or tracksuit bottoms, a change of shoes, and a white or blue t-shirt. PE is part of the curriculum and children must be dressed appropriately.

3. Sweets, chewing gum and chocolate are not allowed in school for snacks or in packed lunches. Please make sure your child has a healthy packed lunch and/ or snack.

5. Reporting an absence –please make sure that if your child is ill, you call the school and leave a clear message on the dedicated absence line – option number 1, stating the full name of your child, their class, the reason for absence and the expected return date. This is very important as we are responsible for notifying the local authority if we have not had correspondence about a child's absence or if a child moves school.

Finally, there is lots happening, as usual,  at Millfields during this shorter term, so please read the Mag, look on the school website, school information boards, read texts and Marvellous Me notifications to ensure you are kept informed.

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


Welcome Back

Mon 02 Jan 2017


Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you have all had a good break and enjoyed time with family and friends over the festive period.

School starts for pupils on Wednesday 4th Janaury at 8.55am. I look forward to seeing you all then.

Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 16 Dec 2016


We have had a very busy but extremely enjoyable week at Millfields. Thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas Fair last Friday and to all the members of the PSA who helped make it happen. It was a very busy occasion as usual and lots of fun was had and many lovely Christmas presents bought from the craft stalls! As always Santa’s Grotto was popular! An amazing £1908.01 was raised from the fair which the School is always very grateful for.

The Winer Concerts, musical performances, trips, Christmas Lunch and class parties have all been a great way to end a fantastic term of learning and enrichment for the whole school community at Millfields. Thank you to all of the children who have participated so whole-heartedly and with sheer excitement and joy during their class performances and to all the parents, carers, grand-parents and families who came to support them.  It has been wonderful to be part of all the concerts that have showcased the amazing talents of the Millfields pupils. A huge thank you to the staff at St James’ Church who let us use their building. Your donations have helped to buy a new microwave and contributed to a new lick of paint! Yesterday, we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas Lunch –thank you to Leea and her team for all their hard work over the year and especially this week! Also yesterday, the choir sang beautifully at Westfield yesterday afternoon and raised more than £150 for Shelter. A special thank you and well done to all the music staff who made the music experiences happen –Roz Tom, Simeon, Jon, Lawrence, Maria and Faith.

Also this week we celebrated all the children who had 100% attendance this term. Well done to you all! Names and photos will be in the first Mag of the new academic year.

Today the children have really enjoyed watching the pantomime: Dick Whittington –there was lots of laughter and shouting from the audience. We are so glad the children enjoyed it and could experience panto, some for the very first time!

Finally, this is the last Mag of the academic year, so if I do not see you, I hope that you have a restful holiday and enjoy Christmas if you celebrate. Just a reminder that school starts back for children on Wednesday the 4th January 2017.

Best wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 09 Dec 2016


We have started our Christmas celebrations this week with the Year 2 Nativity performances at St James’ Church. The children were brilliant! The singing was lovely, the costumes looked fantastic and the enthusiasm and enjoyment of all the children involved was a joy to see. Thank you to all the parents and carers who came along to watch and to all the musicians and teachers who helped make it such a treat! A special thanks to Flora Grime and Nancy Dawe who accompanied the musicians all week! They have put in a lot of hard work practising and played like true professionals! Thank you and well done! The Hackney Gazette photographer visited on Thursday morning and took a few photos of Derby Class to add to the montage of school nativities across Hackney.

Also this week, the staff have been thinking about the planned ‘London Day’ that is taking place on Monday 19th December. Every class in the school will be out and about in London visiting museums and finding out new facts about London for our whole school display and big book. All the children will be set a homework task linked to their visit to compete over the holiday –writing stories, making books, making models, painting or drawing, so please encourage them to get involved. There will be prizes for the best home learning! Look out for a letter coming home next week.

You should also have had a note explaining when your child’s Winter Concert is taking place next week. The dates and times are also in this Mag and on the school website. Please note that all concerts are taking place at St James Church, E5, near the Lea Bridge roundabout.

A reminder that it is the Christmas Lunch on Thursday 15th December, so please let the office know if you don’t normally have a lunch and would like your child to have one. Also, just to reinforce that the meat at Millfields is halal, so the turkey will also be halal. The HMC certificate is on the school website.

There have been lots of children feeling unwell over the last week or two. If your child is ill, please can you make sure that you notify the school office – option 1 on the school answering service. If your child has been vomiting, then the school advice from NHS Direct is that children need to be clear for 48 hours before they return to school. This ensures that the germs are not spread to others. Thanks for your support.

Our cycling team were also in action today –they took part on roller bikes against the clock… we are hoping that we clocked up the fastest times – update next week!

In other news, the Always good winners visited Santa at his Westfield Grotto today! Photos next week!  Finally, I hope to see you all at the Christmas Fair later.

Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 02 Dec 2016


It seems that winter arrived this week as temperatures dropped and children were all talking about minus temperatures and the possibility of snow! Please make sure that your child wears a warm coat and brings hats and gloves that are hopefully labelled with your child's name! We do try to make sure that all the children are wearing coats and they are keeping warm but sometimes, some of the children don’t seem to feel the cold and run around without them! Please be assured that we are on the case! The yellow Lost Property Box is full again, so we are going to be putting all the clothes out for you to look for any lost items after school once a week until the end of term. Please have a look!

On Wednesday we held a very successful Curriculum Evening –thank you to all the parents and carers who came and for all the very positive comments, and thanks to all the staff and children that contributed to workshops, music sessions and demonstrations. We hope that those who came learnt more about some of the activities and the curriculum opportunities that are on offer at Millfields. We also had lots of positive comments about the school food on sale –thanks again to Leea and her team. We will collate all the comments from this evening as well as those from the Parent Questionnaire at Parents’ Evening and publish them for you to see.

Also this week –a group of Year 4 children visited the very plush offices of advertising agency Wieden and Kennedy to take part in the Forever Curious: My Creative Spark Project. The children had an amazing time, and took part in a range of creative activities. This is the first of a series of trips over the academic year that culminates in an exhibition of their amazing work some time in July. Thank you to Alice for organising.

Yesterday, the Reception classes went on a transport adventure across London –travelling on buses, trains, tubes, boats and the Emirates cable car! They had a fantastic time but were exhausted last night!

Also this week, we have begun the Christmas countdown! Year 2 children have been busy learning lines, and perfecting their songs, as well as getting costumes ready for the Nativity Plays that are scheduled for next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please note the days and times of your child’s concert, and also that next Friday 9th December is the Christmas Fair. We hope you will join us and visit Santa and stock up early on some Christmas presents! Also, Christmas Lunch is scheduled for Thursday 15th December. Finally, Monday 19th December, is ‘London Day’ when all the classes will be visiting a museum as part of a fact-finding about London and it’s past! Look out for letters fir each Year group trip in the next week.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 25 Nov 2016


Firstly, thank you to all the children who have taken part so enthusiastically in Road Safety week and really thought about safety on the roads, from crossing the road sensibly using the Green Cross Code, cycling carefully, and using skateboards sensibly. And the children spent some time in class making bright clothes and accessories that can be seen in the dark, to wear as part of today’s ‘Be bright, Be Seen’ awareness day! The children also took part in special assemblies run by a member of Hackney council, who spoke about the importance of road safety and commended the work of our Junior Road Safety officers, Maggie and Brady. Thank you to everyone for a great effort in being colourful, bright and fluorescent today!  Well done to all the pupils and staff who made a great effort!

Also this week, all of the teachers have been observed as part of the school monitoring cycle and quality assurance of the quality of teaching and learning at Millfields. The senior leadership team have observed lots of Maths and English lessons in Year 1 –Year 6, and have been very impressed with the learning and the way that the children are using a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems and the range of vocabulary and sentence structure used in their writing.

As part of the staff development and our pursuit of the Bronze Award for the teaching of Spanish, the staff all took part in an additional staff training session run by the Hackney learning Trust Lead, to ensure that we are developing Spanish vocabulary in our daily classroom routines. Please ask you children how may words they know and encourage them to repeat all the vocabulary that they are learning at school. Also, a reminder that all pupils have a log on to Language Nut which is an online programme that will further develop Spanish skills. Belen will be sending out a reminder of your child’s passwords next week., and there is a link on the school website.

Finally, I hope that you have made a note in your diary to come to the Curriculum Evening that is taking place next week –Wednesday 30th November from 5pm –7pm. There will be lots of information on each of the subjects that your child is taught, and all the teachers will be on hand to answer questions and talk further about each subject, as well as Science, PE and DT demonstration sessions. There will also be musical entertainment from our rock and jazz bands, and of course the opportunity to buy some of the delicious school food that your children eat every day (Food available between 5.45 –6.30). Please sign up at the main office or just turn up on the day! We are looking forward to seeing lots of you there.

Finally, please can you ensure that your phone number is up to date on our school system, by contacting the school office.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane