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Message from Headteacher

Fri 24 Feb 2017


I hope everyone had a good half term, and I cannot believe we have only been back for a week! There has been lots happening this week as always and lots of exciting trips and experiences are planned for the next  few weeks as well.

Thank you to all the parents in Years 2 and 6 who attended the SATS Information session on Tuesday. We hope you found it useful. If you were not able to attend but would like a copy of the hand-out, please ask for one at the main office. The KS1 SATS will take place during the month of May and KS2 SATS week is 8th-11th May.

Also this week, the boys football team went to the Emirates stadium to play in a cross-borough schools’ tournament. Well done to the whole team, and coaches, Sharon and Dwayne, as Millfields finished as runners-up! Good work!

As you know, Millfields children love a competition, and this week Alex, as Science Lead and 4 Year 6 pupils  -Oasis, Karmelle, Rose and Gideon, had the opportunity to visit Forest Independent School. Teams were given 3 exercises and experiments that required

imagination and innovation. The  children were observed and photographed during the exercises and the judges made an evidence-based decision! Well done to the Millfields children, who held their own, and really enjoyed the experience. All the children were awarded a certificate of participation. Well done!

As you may know, we are leading a campaign on road safety with the whole school community. Currently one of our member’s of staff, Gurpal, is helping children and parents cross the road safely, and both Vicky and I, and one of the School-keepers are usually out on the road making sure that we are all safe. Please can you support us by walking on the pavements and only crossing where it is safe and we direct you. Also, if you are driving, please think if you need to and if you could walk or cycle instead. If you do have to drive, please drive slowly and be mindful of pedestrians. Millfields won the JSRO ‘Be Bright Be Safe’ dressing up day campaign that we took part in last November, so a massive well done to everyone! The winning prize is to make a Film in a Day! The school will be visited by The Riot Act Ltd, a theatre production company, to make a short film promoting a road safety issue to show to other children. The winning class will be acting, directing and devising props and costumes for their film. More details to follow!

Next week, is Book Week, and we are celebrating World Book Day a usual on Thursday, so get looking out those dressing up things to come as your favourite book character. There is also a writing competition –more details inside. Also, if you would like to share your favourite story with your child’s class, please arrange with your class teacher or Debi.

Finally, I hope you have returned your forms for the Hackney run, and hopefully I will get to see some of you at the quiz later. Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane



Message from Headteacher

Fri 10 Feb 2017


This week, the whole school community joined the national campaign, and have been learning how to stay safe on the internet. The children all took part in SID (Safer Internet Day) activities in class and watched short films that promoted the safe use of the internet and how to tackle cyber-bullying. Also on Wednesday, lots of parents joined Vicky and Sumon to learn a bit more about how they can support their children to stay safe online. We will be holding more Safer Internet workshops in the future as parents had lots of questions and ideas, and wanted more opportunities to do some more ‘hands on’ activities. Staff also took part in an E-safety workshop after school. You should be receiving a leaflet with tips to stay safe online along with the Mag today.

Also this week, Year 3 classes took a trip around the Roman town of Colchester. Although it was a bitter cold day, the children really enjoyed learning more about the Romans, and seeing some of the old walls and ruins of Roman buildings while listening to their very own guide. The guides were very impressed with the children’s prior knowledge and their questions, and remarked on how well they behaved and engaged. Well done Year 3!

Thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff for their feedback this week on the new morning arrangements in Year 3 –6. The children have overwhelmingly said that they like the calm start to the day and the fact that all the adults say good morning to them on their way upstairs. The teachers also say that is makes the start to the day much calmer and means that the children are ready for learning. Also, the majority of parents like the idea too. If you need to speak to a teacher about something urgent, please go to the main office who will either pass on the message or get the teacher to speak to you, or you can speak to the teacher at the end of the day. The easiest way to contact the teacher is by email, and you can make an appointment this way. All the staff names and email addresses are on the school website under the Staff section on the right hand side. We will be continuing with this arrangement after half term and may also trial it with KS1 classes as well to alleviate the congestion in the front playground. I will keep you posted!

Thank you to the Year 6 parents who joined their children for lunch on Tuesday –we hope you enjoyed the food and company! Look out for more dates to dine with your child after half term. Parents of children in Reception have the opportunity on Tuesday 14th March.

Today, the cycling team are out in the cold and rain today at the latest cycling race. Good luck Millfields! We are currently at the top of the cycling league table and are hoping to retain the top spot at the end of the season!

‘Always Good’ children visited Jim’s café on Chatsworth Road yesterday. They really enjoyed the cookies! Well done to you all for being great ambassadors for the school! Finally, have a very happy half term, and enjoy the break with family and friends.

Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 03 Feb 2017


If you were able to come to the amazing event on Tuesday night, you will know that it was something quite wonderful and very special. The children and staff put on an amazing im-mersive theatre and art experience for the whole school community. Huge thanks to our very talented art lead, Rebecca who had the idea and sketched it out for us at the begin-ning of the year and, with the help of every child in the school, created an experience to be remembered. Thank you also to the children who were ushers on the night –they all stepped up to the role and were very impressive guides. Another thank you to Roz and Tom and members of the choir who sang sea shanties all evening to add to the atmos-phere of being under the sea! Also, thank you to the children who read poetry as we wan-dered through the British meadow. Thank you also to all the teachers who supported the event and helped make the whole evening a huge success. Finally a special thank you to Darren and Grant who helped to put the whole set together… and take it down again! We have entered the Saatchi Art for Schools Competition again, so fingers crossed and watch this space!

The children not only contributed in creating a part of the overall installation, but also learnt lots about endangered species and environments. The homework and projects that some of the children produced were brilliant and shows the enthusiasm and interest that the chil-dren at Millfields have in preserving the planet! Thank you for your contributions to Green-peace – we will be sending that off next week, so if there are any further donations, please hand them in to the main office. As part of our work on saving the environment, each class has an elected ‘Eco Champion’, and yesterday they visited Greenpeace to share the work that we have been doing and to find out more about the work that Greenpeace do.

On Tuesday 7th February it is ‘National ‘Internet Safety Day’ and we will be marking this date by reinforcing all the work we already do around internet safety and cyber-bullying, with the children. We are also holding a workshop for parents on Wednesday 8th February at 9.05am and 3:40pm. If you would like to attend either of these workshops, you can re-turn the letter that went out last week, or sign up at the main office. It is also the turn of Year 6 to host ‘Come Dine With Us’ on Tuesday 7th. If you have a child in Year 6 and would like to have lunch with them, again, please sign up at the main office.

Also, next week is, unbelievably, the last week before half term and Friday will be a non-uniform day as usual. Look out for the poster with more details at the beginning of next week. Finally, good luck to the cycling team who are competing at the QEOP Velodrome. later today.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 27 Jan 2017


The children and staff have all enjoyed being creative this week, while also learning more about endangered animals and environments.  This year we have combined Creative Week with Speaking and Listening Week, to raise awareness of endangered settings and animals in a creative way.  We started the week with an assembly led by Greenpeace volunteers who talked to the children about endangered planet. The visitors were amazed by the attitudes and passion shown by the children for their world and the need to preserve and save it! The children then worked with artists to create two large immersive settings. The two settings are The Ocean and a British Meadowland.  On the Creative Week Event Night –Tuesday 31st January, groups will be led around the settings, by well-versed ushers, in timed groupings. Each class has been very busy creating their parts of the overall installation, including flowers, jelly-fish, coral, birds, trees, seaweed and grasses. Please buy your tickets from the main office if you have not got one already!

Also this week, Year 3 had some visitors from Roman times to complement the work that they have been doing in class on the Romans. The children have been learning about the Roman Army and have made shields, swords and armour! The visitors were very impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and the children were very excited to ask questions and share their knowledge!

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, and as part of the Year 4 topic on China, the children have taken part in workshops on Chinese culture and tradition, and watched an amazing Chinese Dragon Dance. Again the visitors were impressed with the children’s knowledge and their questioning. If you have some time this weekend, the annual Chinse New Year parade is taking place in Chinatown and is well worth a visit.

Year 1 went out and about this week and visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and went up the famous sculpture and tower known as the Orbit. The children had a great time looking at the amazing views across London as art of their topic on the local area and landmarks. Some of the children told me that they thought they could see our school! Not sure about that but you can see the Orbit and the other Olympic buildings from our school roof terrace! Thank you to the parents who went along to help out –much appreciated.

Thank you to the parents of children in Year 4 who joined us on Tuesday to share school lunch with their child. Our ‘Come Dine With Us’ sessions are very popular and we hope that you enjoyed the opportunity to taste our delicious food!

Finally, just a reminder that it is Internet Safety Day on Tuesday 7th February, and as well as focus activities for children that day, there will be a workshop for parents and carers. Look out for more details soon.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 20 Jan 2017


This week, the Reception children went on their WOW trip to the Science Museum, to learn more about space as part of their topic. The children had a great adventure and were full of stories on their return to school. They have also been very bsuy in class and have created rockets as part of their home learning , and made space ships and space stations in class.

Also this week, Year 6 classes visited the East London Mosque as part of their work on Islam in RE. And Year 2 and Year 4 children had a visit, presentation and question and answer session with Archbishop Evangelou, to enhance their understanding of the area of Christianity that they are studying in class. This year we have developed our enrichment provision in RE, so each class has a visit to a place of worship and a visit from a religious leader from one of the main faiths over the course of each academic year. Thanks Naomi, RE Lead, for organising.

As part of our focus on enrichment and cultural experiences, some of the Year 4 and Y5 children went to a school’s performance, of ‘The Madhatter’s Tea Party, led by the Royal Opera Company, at the Camden Round House. The performance had great reviews, and although some of the children said it was very long, it was enjoyed by all!

We have also held 2 meetings about the Year 5 –2 night residential trip that is scheduled for 8th and 9th March. Please ask at the main reception for more details or speak to your child’s class teacher. Please make an initial payment of £20 to reserve your child’s place as soon as you can This is a special trip that has been organised to bring the Year 5 topic on erosion to life through first hand experiences. We hope you will support us by encouraging your child to take part and attend.

Year 6 Residential trip is taking place during the first week in June. We are taking payments weekly for this, and if you have not signed up and would still like you child to take part, please ask for a letter at the main office and pay a deposit of £50.

Finally, there are several opportunities for parents to see the school in action and take part in workshops to help your child’s learning in the next few weeks. Next Tuesday is an opportunity for Year 4 parents to have lunch with their child –please book your place at the main office. There is also an opportunity, on Wednesday 25th January at 9am, for Reception and Year 1 parents, to see how your child learns to read, and then to have a discussion, and ask any questions with Debi, Assistant Head and Literacy Lead. Places for this are limited per class, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Finally, thank you to all the parents and carers who do come and speak with me if there are any issues or problems. I think you know that my door is always open, so please either book an appointment during Headteacher Surgery or catch me at the school gate.

A reminder to please speak to your child about crossing the road safely. We are doing lots of work on this at school, but we all need to keep reinforcing he message!

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


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