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Message from Headteacher

Fri 24 Mar 2017

 

The children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed the iDiscover experience this week! This is the first year that we have teamed up with Inspire to make Science and DT week a different and special experience. As part of our commitment to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in school for all children, we have particularly been focussing on demonstrating the links between science and ICT learning in school and the working world, as well as increasing pupils’ understanding that race and/or gender are not barriers to a career. In Nursery and Reception classes, a Forensic Scientist student visited school, to talk about their work and the children have been trying to work out, from lots of  clues, who stole the birthday cake! Year 1 children were visited by engineers, Year 2 by health professionals, Year 5 by EcoActive and Year 6 by other STEM professionals. In addition, each class has also visited a place of business to look at the links between science, technology, maths and the world of work. Thank you to all the staff and children for participating so enthusiastically and making the week a great success!

Also this week, some Year 5 and Year 6 children visited the Royal Opera House to see an amazing performance of Madame Butterfly. The children and staff were overwhelmed by the whole experience and loved it!

On Wednesday, the road safety officers from Years 3-6, as part of their prize for winning the ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ competition, took part in and filmed their own Road Safety Video that will be premiered on Thursday 18th May and then shared across all schools in Hackney at a later date. (More details to follow). Well done to all the children involved and to Vicky Noakes for having the enthusiasm and drive to make it happen!

Also on Wednesday, our very talented and dedicated ukulele players took part in a Hackney wide Ukulele Festival. Millfields were, of course, the best in the show! Well done to all the players and especially Asher Duckworth who was awarded a special certificate for his solo playing. Thank you Roz and the music team for organising!

On Thursday, Year 2 pupils visited the Hackney Empire to see the production of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Running Wild’. It was an brilliant show and the children were all talking about the whole experience and the amazing costumes and props.

Thank you to all the parents from Nottingham Class who attended the Ocean Maths workshop this morning. We hope you are finding these opportunities to learn and work with your children valuable. There will be another one in the summer term.

Thank you to everyone for all your support today for Red Nose Day! Lots of red clothes and silly and funny clothes, hair and noses everywhere! Amazingly, we have sold over 1000 red noses, and have collected another £300+ to donate to Comic Relief. A special thank you to the ‘red nose riders’ who cycled an amazing 553 miles at the weekend, raising a huge £1500! And there will be more money to come from the after-school cake sale today! What a great effort from the Millfields community.

Finally, have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 17 Mar 2017

 

Firstly I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the parents and carers who attended Parents’ Evening this week. It is always good to see so many of you talking with the class teachers about your child’s progress at school. Thank you also those of you who completed a questionnaire. Your feedback is always appreciated and the comments and suggestions from the last questionnaire are always addressed and available on the night. If you missed taking a copy, please ask at the main office. Also if you have not completed a questionnaire and would like to have your say, they are also available at the main office.

As today is St Patrick’s Day, we celebrated with the whole school on Wednesday by inviting the Meitheal Cheoil St Patrick’s Troupe who shared traditional Irish music, drama and dance with us. The children were fascinated by the performance and showed their appreciation by being so attentive. Thank you to everyone involved as we could see that there was a lot of hard work in preparation for it!

Today, we were lucky enough to take 100 children to the Classical Spectacular Schools' Matinee at the Royal Albert Hall. The children really enjoyed the whole experience and were very well-behaved and appreciative of the opportunity. Thank you to all the staff who supported the trip.

Next week we also have children visiting the Royal Albert hall to see a performance of Madame Butterfly and 60 Year 2 children are visiting the Hackney Empire to see a production of Michael Morpurgo’s, ‘Running Wild’.

Next week, there are also lots of trips planned as part of our Science and DT Week – this year called iDiscover. All the trips are part of the science and DT learning for the week and we will encouraging everyone to think scientifically about everything we do! Please ask you child all about it!

Thank you also to the parents from Derby Class who came to take part in the Ocean Maths Workshop with your child this morning. These workshops are an invaluable opportunity to work with your child on maths concepts through games and activities that can be repeated at home. Dates for Nottingham and Leeds class are coming up soon, so hope to see lots of you there as well.

On Thursday each class had their class photos taken.  They will be available to buy after the Easter break for those of you wishing to do so.

Also this evening is the PSA Roller Disco. I know that the tickets have been selling fast so hope to see lots of you having a good time at this event later.

Finally, we have already sold over 600 red noses and hope to have some more on sale at the main office on Monday. Red Nose Day is Friday 24th March and we are encouraging everyone to dress up and have some fun for a very worthy cause! Dress in red, dress as one of the noses or just dress for fun!

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 10 Mar 2017

 

It has been another busy week at Millfields! Year 5 pupils have been on a 3 day residential trip to Overstrand , near Cromer in Norfolk as part of their topic work on coastal erosion. The children have had a fantastic time. They took part in a range of team-building activities and also enjoyed a sing-along beside a campfire on the first night. Yesterday, they went to the beach at Cromer to look at the effects of erosion and did lots of fieldwork that they will be able to use in their topic lessons in class when they return. Last night the children enjoyed taking part in a quiz. Today the group are doing some orienteering activities before lunch and then they will be on their way back. Thank you to all the staff who generously supported this trip –Debi, Matthew, Judyann, Chris, Dave and Dominique. I think the children and staff will all need a good rest this weekend!

A big thank you to all the parent volunteers and the class eco-champions who took part in the ‘Big Spring Clean’ last Friday afternoon. The group of parents and children, led by Assistant Head Vicky Noakes, set off around Clapton Pond to the area of litter! They collected 12 bags full of litter and found many more things lying around that they put to good use through up-cycling. The competition deadline to present something that has been ‘up-cycled’ closed today and we are sending off our best entries to the national competition. Thank you and well done to everyone who took part. Look out for more eco-activities in the next few weeks and months.

Next week on Wednesday 15th March it is Parents’ Evening, so if you have not already signed up to speak to your child’s teacher, the boards will be outside in the playground at the end of the day. There will be cakes and drinks on sale.  You will also have the opportunity to speak with our school governors on the evening and to have your say on a few aspects of school life through our termly questionnaire.

A reminder also, please return the theatre trip forms and payment to secure your child’s place for Year 5/Year 6 to attend the Royal Opera House trip to see Madame Butterfly, or for Year 2 the ’Running  Wild’ performance at the Hackney Empire. Tickets are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. We are really pleased to be able to offer all of the theatre and arts trips, as this is part of the school’s commitment to the creative and arts and the wider curriculum, so please take advantage while you can!

On that note, please have look at the information on school funding formula and cuts in the Mag. As a school community, I would like to try make sure that we have our say, so please look on the websites if you would like more information about how to get involved.

Finally, on a sporting note –well done to our footballers who played really well yesterday but fell just short in the last match...in the last minute! Also, good luck to our cyclists who are racing this afternoon.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

 

Y5 Residential Trip Update

Thu 09 Mar 2017

 

As part of their Geography work on 'coastal erosion, Year 5 children are visiting Cromer in Norfolk.

The children arrived safely, and enjoyed lots of team buidling activites last night that finisehd witha sing-along around the campfire. After a busy night, the children actually went to sleep quite early but were ealso up early thius mornming!

Today, they have really enjoyed the sunshine and learning more about the coast and the causes and effects of tidal erosion.

Find Photos from Year 5's residential stay here.

 

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 03 Mar 2017

 

Thank you to everyone - children and staff for the amazing effort yesterday to celebrate ‘World Book Day’. There were some amazing costumes and it was lovely to hear all the children talking about books and reading, all around the school. We have chosen a costume winner from each class and they will presented with a certificate and a treat at next week’s celebration assemblies. Well done also to all the children who entered the World Book Day competition – making a scene in a box from their favourite book. They were truly amazing. The effort and attention to detail for all of the entries, and there were over 80 of them, was brilliant. The winners of the competition will also be announced in assemblies next week. There were also staff costume winners: well done to Teague, Rana, Emma and Carlie, Sumon, Matthew, Margaret, Jackie and Jane Curtis. Your child should also have brought home a WBD voucher that they can use towards buying a new book!

Thank you to the staff, parents and governors who joined us for the quiz last Friday. A good time was had by all and we also raised money to help buy some new resources for the school. Thanks especially to Steffi and Shernel who were quiz master and assistant!

Your child should have received a fluorescent ‘Be bright, stay in sight’ fob earlier this week – it can be attached to coats or bags to help your child be seen in the dark. Each child received this as a prize as Millfields won the cross Hackney competition.

This week, 14 pupils from across the school and the Autism Resource Provision visited Kench Hill, near Tenterden in Kent. This is an annual residential trip that gives the pupils from the ARP an amazing opportunity to be away from home, develop their independence skills and to experience lots of new and exciting activities such as feeding animals on the farm, learning how to climb on the climbing wall and also visiting the beach, the local swimming pool and bowling ally. Thank you to all the staff who have given up their time this week to support this trip.

There have also been lots of class trips this week. As part of the RE enrichment curriculum, Year 2 visited St Monica’s RC Church on Tuesday as part of their work on Christianity, while Year 3 classes visited Walford Road Synagogue as part of their unit of work on Judaism. The children all enjoyed the opportunity and the experience and it has made their RE learning more relevant. As part of our Art curriculum enrichment, Year 6 classes visited the Futurism Workshop at The Estorick Collection. The children were amazed by the works that they saw. Thank you to Naomi and Rebecca for organising these visits.

Also this afternoon we have some of our Year 6 skilled debaters visiting the Olive School to take part in a debate on ‘This House believes school holidays are too long and should be shortened!’ chaired by the Speaker of Hackney Cllr Rosemary Sales. An update next week!

Finally, I hope the weather clears and you have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

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