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Message from Headteacher

Fri 17 Nov 2017


Firstly, thank you to everyone for dressing up in pyjamas and/or wearing spots today for Children in Need. It is an amazing effort from the staff and children, so thank you!

Secondly, another huge thank you to all the parents and carers who came to parents’ Evening on Wednesday this week. We hope you found it useful to talk to your child’s teacher and to see the work that they have been doing in Maths and English, and hopefully you talked about some areas that your child needs to work more on, with your support at home. Thank you also to all of you who completed one of our termly questionnaires. We really appreciate your feedback and do look at all your comments and try to think about how we can work together to address some of the points that you raise. We will be collating all the information and sharing the outcomes with you before the end of term , and we will also post it on the school website.

As you will hopefully know from your child, this week is Anti-bullying Week. The children have all been thinking about and talking about the language around bullying, and learning about how to deal with bullies in and out of school! Classes from Y1-Y6 took part in an Anti-bullying Roadshow called ‘All different, all equal’, earlier this week, that has hopefully helped children feel confident to speak up about bullying. Also, each class watched an Anti-bullying film that reinforced the messages about bullying that we have been teaching all week. Year 5 and Year 6 also took part in a virtual reality workshop around bullying. Then today, all the children have completed a questionnaire about bullying that will be collated over the coming weeks, and will give us more information about how safe children feel at school and which strategies they use to report bullies, and be kind to all children in our school and the wider community. Please talk to your children about all kinds of bullying, especially around cyber-bullying. There is a link on the main page of our website (Info bar on the right hand side called Internet safety) that takes you to a range of websites that you and your child can access around e-safety.

Following on from Work Week, our Year 6 classes all visited offices in the city this week to present their inventions and ideas to a Dragon’s Den. The children and staff said the whole experience was brilliant and has really enhanced the children’s knowledge and understanding of how a small business might work. The dragons were very impressed with all the ideas and the quality of the preparation and presentations that were given. Good job Year 6!

As part of a special enrichment project, some of our Year 4 children visited Shoreditch Town Hall to take part in an immersive theatre experience called ‘The boy, the bees and the blizzard’. The children had an amazing time and really enjoyed the experience.

Finally, yesterday, the Millfields Tennis team went to the ATP Tennis Finals at the O2—we saw Federer play and met Greg Rusedski! Lots of the staff and other spectators commented on how well-behaved our children were so well done –great ambassadors for our school! Have a good weekend.

Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 10 Nov 2017


We have all really enjoyed learning about the world of work this week. As every year, the children and staff have embraced the spirit of Work Week and enjoyed learning about lots of different jobs from focussed trips, visitors, parent talks and workshops. A huge ‘thank you’ to all the parents, carers and grandparents who have been in to class this week to talk about their jobs, we really appreciate your time and support.

The Year 6 theme was enterprise, and groups have been preparing to face business dragons in the city next week. They have been very busy designing their own products, and thinking about how to market them and how to make a profit! They will be visiting offices in the city next week to see if they can persuade our very own dragons to invest! Good luck to them all! Year 5 have been very excited to be designing their own clothing as part of their work on ethical fashion. This afternoon, they will be putting on a Fashion Show to showcase their designs. Year 4 have been looking at the use of numeracy and literacy skills in the work place. The classes visited a restaurant to see how the business runs, and have been looking at how restaurants run as a business. Year 3 visited Kidzania today and have been looking at the skills and attributes needed for a range of different jobs so today’s visit may well have them coming back enthusing about their future careers! They have also been learning about the value of money.

Year 2 have enjoyed looking at the role of jobs in the local  community, and as well as doing a walk around the area, also visited Homerton Fire Station. The children really enjoyed the whole experience. Year 1 have been looking at basic skills needed for a range of jobs, and visited a local supermarket to see the many different jobs  that are done there! Reception classes have been looking at jobs in the emergency services, and as well as a visit from the police and a paramedic, have been on a trip to the Fire Station. And finally Nursery classes have also been very busty looking at a range of jobs and had visits from a builder, gardener, vet and chef and visited hackney City Farm to see the work that goes on there. It has been fantastic to hear the children talking about the work in school this week, so please do take time to ask them about it this weekend.

Also this week, the Book Fair arrived, so I hope you have had a chance to look at the great range of books on offer. The more money the Book Fair makes, the more free books the school can choose to stock the library shelves! It will be open during Parents Evening , Wednesday 15th November as well, so please have a loook then. Thanks for your support.

Finally, the school Cycle Team are in action again today, so I am sure they are making us proud by trying their best and wining a few medals! More news next week.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 03 Nov 2017


We have settled back in to this term with a relatively quiet week for Millfields! The children all seem to have had a good rest and they are keen to get on with their new learning. Thank you to Edinburgh Class, Derby Class and Winchester Class who all shared their work from last term with their peers, staff and parents/carers at today’s Sharing Assemblies. It is always really lovely for us to see all the hard work and brilliant work that the children are doing in class every day. Well done everyone!

Also this week, York class went on their first trip to Forest School. The children had a brilliant time climbing trees, looking for mini-beasts and bugs, running across the fields and playing in the Viking boat on the Leabridge site. They finished the afternoon with a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit. Thank you to Angela our Forest school lead who has arranged for this happen on a weekly basis for York class this term, and will be working with the other two Year 1 classes at forest school over the next 2 terms. And today, Teague’s nursery class will also be visiting Forest School for the first of their weekly visits.

Yesterday the football team took part in hackney football league games. Well done to the team and to Sharon and Dwayne as they came back unbeaten with 3 wins and a draw! We are looking forward to seeing them progress further in all competitions this year.

Last night, the newly formed Jazz Band took part in the Hackney Annual Mayor’s Music Awards at the Hackney Empire. The group were amazing and so confident playing in front of a  packed house. Well done to Milton, Jericho, Luke, Theo, Kaspar, Maggie, Mari, Sofia, Harris, Lena, Rabia and Milly! You made us feel very proud! Thank you Roz, Tom, Simeon and Jack for helping for supporting them and making it happen!

Thank you to all the parents who have been to one of our workshops this week. On Wednesday, we welcomed more than 10 parents of pupils with autism who met with member sof the Hackney Learning Trust SEND team to look at strategies and activities to support their children at home. The feedback was very positive and we hope to be able to hold another one in the spring term. Thank you also to the parents who came to the phonics and spelling workshop for Y1 and Y2 children this week. We hope you found it useful and will help you support your children at home.

Tonight is the R-Y3 disco, so hope to see lots of you there! Finally, next week is ‘Work Week’ and all the children will be taking part in trips and activities around the world of work. If there are any parents who would like to come in and talk about your job to their child’s class, please see your child’s class teacher to organise a suitable time.

I hope you have a lovely weekend with your family. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 20 Oct 2017


Diversity Week has been a great experience for all the children and staff! Classes have been reading books from different cultures and writing amazing re-counts of these stories in class. I have read some fantastic pieces of writing this week from all classes from y1 to y6. Well done everyone! Classes in Year 3 and year 4 visited the cinema as part of the week’s celebrations and Year 5 and year 6 classes visited Sutton house to find out more about the black communities settling in Hackney. Each class has also been researching and making posters about an influential black role model. The work on display last night about these inspirational people including Mo Farah, Maya Angelou, Nicola Adams, Benjamin Zephaniah, Trevor MacDonald and Jesse Owens to name a few, was brilliant and the children have all talked excitedly about all the information they have learnt.

Last night’s celebration of Millfields inclusion and diversity was a huge success. The range of international food that parents brought in was amazing and delicious; the choir sang beautifully; and the steel pans were amazing, especially when our very own Y4 teacher, Naomi played with them! Parents, staff and pupils all had a great time! Thank you to Emma, Naomi and Roz for organising the week and making it such a success!  Year 4 also visited a synagogue on Monday as part of their enrichment of RE work. The children were fascinated by the tour of the building and found out lots of interesting facts about Judaism to enhance their learning.

We have also had great sporting news this week! This is our first venture in the hackney schools’ Winter orienteering league and the children taking part have all been amazing and have really been fantastic ambassadors for the school. Well done to the whole team who over the 5 events pipped Jubilee to the post and won the league! A huge well done and congratulations to Hugh Andrews who was the top scoring boy across the whole league! Thank you to Izaac who has been coaching and organising the team.  We are already looking forward to the summer league!

Also, the first cycling league event took place last Friday and Millfields started the season in fine form. We ended up with 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals and are the early overall leaders of the league! Well done to all the riders! Thank you to Sumon for coming in to support us and to parent Paul Marsden for his unwavering support with the cycle team. On Tuesday, more than 24 Reception class parents joined their children for lunch. We hope you enjoyed tasting some of the delicious food on offer and appreciated the opportunity to see a little bit of your child’s day.

For the first time, we sent 10 Y4 pupils to the Hackney Healthy Eating festival, where the children enjoyed taking part in workshops and competing against other schools. Well done to all the children involved!

Yesterday, the Eco Champions from each class were busy on their first assignment and joined the ’Clean up Clapton’ campaign to pick up litter, make posters and encourage the local community to look after their environment! Well done everyone.

Also yesterday, the Junior Road Safety officers, Viggo and Lila  met with the hackney rep to talk about their new role and also met with the road safety champions from each class to ensure that we are ready for the darker evenings by wearing bright clothing and being ready to cross roads safely.

Finally today, we welcomed parents to Dundee Class sharing assembly –we hope you enjoyed it; and we also invited parents from Liverpool Class and Sheffield Class to take part in the class Maths lessons –we hope you learnt a little bit more about the strategies your children use in class.

I hope you all have  a lovely half term. Enjoy the time with family and friends. Best, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 13 Oct 2017


On Wednesday, more than 200 children in Years 3-6 really enjoyed an amazing experience as they watched the Primary Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall, along more than 5000 children from  across the country. The music was amazing, and the atmosphere electric, and what made the whole experience even more special for us at Millfields was the fact that one of our ex-pupils, Pearl Bador, was playing steel pans on the stage! Thank you to all the staff who went on the trip and continue to ensure that we always give the children an enriching experience, to remember, beyond the school curriculum!

Also this week, many of our Year 5 pupils have been taking part in a ‘Bikebaility’ training course. This is open to all year 5 pupils across the year, and makes sure that we are making our pupils aware of road safety and how to ride safely on the roads, but also teaches them about sustainable travel! Thanks Matthew for organising this with London borough of Hackney. Today our winning cycling team will begin the defence of their Cycling League title. Riders from years 4-6 will take part in the first event –Springfield hill climb. Good luck everyone!

Today we welcomed lots of parents to the school as it was Portsmouth Sharing Assembly which was a fantastic display of all the work the children  have been doing so far this term, especially researching the Egyptians! Also as part of our work over the year on Maths, parents from Birmingham and York classes joined their children in class today to see what their children are learning and to find out the mathematical strategies that we use in school that will also help their children with maths learning at home. Thank you to all the parents who attended, we hope you found if useful!

As part of Local democracy week, the Prime Minister and Deputy PM, as well as some of the School Councillors and the cabinet visited the Hackney Town Hall to find out about the building and all the work that goes on in local government. Thank you to Councillor Rathbone who spoke to pupils from 5 Hackney schools, and who also visited Millfields on Wednesday to talk to pupils about his role as a Councillor in the local community. I also visited another school this week, who have used our school materials on democracy, and replicated our good practice, to hold their own week of activities, and held elections to vote in a Prime Minister like Millfields, so we are looking forward to meeting up with the new PM and their cabinet at West Green School very soon.

Finally, it is Diversity Week, next week, with lost of trips and activities planned for the children. We are also hoping to see lots of you at diversity evening on Thursday, and this year, we are asking you to bring some food to share! There will be singing, steel pans, and lots of the children’s work about influential black people, on display. Thanks in advance for your support –tickets on sale from the main office.

Finally, have a good weekend, and enjoy the warm weather that is forecast! Best Wishes, Jane



Message from Headteacher

Fri 06 Oct 2017


It has been another busy week at Millfields! On Thursday, Year 6 enjoyed an amazing presentation and series of workshops on the Mayans as part of their topic work this term. The children really learnt lots and are keen to reflect this in their books in class.

On Tuesday, the Article 12 Group (School Council), the school Prime Minister, Solly Rigg, Deputy Prime Minister, Suki Fitzwilliam and the class Learning Champions from each KS2 class visited the Houses of Parliament. The children report that they learnt lots, were fascinated by the tour and visit to the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and also had the opportunity to share lots of their ideas and thoughts by taking part in a range of debates including their opinion on a second referendum on Brexit! Look out for a report on the visit from our PM next week!

In Sport this week, the orienteering team again, did an amazing job in the third of 5 events in the cross-borough competition. We are still top of the league as a team, and the top 5 individual leaders are also Millfields pupils! Well done and let’s keep it up and win this league!
Also this week we had our first venture in to badminton competition! Well done to our Year 3 and 4 team who, as beginners did an amazing job and came 4th out of 10 teams at the Olympic Park venue! Well done to all the children, and thank you to Musa for supporting and encouraging the team to do so well!

As part of our commitment to road safety, Year 2 pupils have also been involved in scooter training sessions this week. The children had great fun and learnt lots about road safety awareness, so hopefully they will put this in to practice when out and about scooting!

Wednesday was ‘No Pens Day’ which is a national initiative from The Communication Trust, that encourages schools to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities. All classes were involved in a range of learning sessions that didn’t involve using a pen or pencil! And the Pen Police roamed the school all day giving out red cards to pupils and staff breaking the no lens rule, and confiscating all writing equipment!  This is always a really fun day, and the children enjoy this one day to have the opportunity to think of learning in different ways!

As part of this day, the whole school community were involved in the latest ‘Save our Schools’ campaign against school funding cuts - ‘Arms around our schools’! A great effort from every child and staff member and a few parents who were involved in raising awareness of the ongoing campaign!

Thank you to all the Year 1 parents who came along to ‘ Come dine With Us’ on Tuesday to enjoy lunch with their child. This is still a very popular event, so please give us your feedback! And thank you to all the parents in Reception who came to our Early Reading workshop yesterday to find out how your children learn in school and how to support them at home, and thank you for your feedback. And today parents and carers from Y1 Manchester’s Class and Y3 Oxford Class came in to class to learn about Maths strategies and work with their child during a Maths lesson. We hope you found this useful and again would welcome your feedback.

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


Message from Headteacher

Fri 29 Sep 2017


We, the children and staff, have really enjoyed Maths week and hope that you have too! The aims of the week were to develop children’s basic mathematical skills based around arithmetic and number sense, to demonstrate how arithmetic knowledge and understanding can be linked across the curriculum to develop children’s problem solving skills and most of all for the children and staff to enjoy Mathematics! Thank you to all the parents who came to the Maths workshops to find out a bit more about how we teach Maths, the methods used and what the expectations for each year group are! Look out for ‘Magic 10’ homework in the next few weeks!

In class the children have been looking at how numbers connect and each class was asked to produce a number line which will be used for future work on multiples and factors. Yesterday the children enjoyed a magic show around numbers and this inspired lots of you to get thinking about the maths home learning challenge this week which was to produce a Maths magic trick! Some of the magicians in Oxford Class had me baffled this morning! As the theme of the week was the magic of maths, today lots of you dressed up as Maths Magicians and mythical maths characters to help celebrate the end of this fantastic week!  Some great costumes –well done to you all! Also a reminder that if you are in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, that your child should have a Maths Whizz account that they can access from home and school. This website helps assess where your child is in their Maths learning and then produces problems around your child’s gaps in understanding. There will be a parent workshop on this coming soon and your child can also access this through our free Maths Whizz after-school sessions that are run by Chris. Book a place with Ifeoma!

Also today, it was the Macmillan Coffee morning.  We welcomed lots of new parents from reception and Nursery classes, shared cakes and raised lots of cash for this charity that is close to so many of our families and friends in the community –thank you for your generosity. We hope you enjoyed meeting new parents and friends, and we also hope that this is something that we can make a more regular event as part of a suggested Parents’ Forum that will follow Sharing Assemblies. More information coming soon.

We also had the school photographer visiting this week so we hope to have the proofs with you very soon. If any families missed sibling photographs, there will be an opportunity to have this done when the class photographs are taken in the Spring term; just let Crystal in the office know.

A reminder of some of the other weeks and events that we have coming up before half term: Next week, Tuesday 3rd October is ‘Come Dine With Us’ for Year 1 parents and carers. This is an opportunity for parents to eat with their child and to taste some of the delicious food on offer for lunch every day! Please sign up at the main office. There are details of more dates for other year groups inside this week’s Mag. Also next week it is ‘No Pens Day’ on Wednesday 4th October. This is a day to enhance and promote communication and language so the children and staff will not be using pens or pencils all day! The KS2 School Council and Cabinet members will be visiting Parliament next week as part of their work on democracy and pupil voice. They will also be taking part in a workshop and a short film.

Finally, Chris will be running support sessions for parents of pupils in Year 6 who need help and guidance completing the secondary school applications online Chris is available at the following times: Monday 1st October 2.30pm-3.30pm and Tuesday 3rd October from 9.30am –11.45am. Please sign up in the main office. The deadline for applications is Friday 20th October.

Thank you for your support so far around the new arrangements for KS1 classes in the morning –if you have a view that you would like to share, please see me in the playground or better still, please email info@millfields.hackney.sch.uk. We will also be asking for your views and thoughts on homework in the coming weeks.

I hope the rain stays away and you have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane