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Message from Headteacher

Fri 21 Oct 2016


Half term already! We have been busy a s ever this week and I think the children and staff are all ready for a break!

This week we have been celebrating ‘Diversity in Hackney’ as part of our Diversity Week work and celebration. The children have been learning about the different backgrounds of their class friends and teachers, and made class posters to reflect the diversity in their class and across the school. The children have also had the opportunity to take part in a drumming workshop. And last night we celebrated diversity in Hackney by inviting parents and children to a food and music evening –thank you to over 150 of you who came and enjoyed the evening. I know you all had good fun guessing who the staff were from their childhood photos!

On Monday, the Article 12 Group, the prime Minister and her newly appointed cabinet went to visit Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. The children really enjoyed the experience and were very keen to share their learning on their return. Our Prime Minister Aasma Hajat also came to the Governing Body meeting on Monday to speak about her role and work since being elected.

Just a reminder that if you have not completed your secondary transfer application, please make sure that it is done before the 31st October. The destination schools of the previous Year 6 pupils are on the website.

Thank you to the Reception Parents who came to ‘Making Maths Fun’ workshop on Wednesday –we hope you found it useful! Also, Early Year’s parents, please note the date for the EYFS Social that is taking place on Wednesday 2nd November –hope to see you all there! There is also an opportunity to have lunch with your child on Tuesday 1st November as ‘Come Dine With us’ comes to reception classes.

Also this week, we celebrated ‘Always Good’ children. One child from each class is nominated by their teacher for showing excellent behaviour at all times and being a role model for others. Thank you to local café, Ten Ten Kitchen, who provided delicious pancakes for the children. And well done to all the winners!

This week, the teachers have also been preparing for Work Week which is scheduled for week beginning 7th November. If you would like to come in to school to talk to the children in class or assembly about your work, please drop an email to info@millfields.hackney.sch.uk. Look out for more information after the break.

Just to keep you informed that after the holiday, new road markings for the parking zone around the school are being painted –there will be more disruption than usual as some roads will be blocked off!

Finally, I hope you have a lovely break over half term with your family and friends.

Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 14 Oct 2016


As part of local Democracy Week, the new school cabinet has been assembled. Congratulations to the following children who put themselves forward and have been voted in: Oasis –Equalities Minister, Sonny & Khadeeja - Environment Ministers, Biba—Foreign Secretary, Peter—Education Secretary, - Joseph M—Chancellor and Riley—Deputy Prime Minister. The School Council, Prime Minister and her cabinet will be visiting the house of parliament on Monday so more news on that next week. The same group of children also met with Councillor Michael Desmond today to launch a ‘Keep Clapton Tidy’ campaign! They enjoyed asking him questions and took on the challenge he presented to them.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Maths Workshop for Year 3 and 4 parents this week –although not many parents turned up, I hope those who did, found the information useful and learnt about the methods that we teach in school. Thank you also to those who attended the Science workshop the previous week –there were lots of parents at this one, so we will definitely be doing this again in the Spring term. Please let us know if there are any other aspects of the curriculum that you would like to learn more about.

Also this week, we hosted the first of our ‘Come Dine with Us’ events. This week was for Year 1 parents and carers, who enjoyed a lovely meal with their children and saw how the lunchtime session works. The next one is for Reception parents on Tuesday 1st November –more details to follow.

The Millfields sporting calendar has started again in earnest this week – the girls football team have been in action and the cyclists are out on the field today in the first of this season’s races. The Sports Desk is back inside the Mag to find out more!

I have been very busy this week, as all the teachers have been meeting with me to complete their performance management appraisals. The staff work really hard on all their targets that focus on pupil attainment and progress and on areas of the wider school community engagement and enrichment.

Finally, we hope you will be joining us for new style Diversity Evening next week –Thursday 20th October. This year, there will be entertainment as you enjoy traditional food, and the chance to see some of the work that the children have been doing as part of Diversity Week, celebrating all cultures across the school. Tickets for the evening event are on sale at the main office.

Have a good weekend. Best, Jane



Message from Headteacher

Mon 10 Oct 2016


Firstly, thank you to all the children and families for your contributions to the Harvest Hackney Food Bank collection. The food was delivered and very gratefully received. Well done everyone!

We always have lots of visitors to Millfields every week, and this week has been no exception. On Monday, two of our Parent Governors did a tour of classrooms to look at learning across the school.  They reported that it had been a very informative visit and were impressed by all the children on task,  talking about and involved in their learning.

On Wednesday, we also had our termly SIP (School Improvement Partner) visit from the Hackney Learning Trust. This visit is structured to report on the end of year outcomes - end of Reception, end of Year 2 and end of Year 6 results and to analyse the data in order to measure progress, set new targets and think about future provision for whole school,  year groups, classes and individual pupils. The end of 2016 outcomes are available on the school website. Externally, the most important data is the Y6 attainment and progress measures. Millfields met the floor standard expected and set by the government and were well above the national average. This was no easy task as the children who have just moved on to Y7 at secondary school, only realistically had a year to work with the new higher pitched curriculum, so well done! The new SIP, also did a tour of the school and commented on the outstanding behaviour and pupil engagement in learning and the inclusive nature of the school, as well as obvious evidence of wider amd beyond the curriculum learning opportunities. The SIP also identifies areas for development that we will of course be working on and make part if our school development priorities.

You will also have seen our Junior Road Safery Officers out on the pavements, directing pupils and parents to use safe crossing places, and also giving leaflets out to cars that are parked on yellow lines and on corners, or the middle of the road! Thank you Brady and Maggie!

Thank you to Liverpool Class parents who visited the classroom and met informally with Lucia to find out. About the structure if the day and look at learning and behaviour expectations in Y1 -I hope you found the session useful.

Parents of Year 6 children have also been meeting with Chris to choose and apply for secondary school places - if you have not done so already, please ensure that you apply online, or come to one of the next sessions in school on Thursday 13th or Tuesday 18th October. The deadline is 31st October, so please let us know when you have completed the process.

We are looking forward to seeing Year 1 parents for lunch on Tuesday 11th October at 11.45am. If you have not signed up, there are only 30 places, so put your name forward at the main office.

Have a good weekend.

Best Wishes,

Message from Headteacher

Fri 30 Sep 2016


We have had great fun this week learning about magic numbers! Each class were given a number and they have taken part in lots of activities and investigations around that number this week. There are lots of photos of the children enjoying their maths learning. The children also enjoyed a Maths Show called ‘The Miscalculation of Capt'n Half-Inch’. The feedback from the children was brilliant. The children were also set a home learning task to make a Maths Game about their class number. We have seen some great examples already –deadline for the competition is Tuesday 4th October so you still have some time over the weekend to get making! Thank you to Keli for organising and for all the class teachers for being so enthusiastic! The teachers have also had some additional training on Maths planning and assessment this week, so we have all been focussed on Maths learning and progress!

The children had their photographs taken on Tuesday, to ensure that we have an up to date photograph of your child for our admin system and also gives you the opportunity to buy a lovely photo of your child! Look out for the proofs that will be coming to you very soon.

In other news this week, we elected two Year 5 pupils to be our 2016-17 Junior Road Safety Officers. Well done to Maggie Quinn and Brady Thwaites! They went with Vicky Noakes to a training session yesterday morning and they will be out and about in school and on the gates helping to make parents and children aware of the road safety crossing code and the dangers that parking cars near school poses for our families who walk and cycle. Look out for more information from them in the coming weeks.

The School Council (Article 12 Group) meet every Friday and today, our own Prime Minister –Asma Hajat spoke with the council about the importance of their role and how she will be working with the council members this year. Asma also spoke in assemblies this week about how she will be assembling her cabinet in the coming weeks. She talked about what their roles will be and how all children can get involved, ready for some work during Local Democracy Week (10th-14th October). Asma will be writing a a weekly piece for the Mag from next week.

Finally, thank you to the parents and carers who came to the KS1 workshop on phonics this week –we hope you found it useful. Thank you also to all the Early Years parents who came to the Macmillan Coffee Morning this morning—it looks like we have raised around £150! Thank you for all your contributions. Finally Year 1 parents will have the chance to have lunch with their children on Tuesday 11th October –more details next week!

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 23 Sep 2016


Yesterday was Autumn term ‘E-safety Day’ at Millfields! The children took part in assemblies with the theme "Play your part for a better internet" #shareaheart for Safer Internet Day!’ This theme encourages children to think about how they play a part in making the internet a positive place, and consider what to do if they experience anything negative online. It highlights the issues and concerns that young people have when they’re online, but the theme primarily focuses on practical solutions and responding appropriately to negative content so that we can all ‘play our part for a better internet’. We also emphasise that they should always tell an adult if they are worried about what has been said to them or someone else online. Each child wrote an e-safety pledge that will be displayed around the school. Please take some time to discuss this with your child.

Also this week, staff and children have been working very hard on making sure that all the classroom learning environments are completed and the teachers have also been meeting with senior leaders to discuss the progress of the children who are new to their class. The teachers have been looking  at the end of year assessment outcomes from July 2016, and discussing how the children have settled in to new classes with new teachers, and are making sure that appropriate provision and interventions are in place to maximise learning this term.

We are collecting food as part of Harvest Festival this week, and next and will be making a donation to the Salvation Army and to the Hackney Food Bank. Please do have a look in your cupboards and see if you can spare any tinned foods, washing powder, UHT juice or milk, or anything else non-perishable. Many thanks for your support as always.

Today we enjoyed listening to the work that the children in both York and Dundee class have been doing over the summer break and in the first few weeks at school. Thank you to all the parents who came to support their children.

Next Week is Maths  Week so your child will be asking you about their classes’ Magic Number –please ask them about it next week, and support us in making  maths meaningful in every day life.

Don’t forget it is the individual photo session on Tuesday 27th September –please be on time and dressed in school uniform.

Finally, have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 16 Sep 2016


We have had a quieter and very hot week in school this week, and the children and staff have all been working very hard in class.

As I mentioned last week, the Millfields Choir took part in the Totally Thames event, that took place last Sunday at the Scoop on the Southbank. The Children’s Choir were fantastic and really made me feel proud to be part of such an amazing musical event. Thank you to Roz and Tom for organising and to all the parents who came along to support their children.

Today we celebrated National TA Day. We celebrated all the hard work and commitment of all the support staff at Millfields –TAs, LSAs, Nursery Officers, Office and Admin Staff, Breakfast Club Staff, Kitchen Staff and After-school Club Staff by having a special pre-school breakfast and then holding special assemblies that celebrated all the amazing things they all do! The support staff all received certificates and there is also a display in the bottom hall that reflects all the lovely comments that the children made about the people who support and help them in lots of ways while they are at school across the whole day. Thank you to you all –you are amazing!

We also had our half-termly Fire Drill practice this week, and I am so pleased that all the children came out of the building sensibly, quietly and in just over 3minutes –well done to staff and children for keeping safe!

Also today, the children in Years 1,2 and 3 took part in a drama workshop. An actor -Phileas Fogg took the children on an exciting globe-trotting journey improvisation to find unique presents from around the world help to find the perfect present for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Through world music, language and culture, it was a celebration of British Values!

I hope you have found the Year group Welcome meetings useful –these are designed for information across the year group, but you will have more time to talk about your individual child at the Parents’ evening later this term. For Year 1 parents, there will be an additional meeting for you to meet the teacher –more details to follow.

Reception parents there is an opportunity to learn about ‘Early Reading' at our workshop on Wednesday 21st at 9.30am. Hope to see you there.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 09 Sep 2016


Welcome back to everyone in the Millfields community -pupils, children and staff. A special welcome to all our new Nursery and Reception children and parents and other new starters throughout the school. I hope you have had a good summer break, and enjoyed time with friends and family.

Welcome also, to all our new staff, Kelly, Rachel, Judyann, Eileen, Carlie and Blaithin -teachers, Noorjahan –SENCo support manager, Laverne -trainee teacher, and Support Staff -Souad, Amy, Selime, Peter, Dominique, Dominic, Iesha, Saibala, Umara and Alena. Also welcome back to Vicky Noakes who has returned from maternity leave.

I am pleased to see all the children back, happy and settled in their new classes with their new teachers. The children have quickly learnt new routines and seem to be enjoying the first week’s activities in class. This week, the children in each class have been agreeing and signing their new Class Charter in line with the Rights Respecting School agenda and have been discussing their rights and how to respect each others’ rights. They have also been revisiting behaviour for learning expectations –supporting and actively listening to each other, discussing and explaining ideas and taking responsibility for their own learning.

As always, the children are learning about the city that their class is named after. They have been learning lots of different facts and figures and will be helping to design their classroom door as part of a whole school competition! Look out for the photos of all the doors in the next few weeks.

The children have also taken part in an class activity to launch their new topic -some have been on treasure hunts in and out of the school, taken part in archaeological digs in class. Y1 visited London Zoo today, while Year 2 went on a trip to the Science Museum as part of their topic: ‘Space Race’. Year 3 visited the British Museum to look at the Africa galleries, while Y4 had visiting workshops on Egyptians and Year 6 on the Mayans. A fire engine also visited school today and the Reception children were delighted to get on board and speak to the fire-fighters as part of their work on people who help us. What a busy start to the term!

The Year Group welcome meetings are happening next week. These sessions are an opportunity for you to meet your child/ren's new teacher and find out what they will be learning in school and what a day in the life of a child in that year group looks like. There will also be some handy tips about how you can support your child at home.

If you have any questions, please speak to the class teacher in the first instance –preferably at the end of the school day as in the morning, it is important that the children get in to class on time and begin their daily routine. You can catch me or another member of the Senior Leadership Team at the school gates in the morning or at the end of the day. The dates and times of the ‘Welcome Meetings’ are on the school website and in this Mag.

Thank you to all of you - parents and carers for making such a great effort with school uniform. All of the children are looking rested and refreshed and extremely smart in their new uniforms. A reminder that children should be wearing black or navy sensible shoes and please, no tops with hoods .

Please remember to look for information on the school noticeboards, on the new digital screen in the playground, on the school website, via text or email, as well as on the Millfields Mag. If you have not let the office know your email address or you have recently changed your mobile phone number please let them know asap. There will be an information update form coming home with each child in the next week to ensure that we have all the correct information.

This weekend is the Thames Festival, and if you have never been before, it is well worth visiting the many activities that take place along the South Bank, and also an opportunity to come to the Scoop outside City Hall where Millfields Choir will join lots of other school choirs from across London to sing as part of the festival.

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