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Milefield's Newsletter 1ST May 2020

Welcome to another (yet different) edition of Milefield's newsletter.

A message from Mr Goddard

Firstly I would like to say that everyone at Milefield Primary School hopes you are all keeping safe and well during such a difficult time for us all. As we approach the fifth week of lock-down and our home learning, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with the school. Our parents and carers have found themselves in the role of 'teacher' and looking at the vast amount of work being sent through to school I can say you are doing an amazing job. Please be reassured that we have staff in school everyday if you have any questions about online learning or for that matter anything else school related. We are always happy to help.

On that point I would also like to thank you for your many kind words abut school and staff on our social media posts. Can i also publicly extend my thanks to all staff who are working hard, either in school or at home, to ensure that we are offering the best resources available. On looking at other schools i haven't seen anything anywhere as good. In additional to this, staff across school are still attending regularly to provide support for our key worker children and vulnerable families. I am sure you will agree that for staff to put themselves (and their families) at additional risk during the lockdown by continuing to run school for these children is to be commended. We can all be proud of the part we are playing to support our front-line workers, colleagues, families and friends. Thank you.

Since closing our doors to the majority of pupils on 20th March, school has continued to operate at ‘Phase 1’ – meaning we remain open for our own pupils as required. I believe this is essential for our learners to ensure consistency and a familiar environment and we will strive to operate like this, supporting key worker and vulnerable families, for as a long as practically possible.

For those families who qualify for free school meals, we have worked hard to ensure the government voucher scheme is in place and working. Please do bear with us if there are any delays – nationally there have been some complications, but I am hopeful that all families are/will be receiving the vouchers on time. If you have any queries in relation to this, please do get in touch. We will be happy to chase this up on your behalf.

I am proud of the fact that we have been able to continue our celebrations assembly by sharing this on Seesaw. I hope that those pupils who have received the certificates in the post have enjoyed that novelty. I had really hoped my first assembly was in school and not online - I hope it was ok

Currently, we have no further information related to the end of lockdown or likely return dates to school. We will endeavour to be in touch as soon as possible to keep you updated. For now, please keep as safe as you can.

Finally, and most importantly, I would like to say a huge thank-you to all our pupils. It's a very strange time and your resilience has been amazing. You have followed all the guidelines by staying at home and keeping safe, as well as many of you being active on Seesaw and taking responsibility for your own learning. This will certainly make things easier for you when we are finally back in school. We are all so proud of you.

Follow us on Twitter @MilefieldP

Thank you to everyone who is already following us on Twitter, retweeting and adding comments and posts! If you haven't already, follow us on our Twitter feed @MilefieldP for daily updates on learning, events and school news!

Don't forget to follow our class Twitter pages:
  • @MfpsEYFS
  • @Y1Mfps
  • @MfpsY1_2
  • @Y2Mfps
  • @Y3Mfps
  • @Y3_4Mfps
  • @Y4Mfps
  • @Y5Mfps for weekly updates and a peek into what we have been learning about!
  • @Y6MFPS and children can log into Seesaw with this QR code:

Useful websites / links during lock-down

Curriculum

Milefield Primary School Website - at the bottom of the front page you will see a tab named Parent Folder where there are a variety of resources. These include advice for parents on how to support children with any concerns and worries about Coronavirus.

HCAT home learning document - weekly grids

Seesaw

Education City

TT Rockstars

PE - active fusion

Activities for children up to Yr 1

Internet Safety

Think you know

NSPCC

Safety net - kids

Staying safe on an XBox

School App

Over the last few weeks we have been busy looking into more efficient ways to communicate with parents. We are busy developing a school app that is free to download to both Android and Apple phones.

As soon as this is ready we will text all parents with how you can access this. This app is 100% secure and is only for our parents and we will ensure we only approve parents to access this when the register. The app also work in multiple languages so all our families can access it.

Features of the app include - messaging, class pages, school letters, school calendar, images around school and absence reporting. It is then envisaged we will move away from Facebook.

Class updates...

Early Years

Hello Miss Waring here, I have been really impressed with all of the home learning I have been seeing. You have all been working really hard and it looks like you have been having lots of fun whilst learning at home. Thankyou to the parents and carers that have been helping with making the car washes, wormeries, scavenger hunts, nature collages, phonics games, number games and much more all of your hard work is appreciated as well as the hard work from all of the children. Please keep reading lots of books and looking for key texts on see saw and also practicing singing your songs and rhymes, as all of this will help with your reading and listening skills.

Once again to a big thank you to all of your hard work. I miss teaching you all very much and I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Miss Waring.

Miss Harber and Miss Till are super impressed with all the home learning taking place in Early years. We have seen fantastic skills in all areas and have enjoyed seeing all the exciting activities you have been doing with your grown ups! We have seen great skills in reading, writing and maths but also recognised some new skills like baking, creative skills and taking care of our environment by planting seeds, making bird feeders and bug hotels! We will continue to do a book vote each morning and read with me will be every Friday morning. You are all amazing and resilient learners and we couldn’t be more proud of you all! Keep learning, keep posting, keep safe and keep smiling!

Key Stage 1

Year 1

I am overwhelmed with the amount of learning that is going on at home! Both parents and children have interpreted the activities and are completing them in creative ways! The quality of work that is being completed is amazing. Day to day I am receiving numerous notifications of work to be approved which is fantastic. Children are also enjoying using Spelling Shed, Numbots and Education City. We are doing votes for story time of the day, just like we did in class. It is lovely to have so many parents engaged and supporting their children through this time. I would like to say a huge thank you to the parents of my class for working so hard, I can see a big difference in children’s work from before we broke up. Well done and thank you!

Year 1/2

There are some fabulous things happening during time away from school in Class 1/2. There are some super cool science experiments encouraging our investigative minds. There is the most amazing creativity happening, as old clothes have been up cycled into something new as well as some wonderful creations made in your kitchens... yummy. There has also been some brilliant pictures, models and plenty of exciting story writing going on using our phonic knowledge carefully. It’s nice to see lots of smiles behind the photos that are being sent in too, which is lovely to see!

I hope you all keep safe and I can see you in school soon. Mrs Alnajjar.

Year 2

What an incredible 6 weeks of home learning from Class 2! I have been blown away by the efforts of both the children and their parents/carers at home. From times tables to writing poetry, telling the time to drawing dragons, there is nothing the children have not put 100% effort into!

The children have enjoyed listening to our story of the day each day and have responded amazingly to questions about these stories. This week our stories of the day have been dedicated to Julia Donaldson, one of our favourite authors as a class.

I am just bursting with pride for every single one of the children and I love logging onto Seesaw each day to see what every child has been learning at home. I can really see you progressing within your learning. A huge well done Class 2. Keep safe & keep smiling!

Year 3

Year 3 have really impressed me. They are working so hard and producing some great work. The children are calculating calculations in arithmetic tests, posting pictures of maths games that they are playing on line, and creating art pieces. We are going to focus on uploading reading our reading books this week and fast fours. Keep up all the amazing work and look forward to seeing you all in school soon (hopefully).

Year 3 / 4

Year 3/4 have been blowing me away with the vast amount of effort they have been putting into their work! They are challenging themselves and completing a wide variety of tasks. It is amazing to see that all the family are getting involved with our learning journeys.

It has been lovely to see the range of activities you have been completing and remaining active in your learning. Keep it up! Remember to stay safe.

Year 4

Year 4 have been working like little soldiers on the front line, they haven’t let this virus hold them back. They have ploughed on with their learning and not given up even though it has been a complete change to normality. Some of us found it tricky getting back into our learning after the holidays but we are back now in full force. The work they are producing is excellent and we are seeing some wonderful things. I am really proud of them and their efforts, but I am also really proud of their parents who have totally been thrown in at the deep end, but are doing such a fabulous job of supporting them with their learning. Thank you Mum’s and Dad’s. Well done Year 4-you rock!

Year 5

Hello Year 5,

A massive well done to you all for the amazing home learning I have received on Seesaw! It’s wonderful to see all the learning you’re doing including baking, gardening and decorating remember this is all learning as well! Make sure you’re battling on TTRS and Spelling Shed as well. Keep up all the hard work - I am incredibly proud of you all!

It is also lovely to see how many of you that are accessing our daily story and I am excited to start reading the next one you have all voted for. Keep an eye out for other stories that I will read, and I’ve very much enjoyed listening to you all read your own books from home as well! Amazing! Keep up all the fantastic work Year 5!

Year 6

First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all pupils and their parents. I am overwhelmed with the effort I have seen online and the amount of you I have spoken to/visited recently who are completing work at home. Whilst this is a confusing and very strange time, you are all keeping positive and keeping me busy! I thank you for that. I am uploading extra challenges for those of you who require it every few days and don't forget to keep watching the story I upload every afternoon. These are found in the announcements section. Keep your eyes on our Twitter feed too as this is where I tend to send updates. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please message on Twitter or on Seesaw and I will do my best to help you out. We all miss you at school and are proud of you for staying safe and staying at home. Keep this up!

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