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Milefield's Newsletter ISSUE 3: 15th November 2019

Milefield Primary School's Newsletter

Welcome to issue 3 of Milefield's newsletter. We hope you found our last newsletter both useful and informative. Thank you for the feedback and positive comments we received; as always it is much appreciated. We really value the support and feedback we receive from families and the local community so please make sure you get in touch. Remember, there are always staff out at the start and end of the school day who you can speak to. For those who have been asking, our newsletter will come out on a fortnightly basis to inform you about school life, learning and achievements. We are extremely proud of our pupils and school and are eager to share all our achievements, successes and progress with you! Mrs Trickett.

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Thank you to everyone who is already following us on Twitter, retweeting and adding comments and posts! We love to see what pupils are achieving and getting up to outside of school hours. If you haven't already, follow us on our Twitter feed @MillefieldP for daily updates on learning, events and school news! Also, look out for our class pages to find out about learning and achievement across all year groups.

Attendance Matters

Overall attendance for last half term was just below target at 95.4%. I am certain we can work in partnership to ensure that this half term it is even better and reaches our target of 96% (Mrs Trickett).

Weekly Attendance- Autumn Term 2

  • Week 1: 91.4%
  • Week 2: 94.5%

Unfortunately, due to weather conditions last week, this has greatly impacted on our overall attendance meaning many children missed out on 5 hours learning time.

Attendance at school greatly impacts on the progress and attainment children achieve. Being at school, on time, everyday is vital to support children to develop and progress. It ensures children don't miss learning and opportunities essential to their education. Please support us to ensure attendance is the best it can be so we can narrow the gap between actual attendance and target (Mrs Trickett).

REMEMBER: Greater Attendance = Greater Achievement!

Ofsted Inspection

Thank you to all pupils, parents and staff for your support and hard work during our recent Ofsted. Pupils were an absolute credit to the school and made all staff immensely proud. Their behaviour was fantastic and they were polite and courteous at all times.

We would also like to thank all staff who took part in the inspection. Their effort and determination was second to none and they gave 100% at all times.

Key Dates for the Diary (Autumn Term 2):
  • Christmas Fair: Thursday 21st November 2019, 2-4pm
  • EYFS Christmas Sing-a-long: Tuesday 10th December 2.30pm
  • KS1 Nativity: Thursday 12th December 10.00am & 1.30pm
  • KS2 Christmas Performance: Friday 13th December 10.00am & 1.30pm
  • Year 5 & 6 Christmas Party: Monday 16th December
  • Year 3, 3/4 & 4 Christmas Party: Tuesday 17th December
  • KS1 Christmas Party: Wednesday 18th December
  • EYFS Christmas Party: Thursday 19th December
  • Christmas Dinner Day: Thursday 19th December
Library Open Events for Parents/Carers
  • Monday 18th November 2.45-3.30pm: Class 1; Miss Stead
  • Tuesday 19th November 2.45-3.30pm: Class 1/2; Miss Newton
  • Wednesday 20th November 8.30-9.00am: Class 2; Miss Corradini
  • Friday 22nd November 2.45-3.30pm: Classes 3 & 3/4; Mr Branigan & Miss Atha
  • Tuesday 26th November 2.45-3.30pm: Class 4; Miss Gilespie
  • Thursday 28th November 2.45-3.30pm: Class 5; Mrs Underhay
  • Friday 29th November 2.45-3.30pm: Class 6; Mr McClure

Tower Wood

KS2 Residential at Lake Windermere

6th November - 8th November 2019

A group of 26 pupils from Y4-6 visited Tower Wood outdoor educational centre 6th November - 8th November. They took part in adventures on Lake Windermere and at Cathedral Quarry. They enjoyed: kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, ghyll scrambling and rock climbing. They enjoyed stunning views across the lake district and even took part in evening activities such as headhunters and camp fires.

The trip allowed pupils to work together in teams of pupils they may not normally work with in school; to learn resilience whilst completing a task and risk managing their own safety. They were exposed to conditions they may not come across at home and some may have never experienced them before.

All children had a fantastic time and some have even asked if they can return again next year! The trip will be arranged for the same time next year so keep your eyes peeled for a letter if your child is currently in Y3, 4 or 5.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic staff at the centre and our staff who gave up their free evenings to ensure your children had a fantastic time. The children were fantastic too so they deserve a thank you. Mr McClure was gutted he couldn't attend!

Anti-Bullying Week: 11th-15th November 2019. This year's theme is 'Change Starts With Us'. We have been helping to promote Anti-Bullying week by holding an Odd Socks Day throughout school. Each year group have covered important issues in regards to challenging bullying. We will continue to say no to bullying and be aware that change starts with us.

EYFS

Early Years have designed their own odd socks and anti-bullying posters.

Class 1

For anti- bullying week pupils in Class 1 have talked about what bullying is, how it makes us feel and what we can do to stop it. We joined in with the Odd Socks day and discussed the clear message 'Change Starts With Us'. All children are aware of what they can do to prevent and stop bullying!

Year 3/4

Times Table Rockstar

Times Table Rock Stars is a vital tool for Year 4 pupils at Milefield. It is a fun way for the children to engage in learning. Year 4 pupils are expected to know all the times tables by the end of the year. They will need regular practice to ensure they can rapidly recall a range of times tables up to 12 x 12 confidently.

On the week beginning the 8th of June 2020, Year 4 pupils across the country will take a times table test. The Times Table Rock Stars App not only provides the children with great opportunities for learning but also allows us to track and set times tables for pupils. The test in June will be conducted on iPads with a very similar appearance to the Times Table Rock Stars app. The more the children practise using the app, the more confident they will be.

At the minute, we are really enthused about the competition to win a pizza party for our class. We hope we have rocked enough to win!!
Home Learning: We hope you enjoy looking through our home learning and finding out about how pupils are extending their learning beyond the classroom. We'd love you to share any examples of learning beyond the classroom by tweeting us @MilefieldP.

EYFS

Home learning in EYFS: Take a book to love and enjoy from our cloakroom book swap, let us know how much you loved this book by writing a comment in your yellow reading log!

In Nursery, we know how much FS1 children love to share a book just before they leave our setting, so we decided to do a book swap for bedtime stories! Please take a book to read with your child at bedtime.

The magic of reading= magical dreams 🌟

Year 1

Take a look at our fantastic home learning! These are just some samples of children interpreting their homework and expressing it in different ways! The standard of homework has been outstanding so far! Keep up the hard work Year 1!

Let’s see whose work will be on our fantastic display next week!

In class 1, we also have a reading assembly once a week where children read a book of their choice from the reading area.

The children enjoy this time to share a book with one of their peers and talk about the pictures.

Lots of children also enjoy making up their own stories instead of reading the words!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, we invite parents in 3.00-3:15pm to come and enjoy a book with their child. Please come and join us to avoid the cold!

Year 1/2

Year 1/2 have made a great start to their homework this term! Their resilience and determination to keep a high standard has shone through their work already - please keep this up! Dojo points and exciting prizes are available!

Parents/carers can continue supporting children at home by encouraging them to practice their spellings using their spelling shed login and by reading with children as much as possible. 10 minutes a day makes a noticeable impact!

Year 2

Year 2 have been putting lots of effort into their home learning tasks throughout the term. Take a look a some of their wonderful Art, Literacy and Maths learning!

Year 3 & Year 3/4

As a part of our home learning, we have investigated different areas of the curriculum. For history, we looked at who the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons were. This has helped us gather information to help us with our topic.

We continued using our investigation skills to find out about different forces.

For ICT, we looked at e-safety and completed questionnaires.

Year 4

We are really pleased with the effort and hard work that has gone into Y4; it is fantastic to hear about some of the things the children are researching at home linked to their learning in class.

Please ensure that homework books are returned so we can send out this half terms work. Thank you to everyone who has already done this.

Well done to the children who took part in the Numbots and reading challenges over the holiday. We love that you are keen to learn. Keep it up!

Year 5

Year 5 have been working hard this week and are currently winning in our own school Times Table Rock Star competition! We are also trying incredibly hard with our attendance and were the winners last week!

Alongside this, we have been looking at the importance of home learning! A big well done and thank you to everyone who returned it last half term and to parents for supporting with this at home. I spoke to a number of parents at parent’s evening about home learning and it was fantastic to hear of all the collaboration happening at home!

With this in mind, home learning will be coming out this Friday. It will feature some festive activities to try at home! Don’t forget to document it in your homework book or send us some photos of your creations on Twitter!

Year 6

This week, boosters have begun and this has brought some homework with it. Each Monday, pupils will take part in 30 minutes of Maths and 30 minutes of Literacy boosters. They will then take extra work home to complete over the week and bring back the following week. These sessions are a fantastic opportunity for your child to receive support in smaller groups. If you would like a space, please see Mr McClure.

Don't forget, Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rock Stars are available at home. Your child has their own login and should be completing regular spelling and times tables practice each day. In Year 6, it is very important for your child to read a range of books at home. Last year, the reading results were fantastic and this was due to the push on reading everyday at home as well as reading at school regularly.

PTFA Christmas Fair

Thursday 21st November 2pm-4pm.

Please come to the old main entrance for entry. You are welcome to collect your children upon arrival, but please be patient when waiting for them to be brought to you.

There will be a 50:50 raffle on the entrance: please note this is instead of an entry fee. Tickets are ÂŁ1 a strip. Money raised on the raffle will be split between school and a lucky winner. I'm sure you will all agree the money would be nice just before Christmas.

This year we have been working in collaboration with the Family Centre, so our fair will hopefully be bigger and better than last year. We have lots of great stalls booked in: from bath bombs, to Christmas lights, cards, clothes and toys.

The children have all been working really hard in class as part of an enterprise challenge. A competition is being held in school to see which class can raise the most money. As you can imagine it is getting very competitive. There are some great things going on in classes in preparation for the fair. We hope you will come and support us at our fundraiser.

In addition, there might even be a special visitor in the Grotto, so make sure you come and pay him a visit.

We look forward to seeing you! If anyone has any items that could be donated for a Tombola please send them in before Thursday.

If you would like to join the Bookworm Club please see Miss Atha.

Credits:

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