Milefield Primary School's Newsletter
As the first term comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I am so proud of all the hard work and effort pupils have shown this term and this is reflected in their progress and achievements; they are a real credit to Milefield. Thank you to all parents and carers for your ongoing support and involvement in pupils' learning and school life. This truly makes a difference and I look forward to working with you all again in the new year.
I would also like to thank all staff, governors and volunteers for their dedication and hard work this term to raise standards and further improve education for our pupils.
I hope you all have an enjoyable and restful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all back at school on 6th January 2020- Mrs Trickett.
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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%
- Week 3: 95.0%
- Week 4: 94.9%
- Week 5: 94.9%
- Week 6: 94.9%
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).
Thank you to all parents, grandparents and families who attended our Christmas concerts. The children thoroughly enjoyed performing for you and we hope this got you into the festive spirit.
EYFS: Children worked so hard to practise the Christmas songs to perform to our families, it definitely got us all in the Christmas spirit. I hope you loved watching us and thank you for joining in.
Key Stage 1: In Key Stage 1, we put on the Christmas Production of ‘The Stars Come Out for Christmas’. The production goes through all the aspects of Christmas. It starts off with the importance of Christmas Cards, then onto Santa, Snow, Christmas Trees, Christmas Dinner and then finally onto the story of Mary and Joseph. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the children for their hard work over the past few weeks and to parents for providing us with some fantastic outfits! We hope you enjoyed the performance as much as we did!
Key Stage 2: There is nothing better than the sound of children singing, especially at Christmas time, which is why this year we decided to have a KS2 carol concert. The first part of our concert explored the Victorian's and their Christmas traditions , such as Father Christmas, the decorated tree, cards and crackers, accompanied with traditional carols reminiscent of that particular era. This was followed by the more popular songs and traditions we have today. Each class worked very hard to learn a traditional carol and a more up to date song.
- Year 4: Year 4 enjoyed learning the carol, Ding Dong Merrily on High, especially the Gloria in Excelsis part. For our more popular song, we sang The Snowman. Our very talented soloist, Alarna took the lead in a solo performance for this song, accompanied by year 4. Thank you to those of you who came to support our concert, we hope it left you feeling Christmassy and kick started your festivities.
- Year 5: In Year 5, we have chosen two songs that we liked to sing. One of these was ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and the second was a little more traditional and we decided on ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’.
- Year 6: We decided to sing Michael Buble's famous hit, Holly Jolly Christmas! We found it was upbeat and we enjoyed singing it. We also decided on Silent Night as it is a classic song which was our traditional choice. We enjoyed learning these songs as well as some more modern ones in singing assembly and Music lessons with Mr Trickett.
Milefield Football Team
On Friday 6th December, Y5/6 boys' football team travelled to Dorothy Hyman in Cudworth to play against Churchfield Primary School. The game started well with Milefield dominating the play. They ended the half 1-0 to Churchfield but we had had more possession, all we needed was that shot on target! After half-time, Mr Trickett had given some vital information to his players and they had their heads up and worked hard to make it 1-1. Kendon Hickey the scorer. Unfortunately, Churchfield then made it 3-1 in a short space of time. Milefield began to doubt their ability and allowed their strongest player to have some shots on target meaning we were then losing 5-1. After some pep talks from Mr Trickett and a few changes, the Milefield boys came back strong and managed to pull back two more goals. Ashton Wildman scoring the first and Kendon the last goal for Milefield. Again, a well fought match between two strong teams but Churchfield clinched the win. All boys played with heart and perseverance and are looking forward to the next fixture in January 2020. Man of the match went to Manu Koroibanuve because of his sheer dedication and ability to read the game and be a strong defender for us, well done, Manu!
Learning in EYFS
In EYFS, we follow children’s interests and take our learning from there. At the moment, children are talking about what they want to be and what they want to achieve. Therefore, after Christmas holidays, we are going to be looking at aspirations!
Can you talk to your child about what they want to do when they are older or even next year:
- Do they want to be brave before starting a new class?
- Do they want to be the best friend they can be? or
- Do they want to be a spaceman? A construction worker? A dancer? A hairdresser? A train driver? A fireman? A police officer? A paramedic? An actress/actor? And so on...
We can’t wait to hear about all their aspirations.
In EYFS PE we are continuing to be aware of the space around us and negotiating space through competitive games and moving around the hall in different ways. We are then going to be learning new ball skills, including: showing increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.
- FS1- Wednesday AM and PM
- FS2- Friday morning
Our Maths focus will be on number and place value. We will also be introducing multiplication (2’s, 5’s and 10’s), division, and fractions (1/2 and ¼). Towards the end of the term, we will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes, measurement (weight and volume) and then finally money. Support to help with these new concepts can be found at the following websites:
Physical Education: In PE, we will focusing on Dance. The children will be performing dances using simple movement patterns.
Please remember, we need full PE kits (for indoor and outdoor) Wednesdays and Thursdays in class 1. This means: plain white/green polo shirt or t-shirt with plain black shorts and pumps/trainers. Outdoor clothing can include plain hoodies/sweatshirts and joggers/leggings. Children should take these home on Thursday evening and wash them ready to bring in Wednesday again.
Computing: E-Safety- Create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. The children will also be using SeeSaw to record their learning in a range of subjects.
Design Technology- Cooking: We will be learning how to make a meal without using a heat source.
Art: Sketching an enchanted forest. Painting pictures from the enchanted forest. Making a collage using natural materials.
History: We will be learning about the evolution of animals that we are learning about.
PHSE: How to look after an animal- what do they need?
Music- Introduction to the Ukulele:
- How to hold and produce sound on Ukulele
- Introducing tablature
- Recognising and understanding simple rhythms: crotchets, quavers, minims, semibreves, rests.
- Singing & Performance opportunities: Milefield's Got Talent (optional).
Next term, we will be looking at narrative writing within the book ‘The Minpins’ by Roald Dahl. This will link into our Science topic next term where we will be looking at living things and their habitats.
For more information on what the children will be covering please look at: https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-a-habitat.
Over the next term, we will be looking at length and height and how to measure this, number and place value by showing numbers in a variety of ways, addition and subtraction problems and revising multiplication and division through arrays. Please see pictures of examples of what will be covered in Maths to support your children.
In Literacy we will be focusing on a new core book ‘The Minpins’ by Roald Dahl. The story is based around a boy called Billy who sneaks into the Forest of Sin and meets thousands of tiny surprises: The Minpins. We will be gathering the relevant writing skills we need in order to create our own innovated stories about an adventure the children go on.
In Curriculum, our main theme will be ‘The enchanted forest’. We will be focusing on Science by looking at living things and their habitats. We will be identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals, with a particular focus on which animals and plants live in the forest – this linking nicely to our story of ‘The Minpins’. We will also focus on how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain.
Our main topic of learning next half term will be ‘The Egyptians’.
In Literacy, we will be reading a narrative entitled ‘Cinderella and the Nile’. We will focus on writing a similar narrative. We will be focusing on extending sentences to add more detail for the reader. Following this, we will produce a non-chronological report about Egypt. It is also anticipated that the children will emphasise with the characters in the narrative and write persuasive letters. Following this, we will be looking at creating poetry based around the text.
In curriculum, the children will be exploring Ancient Egypt. They will use their map skills to locate Egypt and identify physical and human features. Following this, the children will make inferences about life in the past by analysing different image sources. The children will learn about how much the life of Egypt depended on the River Nile. They will also work as historians and investigate what we can find out about ancient Egypt from what has survived.
Whilst practicing new vocabulary in French, we will also be learning new words and phrases through games and songs. There will be a link to our PSHCE and Literacy, as we will look at expressing our own opinions and responding to those of those and develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others can understand when they are using familiar words and phrases.
In Maths, we will be looking at place value, focusing on rounding to the nearest 100 and 1000, ordering numbers, exploring number lines with and without a scale, estimating where numbers will be placed on a number line, and negative numbers. We will look at addition and subtraction, checking and applying previously learned strategies, deepening the concept of finding the difference, and using addition and subtraction to support our understanding of statistics, such as:
- how many more?
- how many altogether?
We will look at multiplication and division and be able to fluently use the methods previously taught eg. column (short multiplication) and the bus stop method. There will be opportunities for the children to develop their reasoning skills, and apply it to word problems. In addition, it is not possible to learn about Ancient Egypt without looking at the pyramids, so some time will be allocated to looking at and exploring the famous 3D shapes.
In the wider curriculum, we will explore Egypt and the ancient times, cultures and traditions in more detail. Ancient Egypt lends itself really well to our historical learning. In History, we will use reliable sources of factual evidence to describe the clothes, way of life and actions of the people from the past; describe buildings and their uses; describe what was important to people from the past; and show how the lives of rich and poor people differed. We will explore different pieces of evidence and different versions of the same event in History and explore the differences in accounts.
Next term, we will be focusing on conservation and adaptation that will link to our Science topic: Living things and their habitats, animals and humans and adaptation. We will be looking, in depth, at the life-cycle of animals; how living things change over time and how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
Wider Curriculum- Art
Our curriculum focus will mainly be Art skills. We will be studying the lives of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and our focus Henri Rousseau and his famous painting ‘Surprised’. We will then be practising skills involved in his work to build up to a final piece in our sketch books. We will be displaying these in an Art gallery on Twitter.
More information can be found on the website: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/henri-rousseau-1877.
Book bags are vitally important everyday as we listen to children read most days and therefore book bags need to be readily available - any help you can give with this would be greatly appreciated. See below for key questions you could ask to help support their understanding. If you feel they are struggling or their book is too easy, please let us know so we can change it immediately.
Our Maths focus will be on geometry (2D/3D shape), statistics, calculations and algebra. For more information on how these work and how to work with your children on these at home, visit www.mathsisfun.com and search for the topic. The geometry aspect ties in nicely to our curriculum this term. Our curriculum focus will mainly be Art skills. We will be studying the lives of famous artists such as: Rossetti, Klee, Calder, Cassat and then practising skills involved in their works to build up to a final piece in our sketch books. We will be displaying these in an Art gallery on Twitter and look out for an invitation towards Easter to come and view them and possibly buy some pieces! Our main focus will be on Alexander Calder, more information on his works can be found here: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/alexander-calder-848 (Attached picture example - pyramids and circles)
Physical Education (PE)
In PE, we will be focusing on gymnastics inside and using apparatus, floor mats to explore large and small movements individually and in groups then assessing the effectiveness of these and evaluating how we could improve them next time. We will continue to focus on fitness indoors and play competitive games outdoors such as tag rugby and football. We will use the MUGA and concrete pitches and the field, wherever possible.
Please remember, we need full PE kits (for indoor and outdoor) Mondays and Tuesdays in class 6. This means: plain white/green polo shirt or t shirt with plain black shorts and pumps/trainers. Outdoor clothing can include plain hoodies/sweatshirts and joggers/leggings. Children should take these home on Tuesday evening and wash them ready to bring in Monday again.
In Computing, we will focus on publishing our information and explanation videos using iPads, iMovie and slideshow software. Children will use Seesaw and twitter to publish these. Please comment on these when they go live and give children feedback. This helps us to continually improve.
In DT, we will have a study on food technology and eating healthily. We will learn how to use equipment safely and write our own information texts to inform everyone how this should be done.
In Geography, we will link in to Science and the conservation of animals' habitats using David Attenborough's latest BBC series, Seven Worlds, One Planet to detail where the worst hit areas are and how humans can help restore/save these areas from deforestation and collapse.
In Music, we will continue to develop our ensemble skills using notation of music and instrument skills to develop an overall piece as a class.
Year 6 Reading
Book bags are vitally important everyday as we edge ever closer to SATs in May 2020, children need to be prepared to read daily and any help you can give with this would be greatly appreciated. See across for key questions you could ask to help support their understanding. If you feel they are struggling or their book is too easy, please let us know so we can change it immediately.
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