Milefield Primary School's Newsletter
I am pleased to inform you that the start of the Spring Term has been extremely successful. Pupils have returned ready to learn and with the positive attitudes and behaviour to succeed. Learning has been in full swing since the 6th January and pupils are eagerly embracing the opportunities and challenges this brings. I am very proud of our school and pupils and am really pleased with the positive start to the new year.
As I go on maternity leave, I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents/carers for your continued support and involvement in school life and your child’s learning. This really is invaluable and makes a real difference to children’s progress and achievement. As you may already be aware, in my absence, school have secured Mr I. Goddard to take on my role. Mr Goddard has been working in school since the start of term and will remain in post until I return in July. Mr Goddard is available most mornings on the school playground so please do not hesitate to introduce yourself or speak to him.
In my absence, the school leadership and safeguarding team will be as follows:
- Mr I. Goddard: Acting HT/Deputy Headteacher
- Mr. J. McClure: Deputy Headteacher
- Mrs V. Underhay: Key Stage 2/Mathematics Leader
- Miss V. Till: EYFS Lead
- Miss L. Jones: Well-being/Attendance Officer
You will still see me in school over the course of the next 2 terms and I will be keeping up to date with all school matters. However, if you have any issues please speak to a member of staff or the leadership team- Mrs Trickett.
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Overall attendance for the Autumn Term was below target at 93.8%. I am please to say that this is now improving and I am certain we can work in partnership to ensure that this term it reaches our target of 96% (Mrs Trickett).
A massive well done to the following classes who achieved above target last week:
- Morning Nursery: 99.1%
- Class 1/2: 97.0%
- Class 2: 100%
- Class 3: 96.2%
- Class 4: 99.3%
- Class 6: 97.7%
This is absolutely fantastic- keep it up!
Weekly Attendance- Spring Term 1
- Week 1: 95.2%
- Week 2: 95.4%
Please remember, 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).
Young Voices 2020
Since September, our Young Voices choir have been working hard rehearsing for the big performance. We have learnt a wide genre of songs including a Pop Medley, a Queen Tribute, a Fright Fest mash up, and an African song, to name but a few.
Last Tuesday (7th January) we took 39 of our most dedicated singers to perform live as part of the largest school choir in the world in one of the biggest arenas in the UK. The children were incredible and a real credit to Milefield. They absolutely loved the show and are really excited for next year!
The concert took place at Sheffield’s Fly DSA Arena and the children were able to perform in the same venue where the likes of Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Take That, and many more have performed.
The concert is a fantastic opportunity for the children, and the shows are extremely entertaining. This year the special guests were Tony Hadley from the famous Spandau Ballet, The Shires a country duo and Ruti the winner of the 2018 season of The Voice UK.
We had a lot of support this year from parents who thoroughly enjoyed the concert and sang along and danced with the amazing Urban Strides street dance group.
Young Voices may be over for this year but our Young Voices choir have work to do, in preparation for another exciting singing opportunity, coming up later in the Spring.
Early Years Foundation Stage
We have started this term looking at aspirations- what do you want to be when you grow up? We have had lots of job roles, including: vets, fireman, baker, monster truck driver, life guard, ballerina, bus driver and so on. We had different jobs in the classroom we had to apply for, children showed lots of writing skills and amazed us with the progress they have made from starting in September. We started with mark making to now writing labels and sentences. We are very proud teachers!
We are continuing with aspirations as the children have become very passionate when talking about what they want to be and how they will achieve this through skills. We have a surprise furry visitor coming in next week! Have a think what this could be and which job role this is linked to?
Later on in this term, we are inspiring our future bakers and chefs further with….
This term we have also started our ‘Read With Me’ morning session which is now every Friday. Our first one was very successful and it was great to see so many parents supporting and joining in reading to promote our love for reading at Milefield!
In Literacy so far we have been reading The Odd Egg. This book has sparked a lot of interest and got children’s imaginations flowing with ideas. We have done lots of adjective work, character descriptions and fact writing about birds. Within this, we have integrated some PSHE about how people and things are different including, how people’s actions and words can make us feel.
In topic we are learning all about The Enchanted Forest. Within this we have only started to learn about life cycles and habitats. The children are hooked into our topic and we are loving teaching it! We look forward to what else we are going to be learning about!
In RE next half term our topic will be ‘Judaism’. The children will learn about different stories from the Torah. In particular, they will learn about the key figure Moses. They will listen and role play different stories about Moses as well as write their own narratives about Moses. The children will produce non chronological reports about Judaism and will focus on the beliefs, traditions, festivals and faith.
In PE the main focus will be dance. The children will perform routines with control and co-ordination. They will also link 2 or more actions together to form sequences. The children will also improvise with movement and they will express emotions through dance.
In art the children will use a variety of materials and processes to communicate ideas. In particular they will use art pencils to sketch different lines of thickness and will learn different shading techniques.
We are really excited about our learning this half term. The new year started with a secret message written in hieroglyphics. The children were given information about what the symbols stood for. They worked really hard to decode the message, which said, 'I am back in Egypt. I am ready to tell my secret. Howard. The children made predictions about who Howard was and what the secret could be. Using further information sent by Howard we think we are beginning to uncover the secret. At first we thought Howard might have been involved in tomb raids but now we think he might have been the one to uncover Tutankhamun's tomb. We are looking forward to finding out secrets about King Tut, his life and what really happened to him. We have used some of the information sent to write non-chronological reports. We already had some knowledge of this from last term so it seemed like a good place to start our literacy and prove what we remember.
In curriculum we have begun to gather information and knowledge about Egypt. Our geography learning has allowed us to know about environmental regions around the world. We now know that Egypt is part of the continent Africa. We know it is hot there because it is closer to the equator and we know Egypt is mainly desert.
In RE we have begun to explore the Jewish faith. We know about the place they worship in and some of the things that are important to the people of this faith. We have started to listen to the story of Moses.
In science we have begun to explore rocks, and how they are formed. We sorted a selection of rocks based on their type, and whether they are sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic. We know that the pyramids were made of limestone which is a sedimentary rock. We discussed this as we thought they were made of sandstone.
In art we have explored Egypt by collating a selection of ideas to create a mood board as a basis for our drawings.
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