Milton News Bulletin

Autumn Half term

Welcome Back

Welcome back to school, we hope you had a lovely half term. Here is our first newsletter of the 2020/2021 school year.

Moktoberfest

Friday the 9th October was our first official “Moktoberfest” created by a wonderful Year 9 student who came to us with an idea of an event he saw at Alton Towers. Despite the circumstances, we tried our best to make his event the best we could. Thomas came to us with some very creative ideas, themes and food options. Throughout the day we learned about the culture and start of the original Oktoberfest, games, German greetings and even had our very own yodelling competition at dinner time. Jack and Thomas hosted the day and were excellent, well-mannered and professional pupils serving food and drink. The skills they used were very good and we couldn’t be more proud. Coincidently on the same day was World Mental Health Day, so what better way then to celebrate them both together. The whole school enjoyed hot dogs, drinks and pretzels throughout the morning and a Milton Mile which creates a positive atmosphere and re-energises us for the day ahead.

We couldn’t leave the staff out to all the lovely food and drink, so in the morning, staff were also able to buy a bacon and sandwich from the school café which also helped raise money for the charity. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all staff.

We raised an amazing £89.10 for the Young Minds Charity

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween was a little different this year not having upper school with us in school, some of upper school had virtual classes with a Halloween theme.

Lower school had some fun and games and got to dress up in some spooky costumes!

Check out some photos below.

Building Works

The building works have been completed and the staff and pupils have done a fabulous job moving into their new classrooms.


Here's a sneaky peak at some of the photos taken so far. We can't wait to show you the finishing touches!

Poppy Appeal

This year we will still be raising money for the Poppy Appeal. If you would like to buy any of these items, please send the correct money into school in a envelope with a donation if you wish.

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EPraise

Leaderboard

Cook - 5274

Drake - 4891

Kingsley - 5370

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the pupils on their amazing behaviour and attitude from starting in September. We have gained some lovely hard working students in EYFS and throughout school. Despite being an uncertain time, we have all pulled together and continued to try and make the school a fun and safe environment for our pupils with events and house activities around school in their bubbles. We have some amazing house leaders who really do make it fun and entertaining for the pupils so they can keep earning those house points around school.


Keep earning those all-important house points for yourselves and your team. This is the leader board today but will and still is changing every day! At the moment we have Kingsley in the lead, Cook following not too far behind and then Drake catching up.

This month we will be opening up our Parents Evening function on Epraise which will be the first remote and virtual parents evening we have had. We understand that parents, carers and families will have lots of questions and things to talk about so we will still be holding our all-important parents evening. This will be held through Epraise and this function is found on: community > parents evening.
Please choose the day and time you would like by click on the correct day and selecting a suitable time for your appointment.

If you would like any help with signing up to Epraise or any help with the new function, please email your class teacher or epraise@miltonschool.org.uk

Again, thank you to all pupils, parents and families for a wonderful half term.


Miss McCabe


House coordinator

Twitter: @MissRMcCabe

House Teams

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Cook

Cook Leaders would like to say well done and a big congratulations for all your hard work during our first term back in school.


Since September Team Cook have achieved 5274 epraise points which is fantastic. Please keep up the great work and effort when we return to school.


Have a great weeks holiday and keep safe.


From


Mr Tomlinson, Mr Brown and Miss Hale



https://twitter.com/teamcookms

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Drake

Happy Half-Term Team Drake!


Well done to you all for not only the last 7 weeks of school but also for the last 7 months in general. We have been completely in awe of your resilience and hard work and how well you have all adapted to the new rules and routines in school. It is a strange and difficult time for all of us but always remember we have each other and we are always around if you need a chat.


We will still be checking our Twitter page @TeamDrakeMS over the half term holiday so please do keep in touch with us and let us know what you're getting up to.


Thank you all for all of the house-points that you've earned so far. We have loved seeing all of the beautiful work that you've produced this half term and can't wait to see what the next half term holds in store. Keep up the great work!


Our Drake Captains this half term have been: James in Y8, Zac in Y11, Summer in Y6, Rubyn in Y7 and Freddie in Y8. Remember the Drake Captain is announced every Friday on Twitter with their name being put on to the Drake board in the pupil entrance for the week. Keep your eyes peeled this week for our new Team Captain.


We wish you all a safe and happy half-term and look forward to seeing you all back in school on 2nd November.


Love Mr Carr & Mrs Roberts x



https://twitter.com/teamdrakems

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Kingsley

Kingsley Crusaders, Firstly we want to say how proud we are of each and everyone of you.


We know it was a little daunting coming back to school, after having many weeks off due to our covid 19 lockdown. But you all came back, some of you were nervous, apprehensive and lots were very eager to come back.


It was lovely seeing you all happy and settled with lots of smiling faces. I know school has been different and we all had to keep safe and in our bubbles with lots of hand washing. You all have been amazing and staying safe you have been absolutely amazing. Through this term there has been lots of lovely work produced. The amazing smiley face challenge where you had to collect all the smiles that were hidden in your classroom, What a fantastic day that was.


We have given out lots of house points! We have a Kingsley leader on the leaderboard! Brooke in Year 8, you have a fantastic 224 points, absolutely amazing well done to you.

We wouldn't be in the lead without you all so a massive Well done to ALL our Kingsley Crusaders!


Myself and Mr Earl are so proud of you all, Keep up the amazing work,

Have a wonderful week off relax have lots of fun and keep safe.


love Mrs Storey and Mr Earl xxx



https://twitter.com/teamkingsleyms

Look what #TeamMilton have been up to

Don't forget to share all your great home activities with us on twitter so we can get you in the bulletin! @school_milton

Year 1/2

Hello everyone! My name is Mr Gamban and I'm the new Year 1 and 2 Teacher. I have worked at Milton since September, firstly as a teaching assistant in upper school. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and helped me to gain my current teaching role, which I am extremely excited about. I am really looking forward to working with the Year 1/2 children and helping them to achieve their potential.

Year 3

Year 3 have had an excellent start to the year enjoying their new topic 'Heroes and Villains'. We have learnt about fairy tales and identified popular villains and heroes within them. See if you can guess who the masked superheroes are in the picture! We recently had a look around our new classroom and we are very excited to move in and continue all our wonderful learning there.

Year 4

This half term Y4 pupils have enjoyed being back in school with their friends. We have been talking about things they did through lockdown and if they had missed being in school. We have been reading a story about a boy called Milton who needed to be brave and try new things and discussed if they had felt nervous or scared about returning to school. As part of this work we looked at how the children would have to try new tasks throughout the year and how to deal with this by ‘having a go’ and asking for help when it is needed. All pupils in Y4 have been doing lots of work, as part of the Recovery Curriculum on counting, phonics, reading, letter and number formation. Recently we have looked at the changes that take place during Autumn and have completed some Autumn art work such as handprint trees and leaf hedgehogs.

Year 5

Autumn (i) has been a busy time for pupils in Year 5. The children settled back in extremely well after lockdown and the 6 weeks holidays and have been a pleasure to teach. In English, the pupils have written autumn poems, used dictionaries to find words and their definitions and enjoyed writing their own version of A Monster Surprise story.

Maths subjects covered have been place value and ordering and measures with liquids, weight and length.

The children have enjoyed the All About Me topic, telling their class mates the things they enjoy and what they are good at. This topic also included some excellent self-portraits and other colourful artwork to brighten up the classroom.

Year 6

In Year 6, we have been very busy making a time capsule and thinking about what the year is going to be like.


We have painted our own portraits and wrote about all of the things that make us amazing people.


We have had our photos taken so that we can look at how much we change and grow throughout the year.


We have been reading a story called 'I swapped my brother on the internet' and we have made new characters for the story.


We have also been doing plenty of counting and adding.

Year 7

Over the half term Y7 have been very busy. We have been looking at the book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We have designed our own inventions just like Caracatus Potts! (These can be seen on my wall if you can take some photos)


We have been thinking about ourselves and what makes us brilliant. (see other display) We have done a self-portrait, thought about all our favourite things places and experiences.


We are also taking part in a daily Basketball challenge. We are spending 15 minutes each morning on the yard improving our core skills and resilience through competitive sport. I am pleased to say that everyone had improved and now each pupil expects to score a basket when taking a shot!!!


We have also been looking at the British Empire and thinking about why we wanted one and how we could keep it - I have been really pleased with the ideas that pupils came up with. "we need an empire so that we can trade with other countries" - what a stunning answer!!!!!

Year 8

A great start for Year 8. As part of our recovery curriculum, the class have taken part in lots of 'All About Me' activities and reflected on who we are in such uncertain times, and how we deal with current concerns. We have routinely taken part in English where we are studying 'The World's Worst Children' by David Walliams, and in Maths have recognised numbers for Place Value. We have also worked hard on our targets which have involved activities to develop our communication and interaction and social and emotional skills. We have kept ourselves active in PE and enjoyed craft activities and painting self-portraits in Art.


Well done to Team Year 8.


Mr Turnbull

Year 9

In Y9 this half term we are studying Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

We are examining how Dahl uses imaginative and descriptive language to bring his characters to life.


Here is Thomas L amazing description of Augustus Gloop using a thesaurus to find new and interesting ways to describe a popular character.

Year 10

Y10 have been working hard catching up on their AQA Maths units, I have been so impressed with their resilience and commitment in thier maths work.

Y10 have also been working hard on their English work. They have already completed their GL Reading Assessments, have sat baseline practice exams for Reading, Writing and have been tested on their spellings.


They have been completing tasks based around the recovery curriculum and our new class project of finding out more information about 911 twin tower disaster. I have been impressed with the maturity of the discussion that were held during our 911 quiz, during Monday afternoon session.


Well done, Y10. Mrs Fallon.

Year 11

Year 11 have been working very hard towards our AQA qualification in maths and have covered all units to catch up and are now working towards our year 11 units. We have begun a new English curriculum and are working very hard to revise and consolidate our grammar and punctuation skills. We are also honing our inference and deduction skills looking at a variety of comprehensions and using a fab website called pobble365.com. Last week we decided to begin studying a mini topic based on WW2 and the home front.

New Starter Support

Hi I'm Mrs Woodhall and I work in Lower school. I'm the New starter Support who will show you around our school site, and help and support the new children when they start at Milton.

If you need any help or have any worries please find me around school or parents can contact the school office.

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Eco School

Hi everyone, I'll be taking over Eco Schools here at Milton School so stay tuned for all the fun and exciting things we have in store this year with our Eco Schools committee. As a short activity I would like people to try and create the Milton School logo using only recyclable objects such as bottles and bottle caps. You can submit entries on Twitter, through class teachers or by handing them into me. All entries will be awarded 5 house points each, there will also be 20 house points going to the best entry, we will put this on the eco schools board for everyone to see too!


I look forward to seeing all your amazing creations.


Thank you,


Mr Brown

For all the latest news on our Eco School campaign please visit our new Eco Schools Twitter page: @EcoschoolM https://twitter.com/EcoschoolM

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Wellbeing Tip

Well-being Tip

As we go in to our second lockdown this year, it is important to stay in contact with our family and friends. If you are feeling low, it is especially important to speak to someone as this will help you feel better, whether this be a trusted contact or a professional helpline. The Samaritans are available for everyone 24/7 so please do contact them if you need to. A full list of mental health charities can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/


Remember, we have all now experienced this before and come through this. We are often stronger than we think. Let’s help each other through the next lockdown by keeping in touch and speaking up if we start to notice a change in our mental health.

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Behavior Intervention Group

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Hello everyone,


We hope you're all well. It really is fantastic seeing all the amazing hard work pupils have been putting in following their return to full time education, after such a long period away. Around school there has been so much enthusiasm and excitement from pupils. Which has helped recreate the same brilliant environment we had previously.


Settling back into school life and what is the expected behaviors can take time to readjust to. Also having new classrooms teachers and timetables can have an affect on how pupils cope. But so many have got straight back into school life like they've never been away. We really are so proud of their resilience, focus and determination.


As a school we're so proud of how well they've done. We would like to thank all parents, carers and guardians who've been so supportive in helping with the reintroduction to school life.


Regards,


The BIGs Team

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Food For Life

Autumn roasted vegetables

This colourful array of autumn roasted vegetables gains sweetness and a more intense flavour through this simple cooking method.


PREP TIME: 0 hours 20 mins
COOK TIME: 0 hours 45 mins
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 5 mins

INGREDIENTS

500 g shallots, unpeeled
1 sweet potato
1 butternut squash or small pumpkin
1 beetroot
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled and left whole
1 tsp. each coriander and fennels seeds, roughly crushed
1 tbsp. each sage and parsley to garnish
extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling


DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan oven) gas mark 6.
Put the shallots in a large pan of boiling water and simmer rapidly for 5 minutes. Drain. When cool enough to handle, trim the root but leave it intact and peel away the skins.
Peel and deseed (where necessary) the remaining vegetables and cut into chunks, roughly the same size.
Put the oil and garlic in a large roasting pan and heat in the oven for 5 minutes. Add the vegetables, sprinkle with the seeds and baste with the oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes until tender under the point of a knife. Remove any vegetables that are done sooner and keep warm while the rest finish cooking.
Serve the roasted vegetables scattered with the herbs and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.



Ways of communicating with school

We have been working on ways for communication to happen between staff and pupils and parents.

We have our Epraise system already setup and you should be getting homework and tasks to do through this. If you require any help in logging in to Epraise please email epraise@miltonschool.org.uk


We now have class email accounts that go straight to your teacher, this can be used to email questions or photos of work that you have been doing at home. We would love to see what you have been up to too.

The emails for each class are as follows;



Don't forget we have our school twitter account http://www.twitter.com/school_milton feel free to share any work you have been doing for everyone to see.


If you do have any safeguarding concerns please email safeguarding@miltonschool.org.uk