Milton News Bulletin

News Bulletin Week 4

Message from the Principal

To all our wonderful Milton families and friends


You may have seen the announcement last night from Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding schools potentially re-opening for some pupils on 1st June. Over the next few days we will be working hard with the Local Authority, Transport, ICAT & staff to see what this means for all pupils at Milton School. We currently have no plans to re-open the school as the safety of all our pupils, families, staff & wider community are our highest priority and we will be using directives from the government to inform all our decisions to ensure everyone stays safe.


I can not thank you enough for all your support, cooperation and resilience during these past weeks in such a challenging time for our whole country, it is valued and very much appreciated.


There is only two more weeks until the Spring Bank holidays Friday 22nd May - Monday 8th June, and we as a team are here to support you all the way. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher with any concerns or questions you may have, we are all here to support each other.


Wishing you all the best and please stay safe,


Mrs Costello

VE Day

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I hope you all had a brilliant weekend, celebrating with your household. Although it wasn’t a celebration with friends and extended family, you certainly celebrated in style with your household. The pictures we received through Twitter were fabulous! The time and effort you put into your decorations and baking were fantastic to see! You all should be very proud!

Deaf Awareness Week

Our wonderful staff put their skills to the test and practiced British Sign Language for Deaf Awareness Week.

We also had an amazing pupil practice the alphabet over the week

Could you do the colours of the rainbow?

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In aid of Childrens Book Week we will be releasing videos each day of staff reading some of your favourite books

Storey Time with Milton

We had lots of staff make story videos for children's book week.

If you missed any of them they are in a youtube playlist for you, just copy the below url or click the handy button below.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7gewnUEJpdUPeZA0GqpMEYkrECtsTOXJ

EPraise

Leaderboard

Cook - 16,340

Drake - 14,755

Kingsley - 16,391


The response we have had on Twitter is amazing! I would like to thank you all again for the support and enthusiasm when sending in all your hard work and activities you all have been doing with your families. Milton, the heads of house and myself have thoroughly enjoyed reading and looking through all your images and homework you have been sending in!

We are still giving out house points for all pictures and homework being sent through Epraise and on twitter, so keep them coming

We have some exciting news: For the first time this year, we have a new leader!... KINGSLEY have overtaken Cook for the top spot!


Thank you all so much for the continued support! Keep your eyes peeled for this week’s activities and challenges!

R. McCabe – Epraise coordinator

House Teams

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Cook


Hello Team Cook!

We really hope you're all well. You won't believe how much we're missing seeing you all at Milton School. But getting to see all the fabulous work you have be doing is keeping us all going, so thank you. Please keep sending your photos in to us @TeamcookMS on twitter and we will give you lots of house points.

This weeks challenge-

Draw one green fruit and one green vegetables and maybe if you can try and include them in a meal you are having. We want to see your little masterchef photos.

You PE challenge this week is how many different dance moves can you do in 30 seconds? Ask someone to video you and send it in to us. There's five points for each video and one point for each dance move.

Come on Team Cook we need you all to get that amazing work sent in to us!

Stay home and stay safe,

Mr Brown, Miss Hale and Me Tomlinson.

@TeamcookMS
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Drake

Hi Team Drake! Hope you are all safe and well. We are so happy that more of you are now using Twitter to keep in touch with us. We have seen some fantastic things this week - our favourite being a full family human pyramid for our Thursday challenge! If you haven't followed us yet, please give us a follow and let us know what you've been up to @TeamDrakeMS. Our Drake Captain of the Week this week goes to Malaki in Y3 - Malaki has been doing amazing work at home and is currently at the top of the Drake housepoints leaderboard! Well done Malaki. Miss you all, stay safe love Mr Carr & Mrs Roberts x



@TeamDrakeMS
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Kingsley

Hello there Team Kingsley !

Hope you are all ok and keeping safe? We are so proud of you all, all the beautiful pictures on Twitter. Showing us your fantastic work, the amazing bunting and pictures you did for VE day were fantastic. We loved seeing all the tweets. Keep up the amazing work. This week your challenge is to be extra helpful, here's some ides, making your bed, washing the dishes, making your lunch, and if you can get a parent or carer to tweet pictures of you being extra helpful you will get 5 Epraise points for this.

Keep being amazing, keep smiling, keep safe.

We miss you and cant wait to see you very soon.

love Mrs Storey & Mr Earl xxx

@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 7

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Year 9

This week Y9 have been working hard on their English and Maths on IXL.

Year 10

Year 10 have kept themselves really busy by getting involved in lots of home learning activities. These include drawing a rainbow to support the NHS, making a pork pie, constructing chocolate ice cream, colouring in Disney villains, learning about the Egyptians, taking part in Joe Wicks' PE, walking the dog each day, painting the garden shed, repairing an old bike and lawnmower, cycling, circuit building, building a model railway, and chilling out in the hot tub.


Mr Turnbull also wanted to say a big well done to the class and parents/carers for taking part each week in the online Zoom video call. Last week we took part in a class Kahoot quiz. It has been lovely seeing the class and their families and listening to them share their stories whilst being at home.


Take care. Stay safe.


Mr Turnbull

Year 11

Anthony has being doing some work on Roald Dahl Esio trot. He's read the book and done a book review. Even been creative and made tortoises out of recycled Easter egg packaging.
Anthony has been doing some coding on vr.vex.com.
He has been using the number grid and answering questions eg what is your age. He then moves to the relevant number on the grid. Also been doing maths questions eg 100 - 33. So Anthony has to move his robot to the answer square. He’s really enjoyed it and he got so good at it that he’s moved onto completing a maze.
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Eco School

This week we are looking at biodiversity again.

As the weather is now warming up its thirsty work for any birds that visit your garden as they too and throw from feeding their babies waiting in their nests so why not make your own bird bath which they will love to drink and bath from.

You will need:

· Terracotta pot

· Terracotta saucer

· All-purpose glue or ceramic tile adhesive, suitable for outdoor use

· Stones

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

This weeks wellbeing tip is to make positive plans for the future. We know that the lockdown can be hard and we are all experiencing a range of different emotions during this time. When you feel a little down or upset try to look to the future and think positively - where would you like to go when the restrictions are lifted? who will be the first person you go to visit? what activities are you looking forward to doing? what have you learnt during the lockdown and what changes would you like to make moving forward? Having a plan can often give us a sense of comfort and it gives us something to look forward to.

BIGS

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Hello everyone from the BIGS Team,

As we continue to be in lock down we all struggle with coping. Sometimes we feel anxious and stressed. Everyone experiences this from time to time. This when we need the things around us that calm us. This could be through the medium of a familiar setting, seeing a friendly face, talking to someone who will listen. For a lot of our children it could be something physically sensory. Maybe a favorite comforting toy, feeling lots of different textures and shapes, lights and sounds or maybe a combination of them all. Why not try filling up a box with objects that have different shapes, textures, smells. Add something with light or that reflects. Find some objects that make noises. If your young person is feeling stressed try using the objects to calm them. The sensory appeal of the box may remove their anxiousness and reduce their stress levels.

Keep safe and look after each other.

Regards,

The BIGS Team

IT Tips and Hints

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Mr Earl's IT tips and hints

Mr Earl's top tip.

Productivity and multitasking

Using the mouse, you can drag-n-dock windows to either side of the screen, this can be used for multi tasking to view two applications at once. To make it full screen you simply drag it to the top to maximize.

You can also use keyboard shortcuts;

  • Hold the Windows key + the Left Arrow to dock the window to the left side of the screen
  • Hold the Windows key + the Right Arrow to dock the window to the right side of the screen
  • Hold the Windows key + Up Arrow to maximize the screen
  • Hold the Windows key + Down Arrow to restore/minimize the screen
  • Hold the Windows key + D will minimize everything and show the desktop
  • Win+Home minimizes/restores all open windows except the active window
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Food For Life

What's in this season?

Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen each spring. There are 200 seeds on an average strawberry. Plus, they're the only fruit to wear their seeds on the outside.

Although we might think of them as a ‘sweet treat’, did you know that just five strawberries have more Vitamin C than an entire orange.There are more than 30 varieties grown in the UK and just like apples they all have their own taste, shape and even colour to differentiate themselves. In blind tastings it’s Jubilee strawberries that are considered the sweetest and the tastiest – the queen of the crop.

Mrs Storey's Victoria Sponge Recipe

Recipe of the week!

Miss McCabes recipe for yummy scones

Ingredients

350g self-raising flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

85g butter

3 tbsp caster sugar

175ml milk


Method


  1. ​Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.
  2. Tip 350g self-raising flour into a large bowl with ¼ tsp salt and 1 tsp baking powder, then mix.
  3. Add 85g butter cubes, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs then stir in 3 tbsp caster sugar.
  4. Put 175ml milk into a jug and heat in the microwave for about 30 secs until warm, but not hot.
  5. Put a baking sheet in the oven.
  6. Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a cutlery knife – it will seem pretty wet at first.
  7. Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Pat into a round about 4cm deep.
  8. Take a 5cm cutter (smooth-edged cutters tend to cut more cleanly, giving a better rise) and dip it into some flour. Plunge into the dough, then repeat until you have four scones. You may need to press what’s left of the dough back into a round to cut out another four.
  9. Then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
  10. Bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on the top.
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Miss McCabe's Scones

Useful Resources

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