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Happy Friday everyone!


What a wet and windy week it has been this week! We haven’t been able to go outside as much as we would like but have still been able to do lots of activities inside the classroom.


In Maths we have been halving amounts, some children have even learnt what a remainder is! Next week we will be working on mass, comparing weights of objects. You could use the language of heaviest, lightest etc at home to help your child.


In English we read The Very Busy Spider and completed a book review, saying whether we liked the book and talked about or wrote about our favourite part. Next week we will be reading Spider Sandwich and making our own list of what we would put in our Spider Sandwich. Your child could help you write lists at home, maybe for the shopping or a to do list etc.


In Art we have made paper plate ladybirds with Mrs Hills, we worked very hard on these.


In our Computing lessons children are working very hard and trying to follow instructions. If you have a computer or laptop at home it would be useful to allow your child to explore it, something as simple as the Paint program will help them learn to use mouse skills.


Unfortunately we had to cancel Balanceability this week due to the weather however, it will be back on next week and Helen, who runs the sessions, has asked if children can bring their own bikes into school. These can be brought in the morning and wheeled into the playground and children will bring them home at the end of the day. If your child does not have a bike please don’t worry.


Children are really looking forward to our Big Bugs trip on the 27th, it should be a really fun day out!


It is parents evening from Monday 25th – Friday 29th March. You have all had a letter in your child’s book bags so if you could please return them asap that would be great. It will be a chat around how your child is getting on, targets they are working towards and how you can help at home.


It is great to see so many children are reading, please read with your child as often as possible as it really will help them with their learning and especially when they move into Year 1. Don’t forget to fill in their red book so we know you have read and then they will be able to get a tick on the reading chart.


We are still using Tapestry so feel free to enjoy the pictures, videos and comments about your child. Please take your own photos and videos of them at home and upload them so we can share them with the class.


Our Pupil of the week this week is Amelia for working very hard in our Maths lessons, we have been learning about halving and sharing.


Our Reader of the week this week is Rory for fantastic reading, he has moved onto Yellow books!


Our Sports Champion of the week this week is Lenny for trying hard and not giving up when using the climbing frame.


Have a lovely weekend! From Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.

We have had a fun packed week!


We loved all of our new learning activities and have especially enjoyed playing outside this week because of the wonderful weather!


On Wednesday we had our first Balanceability session which was really fun. Could you please send your child in with their own helmet for the next three sessions which will all be on Wednesday mornings (see the letter in your child's bag with the specific dates on).


On Friday we had our Science Day which was absolutely amazing! All of the children and staff loved it, it was such a fun filled day. We saw fire balls, learnt about rockets, made our own rockets and boats and we watched KS2 children race the motor vehicles that they had made. Thank you for sending in the cereal boxes.


Next week on Thursday it is World Book Day. Children are allowed to come to school dressed as their favourite book character and can also bring their favourite book into school to share with us.


Next week we will be focussing on ladybirds in our English session and will be writing letters. In Maths we will be learning to tell the time, something you could work on with your child at home.


We have noticed that many children are not progressing as well as we would hope in their reading. We now have a reading chart which we will update daily. If your child reads at home and you write a comment in their book about their reading then we will give them a tick on the chart. Once they have 25 ticks they will be able to choose a treat from our treat box.


As you are aware we are going on a school trip to the Big Bugs exhibition. Some children still haven't returned their forms. Could you please ensure this is done next week otherwise the children will be unable to join us for the trip.


We hope you all have a lovely weekend. Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.





What a wonderful week in Kinder Class!


In English we wrote an information text about the Jungle. We worked really hard on this and some children were even able to write sentences!


In Maths we have been sharing amounts and objects. Children understand the term sharing, maybe they could try sharing out things at home?


In Art we made animals masks. Children loved doing this so I am sure you will find lots of them in their book bags!


This week’s Pupil of the Week is Lenny for working hard in your Maths, you shared the objects really well. Well done Lenny!


This week’s Reader of the Week is Cy for trying so hard with your reading. Well done Cy!


This week’s Sports Champion of the Week is Caleb excellent concentration in our Fundamentals lessons. Well done Caleb!


After half term our new topic will be Minibeasts. 


In English our focus will be on The Very Hungry Caterpillar and we will be creating story maps. 


In Maths we will be working on our number bonds to 10 and also addition problems.


In Art we will be creating a class caterpillar with Mrs Hills.


On Wednesday 27th February we will have Balanceability from 9am - 11am. This will help children with learning to ride a bike. This will be running for 4 weeks every Wednesday morning.


On Friday 29th February we will be having a whole school Science Day. It is a fun packed day with an outside organisation coming in called Wonderstruck. Children will be making rockets or cars in their class groups.


After half term we will be making use of lots of leaves, twigs, petals, conkers etc so if you happen to collect any of these natural items over half term please bring them in and we will make use of them in our learning areas.


Please continue to read at home with your child. We have given your child a few more books for over half term.


We hope you all have a wonderful half term. Have lots of family fun!


Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams. 


P.S. Please see the pictures for some of the indoor activities we have set up for after half term. We will be setting up the outdoor activities on the first day back.


- Ladybird addition

- Minibeast colouring

- Healthy and unhealthy food sorting

- Caterpillar patterns

- Minibeast reading

- Minibeast Investigation Lab

- Minibeast discovery in the sand

- Building minibeast homes in the tuff spot




Hello everyone!


This week we have been up to lots of things. We made jungle fruit sundaes in our English lessons, learning how to follow instructions accurately. See if your children are good at following instructions at home.


In Maths we have been working on taking away amounts. Children have done amazingly with this and we moved onto Subtraction number sentences. Well done everyone!


This week we have started our Computing lessons. We learnt how to turn a laptop on, how to paint on the paint program and we also turned the laptop off.


In Art we made two huge paper snakes with Mrs Hills and some children also chose to make their own snakes.


On Wednesday we went for a walk to the park and practised our listening skills to follow simple instructions.


This week’s Pupil of the Week is Bradley for always looking out for other children and being very kind. Well done Bradley!


This week’s Reader of the Week is Izaak for trying so hard with your reading. Well done Izaak!

This week’s Sports Champion of the Week is Ffion for super skills in our Dance lessons. Well done Ffion!


Next week is the last week before half term. In English we will be writing information texts about the jungle animals. In Maths we will be sharing objects between things/people. In Art we will be designing our own jungle masks.


Don’t forget it is the Valentine’s Disco on Thursday 14th, 6pm-7.30pm and EYFS parents are welcome to stay.


Have a lovely weekend! From Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.

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What a cold and fun week! This week children seem to have really enjoyed the free flow activities that have been set up, especially our Jungle Café. We will be keeping the Jungle Café open next week too.


In English we have read the story ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and we have chosen our favourite animal and wrote about why we like this particular animal. Lots of children are hearing sounds in words. We are working on using finger spaces between words and full stops at the end of our sentences.


In Maths we have been looking at one more and one less than. We have also done some simple addition, most children were able to follow the addition problems and complete them independently.


In Art we have created jungle birds which are extremely colourful and will be going up on our display.


Children seem to be doing well with their reading. We are encouraging lots of reading at home so that children can move quickly through the book bands. Going through the tricky words with children is also very important so that they begin to read these words on sight.


This week’s Pupil of the Week is Lucia for fantastic writing which she did independently, she even used finger spaces!


This week’s Reader of the Week is Freddy for trying really hard with his reading and recalling some tricky words.


This week’s Sports Champion of the Week is Cy for good listening in our Fundamentals sessions.


Next week in English we will be following instructions to create fruit sundaes, we will also be writing our own instructions.


In Maths we will be looking at subtraction, taking away an amount.


Have a lovely weekend! From Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.


We have had a great week in Kinder Class. In English we have been following instructions to make cress heads and we also ordered the instructions in our English books.


In Maths we have been looking at measuring, ordering objects according to size, saying which is the biggest and smallest and we have also measured snakes with cubes. Children all did very well with this.


This week’s Pupil of the week is Ffion for excellent measuring in our Maths activities, you were able to do it all independently. Well done Ffion!


This week’s Reader of the week is Luciano for lovely reading. Well done Luciano!


This week’s Sports Champion of the week is Eadie for always following instructions in our Dance lessons. Well done Eadie!


Next week in our English lessons we will be focussing on the story Rumble in the Jungle. We will be ordering the story and also writing about our favourite character and explaining why.

In Maths we will be looking at one more and one less than a number by counting on and back. We will also be working on addition, finding the total of two amounts.


In Art, with Mrs Hills, we will be making Jungle parrots for our Jungle display.


These are all things you will be able to work on at home with your child. Please continue to listen to your child read, make sure you write in their reading records. It will also be useful to go through their tricky words, maybe even getting them to write them out from memory as we are starting to work on our independent writing even more now.


We hope you all have a lovely weekend! Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.


A big week this week for the winter colds to take over the classroom as well as having a flood in the local area! We hope everyone is feeling ok! We have had a productive week looking at rhyming words, writing about what we are good at or something that is special about us and we have enjoyed our Fundamentals lessons with our coach Adam.


In Art with Mrs Hills we have been making jungle animals which we have put on display in our classroom. Mrs Williams has been helping us with our activities that we need a little more support with, such as our numbers or our sounds. We have changed our books are lots of us have moved onto new book bands, well done everyone!


This week’s Pupil of the week is Alfie for working hard on his writing and trying hard to make sure his letters are cursive. Well done Alfie!


This week’s Reader of the week is Lenny Grindell for fantastic reading and recalling of tricky words. Well done Lenny!


This week’s Sports Champion of the week is Bradley for working hard and listening carefully in our Fundamentals sessions. Well done Bradley!


Next week we will be thinking about plants with our role play area being set up as a garden centre. In our topic we will be looking at how plants grow. With Mrs Hills we will be making cress heads. In Maths we will be thinking all about size and measuring.


We hope you all have a lovely weekend! Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.


Don’t forget we have an INSET day on Monday 21st January 2019!



Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break making lots of lovely memories with your children. We have had a lovely first week back focussing on our new Jungle topic. In English we have been writing about what we might see in the Jungle. In Maths we have been practising ordering our numbers to 20 and matching numbers to amounts. In our Phonics lessons some of us are recapping our sounds and others are moving onto new sounds.


Next week in English we will be looking at rhyming words and also writing simple sentences. In Maths we will still be working on our numbers to 20. We will also have some opportunities to think about how we are unique, something you could talk to your child about at home. In Art with Mrs Hills we will be making animals.


Our Pupil of the Week this week is Benjamin for always helping out in the classroom and always helping other children. Well done Benjamin!


Our Reader of the Week this week is Bradley. Well done Bradley!


Our Sports Champion of the Week this week is Alfie for working hard in our PE lessons. Well done Alfie!


If there are any parents that would like to volunteer to listen to readers in Kinder Class please come and talk to Miss Derbyshire or Mrs Jones as this would really help us and the children.

Have a lovely weekend. Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.



Hello everyone!

What a packed week we have had at school this week! We have performed three Christmas plays, we hope you were able to come and watch and were as proud of the children as we are, they all did amazing jobs!

This week we have had lots of fun learning inside and outside and we have some new equipment which the children have enjoyed exploring. In English lessons we have been writing our letters to Santa. Children did very well with these with a lot of children being able to hear the first sound in words and often other sounds, something you could do with your child at home when they are writing. In Maths we have been doing some simple Christmas addition which the children worked hard at, some were able to do this independently.

Next week is our last week of term before Christmas. On Wednesday we will be going to the Chapel to sing Christmas carols, Thursday will be the school Christmas disco from 6pm-7:30pm and on Friday at 2:30pm we will be doing our Carols around the tree in school, we hope you can join us.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you all next week. Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.


Hi everyone!

We hope that you all had a fantastic weekend! We had such a busy time last week, rehearsing for our Christmas performance, having fun learning about the Christmas story and completing lots of learning activities about Christmas! We’re looking forward to another week in Kinder Class and we hope that you can make it to our performance on Tuesday (2:30pm) or Thursday (6pm). We are very proud of it and we hope that you will be too!

Last week our Reader of the Week was Caleb Field for brilliant sounding out. Lucia Dodd won the Sporting Champion award for accurate throwing and catching in P.E. with Adam and finally our Pupil of the Week was Freddy Wilton for always working hard with his Maths activities. Well done you three!

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Hi everyone!

Gosh this half term really is flying past. This week we have been practising lots for our Christmas performance which we all hope you can come along too! The children are doing a brilliant job!

In Maths we have been thinking about time and sequencing our daily routine and events. Children did a great job with this and could tell us what they did each day, what they enjoyed and what they didn’t enjoy.

In English our focus has been on Road Safety. Children did some brilliant writing, hearing lots of the sounds in words and writing them down. We discussed how to cross the road safely by stopping, looking, listening and then crossing. Maybe your child could help you cross the road safely?

We have almost completed our first set of sounds in our Phonics lessons. Children have picked these up very quickly and lots of children are now on reading books with words in! Please ensure you keep reading with your child at home, both reading to them and listening to them reading, it is proven to help develop children’s learning and imagination which they will need for their writing.

Our reader of the week is Eadie. Eadie works hard in our Phonics sessions and her reading is brilliant. Well done Eadie!

Our sports champion of the week is Caleb. When the children play outside Caleb loves being active and often plays with the football, kicking it accurately to his friends. Well done Caleb!

Next week our Christmas topic will begin for 3 weeks. We have lots of wonderful activities planned in the class and outside for the children to explore. Next week, on Wednesday 5th December, we have a non-uniform day and also the Pantomime in the afternoon which I’m sure the children will love! On Friday 7th December we have the Christmas Fair in the afternoon.

Please don’t forget to send your child’s costume in for the Christmas performance.

We look forward to another fun packed week in Kinder Class. Hope you all have a lovely weekend. Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.



Another wonderful week in Kinder Class!

In Maths we have been thinking all about hot and cold temperatures which children have done really well with. On Wednesday we discussed how cold it was outside so we decided to wrap up underneath our blankets to keep us warm whilst we drank our milk and watched Alphablocks.

In English we have been listening to, learning and acting out the story of Mr Wiggle and Mr Waggle (ask your child to tell you the story!) The children have been amazing at this and have really enjoyed the story.

This week’s pupil of the week is Amelia for always being such a kind and caring friend to all children in our class. Amelia especially enjoys helping people and will often help children put their coats on, tidy up their things and even hold things for them when we go up and down stairs. Well done Amelia!

This week’s reader of the week is Benjamin for fantastic reading. Benjamin loves to read and knows all of his sounds and lots of tricky words. Well done Benjamin!

This week’s Sporting Champion is Rory for always having a good try in our PE lessons. Rory always tries his hardest even when it is a new activity. Well done Rory!

Next week our focus will be Road Safety, this is something you could talk to your child about when walking places or even when driving in the car. We will be doing lots of activities such as counting cars, learning how to cross the road safely and when we go on our weekly walk we will be looking out for certain objects.

In Maths we will be thinking about time and using our knowledge of time to order our daily activities i.e. get up, get dressed etc.

We are rehearsing lots for our Christmas performance and we look forward to being able to perform for you. Please send in your child’s costumes/outfits as soon as possible.

Thank you to all those parents that have donated things to the class. We are still accepting any kind donations you may have for inside or outside activities.

Have a fantastic weekend! Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.

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What a brilliant week we have had in Kinder Class.


Our focus this week has been on Anti-Bullying as it is Anti-Bullying week. We have done lots of activities based around how to be a good friend, who we can talk to if we need to and all about kindness to others.


In Maths we have been working on 3D shapes and children have done really well with this, they even spotted lots of 3D shapes on Wednesday when we went to the park. Children also know the number facts 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4 and 5+5 (try asking your child at home).


On Friday it was Children in Need so children dressed up in their 'home clothes' and we had a fun day colouring in Pudsey, doing Pudsey dot to dots and we also had a little extra playtime on the new climbing equipment. Friday afternoon we went over to the church for a Peace builders workshop where we learnt all about the meaning of Peace.


This week our pupil of the week is Ffion for working so hard in our Phonics lessons, well done Ffion!


Our reader of the week is Lucia, well done Lucia for your wonderful reading and recall of tricky words!


Our sporting champion of the week is Luciano for fantastic efforts in our PE lessons, well done Luciano!


Next week we will be having lots of stories including a very special story that Miss Derbyshire and Mrs Jones will be telling the children. In Maths we will be thinking about temperature, thinking about the meaning of hot and cold. We have lots of fun activities set up for the children so we look forward to seeing them enjoy those.


Have a lovely weekend. Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.

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This week in Kinder Class we have been learning about Bonfire night and 2D shapes. The children seem to have really enjoyed the activities that have been set up. We made poppies with Mrs Hills for our Remembrance Assembly on Friday morning, we went on a shape hunt and we started our Dough Disco and Squiggle Wiggle to help with our fine motor and gross motor skills.


Our reader of the week is Rory for all his great reading, he is doing an amazing job with his reading books and also in our Phonics sessions. Well done Rory!


Our pupil of the week is Caleb for being so thoughtful all week and helping other children in the class without being asked to. Well done Caleb!


Next week is Anti-Bullying week so we will be doing lots of activities based around this and also based around friendship and kindness towards others. In Phonics we will continue to use new sounds, begin to blend words and learn our tricky words. In Maths we will be using our knowledge of 2D shapes to learn about and explore 3D shapes.


Below are a few links that we use with the children which you may find useful at home:


Months of the year:

Days of the week:

Jolly Phonics Phase 2:

Count to 100:


Have a great weekend! Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.



What a great week we have had in Kinder Class! It has been multi-cultural week and we have created our very own Australian flags, we had a think about Australian animals and our role play area was set up as a travel agents which lots of children enjoyed. We have been looking at numbers 1-10 this week and have had a range of fun activities to help us with our counting and number recognition. 


Our pupil of the week this week is Luciano for such lovely and polite manners. Well done Luciano! Our reader of the week is Cy for his wonderful storytelling and questioning of books at story time. Well done Cy!


On our first week back after half term our topic will be Bonfire Night. We will be creating bonfire pictures, using our counting skills and also looking at different 2D shapes in Maths. 


We hope you all have a fantastic half term doing lots of fun things together. Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.


Mr Chuck has asked us to thank all parents for the wonderful card and presents, it was really appreciated and he will definitely be missed.


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This week we are learning lots of new sounds and numbers. It is also Multi-Cultural Week in school so we are learning all about Australia, this includes looking at animals and making our very own Australian flags! Please look out for a number and phonics pack in your child's book bag this week, we would really appreciate it if you can spare a little time during the week to look at these with your children, thank you! Mrs Jones and Miss Derbyshire



It's been a fun week in Kinder Class. The children have enjoyed playing rhyming games, writing our sounds i and n, making a card for Mr Chuck, and meeting Miss Derbyshire. The children are very excited about having her as their new teacher as well as Mrs Jones who also took the class all day on Tuesday.


Our cup winner this week is Eadie. She has impeccable manners and never forgets her kind words 'please' and 'thank you'. She sets an example for the rest of the school. Well done! Alfie is our reader of the week. He is a fantastic reader who loves books and is always keen to read at school and home. Great work Alfie.


Next week we are learning about Australia for the school's Australia week. Many thanks for the wonderful cards and gifts on my last week and for helping us to help your child settle so well into school. Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck, Miss Derbyshire, Mrs Jones and Mrs Williams.



Kinder Class have been working hard this week in preparation for the harvest assembly. We have been rehearsing our dance everyday and i'm sure you'll agree the class were wonderful. We also looked at some fruit and vegetables explaining that they are grown then harvested. We used lots of lovely language to describe the shapes, sizes, colours and textures of the food. We then used these experiences to paint some excellent pictures.


In phonics we have learnt the sounds t and p. We have been using this knowledge to sound out (blend) words with these initial sounds and we have also looked for the sounds in books.


Next week we'll continue looking at the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Next week is my (Mr Chuck's) last week at Milford School. To help the children through the transition Mrs Jones will be taking the class on Tuesday and Miss Derbyshire and myself will be in all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Williams will continue to be in class as normal. Please come and say hello to Mrs Jones and Miss Derbyshire and ask any questions about the rest of term.


Our cup winner this week is Cy. He is a very well behaved member of Kinder Class. He's always looking to do the right thing and treats his friends with kindness. He's also very enthusiastic about all of his learning. Well done!


Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



this week in Kinder Class we visited the park for the first time. The class walked to the park and were very sensible listening to the teachers. When there we exercised on the equipment which will help build our gross and fine motor skills, plus it's lot's of fun! In class we have learnt the sounds s & a and the number 3. We went on a sound hunt finding things starting with the s sound and practised writing s and a with paint and pens.


We have also been painting a display featuring Biff, Chip and Kipper from their reading books, learning about Numicon and much more.


Our cup winner this week is Lenny. He is a very gentle, kind and friendly member of our class. It is lovely to see how he has settled so well into school, growing in confidence, making friends and generally being a superstar! Well done Lenny. Our Reader of the Week is Amelia. She loves to read and uses excellent description when looking at books. Fab work Amelia! Next week we'll learn about Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.




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This week in Kinder Class we have continued our 'Whatever Next' topic by making shape rockets and singing a song about going to the moon. The childrens' learning (play) is really developing which is lovely to see. They are making much more use of the class resources which they then use to build things, play games and use their imagination. As you can see we have been building structures, making zip wires, obstacle courses, treasure maps and some of us even went fishing!

We also had a special show and tell this week when Caleb brought in a birds nest for us to look at.


Next week we'd like to take the class to the local park to play on the equipment. This will be a regular weekly trip (weather permitting). So if you haven't already please could you send some wellies in for your child to wear (which can stay in school). Also a note about book bags. Please no water bottles in book bags as they can leak on the books and no toys in school unless they are for a special reason.


Finally our cup winner this week is Izaak. We have been super impressed with how he has settled into school in such a short amount of time. He is brilliant at following our school routines like lining up and sitting on the carpet. Well done Izaak. And our first Reader of the Week award goes to Ffion. She is a fantastic reader and loves books. She reads lots at home which means she always has lots to talk about when reading in school. Well done!


Next week our bear topic will be be based on the classic book 'We're Going on a Bearhunt'. Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



This week Kinder Class have been busy learning about the book 'Whatever Next'. We have been cutting and sticking things to take with us to the moon, colouring space pictures and role playing the story. We also visited a mosque in Derby as part of our RE syllabus. The class were brilliant really listening to the teachers and the guide. They were brilliantly behaved. We also had our first week of 'Open the Book' where we visit the chapel near school. We shared stories and sung a song. Our number of the week was 1. The classroom toilets were finally finished this week so we have been enjoying more space.


Our pupil of the week is Bradley. He is such a polite boy who always remembers the kind words, please and thank you. He is also very kind to his friends and the teachers. Bradley's wonderful nature is an example to us all. The class also won the attendance award for the second week running!


Next week we'll continue with 'Whatever Next' learning some more about bears in space! Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



Its been a busy first full week for Kinder Class. We have been hand painting for a friendship display, playing listening games and building props for our play. We have also done lots of looking at books, building jigsaws and we all read for the first time in school. We are continuing to learn our school routines such as lining up and sitting on the carpet  to listen. We also practised putting on coats. We started by pulling the arms out and then putting them on the right way. with lots of practise we should all be ready for the colder autumn weather. We also took part in our first PE session this week. Adam from Derby County is our regular coach. He helped us to practise our balancing using balloons.


Our cup winner this week is Lucia. She is such a delightful member of Kinder Class. She is always keen to help the teachers and is amazing at tidy up time. But most importantly she is always smiling which brightens up our classroom. Well done Lucia!


Next week starts with our trip to the Jamia Mosque. Please remember all children and adults are requested to wear a head covering, trousers plus school jumpers for children. Jeans or joggers are fine and the children will stay in these till home time. We are starting our new 'Teddy Bears' topic next week by learning about the classic story 'Whatever Next' about a bear that goes to the moon. Oh, and we also won the weeks attendance award with 100%. Well done everyone!


Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.


Here's the video from the reading meeting. These are the pure sounds without 'uh' added on. Articulating the pure sounds is very important to help children sound out words correctly.



It's been a really fun first week in school for Kinder Class. We have been busy learning all the things we need to do when in school. For example lining up, sitting on the carpet, tidying up, eating in the hall and playtime on the playground.


We have also done lots of fun learning such as making potions in the mud kitchen, digging in the sand, running up the climbing frame, riding bikes, rescuing a ball and practising our gymnastic skills.


Each week every class has a pupil of the week. Our first pupil of the week is Rory. He is a most delightful boy who has settled into school brilliantly. He is amazing at listening and following instructions, he always sits quietly on the carpet listening and then puts his hand up when he wants to share his ideas. Well done Rory.


Next week we'll continue our Bob the Builder theme. And hopefully our new toilets will be ready to use by the end of the week. Have a lovely weekend, from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



Here's a picture of Kinder Class on their last day of Reception. We're all very proud and pleased with what an amazing year they have had. It has been privilege to see them all grow and learn. They are a fantastic cohort who have settled brilliantly and i'm sure they'll thrive in Year 1 and beyond.


We'd like to thank you all for your support this year. This has been key in helping your child succeed. And the fact that they are happy children helps them learn. Thank you too for all the fantastic presents and cards. These were extremely generous and will be greatly enjoyed. Particularly the book which will be a lovely reminder of this super class. 


Have a wonderful sunny summer, from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.

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Dear Parents/Guardians.


Your child's learning journal is ready for download. Please log on to your Tapestry account and follow these steps.

  • Click on 'your name' at the top right.
  • Click on 'your downloads'.
  • Download the PDF.
  • Save to your computer.


These files are available to download until 15th August. After this date they will need to be generated again by myself. So if you are unable to do so during the holidays please see me in September (or tomorrow) and we can copy them onto your memory stick or email them.


We hope you enjoy this special record of your child's year in Kinder Class.


Many thanks, Mr Chuck.


P.S. If you would like any reading books for the holidays please let us know tomorrow by leaving a message in the red books.



Kinder Class performed their graduation assembly today. The children have put in lots of work in preparation. We were all very excited this morning and afterwards the class were very proud. Thank you for helping the children learn their lines at home. I'm sure you'll agree this extra practise really showed in their confidence and clear voices. Well done!



It's been a busy week in Kinder Class. We have been doing lots of preperation for our assembly next Tuesday. But we still found time to grab an ice-cream treat when we spotted nursery had an ice-cream van outside. We have also enjoyed watching some old fashioned cartoons when not rehearsing. The class have enjoyed watching Bagpuss, Bananaman, Danger Mouse and more.


Our cup winner this week is Callum. He is a most delightful member of Kinder Class. He is a very kind boy who always treats his friends with respect. He is also very calm which in a busy classroom and school really helps us all to learn and be happy. Well done! Tyler is our reader of the week. He is a brilliant reader who works really hard at home and in school. It has been lovely to see him progress so much this year.


Next week is our final week in Kinder Class. We'll be having some treats and hopefully enjoying the sun. Our assembly is this Tuesday at 10:15. So please come and join us. If you'd like any extra reading books for the holidays please let me or Mrs Williams know.


Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.





Kinder Class have had a fun week in the sun. We have been building models, playing in our paddling pool, finishing our invitations and much more, We also went on an adventure up The Chevin. We walked all the way to the WW1 field where we met the farmer Mr Jordan, ate lunch with a view and scattered our poppy seeds. Hopefully in a few months or maybe next year we should be able to spot them from Belper. On our walk we also looked at funghi, played hide and seek, climbed trees, found walking sticks, navigated the jungle and problem solved how to carry our bags! Thank you for the contributions and for supplying the packed lunches. It was a wonderful day out.


Our cup winner this week is Noah. He has such a fantastic attitude to learning, he always tries his best and is very independent! Taylor is our reader of the week. He is a super reader who just loves books. Well done!


Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



This week we have been on our school trip to Wirksworth. See the pictures below. Inspired by our trip we read the book The Train Ride and then sequenced the story. We have also listened to show and tells and done lots of maths and writing. The weather has been glorious so we have been learning lots outside in the sun. Our tadpoles have turned into frogs! The class are fascinated by them and love handling them gently. On Friday it was the school tea party where each class performed a song. Kinder Class did a brilliant performance of Wind the Bobbin Up.


Next week we're going to start rehearsing our assembly and on Thursday go on an expedition up The Chevin to plant poppy seeds.


Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.


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Kinder Class had a fantastic day out on their first school trip. We caught the bus to Duffield and then The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway to Wirksworth. The railway really spoilt us with our own reserved carriage. We also had a look at the posh first class carriages. When we got to Wirksworth we had lunch and then walked to The Northern Lights Cinema to meet our artist Nicky. First Nicky talked to us about all the different shapes, colours and sizes of objects that make up a railway. Then we recycled our lunch rubbish by snipping, gluing and colouring, turning it into a fantastic picture of our train. After this we walked back to the station with ice lollies to cool us down and caught the train and bus back to Milford. The class were impeccably behaved all day and a real credit to Milford School! Lots of thanks to Nicky from The Bower Wirks, The Northern Light's Cinema in Wirksworth and The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway for making it such a special day. And extra special thanks to Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Isherwood and Mrs Williams for their help.



This week Kinder Class have been busy with lots of fun learning. In maths we have been counting to 100 whilst keeping fit, halving numbers, making teen numbers with Numicon and counting in two's. We have also started making our posh invites for a special occasion. We're hoping to post these next week! Noah, Callum and Alice have enjoyed mixing colours to see what colour they can make. As usual we have spent lots of time outdoors building, running, cycling and lots more. In PE we practised running races with Tash. We also had a go at line dancing!


On Friday we also had a special surprise birthday party! The class and Mrs Williams worked really hard to make this a special occasion. We had crisps, cake, jelly, juice and wore party hats. The class have the most amazing table manners! It was lots of fun!


Our cup winner this week is William. He's super confident with all he does and gets really into his learning. William is also brilliant at watching and listening, he always notices whats happening in the classroom! Ava is our reader of the week. She's a very confident reader and always practises at home. I just hope Amber Class have enough books to last her two years!


Next week we'll be looking at the book 'The Train Ride' and doing activities based on Tuesday's trip. It's forecast to be a nice day on Tuesday so please apply sun cream before school and send your child in with a hat, drink and packed lunch (in a disposable bag). Children should wear school  t-shirt and jumper and comfortable shorts/joggers on their legs. Plus trainers. If girls want to wear their school summer dresses that's fine too. Having the class in uniform on their top half helps us to identify them easily. And a polite reminder that Monday is an inset day.


Have a lovely, sunny weekend, from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.

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This week we have been learning about pirates. We have been making pirate boats, pirate hats and parrots. We also welcomed the new starters. The class did a wonderful job of looking after them.


We had our first spellings test this week which the class did brilliantly at. This weeks words are in the homework book. We also had our first sports day. We hope you all really enjoyed watching. We were very lucky with the weather and the children were very excited all day!


We have done lots of writing in our books this week to help us prepare for Year 1. All the children did really well with this and the letter formation is fantastic! And if you look in their book bags you'll also find some special writing for a very important person's day on Sunday!


Next week we'll continue our learning about pirates (as the class really enjoy this topic).


Our cup winner this week is Rose. She could win the cup for lots and lots of reasons but we decided to give it to her for her awesome reading. She practises all the time at home which means she has become a very confident reader this year. She is definately ready for reading in Year 1! Keeping to the reading theme Edith is our reader of the week. Like Rose she reads lots at home and loves reading! Edith's love of reading is really helping her become an independent writer too as she can recall lots of words for writing. Well done both of you.


Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



We have had a really busy first week back. Following the theme of 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch' we made sandwiches, wrote instructions for the process, sorted healthy and treat food and had lots of fun in our seaside cafe.


For internet safety day we learnt the story of Smartie the Penguin. The class learnt that when you use an internet device you should ask parents for help when you see something you don't like, if someone says something nasty to you online or if you need help finding the game or site you want. And if you're not sure always ask Mum or Dad. From this we made a wonderful display. Thank you to all who visited. We hope you enjoyed seeing the classroom and the children happily learning.


In PE we started our first week of skills and fitness. For Wednesday Show and Tell we had lots of special items, including Ava's swimming certificate, a drawing by Mia and some dinosaurs that Noah helped hatch.


Our butterflies emerged this week. We very delicately released them into our garden. They seem to like it there as they stayed all day.


Next weeks topic is 'Pirates'. We also have visits from our new starters on Monday and Wednesday. Our tricky words spelling test will be on Wednesday. Tuesday is sports day.


This weeks cup winner is Alice. She has worked lots on her handwriting and now does the most beautifully neat letters with fantastic finger spaces. Well done! Noah is our reader of the week. He loves reading and is growing in to a much more confident reader. Kinder Class also won the class attendance award!


Have a lovely weekend, from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



What a busy final week of the half term! We have visited the library where we had African stories, looked at African artefacts and borrowed a book each. Many thanks to Carole-Ann and all the staff at Duffield Library. Also a big thank you to Edith's Mum, William's Mum and Thomas' Mum for helping on the trip.


Later in the week we took part in a rhythm drumming session where we told the story of a spider and all his friends using drums, beaters and shakers. We even had a visit from Mrs Collins who brought in her snake!


During class time we have made bees, planted flowers, written bee stories and much more. There is no homework for the holidays.


Our Cup winner this week is Callum. He has settled brilliantly into the school and has made lots of friends. He is a lovely boy who is helping to make Milford School even more special than it was before! Our reader of the week is Tyler. He's a superstar reader who works so hard. We're all very proud to see his wonderful progress.


When we return our topic is The Seaside, starting with The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. Have a lovely holiday, from Mr Chuck and Ms Williams.


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Another fab week in Kinder Class has seen us sequencing the life cycle of a butterfly, painting butterfly meadow pictures, catching tadpoles, building caterpillar houses, gliding on bikes and much more.


We also had a fab trip to The Woollen Woods. We saw our mushrooms and explored the wood. There was lots of tree climbing, den building and hiding and seeking done! We were very proud of how well behaved the class were.They were very sensible catching the bus and crossing roads. Well done! And thank you to Rose's Mum and Taylor's Mum for helping make the trip such a success.


On Monday we are visiting the library. Children should wear normal school uniform. Please ensure your child is wearing a coat if it is cold or if it is warm has a hat and sun cream already applied. If they are already a member of the library please give myself the card on Monday so they can borrow a book. If they are not please return the form and we'll sign them up when there.


Our topic next week is Bees. It is also multicultural week so we'll do some learning based on different cultures. 


Kinder Class have been getting very enthusiastic about show and tells recently. So when we return after the half term break we'll have a specific show and tell time each Wednesday. So if your child has a show and tell please send it in on this day. For show and tell we'd like to see special things. For example a swimming certificate, photo of their family or something else with a special meaning. This helps the children to talk in depth about their object and gives the audience lots of ideas for questions.


Our cup winner this week is Mia. What more can we say about Mia! She is a delightful pupil. She is brilliant at reading, writing and maths and always tries her best in lessons. She sits quietly on the carpet listening to the teachers and takes pride in what she produces. Well done Mia! Our reader of the week is Callum. He has made a fantastic start to the Milford Reading Scheme. He reads lots at home and clearly loves books!


Have a lovely weekend, from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



Kinder Class have enjoyed their Bank Holiday week. Our topic for the week was worms. We had fun reading the book Superworm, looking for worms in the mud kitchen and sorting things worms like and don't like. 


As always we have been enjoying the spring weather. We have been doing lots of construction, bike riding, climbing and lots of other things.


Kinder class have also helped make the Milford School Well Dressing. They were supervised by Mrs Hills and helped decorate their bit using brilliant fine motor control. See the gallery for photos.


We have also welcomed our new friend Callum this week. He has settled really quickly and the rest of the class have been really kind, making him feel at home.


In phonics this week we have learnt the sounds 'ar' and 'or'. Next week our topic is 'Butterflies'. 


Next Friday we are visiting The Woollen Woods Art Festival. Permission slips have been sent home in your child's book bag today.


Finally our award winners this week are Tyler and Thomas. Tyler is just the most delightful pupil. He works so hard and always has a brilliant attitude. He is also lovely to his friends and the teachers all of the time. He's a credit to Kinder Class. Thomas is our reader of the week. He is flying through the books and loves to talk and laugh about what's happening in the story. Well done both of you!


Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.


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Another busy week in Kinder Class. We have been making snail patterns, bug houses, a maths display and lots more. In phonics we made ghosts to scare the juniors with. Our sound this week is 'oo' so we wrote BOO on the ghosts to surprise them.


We have been practising our tennis skills in PE. As you can see from the video we're getting really good at the basic skills needed to hit the ball.


Next weeks topic is worms. So if you find any in the garden please send them in and we'll keep them in the worm houses we're going to build.


Isla is our pupil of the week. She is very enthusiastic especially with her reading. She always wants to improve which means she's doing brilliantly. She's also got a fab sense of humour which makes life in Kinder Class lots of fun.


Oliver is our reader of the week. He practises loads at home and always wants to read with the teachers. He just loves books, especially story time. Well done.


Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.





It has been a short week in school but lots of fun. We have been writing descriptions of ladybirds and drawing them using step by step instructions. We have also continued our balancebility training, working on our core strength and pushing the bikes.


We had a lovely trip out to see some chickens and lambs at a local Milford farm. The farmer Miriam let us stroke the animals and answered all of the many questions we had. 


On Thursday we made ladybird biscuits using the language of doubling and symmetry. In PE we continued our tennis practise by bouncing the ball in lots of different ways.


Next week our topic is slugs and snails. If anyone finds any in their garden this weekend and would like to bring them in for the class that would be brilliant.


Have a lovely long weekend, from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.




Kinder Class have really been enjoying the spring weather this week. We have been outside lots, learning in the water and mud kitchen and generally having fun. Our spiders topic this week has seen us writing letters and number sentences to Incy Wincy Spider who has been replying to us and even leaving us sweets. We also had a very special experience this week when a friend of Thomas' called Sally came into school to show us a Chilean Rose tarantula called Rosie. We all really enjoyed hearing about spiders and some of us even held Rosie! We then drew pictures of Rosie and other spiders.


In PE we have started our tennis topic. This week we used the racket to balance and bounce the ball. We also started Balancebility. This is a program designed to improve children's balance which should result in them being able to ride a pedal bike without stabilizers. The expert advice is not to fit stabilizers to a child's bike. Start with a balance bike and then progress to using a pedal bike in the same way as a balance bike (using your feet to push along the ground) until eventually feeling confident enough to balance and pedal.


Our award winners this week are Ava and Taylor. Ava is such a brilliant learner. She always gives an answer to questions and is super confident. Taylor is an amazing reader and is often to be found in the reading corner looking at books with friends.


Now the sunny weather is here please can you apply suncream to your child before school. We have dispensers in school which the children can use and we are training them to do so. But they will be much more effectively protected if it is applied by an adult ensuring they are fully covered. Please could your child also bring in a hat to protect their head. We'll ensure they wear their hats when outside and also drink lots of water.


Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the fine weather. From Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



Kinder Class have been doing lots of learning in their first week of term. We have been reading non-fiction books about frogs and watching our tadpoles grow. We have also been doing lots of maths using our Numicon, learning number bonds to 10 and counting backwards from 20.


In literacy we have written a news entry about what we did on our holidays. We have started using literacy and maths books this week so that when we get to year 1 we'll be confident in using them. 


We have also been learning the sounds sh and th (which makes two sounds e.g. throw & them). Thank you for the brilliant response to the book bingo challenge. They are all very impressive. The children loved being awarded their sparkly books!


Our cup winner this week is Noah. He's a brilliant mathematician and has been amazing us all week with his knowledge of number bonds. Rose is our reader of the week. She loves reading and loves to talk about the pictures and story. Well done!


Next week we'll be learning about spiders! Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.


PS. Many thanks for the fantastic attendance at the reading meeting. Just a slight correction regarding the reading scheme order. It goes, lilac, pink, red, yellow then blue. If anyone unable to attend would like a copy of the materials or a quick chat about the reading i'm happy to help. 



Kinder Class have had a very busy last week of the Spring Term. We have been celebrating Book Day by doing lots of 'Where the Wild Things Are' activities. We took part in activities in our family groups (mixed ages groups) visiting all the classrooms and had a wild rumpus, made masks, made junk model sailing boats and wild things pictures. The class really enjoyed this and the older children really looked after them well.


We have also been making Easter Cards, singing 'Chick, Chick, Chicken', and learning about our new number apparatus Numicon. Sadly this week was William K's last at Milford. He's been a brilliant friend to all of Kinder Class and his new school are very lucky to have him joining them. 


Our cup winner this week is Edith for being brilliant at learning. She is excellent at all the subjects and always gives 100%. Well done! William H is our reader of the week. He reads loads at home and because of this is a really confident, fluent reader for his age!


After Easter our topic is 'Minibeasts'. We'll start off by learning about frogs and tadpoles. We also have the reading meeting on the 11th at 3:40pm which we hope you can attend. We'll arrange for children to be looked after by a member of staff. We also start balanceability after the holidays. More details to follow.


Have a restful and peaceful Easter, from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.



Kinder Class have enjoyed lots of art activities this week. We have made pictures from shapes, pop art leaf prints, sunflower paintings and lots of colouring including a card for Mrs Williams' birthday. We also had fun collecting leaves for our art, painting the playground in water, making collages from magazines and lots more. Plus we had a go at making circles using our bodies!


Our cup winner this week is William K. He is the most delightful member of Kinder Class. He is always kind to his friends and his calm nature helps to make our school a lovely place to learn. Isla is our reader of the week. She is doing brilliantly with her reading. She really enjoys reading in school and at home and always confidently explains what is haappening in the story. Well done!


Next week we are doing some Easter and Spring activities. Don't forget book day! Have a lovely weekend from Mr Chuck and Mrs Williams.

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