Message from the School Director
A very warm welcome to returning students and all of our new families at Mills!
Dear parents and children,
Each academic year at Mills begins with excitement and potential for students, teachers, and parents. Our Mills community is important to us and we have lots of exciting family events planned for the upcoming year. We’ll keep you posted!
On 23 September we had our first Interview and Open Day and the buzz was tangible in the air with lots of new families keen to join us.
We see joy and excitement on the children’s faces every morning as they eagerly wait for the school doors to open, and the fun and learning begins. We see them play well, work hard and challenge themselves, and their achievements are apparent throughout the school.
We watch as even the youngest Pre-Nursery students quickly identify their cubby, change their shoes, and place their items for class in the drop off boxes. It’s reassuring to see the children so keen to do things for themselves as this promotes important practical life skills.
K1 children are developing their confidence and social skills as they foster new friendships and learn to work together. We also see them widening their vocabularies with pre-writing and counting activities.
K2 students are making firm attempts at writing both in Chinese and English. They’ve also been gently introduced to their Jolly Phonics and numeracy programmes.
Higher up the school in K3 (Year 1) we are seeing wonderful efforts being made during the weekly spelling, dictation, and aural comprehension tests. Mental maths tasks will be added soon. Well done, everyone!
There’s lots of serious learning going on at school and we always ensure it’s delivered in fun and stimulating ways. Balance is the key at Mills, with our timetables and activities allowing abundant time for free exploration and imaginative play, whilst also allowing adequate time for the development of more academic skills.
Our first parents’ assembly will be on Monday, 9 October and the theme is Look What We’re Learning … with each class presenting something relating to their topic of study. We look forward to having you join us.
We’re committed to supporting your children’s learning and this year we’ve extended our popular co-curricular programme at Mills by offering additional courses including Musical Theatre Junior, Musical Theatre, Mandarin Pinyin, Cambridge Starters, Movers and Flyers, and Trinity GESE. We’ve also introduced five new courses for children under 2 years through our Mills Early Years Centre. If you would like further details about the content of these courses, please click here.
Don’t forget to check out our Autumn Workshops at Mills during the mid-term break. We have lots of exciting storytelling, cooking, musical theatre, phonics, reading, and art activities on offer for students aged 3 – 6 years between 3 – 27 October. Click here for more details.
I look forward to the year ahead and to working closely with each family to ensure the very best education for all of our students at Mills.
What a lovely first month in Playgroup! The children have been exploring the theme All About Me and learning to identify the parts of their body, explore their five senses, and make artworks about their family!
We have all enjoyed meeting new friends and trying new experiences and activities.
Our new Playgroup room has been a joy to the children with more toys to share, fun and active singing during circle time, and even a Teddy Bear’s picnic every Friday at Mills!
We look forward to starting our new theme Watch Me Grow!
Our Pre-Nursery children have made a wonderful start to preschool!
It’s been great to see many happy, smiley students skipping into our classrooms each day. The children have done so well to settle so quickly into the school environment, learning the daily routines and making new friends.
We start each day with circle time and self-registration. It’s great fun to join together in interactive activities, from singing our Hello, Hello and weather songs, to storytime and playing musical instruments.
For this first month of school, we have been exploring the theme Amazing Me; learning parts of the body, identifying facial features, sharing our family photos with friends, and learning how to take care of ourselves.
Learning through play-based activities is fun!
One of the favourite activities of the day for all our preschoolers is snack time! They’ve been learning the Please and Thank You song and working together to help tidy up after snack. These are valuable opportunities for the children to practise their self-help skills.
We are proud to see that our students are achieving their first steps as independent learners.
We would like to thank you for your support during the first month and we look forward to a wonderful school year with your children.
Ms Alice, Ms Wendy, and Ms Rhawnie
Our Ducklings and Geckoes have had a fantastic start to the academic year, by settling into the class routines so well. They have started to make new friends, gain new skills, and learn new things through lots of fun play-based activities! Who doesn’t like playing at school?
The children loved putting apples on the apple tree whilst learning the sound of letter a – a, a, a, enjoyed fishing and feeding the shark while learning to write numbers 2 and 3, and were enthralled with role playing in the submarine!
We’ve also practised paper tearing, modelling and manipulating play dough, and threading, as these activities help the children strengthen their hand muscles and develop good hand-eye coordination.
The children have shown a lot of interest in our first topic Animal Magic. They had a blast creating their fish and octopus artworks and some of them loved using their hands to get messy with the paint! This sense of freedom and willingness to explore is an encouraging sign in our K1 students. We are looking forward to seeing more of their masterpieces throughout the year!
Ms Jean and Ms Jasmine
Toucan and Puffin students have adapted to the new schedule and routines with ease. The children have been doing a wonderful job by completing their homework on time. Well done, K2 children! We have noticed a big improvement in their writing skills and thus feel that the objective has been met. Thank you for supporting your children with their homework and getting them into a healthy routine at home.
The children have been busy with the first theme Tell Me a Story and have explored four stories so far:
- Elmer by David McKee
- The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Valeri Gorbachev
- Little Red Riding Hood by Ian Beck
The children will also be listening to the story of The Three Little Pigs by Susanna Davidson soon.
During the first week of our theme, we focused on identifying the main features of a storybook. The children are now able to identify the title, author and illustrator by looking at the cover of a book. They have also learned new songs about the stories we have read, including The Gruffalo Song which will be presented during our upcoming Parents’ Assembly.
We have incorporated technology into our lessons by looking at interactive presentations and learning lyrics from songs. The children are intrigued by it and it is a good hands-on way of learning.
The children have been busy with the Jolly Phonics programme and have learned the first set of sounds s-a-t-i-p-n. The students learn these by firstly saying the name of the letter and then the sound of the letter. Once they are familiar with the sound, they are then asked to think of a word that starts with the sound. We mainly focus on CVC words to start with and later progress to longer words.
Ms Franziska and Ms Wanna
K3 have had a great start to the year and are already achieving a lot. They have been working hard in class and are applying themselves well during homework tasks.
The theme we have been investigating this month is A Journey Back in Time. The children have been exploring Ancient Egyptian times; they have learnt where Egypt is located on the world map, how pyramids were made, what treasures were hidden inside the pyramids, and the lives of the pharaohs. They were also introduced to ancient Egyptian writing and tried to write their name using hieroglyphic symbols!
During design and technology sessions the children constructed 3D pyramids and then painted them with textured sand-paint. The pyramids were then decorated, and mummies and treasure made for inside. The students had a lot of fun doing this and are proud of the work they have achieved.
K3 have started using their My Spelling Workbook and they are gradually becoming familiar with what is required of them. We do weekly aural comprehension tests, which encourage the children to listen carefully to the passage and the questions, and then find the answer within the written text. They have been doing the aural comprehension activities as a group first, and as the term progresses the children will learn to work independently on the tasks.
Playgroup and Playgroup Junior
Our current theme is Amazing Me. Playgroup students learnt various vocabulary about the human body through different activities such as Help Mr Potato Find his Facial Features and Matching. They manipulated a prop hand while singing Shoulders Touch Shoulders and following the music during movement time. Look how happy they are!
Shih Lao-shi (Ms Yan)
Our Pre-Nursery students learnt to name different body parts such as eyes, mouth, and ears through storytelling and game activities such as Mask, Matching and Do What I Tell for their current theme Amazing Me. These game activities have reinforced their knowledge of different body parts.
Shih Lao-shi (Ms Yan)
The current theme for K1 students is Animal Magic. Through various activities, they learnt the names of forest animals, sea animals and farm animals, and recognised the differences among them. Instead of using simple words to answer the teacher’s questions, the students are learning to answer in complete sentences such as “There is a tiger in the forest”, “There is no wolf in the sea”, “The rabbit is here”, and “There are three pigs”. Not only have their language skills improved, but also their social and emotional development. Well done, our K1 students!
Chen Lao-shi (Ms May)
For K2 students, our theme is Tell Me a Story. They learnt various classic stories such as Elmer, The Gruffalo, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. Through music, role play, artworks and group discussions, their concentration and communication skills in Mandarin have improved.
Students used their imagination to interpret and present characters when doing role play. Good job!
Fan Lao-shi (Ms Selina)
The theme of our K3 students is Journey Back in Time. They learnt various words such as pharaoh, crown, snake, mummy, and pyramid, as well as the history of Egypt through storytelling. Students role played during class and will visit the Ancient Egyptian exhibition at the Science Museum soon. All of these activities help enhance students’ knowledge of the theme. Well done K3 students, for participating in all of the activities.
Shih Lao-shi (Ms Yan)