Events next week….

Monday 14th – FAB: Mark Oliver, illustrator working with Y2

Tuesday 15th – 9-10am Lifting Limits Workshop for parents and carers, Nursery start Forest School

Wednesday 16th – 3pm Hegarty maths workshop for children, 3.30-4pm workshop for Y6 parents and carers

Thursday 17th – pm Reception start Forest School

Friday 18th – 9-10am Occupational Therapy coffee morning

Please do look at the school calendar for all events this term and term dates here.

A warm welcome back to Brookfield after the Christmas break. We have been joined by new children in our Nursery: Teal, Faruhaan and Xander, Reception: Ella and Esen and Luka in 3M and new staff Paul (Assistant Head) and Pamela (School Business Manager). They have made excellent starts to their time at Brookfield and have been given a warm welcome by our community. We started the week with whole staff training on language acquisition, well-being and considering our learning commitments for the coming year. The children then settled in really well to their learning and made great starts on their new topics for this term. Prospective parents were suitably impressed during a parent tour of the whole school as they consider their application for Reception places (deadline Monday 14th January). Next week there are three parent workshops to engage in and we look forward to seeing you at one, or more, if you are able.

Unfortunately, Katherine, our Interim Deputy Head and Inclusion Lead, fell ill during a trip to New Zealand over the Christmas break. This has meant her return to the UK has been postponed and she will need some time to recuperate once home.  She is bitterly disappointed not to be starting the new term with us and I am sure you will join us in wishing her a speedy recovery. Thankfully we have our Deputy SENDCO Laura (l.smale@brookfield.camden.sch.uk) who can be contacted with any queries connected to SEND. Paul, our new Assistant Head, (p.wade@brookfield.camden.sch.uk) will be supporting the KS1 phase in her absence. Spring SEND meetings will be arranged on Katherine’s return in late January.

CURRICULUM NEWS

LIFTING LIMITS

Does being a girl or a boy dictate your child’s path in life?

 

Come to a workshop for parents and carers which will explore how different influences on girls and boys can impact children’s aspirations, behavior and even how well they do in school. Hear about a gender equality project Brookfield is part of this year and get some tips for what you can do at home.

9-10am on 15th January OR 6-7pm on 22nd January 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY COFFEE MORNING

On Friday 18th January at 9.05am, Brookfield’s Occupational Therapist, Sharon Powell, will be hosting a coffee morning for parents in the lower hall. Attendance at the parent coffee morning will provide you with information about sensory processing and strategies to increase your child’s competence and independence in everyday activities. It is an opportunity for information sharing; discussing any difficulties your child might experience and comparing strategies with other parents.

NURSERY STAY AND PLAY SESSIONS 

We are holding stay and play sessions for prospective nursery parents and carers. Please come along and enjoy our wonderful nursery on the following dates from 1:30-2:30pm:

Monday 21st January

Monday 28th January

Please email or call the office to book a space admin@brookfield.camden.sch.uk / 0207 272 9627

SPRING SLAM

This half term, children in Key Stage 2 will be taking part in the ‘Spring Slam’. This is a times tables competition held across Camden. Their scores will contribute to a whole class average which will then be compared with other schools, so everyone’s score counts! There are 4 different rounds and if Brookfield ranks in the top 12 schools, children will have the chance to take place in the ‘Spring Slam final’ at Eleanor Palmer School. We are excited to be a part of the competition again this year and hope Brookfield can make the finals! Any support you can offer your child in learning their times tables will help – please speak to your child’s class teacher if some tips would be helpful or follow this link.

SPORTS NEWS

There are no matches this Tuesday for the Y6/Y5 football team. Tuesday 22nd Jan will be the last day for our league matches. Both teams are in very strong place, with two matches left, we have everything to play for. Come on Brookfield!

This will be the final half term for Y4 swimming. We are in a great position at the moment with 90% of the year group achieving the required 25m distance. There is a little more work left to do, together we can get 100%! Swimming gala trials for Y5 and Y6 will start from Monday 21st Jan. Y4 trials will be held during their swimming lessons.

This is a good one to start the new year with – A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down in to steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action becomes reality. (I have written mine down and if you like we can put them in an envelope together)…

Wise old Haseeb – h.khan@brookfield.camden.sch.uk

CLUBS NEWS

If you have been offered a place in an after school club, please make payment as soon as possible to confirm. Thank you!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Our very own Dougal (6A) is taking part in a production of Peter Pan from the 20th-24th February at the King Alfred’s Phoenix Theatre, Ivy Wood, North End Road, London, NW11 7HY. There are matinee and evening performances with tickets priced from £11 (£40 for a family ticket) and can be purchased here.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE

This half terms lunches were £69.

Download ParentHub and follow our school channel (@BrookfieldCamden)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

*** OUTDOOR LEARNING ***

Great news: the school is extending Forest School so that older children get to experience this vital outdoor learning. The PTA is planning a targeted fundraising drive to fund it. We are looking for volunteers to help us organise this. If you can spare any time, even in a limited capacity, please email elianeglaser@hotmail.com or the PTA email address below.

*** YEAR GROUP DRINKS ***

PTA year group drinks normally happen once a term. This is a really valuable way to sustain community in the school – all the way up to Year 6. Please if you haven’t done so already email your classes (please don’t just use WhatsApp as not everyone is on it) to put a date in the diary.

Eliane, Lucie and Rachel, the PTA committee
brookfieldschoolpta@gmail.com

Newsletter – 11th January