Newsletter – 6th November

Events this week…

Monday – Y6 children leave for Sayers Croft.

Wednesday – School Council Meeting

Thursday – Y1 and Y2 Shakespeare workshops.

Friday – Y6 children return from Sayers Croft

Please refer to our website calendar for key dates this half term. 

Curriculum news

Right of the Month

Starting this month, the Rights Ambassadors will be taking it in turns to choose a right that they are passionate about and which will become the right of the month. As well as writing about it in the newsletter, they will help to think of ways of promoting it throughout the school. November’s right has been chosen by Sam Joseph in 3C. Sam writes:

“I have chosen the right not to be hurt by others, either physically or emotionally (Article 19). Most children at Brookfield respect this right but unfortunately there are one or two who do not – who make fun of or tease other children and deliberately exclude them. Nobody should be made to feel bad about their height, age, hair or skin colour, whether they wear glasses or not, or anything else. Next week is anti-bullying week, the perfect time to make sure that you are respecting this right yourself but also to take action if you see someone else who is not respecting this right. To fully respect this right we must stand up for children who are being bullied and not be bystanders.​​”

Maths News for Early Years Parents

Before Half Term, Laurel and Barnaby presented to parents of Nursery and Reception children on how to support your children with Maths at home. A copy of this presentation is available on the school website, under ‘Latest News’

Additionally, each child in Nursery and Reception will be given today a copy of Brookfield’s Reception End of Year Goals in Maths. This sheet summarises most of the Maths expectations for children in reception – support at home to compliment work in school has been shown to boost children’s confidence and abilities in Maths.

We have also created a new Nursery/Reception folder in with fun games to help your children in Maths

Username: Brookfield

password: ilovemaths

Y2 PAC Maths

Last week we had a great turn out of parents at the Y2 PAC Maths session. The children and adults had great fun playing a range of maths games which were designed to support their skills and understanding of the Y2 maths curriculum. Katherine and Lucy did a brilliant job of leading the session – many thanks!

Other news

Autumn 1 Class Attendance

Each half term, I am going to be reporting on class attendance. Last half term’s statistics were as follows:

KS1 1L  – 96.62% 1M  – 94.24% 2G  – 98.38% 2L – 94.34%
Lower KS2 3F – 97.22% 3C – 97.86% 4E – 97.7% 4C – 98.09%
Upper KS2 5O – 95.3% 5L – 96.97% 6K – 95.51% 6B – 97.44%

Congratulations to 2G and 4C for the best attendance figures for KS1 and KS2. Overall our attendance was 96.61%, which is encouraging.  Next half term, I will also include YR.

Please also make sure that you arrive to school on time. Children should be in class by 8.55am ready to start their learning. If you are not arriving to school punctually, then we will be contacting you in the next couple of weeks to discuss this further.

Dressing up Warm

With temperatures set to drop over the coming weeks, please can you ensure that your child comes to school with a coat and is wrapped up warm. Many thanks

Opening and Closing Times

Having listened carefully to concerns which have been raised over the last few weeks regarding the impact of last half term’s soft starts, the school has taken the step to deploy more staff (Derek and Tom) to the infant playground so that we can now extend opening hours of these gates. From now on the infant gates will open at 8.45am and close at 9.00am in the morning and then open at 3.30pm and close at 3.45pm in the afternoon. Children will still be able to make their way up the stairs from 8.50am.  KS2 gates will continue to open at 8.50am and close at 9.00am in the morning and then open at 3.30pm and close slightly later at 3.45pm in the afternoon. Please would you support these changes – particularly as they are costly – by ensuring that children arrive and leave on time. Many thanks!

Governors Drop In

Please don’t forget that next Wednesday November 15th at 9.00am in the lower hall, governors will be holding their termly drop in for parents/carers. Do come along to share any thoughts and ideas.

Poppies for Sale

We do still have a few more poppies for sale – do pick one up at home time from one of the playgrounds to support the work of the Royal British Legion. Suggested donation = £1

Sports news

Select Y5 boys have a football friendly this Wednesday 8th Nov at Talacre. The children will leave school with me and return by approximately 6pm. Please refer to the letter your child has been given and return the permission slip ASAP. Sadly, quite a few children from each class across the school did not have sports shoes for PE. As parents it is your duty to provide your child with suitable equipment for school especially as correct footwear will protect the foot during football lessons.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new – wise old Haseeb.

Clubs news

With the clubs now up and running, we’d like to make a small adjustment to parent collection arrangements. In order to ease congestion and ensure safety, dance club on a Monday and drumming on a Wednesday will now be brought out by the club leaders through reception and handed over to parents outside the office gates. All other clubs will continue to be brought out via the playground and collected by the single gate.  Please ensure you arrive promptly for pick ups. Parents who are continually late risk losing their child’s space.

News from the office

This half-term’s lunches are £84.

School Places

We currently have places in Nursery, Reception, Y3, Y4 and Y5. If you have family or friends who may be interested, please ask them to call 020 7272 9627, visit the school office or website.

Chess sets

Chess club has proven to be extremely popular this term – we currently have almost 30 children attending – and consequently, we need some extra sets! If you have a chess set that needs a new home, please bring them to the office. Many thanks!


Thank you Year 5 for your delicious and nutritious bake sale!

 ***Christmas card project***

Don’t forget to hand all Christmas/Seasonal card designs into the office by this Thursday 9th November with your child’s name and class on the back.

 ***The Brookfield Winter Fair***


Preparations for the Winter Fair are in full swing and to make this the BEST Winter Fair yet we need YOUR help.

Please sign up with your class Rep to help out on your allocated stall:

NURSERY/RECEPTION Games, Toys and Books YEAR 1 Tombola

YEAR 2 Raffle, Tea and Cake, YEAR 3 Crafts

YEAR 4 Christmas Market, YEAR 5 Hot Food, Door, YEAR 6 Santa’s grotto


  • Raffle Prizes – Family tickets for theatre, Cinema, Zoo, etc… Local meal Tickets and/or attractions.
  • Tombola Prizes ( Kids and Bottle Tombola )
  • Toys and books – good quality of course…

Christmas Market stall produce

We have a fabulous Christmas Market stall selling all sorts of goodies and gifts from, homemade jams, cakes, to Christmas decorations, baking kits, crafts and presents.

Please leave all donations clearly labelled at the office.


A group to take on the BBQ AND a photographer for the Grotto.

Eliane and Lucie, PTA joint chairs



  • This is an exciting new fundraising event, NEVER put on by the school before and is being done to raise much needed funds to make up for the shortfall caused by cuts to the SCHOOL BUDGET.
  • We hope as well as being a vital fundraising exercise, it’ll be a lot of fun. There’ll be lots of FOOD, DRINK and ENTERTAINMENT to enjoy… and of course, an AUCTION with the help of a local CELEBRITY and lots of fantastic items to bid for…They’ll also be a RAFFLE for smaller items to ensure that everyone can get involved and contribute.
  • The event DEPENDS on getting HELP from parents and carers from school with ANY the following:
  • Organising/Preparing food
  • Design of artwork/promotional material
  • Performing as part of the entertainment.
  • Helping manage the auction process.
  • We also need parents to CONTRIBUTE items for the AUCTION. It could be ANYTHING such as:
  • Luxury food items/bottles of alcohol
  • Trips for kids or adults to film studio or other fun working environment
  • Use of a weekend cottage
  • Free Yoga class/massage/babysitting
  • So if you can spare a little time and can help with ANY of the following then PLEASE get in touch and help make this an event to remember…..
  • (event)
  • (auction prizes/gifts)