Newsletter – 29th January

Events this week…

Monday 29th – Hatching chicks arrive in Y2

Tuesday 30th – Shakespeare Schools Foundation working with Y5 and Damian (Dance teacher) working with Years 4 and 6

Friday 2nd – Y3 PAC Maths

Curriculum news

Further Nursery Stay and Play Sessions

Following on from the success of the Nursery Stay and Play sessions this month, we are offering two further opportunities for parents and children to visit. These will take place on Wednesdays 9.30 – 10.30 on the 21st and 28th February. We are inviting applications for children to start in September 2018 or January 2019 after they turn three. This is an extension to our current provision – your child could benefit from up to five terms in our wonderful nursery!

The Nursery offers:

> Creative, child centered and rich provision

> Excellent outdoor area

> Weekly Forest School

> Full time and part time places

> Up to 30 free hours available (subject to eligibility)

Please call 020 7272 9627 or visit the school office for further information.


Barnaby writes:

The results from Round One of the Camden Timestable Spring Slam are in!

There are 4 rounds of timestable questions, (2x – 12x) with each class in Years 3 to 6 answering a sheet of 50 questions every fortnight, with 5 bonus points for full marks! Years 3-4 have 10 minutes, Years 5-6 have 5 minutes.

Eighteen schools in Camden are competing, with only the top twelve schools reaching the final.

Results so far:

Brookfield Year 3 Average score 32 – 13th out of 18 schools in Camden

Brookfield Year 4 Average Score 43 – 11th out of 18 schools in Camden

Brookfield Year 5 Average Score 45 – 7th out of 18 schools in Camden

Brookfield Year 6 Average Score 50 – 8th out of 18 schools in Camden

Please help us rise up the table and reach the final by continuing to practise timestables with your child or children at home. There are also lots of timestables games on

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Password: ilovemaths
Children will be doing Round 2 this week or next week. Let’s get Brookfield to the final!

Thank you so much to all those parents / carers and staff who have either donated their time, money or auction items over the last few weeks. Mel has received some fantastic offers of volunteering help (including a day a week from a Highgate School Chrysallis fellow) and we are going to be organising some training and induction for those signed up, so we can get volunteers started after half term.

If you are still interested in donating specifically towards the school, we are still looking for some financial help (£650) towards the baby chicks which will be arriving today. Many thanks!

“Shhh calling all parents and carers, Brookfield needs you!”

After half term, we are going to be running an exciting surprise Writing Week and with this in mind, we would be very interested in any offers of plants (fake or real) which we can use to help transform  the school. If you are interested in helping to set up for the week, please contact Katie or Carla on and

Brookfield Blog

Do check out our latest blog entries from Years 4 and 6. Olive and Salome provide us with a great book plug from top author Katherine Rundell and Y4 cook up a storm as they link work on environmental issues to science and cookery.  More fascinating insights into learning taking place across the school. Well done everybody!

Countdown to the Brookfield Auction – Thursday February 8th

The Brookfield Auction continues to gather momentum and tickets are selling fast for what will be one of the fundraising highlights of the year. If you haven’t already been on the school’s web-site to look at some of the auction items, I would really encourage you to do so and to encourage friends and family to do the same. There are some amazing items to suit everybody’s pockets and tastes. Here are some of my personal favourites:

Tickets to see Arsenal play Watford, a cocktail masterclass at Sacred Gin Distillery, Go Cycling with an Olympian at The Olympic Velodrome, ‘Man of Letters’, Limited edition print by Jim Anderson and a week in a Spanish apartment near Puerto Banas. To be quite honest, all the lots are fabulous – we are so spoilt for choice!

Happy bidding and thank you so much for all your support so far!

Visit from Ed Milliband to School Council

Last Monday, we were delighted to welcome Ed Milliband (Labour MP and parent) to school council to listen to some of the children’s ideas and share some top tips for becoming an effective school council representative. It was great to have Ed’s support and the children enjoyed sharing their thoughts on school dinners, lost property and the playgrounds amongst other things.

Y3 Rocks and Soils Workshop from UCL professors

On Friday, Elizabeth and I had the pleasure of showing Jon Abbey (Director of Camden Learning) around the school and whilst we were taking our tour, we had the privilege of visiting Y3 whilst they were participating in a Rocks and Soils workshop. The children were having an amazing time learning about and studying a wide range of rocks and soils. It was great to see them so engrossed in their learning and getting excited about rocks and soils. As Jon Abbey remarked, there was  ‘lots of awe and wonder’. Earlier on, we observed YR children playing with pipettes and test tubes in the water tray and then seeing Y6 children writing a non chronological recount using scientific classfication as a stimulus. It was all very impressive …..particularly bearing in mind it was a Friday afternoon. Many thanks to John Brodholt and Lidunka Vocadlo (both parents and professors at UCL) for running the Rocks and soils workshop and to Jon for taking time to visit (in his words) ‘our stunning school’.

Rohingya Muslims Appeal

Mnay thanks to all those children and parents who helped support the Rohingya Muslims appeal just before Christmas. In all we managed to raise £1147! A massive thank you to the following children who raised approximately £750 between them – Georgia Willmott, Malachy Hitchcock, Oren Taylor, Chaya Tiwary, Leila Matheson, Hani Ali, Sonny Crossing, Lucy Fenwick and Sam Joseph.

Lucy was one of several children who chose to give up something to raise some  money – in her case her bed and TV for the week-end. Thank you and well done Lucy.

Deadline for NSPCC Sponsorship Forms – Tuesday January 30th

Tomorrow, Ilanna will be returning to Brookfield to pick up our NSPCC sponsorship forms. Please make sure that your forms are handed in by then. Last week, Years 5 and 6 also participated in some NSPCC workshops linked to keeping safe and Mark and Mel also ran some assemblies on fire safety and road safety linked to January’s right of the month – the right to consider the best interests of the child.

UNICEF / Clarks Shoe Share Scheme

Dear Parent / Guardian,

In line with our Rights Respecting Schools status, this week Rights Ambassadors have decided to host a ShoeShare collection in partnership with Unicef and Clarks.

Unicef and Clarks have worked in partnership since 2008 to help keep children safe. In that time, Clarks have contributed to transforming children’s lives through ShoeShare, gathering old or unwanted shoes at collection points in more than 500 Clarks stores across the UK. To date, the partnership has raised an incredible £1 million. To support children across the world and help them access their right to education (Article 28), we will be hosting a ShoeShare collection.

All you need to do is gather your old and unwanted shoes from around the house, and send them into class with your child on Monday February 1st and Tuesday February 2nd.

We will then deliver all of the shoes we have collected to our nearest Clarks store. The more shoes you bring in, the more money we can raise for Unicef, helping children around the world to be able to access education.

A few things to remember:

  • Please make sure that the shoes are in relatively good condition, so no holes or broken soles!
  • Please pair your shoes with a rubber band to make it easier to sort and pack shoes

For every tonne of shoes collected, a donation is made to Unicef which goes towards education programmes around the world.

To find out more about the partnership, please follow the below link to watch a short video:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this.

Kind regards,

Seren (Rights Respecting Schools co-ordinator)

Other news

Sports news

This Wednesday there is a mixed school dodge ball competition for y5, held at Talacre. We will leave straight after school and return by 6.30pm.

The final Swimming gala trials will be Monday 5th Feb for any child in y5/ y6 who missed their’s.

Trials for y4 and y3 will take part for those interested during their swimming lessons.

*Please note y4’s last swimming lesson is on Monday 5th Feb*

Y3 will start swimming Monday 19th Feb. A letter will be sent out next week.

NB There will be no pre school run tomorrow.

A few y6 children took part in an inclusive athletics event last week. They had a great time, performing really well after watching Haseeb provide some demonstrations.

To celebrate the end of each dance unit there will be a performance during your child’s PE lesson. Please make a note of the following times:

1L Tuesday 6th Feb 2pm (lower hall), 1M Thursday 8th Feb 2pm (lower hall)​, 2L Thursday 8th Feb 9.30am, 2G Friday 9th Feb 9.30am

3F Monday 5th Feb 9.30am, 3C Wednesday 7th Feb 9.30am, 4C Tuesday 6th Feb 9.30am, 4E Tuesday 6th Feb 11.30am

Y5 – performing at Camden School Dance Festival, 6B Tuesday 6th Feb 2pm and 6K Tuesday 6th Feb 3pm

All performances will take place in the top hall except Y1’s which will take place in the lower hall.

“Monday… the word ‘mon‘ is French for ‘mine‘. From now on see it more of a ‘my day‘ and make it more of a promising start to the week”. Wise old Haseeb,

News from the Office

This half terms lunches are £64.80.

Lost property 

We have a huge number of items in our lost property, please remember to label  your child’s belongings with their name – it makes it so much easier to reunite lost items with their owners!

And Finally – A Super blue blood Moon

Don’t forget to look out for a super blue blood moon in the night’s sky this Thursday. A super moon because the moon is at its closest point to the earth (30 000 miles closer). A blue moon because this will be the 2nd time in a month that we have experienced a full moon and a blood moon because the moon is going to experience a lunar eclipse and will take on a reddish hue as the earth’s shadow blocks out the light from the sun. This will be the first time in 150 years that there has been a super blue blood moon so try not to miss it. You probably won’t get another chance!

Our AUCTION NIGHT on the 8th February is getting closer. Tickets are selling fast so make sure you buy yours from the office ASAP.

We have well over 100 AMAZING auction lots. Price-wise there is something for everyone.

Here is a step-by-step guide to bidding:

1. Click on this link to view all the items

2.  This takes you to the Online Auction

3.  Log In (takes 2 mins)

4.  Scroll through until you see an item that you like

5.  Click on the items and place a bid. A PayPal system is in place for taking payments

6.  Keep looking at this site to keep up to date on items you have your eye on or have bid for, emails will be sent out if you are outbid or if you win the bid.

7.  Click the ON THE NIGHT button to view all the auction lots you can bid for on the 8th February (or this link

8.  Like our Facebook Page to get the latest news on anything new and exciting from the auction here

9.  If you want to bid for something in the ON THE NIGHT auction but cannot come, please email any of us and we will put your bids in.


Please also get in touch if you would like to discuss some other PTA ideas we’ve been cooking up: namely, a SUPPER CLUB, a RECIPE BOOK, and a TABLE TOP SALE.

We are starting to think ahead to the SUMMER FAIR, so if you are interested in helping out, please drop us a line.

Finally, please do make use of the playground’s new longer opening times – 8.45-9am and 3.30-3.45.

Eliane and Lucie, PTA joint chairs