Newsletter – 8th May

Welcome Back

I trust you all had a fabulous bank holiday weekend – one of the hottest recorded since the weekend was introduced in 1979.

Events this week… 

Tuesday 8th – Camden Learning Centre working with YR children

Wednesday 9th – Shakespeare Schools Foundation working with Nursery and YR and Thames water project assembly and workshops for KS2

Thursday 10th – Mark Rowland in to conduct a Pupil Premium Review, Globe Storytelling workshops for Y1 and a KS2 SATs meeting for Y6 parents/carers at 3.35pm

Curriculum news

Writing Competition Prize Winners

Last Friday, we announced the winners of our Writing Competition in a whole school assembly. Lots of children from across the school entered the competition and it was encouraging to note the range and standard of entries.

Congratulations to Eva (KS1), Zach Levitt (LKS2) and Safi (UKS2) for winning the competition in their respective age groups and to Abe and Evie (1L), Charlotte (2G), Iris (3C), Kitty (4C), Klea (4E), Bea and Maya (5L), Dora (5O) and Allia (6B) for coming runners ups.

Our 3 winners received a £20 Owl bookshop voucher and a large personalised notebook  and the runners ups received smaller personalised notes books and special pencils.

Many thanks to Gemma, Katie and Tamatha for organising and judging the competition and to all those children who participated. Examples of the winning entries will be uploaded onto the school’s blog in due course.

5O’s day trip to Paris

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of accompanying 5O to Paris. The children and staff started their day, bright and early at Kings Cross International where we boarded the 7.01am Eurostar bound for Paris. Once we arrived at Gare Du Nord, we set off for Ecole Elementaire, where the children engaged in a fact finding activity related to their pen pals using French and English. After a quick bite to eat, we then journeyed onto the Eiffel Tower where we climbed the 669 steps to the 2nd level and took in some spectacular views. We rounded the day off with a trip to a souvenir shop and an ice cream. Many thanks to: Lucy (humanities subject leader and Y2 teacher) and the office staff for all their hard work behind the scenes; to Olly for his skilful leadership and navigation of the Paris streets and Metro; to Lucy, Jose and Tamatha for all their help and support throughout the day; Max Durrant (director at Ecole Elementaire), his staff and pupils for making us all feel so welcome and most of all to 5O who got on so well and made the day a real pleasure to attend.

Pupil Premium Review

On Thursday we look forward to welcoming Marc Rowland to Brookfield. He works and writes about Pupil Premium at a national level and we have invited him in to review our Pupil Premium provision and spending.

Nursery Writing Workshops



Last Wednesday, we hosted a nursery writing workshop and were delighted to welcome lots of parents/carers The workshop began with an opportunity for parents to join their children in class, engaging in a range of writing related activities before Charlotte gave a presentation about how best to support their children in the early stages of writing. Many thanks to the nursery team for laying on such a stimulating and worthwhile session and to all the many parents/carers who attended.

Parent / Carers Questionnaire

This week, we are planning to launch the annual parent / carers questionnaire via Survey Monkey and would love as many of you as possible to fill it in. The deadline for completing it will be in 2 week’s time – Tuesday May 22nd. Do please let us know what you think of the school so that we can celebrate what is going well, progress made and consider what further improvements are needed. Many thanks!


This afternoon our Y3 and Y4 football team take part in a football competition after school behind the lido. The team will leave with Aaron and I. Our first game is 3.50pm and our final game will finish at 5.50pm. Please collect your children from behind the lido.

Y3 swimming is ongoing. We haven’t had the best of starts due to the bank holiday, a trip and the late start. We will be swimming next Monday 14th and 21st May.

This year we won’t be getting a DVD of the performance at the Camden Dance Festival as we have in previous years. Instead, we have been sent a link which is on the school website under the PE tab which you can download.

I have spoken to children in Y5  and Y6 about trials for athletics. This year, to best prepare the children and to ensure a fairer trial process, we will be taking them to the running track on the heath. This will be after school on Tuesday 22nd May and 5th June. A letter will be sent out with more details.

> 22nd May 80m and 200m only

> 5th June 400m and 800m only

As I can only take a certain amount of children with me to each trial, please discuss with your child what they feel would be best for them to compete in. The actual competition is 19th of June. I will hold a training session for those selected; look out for confirmation of the date after half term.



There are still places on the Y5/6 drumming club (Wednesday’s after school) – don’t let your child miss out on the chance to perform at the summer fair! Email me today to secure a place.

News from the office

This half terms lunches are £69.60

This weekend, Jimmy Minto led his sisters up Arnison Crag in the Lake District. Not bad for a 4 year old!