Events next week….
Monday – Thursday – KS2 SATS
Tuesday 14th – Wake ‘n Shake in the infant playground at 8.35am
Thursday 16th – Shakespeare Schools Foundation in to work with Y5
Friday 17th – FAB: Mark Oliver (illustrator) in to work with Nursery
Walk to School Week 20th-24th May – ditch the car, hop off the bus and take a stroll.
WALKING: A healthier way to get to school, a chance to chat to your kids and much kinder to the planet.
Thank you to the children and staff for their involvement in two successful trips to Paris over the past week. Exciting learning opportunities also included Nursery working with our artist in residence, Reception making pizzas at Pizza Express, year 4 exploring the computing curriculum at the Camden Learning Centre and congratulations to year 5 for their inspirational dance performance at The Place. Next week, our year 6 children will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in maths, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar in the KS2 national tests. We will be encouraging and supporting them through the week while acknowledging the feelings that tests can generate. Hopefully, their outcomes will be one of a number of ways we celebrate their learning and achievements.
Y5 visited Paris
Over the past week, we have had the pleasure of taking the children in Y5 to Paris. The classes had wonderful trips, enjoying both walking up the Eiffel tower and ordering ice creams in French! Thank you to all the staff involved in these trips and to the children, who remained positive and energetic throughout the journey!
3L had a very exciting morning at Pizza Express in Belsize Park, learning how to make margharita pizzas from scratch as part of our DT topic about food. The best part was enjoying their efforts on the Heath afterwards!
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and at Brookfield we will be looking at how we can all take 5 simple steps to improve our well-being – to connect with others, get active, be mindful, keep on learning and show kindness. We will be focusing on a different step each day of the week and over the course of the week, children will be given the opportunity to get involved with several practical activities, including Haseeb’s ‘Wake and Shake’ on Tuesday morning and a mindfulness session. It is estimated that every week, 1 in 6 people experience mental ill health and that 10% of children and young people have a mental health problem. If you are concerned about your own mental health, there are many organisations that offer help and support including Mind (www.mind.org.uk), Samaritans (www.samaritans.org), Rethink (www.rethink.org), as well as your GP.
CARD GAME OF THE WEEK
Unfortunately Brookfield did not make this year’s Spring Slam final. The results were very close and our school average missed out out by just 1.19 points. Each week our results improved on the last and this was thanks to the children’s efforts and the extra practice they put in at home. The competition should run again next year and I have every faith that 2020 will be our year to get to the final!
A busy week for the PE department with Brookfield’s Y3/4 football team participating in a tournament. They played really well, left with valuable experience and made us proud! Well done!
The Y5’s performed their much-anticipated dance routine at the Camden Schools Dance Festival. The theme was ancient Greece and each class had their own concept which was warmly received and enjoyed by all. We will receive a link to the footage in the coming weeks.
This Monday children in Y3 will resume swimming. Unfortunately due to the way dates have fallen this half term, with two Bank Holidays, we will only be swimming twice. If you are able to take the children swimming over the half-term for some extra practice that would be brilliant!
Come and join Aaron and I on Tuesday for a wake ‘n shake morning in the infant playground to kick start Mental Health Week. We will be jamming from 8.35am to hopefully be all set to get our groove on by 8.40am! All are welcome.
One to ponder over: between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom. (I’m not talking about the quantum realm.)
Happy Ramadan to all – wise old Haseeb firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
This half terms lunches are £55.20.
>>> The next BIG thing
The school quiz is on Thursday May 23, in the school hall.
GET YOUR TICKETS FROM THE OFFICE (£10 pp) – teams of up to 8 please.
It’s going to be a fab evening, with a bar, curry, entertainment as well as a “broad and stimulating”* quiz. Full details on the site.
>>> Forest School Fundraising
There are lots of fun events and ideas to help get to our fundraising target – here are a few coming up:
- Look out for Friday ice creams which will be sold in the playgrounds
- The cheese and wine evening on 26th June
- Sponsored forest fun walk on 29th June
- A school Disco – provisional date – 7th June
We have lots of other great ideas so do keep in touch.
You can donate directly online for our Forest School programme – via the website / PayPal.
>>> Other dates for your diary
- May 24th – Year 1 bake sale
- 27th June – International Evening, 27th June – a great celebration of the school’s diversity
- 11th July – Reception/nursery bake sale
- 13th July – Summer fair
>>> Your committee
A reminder of recent PTA changes – the two new co-chairs are Lulu Harrison and Rob Minto. Eliane and Lucy will help with the handover for the rest of term – seamless transition and all that.
The PTA committee: Rob, Lulu, Eliane, Rachel, Tammy, and Caroline.