Events for next week
Tuesday 10th March: The Royal Albert Hall Music Festival (Full details sent out to parents of children in the choir)
Wednesday 11th March: Year 6 Football Boys Friendly competition at Talacre
Thursday 12th March: Reception: Early Years Concert at Netley Primary School 1:30pm
Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the workshop regarding the changes to our relationship and health education from September 2020. Please see Seren’s post below with an invitation to a consultation session.
A huge thank you to Gemma (literacy Lead) for organising the best World Book Day ever! Please read her feedback below.
World Book Day
This Thursday we celebrated World Book Day and WHAT A DAY IT WAS!
The children’s efforts with their creative, home-made costumes were fantastic, the book cafe story morning with parents and carers really got the school buzzing, and as for our special assembly… Authors Greg James and Chris Smith were amazing! Their story-creating assembly was utterly inspiring, filled with songs (that they want to turn into a Kid Normal Musical- watch this space!), laughs, and completely led by the children’s own ideas. Together as a school, we created our very own superhero story, starring superhero’s: Marily (Poppy Class), Robin (Fern Class) and Whitney (Ash Class) and a very convincing villain: Laurel!
The fun didn’t stop there though, with a book fair, jam packed with parents and children eagerly buying books, AND a hugely exciting book signing from Greg and Chris.
We’d also run a Kid Normal poster competition- Greg and Chris were so impressed by the designs. The top 3, with an amazing prize of a signed copy of their final book in the series which is yet to be officially released, went to: Oren (Oak Class), Abby (Fern Class) and Hector (Fern Class).
Greg and Chris also helped us decided upon the best-dressed classes, so well done to:
These classes will receive a £50 book voucher to spend on their class book corner!
And finally, a big shout out to Ali Masterman (Louis’ mum) who was able to put us in touch with the A-list stars! They really did make our celebrations so special.
Gemma, Literacy Leader
Monday 6th March signifies the beginning of British Science Week and this year’s theme is: Our Diverse Planet.
The children will be taking part in additional science lessons to explore this but we would love for you to continue the scientific discussions and discoveries at home too. There are two ways you can do this:
1. Visiting: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/app/uploads/2019/02/BSA_EurotunnelTerminal_handout_1118_W1.pdf for family activity ideas.
2. By entering into the Poster competition (Deadline is Friday 28th March)- information on your child’s details to include are written below- please then pass on to Carla (Science lead) who will send off the 5 most creative posters for the competition. Good Luck!
Visit to Highgate Cemetery: Year 5
On Monday the 9th of March, year 5 will be visiting Highgate Cemetery to help inspire their setting description writing. Please make sure your child comes into school with warm, suitable clothing. We look forward to sharing our writing with you!
As you may be aware, Key Stage 2 have been taking part in the Camden Spring Slam again this year. This is a times table challenge which tests the children’s speed and accuracy as they answer questions against the clock!
The scores are submitted as a class average and these are then ranked against the other schools in Camden. As times tables are such an important focus for children in Year 4, this year’s Spring Slam final will be exclusively for year 4 children. At the event, a few of our Year 4’s will get the chance to compete against others.
Camden school’s in a day full of times table fun! We are awaiting the final round, and I will update you with our year group rankings in a future news letter!
Highgate Newtown Gymnastics Easter Gym Club 6th – 9th of April
Join us for a fun-packed Easter week full of activities including: Gymnastics, Freestyle/Parkour, Arts & Crafts, Easter Egg Hunts, and much more.
Early Bird discount £36 until the 27th March. Email us to book a space: firstname.lastname@example.org
PSHE Meeting Update & Policy Update
Thank you to the parents and carers who attended the PSHE information meeting on Tuesday – we hope that you found it helpful. Those of you who would have liked to have been there, but were unable to attend, can view the presentation here/below. As shared at the meeting, schools are required to produce a Relationships Education Policy in consultation with parents and carers and, in line with this, we have produced a draft policy which we would welcome feedback on.
The draft policy can be found in the Vision, values and policies section of the school website or by using the link below. The consultation period will run until 24th March, when we will be holding a meeting at 9am in Ivy Class to give gather feedback and answer any questions you may have. Gill Morris, Senior Health and Wellbeing Adviser for Camden, will be in attendance to help facilitate the consultation meeting. Please email me any questions you have in advance, or if you would like to comment but are unable to attend. This will help us to prepare more effectively for the meeting ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.
Seren Quested – PSHE Lead
During the Easter break, Fit For sport will be running their kids camp here at Brookfield for the first time. This will be from Tuesday 14th April – Friday 17th April. More information will be given via leaflets in the near future.
Next week Tuesday 10th March, some Brookfield children will be taking part in a gymnastics competition down at Talacre. Letters have been given out today for those specific children, with further information on it.
Year 6 Football
We will be back at Talacre on Wednesday 11th March for the Sports for all Year 6 boys football competition. Letters have been given out today for those specific children, with further information on it.
Friends of Highgate Library presents…
Back when Highgate Newtown was being developed 45 years ago, one mother created a radical nursery in Dartmouth Park Hill. Come and see the 1975 video One, Two, Three, a short film about Sue Crockford and the other parents who set up the Children’s Community Centre, and meet some of those involved at the time.
Thursday 12th March, 7:30pm. Free entry. More details here.
- 20th March – Y3 Bake/other sale – in the playground…
- 1st May – May Day Disco (5:30 – 7:30pm). We need volunteers, so please get in touch.
- 21st May (evening) – The Quiz.
(Both these May events will be ticketed – details to come soon.)
Still lots of parents don’t know about our Friday playground coffee mornings. Do spread the word – we offer croissants and coffee in the playground, Friday mornings, near the hall entrance. Today was sunny – always makes a difference.
Forest School Donations needed
Forest school needs wellies, especially size 2 and bigger. They also need a stainless steel kitchen sink – do ask if you see a kitchen being cleared out somewhere…
Perhaps you have a few foreign coins knocking about? If so, do drop them into the office. All currencies are gratefully received.
The PTA committee is going to be discussing with the school various projects that we might fund with the money we have raised, and we want to hear from you. We want all your ideas, particularly on how to make the school more inclusive, more environmentally friendly, and how we can work with the local community.
We are going to send out in book bags a questionnaire/survey, which will also be online. Please fill out one per family if you can. This will now go out next week, so keep a look out.
In the meantime, if you have any ideas, don’t hold back: just email the PTA at BrookfieldSchoolPTA@gmail.com, even if it’s just a one-line idea. We can follow up with a chat at a convenient time.
The PTA Instagram account is worth following – Brookfieldprimarypta.
Thanks. You stay classy, Brookfield.