It is a very full newsletter this week with lots of updates – please do read through all of it!
Key dates for the rest of this term:
This week Picnics in Waterlow Park start for Y2-5 children who are learning at home, please read this letter for details and how to book woodwork classes and Kentish Town City Farm visits
Monday 29th June: PE on the Heath for Y2
Tuesday 30th June: PE on the Heath for Y3
Wednesday 1st July: PE on the Heath for Y4, Online Safety Discussion for parents and carers led by Mary Rebelo for Camden Learning (see details below)
Thursday 2nd July: PE on the Heath for Y5
6th July INSET day – virtual and actual schools closed to children
7th July end of year reports emailed to parents and carers
13th July 6pm Oak leavers’ assembly
16th July 6pm Elm leavers’ assembly
21st July end of term, bubble classes finish at Friday times, 1.50pm for Catkin, Acorn and Conker
PE ON THE HEATH WITH HASEEB AND AARON – PLEASE COME!
This week saw the hugely successful introduction of PE lessons on the Heath for our satellite bubble classes. Thank you to Haseeb and Aaron for their safe leadership, teaching and enthusiasm. Here are some comments from children and parents:
“It was fun and we played lots of new games. It was really good to see lots of friends that we haven’t seen in a long time” James in Y2.
“I cannot under state how fantastic it felt to drop my child at PE this morning! Thankyou so much to you and your staff for arranging it. If there are ANY other lessons that could take place outdoors, in a bubble and involving physical sports I would be SO grateful. Connecting the kids together in the flesh and doing physical fitness is really my key concern over the next few weeks. Thanks again for all you have done so far.”
For parents and carers in Y2-5, please read this letter:
for further opportunities for satellite bubble classes to meet and learn together.
We now have 13 bubble classes at school with up to 195 children attending 4.5 days a week. We are frustrated that the safety measures imposed by the Department for Education and layout of our school mean that we are unable to increase the number of places before the end of this term. Meanwhile, we have a dedicated team of staff leading home learning for the following year groups until the end of term:
Nursery: Rebecca, Marcia, Paula
R: Zenab, Aniqa, Christel
Y1: Samira, Elisha
Y2: Louise, Lauren, Anthony
Y3: Olly, Lauren, Pete
Y4: Lauren, Asher
Y5 & 6: Gemma and Lucy
I have pleasure in sharing the list of classes and staff for next year. Please share this news with your children over the weekend. It is fantastic to have such a strong and experienced Brookfield staff to be embracing the challenges of helping all our children recover and thrive emotionally and academically.
We celebrate Laura’s promotion to Special Educational Needs Coordinator as she completes her National SENDCo qualification. We welcome Jo as one of our year 1 teachers. Jo has taught in nurseries and schools and has been with us as a learning support assistant since January. We are planning safe opportunities for children to say goodbye to their current teacher and support staff and meet their new ones!
Current classes in brackets with their new teacher and learning support assistant to the right:
Catkin: Charlotte, Daisy
Conker: Sus and Georgina
Early years support staff: Christel, Paula, Jo V, Aniqa, Pete, Rebecca, Gabi, Marcia, Mila
Daisy (Conker): Jo and Samira
Bluebell (Acorn): Amy and Ioullia
Poppy (Bluebell): Olly and Linda
Dandelion (Daisy): Carla and Linda
Key stage 1 support staff: Zenab, Elisha, Tom
Fern (Dandelion): Becca and Norah
Heather (Poppy): Louise and Norah
Ivy (Heather): Lauren and Asher
Bramble (Fern): Emily and Asher
Willow (Ivy): Lillie and Lucy
Ash (Bramble): Agata and Lucy
Oak (Ash): Gemma, Faye and Sue
Elm (Willow): Lucy and Sue
Key stage 2 support staff: Khadija, Joran and Anthony
Black Lives Matter
We’re really pleased that so many of you engaged with the anti-racism lessons which we shared with you a couple of weeks ago – we’ve had some great feedback. Following on from these, we would like to share a guide to Black Lives Matter which has been written specifically for parents. We hope you find it useful.
Wood That Works
The wonderful Ricky and Jess at Highgate Newtown Community Centre are now open for groups of up to five children and adults for woodwork classes. There are free spaces for children whose families are experiencing financial hardship. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07506 504 220.
Camden Summer University
Do you have a child aged 13 to 19? If you live in Camden, go to a Camden state school or attend a Camden Council youth centre, then you can take part in a wide range of free courses across Camden with Camden Summer University. Choose from arts, sport, career and life skills at top local venues.
Our 2020 programme, which runs from 27 July to 28 August, will be a mix of online and socially distanced courses. https://www.camden.gov.uk/sign-up-to-camden-summer-university
July Parents and Carers – Online Safety Discussion Led by Mary Rebelo for Camden Learning
Sign up for the video link at: https://forms.gle/TAkeMuwCoMw9NQrZ8
A session for parents and carers focused on the need for heightened awareness around children’s and young people’s online safety during the current situation. We will look at how this has impacted on young people’s online use.
The session will include:
Advice about risks and opportunities online
Games and Social Media – functions and settings
Question and Answer time
Two sessions are scheduled on Wednesday 1st July 2010 at:
1:00pm – 2:00pm
7:00pm – 8:00pm
30 Hour Nursery funding deadline
This is just a reminder for nursery parents about 30 hour funding. The deadline for both the Government and Camden 30 hour funding is 31st August.
Government 30 hours funding for working parents: parents should visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to apply or log into their gateway account to reconfirm their code. Codes must be reconfirmed every 3 months. Codes must have a validity start date of 31st August or before and a validity end date of 1st September or after to be eligible for the autumn term.
Camden Enhanced Offer for disadvantages parents: applications must be received before 31st August for eligibility for the autumn term. Parents will need to apply on-line at www.camden.gov.uk/free-early-education-childcare
Willow Bubble Class
Willow bubble created mazes out of masking tape and scrap paper in science this week. They then guided a paperclip through the maze using a magnet underneath the table.
Star of the week
Catkin – Star of the week this week is Louis for his amazing underwater masterpiece. He used different materials to create his picture, including an underwater lego creature – well done Louis!
Acorn: Emily is star of the week this week! For her constant enthusiasm for learning and her hard work at home.
Conker: The Conker in school star of the week is Oliver who has learned all of his numbers up to 20 by heart.
The home learning star of the week is Mavi who has been working hard on learning her sounds.
Fern class: Leyla- “For showing incredible effort in all her learning this week – getting up early and cracking on with it! AND some lovely writing about wanting to be a Pet Groomer as her dream job!”
Heather class: Jacob – “Excellent effort in his literacy work this week, really engaging with the tasks about his dream job! He wants to be a footballer when he grows up, just like me!”
Bramble – Charlotte and Delilah for all their home learning efforts
Ivy – Sonny is always incredibly positive and encouraging on google classroom towards his peers. He is putting a huge amount of effort into all of his tasks and is impressing me on a daily basis. Not only this, but Sonny even created his very own loom video of himself sharing some tips about word! Amazing! Keep it up.
Ash – Joel – for uploading high quality work and for doing a lot of extra activities like writing a letter from a perspective of a WW2 soldier or a report on blue whales. Outstanding effort- well done, Joel!
Willow – Augustine – For some great story writing. I love how you have written in the same style as the original story – great use of character voice too!
*** PTA News ***
The PTA team – Lulu, Rahma, Rob and Genevieve – are going to stay on for the time being in their roles. Given the situation with the virus, it’s not an ideal time to try and recruit a new committee, so unless anyone has any objections, we’ll continue for now.
Equally, we are hoping that most class reps will continue for the next school year. However if you want to volunteer as a rep, please do contact your current rep and/or Lulu – we always need people coming through for the future, so don’t be shy.
Summer Fair – what Summer Fair?
A sad reminder popped up in the diary – this weekend would have been the Brookfield Summer Fair, and it’s such a shame that the community can’t get together and enjoy the stalls, performances, food and general vibes as we usually do.
It’s also one of the biggest fundraisers of the year, so that will affect the PTA finances. The PTA pays for all Brookfield children to do many enriching and brilliant activities. So, if you might normally have spent a few pounds at the Fair, we’re asking parents and carers if they might give a donation. Of course, we appreciate that lots of people right now are in financial hardship due to the virus, but if you can afford a donation, please do consider it. Here’s the button / link:
You can also share the link below on WhatsApp (or email it) with other class parents:
Thanks, and stay safe.