Newsletter 13th November

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Autumn parent/carer and teacher phone calls

This term our parent/carer and teacher meetings for children in Reception to Y6 will take place by phone. Schools have been asked to minimise visitors  and we have positive experiences of SEND meetings happening in this way. On Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th November, there will be an opportunity for you to speak to your child’s class teacher for 5-10 minutes, with school closing early on Thursday to enable these meetings.

Thursday 26th early closure times:

  • 1:00pm (Y2 and 6)
  • 1:05pm (Y1 and 5)
  • 1:10pm (R and Y4)
  • 1:15pm (Nursery and Y3)

After school club will run from 1pm-4.30pm or 6pm in year group bubbles: please book in advance here.

To make your teacher appointment, please either email your child’s teacher using the year group email address by Wednesday 18th November, or use the forms as linked for each year group below. You need to do a form for each child. There is a field where you can alert teachers to try and coordinate appointments. Each teacher will email you by Friday 20th November to confirm your day and time slot. If you have difficulty in attending or need a longer appointment, please email your child’s teacher to make alternative arrangements.

Reception places September 2021

If you have a child born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 you will need to apply for your child’s reception place to start next September. We hope Brookfield is top of your list! We will be offering virtual tours and an opportunity to meet the head teacher virtually during this lockdown period. To apply, please click here.

Wellbeing Top Tip of the Week – Pause and Breathe 

When you notice you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or worried, take a moment to pause and breathe. Deep breathing calms our nervous system and increases oxygen flow to the brain. This helps us to think more clearly and enables us to problem-solve. Next time you are stressed, try breathing in through the nose, holding it for 5 seconds and breathing out through the mouth for 7 seconds. Repeat this at least 5 times and see if that helps you to feel a bit calmer. 

COVID and Attendance – a reminder

The medical evidence shows there is a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from coronavirus (COVID-19), even for children with existing health conditions. Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow original shielding advice. Parents should be advised to speak to their child’s GP or specialist clinician if they have not already done so, to understand whether their child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend childcare or nursery during the period this advice is in place. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend education or childcare.

If you have any questions or would like extra support around your child’s attendance, please email Faye:

Puberty Lessons for Y5 and Y6

Due to the lockdown in Spring/Summer, last year’s Y4 and Y5 classes missed out on puberty lessons which are taught as part of the PSHE Curriculum. These lessons are an important part of Health Education, a subject which has recently become statutory. In order to ensure that children have the necessary foundations for further lessons about puberty, which are due to be taught later this year, teachers will be covering the content of these missed lessons this half-term.

We will be holding two separate Zoom meeting for parents and carers in order to share resources and answer any questions you may have. The Y5 meeting will take place on Monday 16th November at 4pm and the Y6 meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th November at 4pm. Both myself and class teachers will be in attendance.

Zoom details for Year 5 meeting
Meeting ID: 940 1669 5047
Passcode: Orange5

Zoom details for Year 6 meeting
Meeting ID: 995 2305 9984
Passcode: Topaz8

Seren Quested – PSHE Lead

Dartmouth Park Talks – Bringing nature into the city

Given Brookfield’s forest school provision, which is supported by National Park City, this talk might be of interest.

If you’d like to explore a new vision of a city which isn’t separate from nature but part of it, where we live with hedgehogs in our gardens and endless varieties of butterflies as well as trees and plants of all kinds – urban hedgerows and forests, wildflower meadows – come and join this discussion. We will hear from Kate Stocking, Ranger, National Park City as well as Cllr Sian Berry, Highgate Ward Councillor, London Mayoral Candidate.

Wed, November 25th 7:00pm – 8:30pm

PTA News

Brookfield Merch

Looking for that special Christmas gift? With no Winter fair this year, we are selling Brookfield-branded items online. Check out the online shop.

Christmas Trees

We are looking to run a Christmas tree scheme this year – pre orders, and collection at school. More details to follow, but any questions / interest please contact the PTA on the usual email.

Dress up Friday

Great to see lots of fantastic fancy dress costumes last week – we raised exactly £300 for the PTA so thank you so much.

Kids quiz

This has been postponed to the week after next. Stay tuned for details.